Two Staff Developers Appointed by the KLSD Board of Education
Two staff developers were appointed by the Katonah-Lewisboro School District Board of Education on Thursday, June 14. Catherine Graybosch and Alison Porcelli will join Candy Wilmot in providing job-embedded coaching for teachers and leading instructional innovation. They begin with the district on September 1, 2018.
“These educator-coaches will support our staff as they work together to prepare our students for a rapidly changing future,” said Superintendent Andrew Selesnick. “They bring a wealth of experience in teaching, professional development and administration to Katonah-Lewisboro School District.”
Catherine Graybosch comes to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District from Great Neck Public Schools where she serves as a Library Media Specialist and Department Head of Media and Information Technology. In her role in South Middle School, Catherine collaborates with her colleagues to support the integration of technology in all subject areas and facilitates professional learning for faculty members. In addition to her work as a library media specialist, Catherine also designed a new learning commons and led multiple initiatives with the Director of Technology, including a 1:1 device program, active learning, flexible seating, and the development of maker spaces in the middle school.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, a master's degree in Library and Information Sciences, and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership. In addition, Catherine has presented at several regional and national conferences.
“I’m excited about supporting professional learning across the district in order to enhance educational experiences for both staff and students,” said Graybosch.
Alison Porcelli is currently Interim Principal for the Roaring Brook Elementary School in Chappaqua Central School District. Her experience encompasses teaching primary grades in the Guilderland Central School District and Byram Hills Central School District, serving as a Senior Staff Developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and working as an elementary building administrator in New York City and Chappaqua, NY. In her work as a staff developer and building administrator, Alison served as an instructional coach for many teachers across all subject areas.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Psychology, a Master of Science in Teaching Reading, and another master's in Curriculum and Teaching. Alison has also authored and co-authored several books, including: “A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition through Choice Time” and “Purposeful Play: A Teacher's Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day.”
“I am looking forward to working alongside of teachers, thinking together and trying out the best approaches to engage all learners,” said Porcelli. “At the district level, I am excited to collaborate with and learn from such a thoughtful group of educators!”
district-wide professional development team
Mary Ford, the district’s incoming Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction added, “Throughout the rigorous interview process, Catherine and Alison emerged as candidates with exceptional knowledge of curriculum, instruction, professional development and technology integration. I look forward to working closely with Chris Nelson, Candy Wilmot, Catherine and Alison as we build a team that supports professional learning and the ongoing pursuit of the goals of the learning commitment for adults and students across the district.”