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posted: Thu, Oct 9th, 2014

New guidance counselor will fill in for much of the school year 

There's a new face in the Tinc Road guidance office. Jaimie Swingle has taken over as school guidance counselor while Lisa Barba is out on maternity leave.

Ms. Swingle was off and running on day one. October is one of the busiest months of the year for school counselors. There are multiple character education and awareness programs that must be covered and coordinated, some mandated by law. For the Week of Respect, Ms. Swingle was busy visiting every single classroom in the building and delivering important lessons on anti-bullying, tolerance, conflict resolution, and courtesy.

She also organized the respect pledge campaign that asked students to promise to be respectful, kind, and upstanding members of the school community. Each class was given a pledge form that was signed by students and then posted in the hall outside each room. 

The active October has given Ms. Swingle a chance to interact with all the classroom teachers and introduce herself to all the students. 

"Everyone at Tinc Road – the students, staff, and families – has been so welcoming and supportive since I’ve started,” said Ms. Swingle. “The teachers here are such a professional and caring group. I feel privileged to work beside such talented educators.”

There's been so much to do in such a short time, but she takes it in stride. This is her love. Making the difference in the lives of children, it seems, is what she was meant to do in life. She has a natural way of connecting with them on a meaningful level.

“My very first job in high school was at a daycare preschool,” she said. “And from the very first moment there I knew I wanted to spend my days working with kids.” 

Her ease and comfort in relating to children comes in part from growing up with two younger siblings – 7 and 13 years her junior. The role of older sister requires the type of patience, nurturing, and friendly wisdom that a counselor needs.

Ms. Swingle, who last year served as a maternity leave replacement counselor in Great Meadows, is an alum of Rutgers University. She has both her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in counseling psychology from the prestigious institution.

When she's not at work, the health and fitness enthusiast can be found doing something that keeps her active. Whether it's trying out new healthy recipes, doing yoga, or hiking with Lola, her 2-year-old dog, Ms. Swingle is always on the move. With that level of energy, she's certainly chosen the right career path to follow.


Celebrating fall and 40 great years

Tinc Road recently held its annual Fall Festival. The festival, celebrated for the 16th year, featured fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. 

The day took on an added warmth and spirit this year. Before the start of the Festival, about 30 retired staff members, current staff members, and former staff members now in other district buildings joined together to celebrate the 40th birthday of Tinc Road.

Birthday signs and photo montages of the past 40 years decorated the walls. There was even a 40th birthday cake which was cut by principal Richard Fair and special guests Dick Wenner, Dr. Fair’s predecessor and the school’s first principal, and Danielle Frederickson, the school’s first instructional supervisor.

“This was an incredible celebration of the people, past and present, who have shaped Tinc Road and made it such a great place to learn and work,” said Dr. Fair. “It brought back so many warm memories for me and many others. It was a wonderful way to say thanks to the teachers and support staff for all they’ve done for the thousands of students that have passed through our school’s doors.”

The school’s birthday festivities were coordinated by Kathy Diefes, third grade teacher, and instructional aides Lorraine Paglia and Maryann Kopas.

The retired staff members in attendance included Brenda Godshalk, Connie Godshalk, Jack Gill, Danielle Frederickson, Rose Mirable, Mary Ellen Kramer, Maria Maritz, Dick Wenner, Mary Lou Brady, Ellen Willsey, George Ottavinia, Roberta Foster, Sue Gould, Sylvia Pelham, Marge Pierson, Doris Jaross, Bobbie Reed, Janet Ruccia, Ellen Kessler, Diana Palumbo, Jan Graver, Barbara Sammon, Maureen DeMeo, Lori McCarthy, and Peg Robinson.

The Fall Festival is run by the fifth grade class as a public service project to raise money for its end of the year trip to Jefferson Lakes and to promote school spirit and leadership. PTO members Krista Cerasoli and Jennifer Bedell chaired the committee that organized the event.

Photos courtesy of Christopher Lischy.

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