New teachers join Phoenicia faculty

By Jay Braman Jr.
There are no less than six new teachers at the blackboards at Phoenicia Elementary School this fall. According to Principal Linda Sella there’s also a new lunch lady at the school.
“We have four new teachers. Mr. Hallock in third grade, Mr. Grady in physical education, Ms. Scherry in fourth-grade and Ms. Sobolewski in second-grade."
Two of those teachers are familiar faces at Phoenicia. In fact one of them even went to school there.
Jaclyn Sobolewski was born and raised in the Phoenicia area and was educated in the Onteora School District before going on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in elementary education. She is also familiar to students and parents, as she has been working as a substitute teacher as Phoenicia.
Cindy Scherry is another new teacher well known in the area after years of work as a substitute. Scherry, who was also educated in the Onteora School District, hails from nearby Olivebridge in the Town of Olive. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education.
Robert Hallock comes to Phoenicia from the southern Ulster County Town of New Paltz. Like Scherry he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education.
Jason Grady, who lives in Rhinebeck, comes to teach physical education in Phoenicia holding a Master’s Degree from Hofstra University.
Sella noted that there are more new staffers at Phoenicia for the 2008-2009 school year.
“Two more new faces in the classroom are Ms. Tenke and Ms. Stropoli. Both are teaching assistants and we welcome them. You will have another opportunity to meet the new teachers at open house on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.”
While the new teachers and assistants will be doling out knowledge, Diane Sorbellini will be doling out breakfast, lunch and snacks in the cafeteria.
“Ms. Sorbellini will join us as a permanent member of our food services staff,” Sella said. “Because the numbers of students buying meals has increased over the past year and looks much the same this year we needed the extra help.”