Falmouth Public Schools have hired six new staff members within the administration for the 2021-2022 school year.
Each new administrator gave a brief introduction of themselves and their career accomplishments at the Tuesday, September 14, school committee meeting.
Filling the districtwide Learning Partnership Specialist position is Sarah Vendetti.
Dr. Vendetti is joining Falmouth after teaching middle school science for the last 14 years. She most recently taught grade 7 science and led the grade 5-12 science team as curriculum coordinator at the Rising Tide Charter School in Plymouth.
Dr. Vendetti earned her doctorate in 2019 from Northeastern University, where her research focus centered on creating and sustaining partnerships between educational communities. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in earth, environmental, ocean sciences and a master’s in science education from UMass Boston.
Director of Physical Education, Health, and Wellness Michael Ciliberto is joining the Falmouth staff from his previous 15-year tenure with the Easton school system.
Mr. Ciliberto spent five years as a physical education teacher at the elementary grade levels before moving on to his position as vice principal of the middle school for 10 years.
“I’m very very excited to move back to Cape Cod and I’m very excited to join the Falmouth team,” Mr. Ciliberto said.
Three new educators will be taking the position of special education building administrator and assistant principal.
Massachusetts native Krista Connelly has taken over the position at Teaticket Elementary school. After living on the West Coast for the last 10 years, Ms. Connelly and her family relocated to Cape Cod following her husband’s retirement from active duty in the military.
While this is her first year in Falmouth, this will be Ms. Connelly’s 21st year in public school education. Her previous positions included elementary and middle school special education teaching positions as well as special education team chairperson and an associate principal, Ms. Connelly said.
“I absolutely feel incredibly fortunate to have landed in Falmouth and have been welcomed with an incredible amount of support not only at the district level but at our school level. I’m really looking forward to an excellent year supporting our Teaticket scholars and their staff,” Ms. Connelly said.
The SEBA/AP at East Falmouth Elementary School is Janice Nigro-DiRamio, who is joining the district from her previous position as an out-of-district coordinator for the Revere Public School system for the past nine years.
“I have started to meet all of my students, and they are just great. I look forward to working and advocating for them and their families,” Ms. Nigro-DiRamio said. “I am so happy to be in Falmouth.”
Former Morse Pond School special education teacher Melissa Varao has accepted the SEBA/AP position at North Falmouth Elementary School. Ms. Varao, a Falmouth Public School graduate, also attended North Falmouth as a 1st grade student.
“It truly is an honor to be an administrator in the school that I have such fond memories of as a child and in a community that I love so much,” Ms. Varao said.
Jacquelyn Hartman also joined the committee meeting to share her background and hopes for her new position as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer with committee members and the community.
“With my experience in education, I hope we will find a good balance in our journey to create equity. I am really appreciative that I’m being trusted with this task and I look forward to helping reach our goal in making Falmouth the place that’s inclusive for everyone and a place where everyone can thrive,” Ms. Hartman said.