2022 - 2023 Press Release
The following Edgemont faculty members are in the final year of the State-mandated probationary period before tenure may be granted:
|Eve Feurerstein||Elementary Principal||Seely Place School|
|Vivian Kane||Teaching Assistant||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Amanda Ruderman||Mathematics||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Sarah Carey||Art||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Daniel Orza||Physical Education||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Marina Salzano||Foreign Language||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Jeremy Levin||Special Education||Seely Place School|
|Julia Huang||Assistant Principal||Seely Place School|
|Gem Chema||Elementary Education||Greenville School|
|Patrick Maguire||Special Education||Edgemont Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Gratia Devon Cerreta||Elementary Education||Greenville School|
|Amanda Behnke||Literacy||Greenville School|
|Tiffany McEwan||Special Education||Greenville School|
|Kenneth Lane||Special Education||Seely Place School|
These staff members will continue to be evaluated by Edgemont administrators using Edgemont’s Annual Professional Performance Review Plan. This plan provides a framework for identifying and commending effective performance in their respective certification areas, for defining areas requiring attention, and for making recommendations that will assist a teacher or an administrator to improve instructional practices in the classroom, department, or school. Ultimately, Edgemont’s Annual Professional Performance Review Plan provides a framework for decisions about continued employment; it is the recommendation of continued employment that results in tenure for probationary employees.
The evaluation process in Edgemont is lengthy and comprehensive. A minimum of three formal observations of each probationary faculty member is conducted by an administrator each year. These formal observations may be announced or unannounced, and they augment informal observations made by administrators. In addition, I will make at least one unannounced visit to each probationary teacher’s classroom/workplace; my visit is in addition to the three formal evaluations, with those written reports to be shared and discussed with the teacher. These observations are documented using the NYSUT Teacher Practice Rubric or the Multidimensional Leadership Performance Rubric. Each is a thorough and rigorous standard for evaluating a teacher’s or administrator’s performance both inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to maintain a professional portfolio of artifacts that may help to demonstrate their work in areas identified in the rubric as part of the evaluation process and that may assist with this assessment. The district and building administrators continue to be trained on the use of this rubric to ensure inter-rater reliability.
Each year and again toward the end of an employee’s probationary period, all reports written by other administrators and all written feedback received about probationary professionals are reviewed. Additionally, I have implemented a tenure defense process where principals meet with me to review and discuss evidence to substantiate the recommendation to grant or deny tenure. I will then make a recommendation about each probationary employee’s ongoing employment to the members of the Board of Education. This year, I expect to announce my recommendations concerning tenure appointments at the public board meeting of April 18, 2023.
Feedback is always welcomed from students and parents about all members of our faculty throughout the year, both tenured and non-tenured, especially after it has been shared directly with the particular teacher or administrator. The purpose of our evaluation process is to follow a carefully designed system to define and measure effective teaching, cause measurable learning, and to stimulate professional growth of our Edgemont staff. I hope that students and parents who have substantive feedback about those professionals who are in their final year of probation, have already shared their feedback with their respective principals or in the case of a district administrator, with me directly.