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New Teachers Greet Returning Escalon Unified Students
Joining the secondary staff this year with the Escalon Unified School District are, from left, Steve Largent, Katie Steffanic, Natalia Lemos, Sarah Fox, Christian Manes, Heather Dyk, Isabella Leventini, Gustavo Jimenez, Mayra Manzo, Jessica Luna, Kyle Dunn. Marg Jackson/The Times

More than 20 new educators have joined the Escalon Unified School District team, filling a variety of positions for the 2017-18 school year.

Staff members have been added at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

“We have a strong group of new people that we’re welcoming to the Escalon Unified School District,” said Superintendent Ron Costa. “We had some retirements, people moving on … we have filled the positions and as of now, all our teaching positions are filled.”

Joining the staff at the high school level are Isabella Leventini, agriculture; and Gustavo Jimenez, counselor. El Portal newcomers are Steve Largent, seventh/eighth grade history; Sarah Fox, seventh/eighth grade math; Heather Dyk, seventh/eighth grade science; Christian Manes, seventh grade math; Kyle Dunn, sixth grade math and science; and Mayra Manzo, counselor.

Natalia Lemos has joined the EUSD staff as a teaching consultant for Gateway Academy.

At the elementary level, Jessica Luna will serve as a school psychologist for both Farmington and Collegeville schools while Katie Steffanic will be a music teacher at both elementary and middle school levels.

New arrivals at Dent Elementary include Elaine Chavez, speech language pathologist; Amanda Gutierrez-Taylor, kindergarten; Alissa Vickers, kindergarten; Jesse Mittelstadt, special education; and Andrea Wever Gonzalez, school psychologist.

Farmington will welcome Nicole Armstrong as a fourth/fifth grade teacher; Collegeville welcomes Lidia Padilla, kindergarten, Julie Fox, kindergarten; April Wheeler, first grade; and Jennifer Vick, fifth grade. At Van Allen, Jamie Evans joins the staff as a TK/kindergarten teacher.

The new staff members joined in with the returning district personnel for a whole staff meeting Monday morning at 8 a.m., with the day also featuring a motivational speaker. Tuesday saw the district host a ‘welcome back’ barbecue for all staff and classes resume today, Aug. 9, at all school sites.