Southern High Welcomes More Than a Dozen New Teachers This Year

Aundrea Atwood

Aundrea Atwood

Principal Marc Procaccini at Southern High School in Harwood said that the school year is off to a great start. He said that he hired over a dozen teachers over the summer and they have settled in nicely with the existing faculty. We got a chance to learn a little about each, which we are sharing with you today.

May we present some of the new members of the Southern Bulldog teaching team:

Aundrea Atwood is a new mathematics teacher at Southern. She will teach Algebra I, College Algebra and PSAT Prep. A graduate of Salisbury University, she is also a Southern alumnus, Class of 2010. “I am proud to be able to come back to Southern High and be a ‘Bulldawg’ once again as well as give back to the community in which I was raised,” she said.  At Salisbury University, she majored in Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. While attending Salisbury University, she completed her internship in Dorchester County Public Schools. While at Salisbury, she was a math/computer science tutor and a supplementary instruction leader for computer science courses as well as the VP for the Math and Computer Science Club. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. “I absolutely love my job. I was meant to be a teacher,” she said.

Katie Barbour

Katie Barbour

Katie Barbour will be a Spanish teacher at Southern this year, teaching Spanish I, Spanish II and Honors IV. A graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County, she is fluent in French, German and Spanish. Prior to coming to Southern, Barbour taught at Arundel High. With those language skills, you won’t be surprised to learn that Barbour enjoys traveling in her spare time.

Charlotte Barroll

Charlotte Barroll

Charlotte Barroll

Abby Borkoski

Charlotte Barroll is a school counselor at Southern. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lynchburg College and her Masters in Education Counseling from Loyola in Baltimore. This is Barroll’s first year as a counselor. She had an internship at Central Middle School in Edgewater in the spring as well as internships in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Originally from Chestertown, Barroll was a substitute teacher in Queen Anne’s while she completed her graduate program.

Abby Borkoski will run the Child Development Program at Southern High School. She is a product of Anne Arundel County Public Schools; a graduate of Arundel High, Class of 2004.  She graduated from Towson University with a BS and completed her undergraduate internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Borkoski is currently finishing her Masters in Health Education. Last year, she taught health at Old Mill High School. She said that she is looking forward to a fresh start at Southern where she will teach Child Development 1, 2, and 3—a course she  completed as a student while attending Arundel.

Matt Driscoll

Matt Driscoll

Matt Driscoll teaches English and will be a faculty advisor for yearbook. He graduated from Arundel High and earned his undergraduate degree in English at the University of Maryland. He got his teaching certification through the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Since 2010, he has been a long-term substitute teacher. Outside of school, he likes playing, making and listening to music, skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, traveling, reading and “building things for myself that inevitably break.” He also enjoys camping and life in general.

Brian Forte

Brian Forte

Brian Forte will teach orchestra, guitar, music technology, band and percussion. He graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in music education. Forte served in the Navy from 2001-2006, which took him to Naples (Italy) and Norfolk, Virginia. He plays in several bands, where he sings and plays guitar and banjo. He lives with his wife and dog in Arnold.

Briana Gresko

Briana Gresko

Briana Gresko is the music director who will teach vocal music including choirs, music theory and piano. She’ll be teaming up with English teach Ed Hall (see below) to run the drama program. Prior to joining the team at Southern, Gresko ran successful choral programs at Arundel High and Magothy Middle schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and her graduate degree (M.A. in Music) from Mansfield University. She has completed additional music education programs in Hungary, Minnesota and West Virginia.  Gresko is involved in all aspects of teaching on choral development including conducting workshops and presenting at conferences, writing on development of musicianship and incorporation of Common Core standards into electives. She serves on the Maryland Choral Educators Board as the manager of the Maryland Junior All State Chorus. In her free time, she is the accompanist for the Voices in Praise Youth Choir in Friendship and the county public schools’ choral music camps. Her husband teaches high school in Calvert County and the couple resides in North Beach.

Ed Hall

Ed Hall

Ed Hall will teach English and direct the drama club as a faculty advisor. This is Hall’s seventh year teaching in the county. He is a 2002 graduate of Southern and is happy to be back at the school. He created the drama company at Annapolis High School and is happy to be taking over the drama program at Southern. He graduated from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania in 2007. Hall said that he will be tag-teaming the drama program with new music teacher and musical director Briana Gresko. Outside of school, he enjoys writing and acting. He lives in Annapolis with his dog, Penny.

Lisa King is in the foreign language department, where she will teach Spanish, including Spanish 2 and AP Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). King’s love for language came from spending many years overseas. She was born in Costa Rica and lived in Ecuador, Argentina and Venezuela during her elementary and middle school years. A graduate of Salisbury University, she spent a year living and teaching in Bogotá, Columbia. King earned her MA at Penn State University in State College, Penn. King previously taught Spanish at Marley Middle and co-authored the ASL curriculum for middle schools in the county. She has taken additional ASL classes at Anne Arundel Community College and Gallaudet University. King will bring the ASL to Southern High as a third language option for students. Outside of school, she is a Redskins fan and loves reading—especially Harry Potter. (Editor’s note: When you see her in the hall, be sure to make the ASL sign for Harry Potter by using your right index and middle fingers together to draw a lightning bolt on your forehead).

Rhett Meneely

Rhett Meneely

Rhett Meneely is the new math department chair. In the 1990s, she began her teaching career at Southern where she was mentored by Ted Gott. She said that she is grateful to have the opportunity to work at Southern again. “I have some very big shoes to fill,” she said. She spent the majority of her teaching career at Old Mill High School and has been involved in curriculum development for several math courses. She also worked on writing items for the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) Algebra test, which is required by every student in Maryland to earn a High School Diploma. Meneely took a break from teaching between 2004 and 2011 to work as a social worker. She returned to teaching at Annapolis High, her alma mater, in 2011. She will teach AP Statistics and Honors Algebra II this year.

Stephen Nesmith

Stephen Nesmith

Stephen Nesmith will teach math in all grades. This is his ninth year as a teacher. He has previously taught in Prince George’s County and Baltimore County. Nesmith said that he has been working in special education and one of the best things about that has been seeing the students grow and seeing them mature. “It’s great to see the kids, when it goes on like a lightbulb,”

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Tim O’Brien

he said. Nesmith also coaches basketball in Columbia. He has a newborn son, 7 months, which is his favorite hobby.

Tim O’Brien will teach Honors Chemistry and Honors Physics. He attended Binghamton University, where he earned a BS in Chemistry and an MA in Teaching. While there, he also tutored chemistry and conducted research in the area of photocatalysis (chemistry). He was a lab teaching assistant and has served as a counselor at summer STEM camp for three summers in a row. Aside from student-teaching, this is his first year as a high school teacher.

 

A group of new teachers for Southern took time out to pose for the South River Source.

A group of new teachers for Southern took time out to pose for the South River Source. Welcome ‘Dawgs!

 

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