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Welcome new faculty members - Part 2

posted: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

Mount Olive Middle School welcomed several new faculty members this year who are brand new to the district. Here's a look at three of them:

Krista Fetherman (language arts) comes to MOMS from a parochial school where she taught middle school language arts for three years.

"I bring a sincere passion for teaching and learning to the classroom," said Ms. Fetherman. "I am continually in search of knowledge and new information, and I want my students to develop that same life-long thirst for knowledge." 

Her 102-year-old-grandmother always encourages her to live life to the fullest and Ms. Fetherman embraces that advice. When she's not in class you can find her traveling, hiking, and exploring caves. She also likes to try out new recipes from different cultures and collects fossils, unique rocks, and shark teeth.

The Disney aficionado (she's been to Disney World more than a dozen times!) grew up in Wharton and is married with three children.

She received her bachelor's degree in education from Felician University where she also minored in English.

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Joanna Scarangello (music) found her career path by combining her love of music with the inspiration from her mother, a middle school English teacher.

"I always loved going to visit my mom at school and help her set up her classroom," said Ms. Scarangello. "And music was always a passion of mine from a young age, so being a music teacher brought together two great loves. In music, it's important for the teacher to not only be an accomplished performer but to have a passion for the art of teaching as well."

Ms. Scarangello, a soloist and chorister with local opera and professional choral organizations, spent the past eight years at Briarcliff Middle School in the Mountain Lakes School District. There she taught general music as well as the school's choirs.

She's married and has her hands full as the mom of two young boys, Luke who is 2 and Reid who is just 7 months. A native of Hackettstown, Ms. Scarangello is in the process of moving with her family to a new home there this month.

Ms. Scarangello holds a bachelor's in music education from Lycoming College, where she majored in voice and minored in piano, and earned a master's in music education from Montclair State University. 

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Kristen Windish (science) obviously made a good impression. She spent much of last year right here at MOMS, filling in as a long-term leave replacement in the science department. She's now an official part of the full-time school faculty.

"I'm so excited and appreciative to have been asked back to teach at MOMS this year," she said.

Ms. Windish completed her student teaching a mile or so away at Tinc Road and also worked in the Mount Arlington School District where she grew up and currently resides.

"I became an educator because I've always wanted to help others," she said. "It's an amazing feeling when you see the 'light bulb' go on in a student at the moment when they understand a new concept. It's so gratifying to knowing that I helped that child better understand the world."

Ms. Windish holds a bachelor's from William Paterson University where she studied elementary education and special education. When she's not at work she enjoys playing with her dogs – Callie, Bentley, and Buddy – at the Dog Park at Turkey Brook. She's also an avid hockey fan and likes to attend as many New Jersey Devils games as she can each season.

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