Published in the August 17 – 30, 2016 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Personnel include veteran instructors and many who are new to the profession

By Staff Report
Students will be heading into their classrooms Aug. 16 for the start of a fresh new school year for the Morgan Hill Unified District. Many of them will be meeting new teachers as well as some new administrators and support staff.
“We have more than 50 new teachers joining our MHUSD team this year with quite a mix of rich backgrounds and experiences, said Steve Betando, superintendent of the MHUSD.
Among the new teachers are veterans teachers bringing experience from other school districts, but also many who grew up in our community and are new to the profession, Betando added.
“I know that our neighborhoods and businesses will embrace them and support them as they help develop our students,” he said. “Morgan Hill, San Martin and South San Jose are rich communities that continue to extend resources to our teachers and we all appreciate how they are welcoming our newest educators with open arms.”

New teaching and MHUSD staff:
Ann Sobrato High School
Aaron Duron — counselor
Carlos Vega — Spanish
Russ Swallow — Computer Science
Jinny Robertson — mathematics
Barrett Elementary School
Catherine Rudolph — special ed
Britton Middle School
Shawn McGinn — band
Meredith Watts — Spanish/AVI
Delena Musgrave — sixth grade
Central High School
Justin Barbettini — special ed
Joseph Guthrie — alternative
Chelly Brink — counselor
District Office
Susanne Cuthbert — speech
Santiago Gallegos — speech
Noel Weeks — school nurse
Education Services
Yvonne Alvarez — TOSA: Migrant
Jackson Academy of Math and Music
Megan Shumate — third grade
Jennifer Rubbo — sixth grade
Jennifer Beez — counselor
Live Oak High School
Christopher Mench — special education
Michelle Madrigal-Walters — physical education
Daniel Borklund — math
Julia Frances Angeles — French
Sarah Benfield — English
Mandana Kompani — math/avid
Rebecca Seelos — social studies
Nathan Padilla — special education
Los Paseos Elementary School
Jenelle Fraser — fourth grade
Amanda Vuniwai — special education
Martin Murphy Middle School
Tamara Miller — sixth grade
Ashley Keck — sixth grade
Nordstrom Elementary School
Haley Nichols — fifth grade
Kayla Young — fifth grade
Melissa Jeffery — kindergarten
Emma Petersen — first/second grade
Sarina Santiago — special education
Paradise Valley
Jennifer Uithover — special education
San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy
Gabriela Gil — kindergarten duel immersion
Martin Morales Rodriquez — second grade duel immersion
Denee Lewis — transitional kindergarten
Nora Haddad — sixth grade
Francisco Marquez, Jr. — fifth grade duel immersion
Teresa Martinez — third grade duel immersion
Sobrato High School
Tom Casavant — chemistry
Molly Goodale — biology
Nate Jordan — physical education
Richard Johnson — biology
Jarvin Bayona — math
Katherine McKinley — math
Linda Hanks — special education
Kevin Foy — social studies
Kim Witthaus — counselor
Pamela Hoult — biology
Cheryl Davis — digital photography
Verania Jacobo-Martinez — Spanish
P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy
Katie Cahill-Mallory – reading
Maricela Olmos — first grade

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