Clark School District Hires Eight New Teachers

CLARK — The Clark Board of Education approved the hiring of eight new certificated staff members at the July 19th Board of Education Meeting.

The teachers, six for tenure track teaching positions, and two for maternity leave replacements, were all in attendance at the Board of Education meeting, and each took the opportunity to thank the board when they were individually introduced at the meeting by Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops.


The teachers hired were:

  • Denise Picciano, a graduate of Kean University who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction; she will be teaching Mathematics at the Karl H. Kumpf Middle School.
  • Mary Lillis, who graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education, scheduled to teach Pre-School special education at the Clark Kindergarten Annex.
  • Andrea Stutzbach, a Rowan University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Exercise Science, who will teach Physical Education in the secondary schools.
  • James Vavar, a Montclair State University alumni who received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education, will be the new Music teacher at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School.
  • Anthony Delconte, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Education, will be a Mathematics teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School.
  • Emily Mackin, a Rider College alumnus with a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education and English Literature will be a Language Arts maternity leave replacement teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School.
  • Nicole Mailloux, recipient of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts Degree from Kean University, will be a Language Arts maternity leave replacement at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.
  • Joseph Sortino, who earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kean University in Physical Education and Health, will be a Physical Education teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School.

In commenting on the new teachers, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops remarked, “This is a highly impressive group of incoming staff members. The district administration put a good deal of rigor into the screening and hiring process, for most of these positions there were literally hundreds of applicants. We screened all candidates and literally spent days interviewing for each position. I’m very excited at the prospect of these new teachers coming into the classrooms in September, and confident they will be outstanding teachers, role models, and guiding lights to the students in their charge.”

The newly hired teachers pose for a group picture at the conclusion of the Board of Education meeting. Pictured from left to right are: Andrea Stutzback, Joseph Sortino, Denise Picciano, Nicole Mailloux, James Vavra, Mary Lillis, Anthony DelConte, and Emily Mackin. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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