MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck Union Free School District held its first day of orientation Monday morning, welcoming 45 new teachers and one administrative staff member to the school system.
“It’s very exciting,” said Anne Ward, assistant superintendent of curriculum. “We are so fortunate to be in a position of hiring. They bring such incredible experiences; this is such a wonderful new group of faculty members.”
Chatsworth Principal Gail Boyle led the group through a presentation, explaining Mamaroneck’s history, the significance of the Long Island Sound to the town and the aspects of education valued most by the school district.
“We are a stable community with quite a long history, and when I say connected, we are connected to the Long Island Sound and, obviously, we are connected to New York City,” she said. “This is not a two-light town, but I bet half the kids, and even faculty, are connected to the other half in some way.”
The district is made up of six schools, each with varying populations of students from Mamaroneck Town, Mamaroneck Village and Larchmont. Students stay local while going to the four elementary schools and converge at Hommocks Middle School before continuing together at Mamaroneck High School.
“I know that the families like to get involved and work with the students, and the staff gets really involved as well,” said Christine Luciano, who will be teaching fifth grade at Mamaroneck Avenue this year. “There is great community involvement here.”
Following the presentation, school administrators led a tour through Mamaroneck and Larchmont. The point of the tour was not only to teach the new faculty about the history of the town and two villages, but also about the student diversity in the six schools.
“What’s important for you to know is what is real to the students,” Boyle said of the different neighborhoods; she emphasized the impact flooding has had on the community.
The bus tour started on Boston Post Road and covered almost all the major landmarks in the Mamaroneck-Larchmont area. The tour passed each school in the district.
“It’s wonderful that they are doing this for everyone to get acclimated to the town,” said Eric Werner, a Mamaroneck resident who will be teaching sixth-grade math at Hommocks Middle School. “It’s a little redundant for me, because I live here, but it’s great for the other teachers that are new here.”
Mamaroneck schools open Sept. 5.