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Welcome New Teachers

My name is Katie Tonzi, the new third grade teacher in the district.  I am from Auburn and enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, doing anything outdoors and cooking.  I graduated from Oswego with my bachelor’s degree in childhood education and my master’s degree in special education.  I look forward to getting to know all members of the Southern Cayuga family and cannot wait to see how much my third grade students grow.
My name is Mike Perry, the new second grade teacher at Emily Howland!  I grew up in Rochester and I enjoy cooking, hiking and spending time with friends and family.  I graduated from SUNY Potsdam with my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and then pursued my master’s in childhood education at Ithaca College.  I am excited to be a part of the Southern Cayuga community, and I’m excited to see my students learn!
My name is Dan Olsen, the new physics, earth science and robotics teacher at SCCS.  I currently live in Ithaca but am originally from Hoffman Estates (suburbs of Chicago).  I attended Western Illinois University, receiving a degree in physics and my license to teach.  In my free time I like to play video games, play outdoors, and watch sports... Go Bears!  I am excited for the opportunity to do some science with the students at Southern Cayuga and getting to know everyone!
My name is Joseph Gessler (a.k.a. Ricky); I was raised in Hendersonville, NC, where I worked as a painting contractor.  The second oldest of a homeschooled family of 12, I decided to pursue a career in music at the age of 28.  I received a bachelor’s degree in music composition and education from Nyack College, and a master’s degree in composition from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College.  Many of my compositions can be found on YouTube under “Ricky Gessler.”  Besides singing and composing, I also enjoy playing guitar & drums, running, and sharing a meal with friends.  I recently moved to Brooktondale and look forward to life in the Finger Lakes region.
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026