New staff welcomed at Margaretville

There are four new faces gracing the halls of Margaretville Central School this fall, making welcome additions to the faculty and staff.

A 2007 graduate of Downsville Central School, Karley Morgans joins the Margaretville faculty as the new Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher.

“I knew that I wanted to work with kids and I always loved cooking and baking and all of the home economics kind of stuff, so it just kind of worked out,” Morgans said. Following her graduation from Downsville, Morgans attended SUNY Oneonta, where she was pleased to find that she could combine those interests.

“I never knew that they had the family science program,” she said. “When I got there I was originally undeclared and I figured out pretty early on that I was going to go into education.”
Morgans received her degree in 2011 and worked for DMCO BOCES last year as an itinerant teacher, holding the FACS teacher position at the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton and Sidney school districts.

“I really like it,” Morgans said of working at Margaretville Central. “Your first year is supposed to be the hardest, but so far I really love it. I love the small classes and all of the kids I work with are really well-behaved. The co-workers and other teachers and administration have been really helpful in helping me acclimate.”

When she’s not teaching, Morgans enjoys riding her horse and traveling.

There is also a new face in the MCS bus garage and along the bus route with the addition of Brian Grocholl to the school staff. A native of Fleischmanns, Grocholl was hired in July as the head mechanic at Margaretville Central School. A 2004 graduate of MCS, Grocholl attended Ohio Technical College in Cleveland and graduated in 2006.

Upon graduating, Grocholl worked as a mechanic for the Town of Middletown and then spent five years as a Snow Cat technician and mechanic at Belleayre before joining the MCS ranks.
“I’m basically the head mechanic so I do all the maintenance and I do bus repairs, and I’m a bus driver as well,” he said. “Some days it’s hectic. But I enjoy it; I like doing something different every day.”

When he’s not trading the many hats he wears as an MCS employee, Grocholl enjoys restoring antique equipment in his down time.

“I have a few old tractors and I was in the Cauliflower Festival parade,” he said. “And I’m working on an old 1955 International truck. I also have a few old tractors I’m going to restore.”

Cassie Pezzello, the new middle school science teacher at MCS, is a native of Liverpool, which is just outside Syracuse. Following graduation from Liverpool High School, she completed a bachelor’s degree in zoology at the State University of New York at Oswego.

“I ended up not getting a job in the field of zoology and worked for a company called Deluxe Check Printers as a process analyst,” Pezzello said. “Then I went back and got my master’s in education from Bard College.”

Upon graduating from Bard, Pezzello taught at Red Hook Middle School; she subsequently took a few years off following the birth of her second child and then joined the ranks at MCS.
“So far it’s pretty good,” Pezzello said of her new gig. “It’s been hectic with the new SLO stuff, but everything’s going pretty well.”

Ryan McGraw assumed the reins as the guidance counselor at MCS following the retirement of Gary Robson last spring, and has been “working hard [and] acclimated very well,” according to MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese. Prior to joining the Margaretville Central School staff, McGraw earned experience as a school counselor at Laurens Central School and ONC BOCES.

Courtney Fairbairn is returning to her position as the CSE/School Psychologist.

Carolyn Cassels is now serving in the role of the Student/Family Support Services Coordinator; her major responsibilities will be the implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act, the Comprehensive Education Plan, working with students considered to be at risk, Response to Intervention, Title IX and the MicKinney-Vento Homeless Act (Homeless Youth).