Cazenovia Central School District students recently participated in the CNY Steamboat Challenge, a STEM competition hosted by the MOST and Syracuse University.
For five weeks, fourth-graders Lauder Skidmore, Kiki Santiago, AnnaLee Duffy, Marissa Bock, Jenny Web, Sam Schofield and Greyson Fountain worked designing, building and testing steamboats.
Each team presents their miniature working steamboat, powered by a single tealight candle, on competition day. Judges score the project not only based on boat specification and race time, but on knowledge of the engineering process, teamwork and creativity/innovation.
The Burton Street Elementary students competed in teams with peers from across Central New York. Schofield and Fountain earned first prize in the grades four through six division.
By displaying positivity and seeing the light in all students, Teaching Assistant Donna Snyder has been named Cazenovia Central School District’s 2021 Staff Person of the Year.
Snyder, who works at Burton Street Elementary School, goes out of her way to help students in need, even after school hours as a volunteer. Snyder constantly thinks on her feet, which is imperative in her role, as each day differs from the next.
Donna is a crucial part of the Burton Street team and doesn’t think twice about staying late for meetings, sitting in on conferences, and texting into the evening to brainstorm what is best for the classroom and the students.
Q: What would you say are the best parts of your job?
A: I just love working with the kids and helping them to learn things. It’s great to see the light go off when they’ve learned something new. I love to be a part of that.
Q: When did you first start working with Cazenovia CSD?
Q: When you first started working with Cazenovia CSD, what was your first reaction?
A: My kids went to Burton Street Elementary, so I volunteered here and at the middle school. So, I was used to being in and out of the classrooms. I was thrilled to be able to have a job here and work with kids.
Q: Are there a few moments that stand out over the years as some of your favorite?
A: I love working in the co-teaching classroom. That includes the teacher, a special education teacher and me. And we work as team with the kids. We started that a few years ago, and that has been exciting to stay in the classroom.
Q: How would you like to be remembered at Cazenovia CSD?
A: Someone that was dedicated to the students. And someone who helped kids become the best that they can be.
Q: Outside of work, what are some of your interests and hobbies?
A: I am an avid hiker, canoer, and camper. I’m a 46er. And of course, family. That’s comes first. We love Disney trips, and I have a grand daughter who we spend a lot of time with.
History of the Staff Person of the Year Award: Beginning in September 2011, the Cazenovia School District started honoring one non-faculty employee as Staff Member of the Year. This award is given annually to recognize how a staff member has contributed to the success of our students and the district. The Staff Person of the Year recipient receives a trophy in recognition of their award.
Recipients of this award have been:
2011 Kathy Morse, Teaching Assistant
2012 Bill Poglitsh, Maintenance
2013 Jim Giardina, Transportation Department Bus Driver
2014 Mary Dewan, Library Aide
2015 Lou Ann Turner, Administrative Assistant to the Middle School Principal
2016 Cindy Hirt, R.N., Elementary School Nurse, Dept. Leader
2017 Sheryl Conley, District Treasurer
2018 Bitsy Namy, Teaching Assistant
2019 Rick Bosworth, Transportation Department Bus Driver
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Kyle Prenoveau, New K-4 PE Teacher
Please join Cazenovia Central School District in welcoming new elementary Physical Education Teacher Kyle Prenoveau.
Mr. Prenoveau has been teaching for two years. Prior to joining Cazenovia CSD, Mr. Prenoveau taught K-4 Elementary Physical Education (PE) in the West Genesee School District. Mr. Prenoveau earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland.
When not teaching, Mr. Prenoveau can be found playing and coaching sports. He also enjoys listening to live music, hiking, skiing, and attending sporting events as a fan.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes HS Business & Computer Teacher Ken Hammond
Please join Cazenovia Central School District in welcoming new high school Business and Computer Teacher Ken Hammond.
Mr. Hammond will be entering his second year of teaching. Prior to Cazenovia, Mr. Hammond taught one year at DeRuyter Central Schools in the Business and Computer Science program.
Mr. Hammond became a teacher after several years in Sport Event Production. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland and holds a Master of Science in Education degree in CTE with a focus on Business and Marketing from SUNY Oswego. He has spent the last 11 years working for IRONMAN/World Triathlon Corp. as a Race Director for several IRONMAN 70.3 events and continues to do so.
Mr. Hammond is a proud father of a son who is entering the first grade this fall and has a wife who has worked in education for the past 12 years as an English Teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. He is an avid cyclist and a person who enjoys all sports.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Spanish Teacher Laura Shippee
Please join Cazenovia Central School District in welcoming new Spanish teacher Laura Shippee to the sixth and seventh grades.
Sra. Shippee has spent the last twenty years teaching Spanish. She earned her master’s degree in Secondary Education from SUNY Oswego as well as a bachelor’s degree in Public Justice and Spanish. She studied at the University of Barcelona, Spain and has travelled to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Growing up in Clifton Park, NY, Sra. Shippee currently resides in Baldwinsville where she enjoys spending time with her three children (ages 6, 11 and 14).
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Middle School Physical Education Teacher Christopher Bubble
Please join us in welcoming new physical education teacher Christopher Bubble to Cazenovia Central School District.
Mr. Bubble has coached basketball for 15 years and has experience coaching football, baseball and softball and plans to continue his coaching career at Cazenovia. He said he looks forward to teaching, mentoring and being a resource for all young people.
Mr. Bubble has been a physical education teacher for 13 years, teaching elementary, middle and high school P.E. at Newfield Central School District and also served as Dean of Students prior to joining us at Cazenovia.
“I’m passionate about teaching students to become physically active for a lifetime and challenging them to maximize their athletic potential,” he said.
Growing up in the Ithaca area, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teaching from Ithaca College and his master’s degree in Physical Education (Coaching Pedagogy) from SUNY Cortland. Currently, he is pursuing a CAS in School Building and School District Leadership from SUNY Cortland.
Mr. Bubble lives in Cazenovia with his wife Tara and their two children Colton and Hayden.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes new Registered Nurse Renee Fuller
Please join us in welcoming new registered nurse Renee Fuller to Cazenovia Central School District.
Mrs. Fuller has been a registered nurse (practicing in pediatrics), for the past eight years, the last four of which she served as an elementary school nurse in the Oneida City School District.
Mrs. Fuller first earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Cornell University before pursuing her nursing degree from Crouse Hospital College of Nursing. She said she is excited to bring her passion for helping people to the Cazenovia students and community.
Mrs. Fuller enjoys staying active and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young boys, one of whom will be joining her at Burton Street for his first year in school!
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes new Fifth Grade Teacher Kaelee Cleary
Please join us in welcoming new fifth grade teacher Kaelee Cleary to Cazenovia Central School District.
Ms. Cleary is from Waterville, New York, where she grew up on a small family farm. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College, where she received her Associate’s degree in Childhood Education with a concentration in English. She then transferred to SUNY Cortland where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a concentration in mathematics. Ms. Cleary is currently attending SUNY Brockport to complete her Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). As of now, she is certified to teach birth through sixth grade.
Ms. Cleary has been substitute teaching since her freshman year in college. She has worked in a variety of districts, including Waterville, Sauquoit, Brookfield, and McGraw. She has been a part of Cazenovia Central School District for one year. Last fall, she student taught at Burton Street Elementary in second grade with Pam Rightmyre. She then began substituting for the district and completed a long-term placement in third grade. In her free time, Ms. Cleary enjoys spending time outside hiking, kayaking, camping, and traveling. She also loves to cook and spend time with her family (especially her niece)! Ms. Cleary said she is incredibly excited to become a member of the Cazenovia community and family. She is looking forward to working with students, families, and the faculty here at Cazenovia!
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes new MS Art Teacher Julia Macreery
Please join Cazenovia Central School District in welcoming new middle school art teacher Julia Macreery.
Mrs. Macreery is a graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s in Art History and Studio Art, and Syracuse University with a Master’s in Art Education.
Prior to Cazenovia, she worked as an art teacher in the Syracuse City and ESM School Districts, as well as at the YMCA and Bright Beginnings Preschool. Aside from art and teaching, Mrs. Macreery enjoys scouting, camping, and spending time with her family. She said she is very excited to start teaching art to the students in Cazenovia!
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Katie Carkey, K/1 Special Education Teacher
Please join us in welcoming Katie Carkey to Burton Street Elementary as the new K/1 Special Education Teacher.
Previously, Mrs. Carkey spent 13 years teaching at Jowonio School (an inclusive preschool in Syracuse). Katie earned her undergraduate degree from Utica College in Psychology Child Life and her Master’s degree from Syracuse University in Early Childhood and Special Education.
When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Carkey can be found exploring parks and going on adventures with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and Great Dane. She also loves Syracuse basketball and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
She said she’s super excited to join the Burton Street team and can’t wait to get to know all the teachers and students.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes ENL Teacher Dana Cole
Please welcome Ms. Dana Cole to the Cazenovia Central School District as an English as a New Language (ENL) Teacher in the middle school and high school.
Ms. Cole, who has been teaching for seven years, previously taught ENL in the DeRuyter Central School District, working with all English Language Learners district wide.
Ms. Cole earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language and Spanish from SUNY Cortland. She also holds a Master of Science in Education degree in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12) from SUNY Cortland.
When not teaching, Ms. Cole can be found tutoring migrant students in the local area or playing piano. In her free time, Ms. Cole enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, camping, hiking, and traveling.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Miss Samantha Kio, New School Psychologist Intern
Please welcome Miss Samantha Kio as Cazenovia Central School’s new School Psychologist Intern.
Miss Kio is a graduate student at SUNY Oswego where she is completing the requirements for her M.S. in School Psychology and her Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in trauma studies. She earned her undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta where she received a B.S. in Psychology.
When Miss Kio is not working in the district or on her graduate degree, she can be found reading, playing music, or spending time with her twin sister. She also enjoys swimming during the warmer months of the year and skiing or snowboarding during the cold months. Her favorite football team is the Buffalo Bills.
Cazenovia CSD Welcomes Seventh Grade Math Teacher Connor Carroll
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Connor Carroll to the middle school as the seventh-grade math teacher. Mr. Carroll earned his Bachelor’s in Mathematics with a minor in Education Studies from Ithaca College. He is currently certified for grades five through nine in mathematics and has spent the last several years teaching Geometry and Spanish at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.
Mr. Carroll is a graduate of Cazenovia Central School District and has been an assistant coach in the district for the Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team the last three years. He also enjoys coaching teams outside of the district in high school esports and outdoor track.
Mr. Carroll said he became a teacher because of the experiences he had while attending CCS. His mantra is to never stop learning because his students teach him while he is teaching them.
In his free time, Mr. Carroll competes in esports and spends time with family. He is thrilled to be returning to Cazenovia Central Schools in his new role.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Jayson Pritchard as the new physics teacher at Cazenovia.
Pritchard currently resides in Baldwinsville but grew up in the Rochester area. He earned a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology with minors in Math and Physics from Otterbein University near Columbus, OH. He earned an MSed in Inclusive Physics Education at The College at Brockport, near Rochester, NY.
Pritchard has worked all over the United States and Europe as theatre technician prior to becoming a teacher. He is excited to bring his technical theatre expertise to the Cazenovia CSD community.
This year, he will serve as a co-advisor to the HS Drama Club and Technical Director for the Spring Musical. Mr Pritchard is very excited to journey through the world of physics with his students this year in both AP and Regents Physics. When he is not teaching, Mr. Pritchard enjoys spending time at home with his cats. He enjoys reading and occasionally playing video games.