Meet Rye City Schools' New Teachers: Paley, Szarkowics, Virrill

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye City School District will welcome 13 new teachers in 2014, who Daily Voice will feature leading up to the opening of school Thursday, Sept. 4.

Alexandra Paley
Alexandra Paley Photo Credit: Harrison Central School District
Michael Szarkowics
Michael Szarkowics Photo Credit: Harrison Central School District
Cameron Virrill
Cameron Virrill Photo Credit: Harrison Central School District

Alexandria Paley joins Rye High School as a science teacher. Paley comes to Rye from Long Island after teaching earth science and physics at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset and chemistry at Hempstead High School and Uniondale High School.

She also taught a seventh-grade inclusion class in Uniondale and worked as a living environment teacher at Comeswogue High School.

Michael Szarkowics joins Rye High School as a social studies teacher. Szarkowics comes to Rye with a background in teaching social studies to middle and high school level students. He completed part of his student teaching experience at Rye Middle School where he taught four sections.

He most recently worked in Torrington Public Schools in Connecticut. Cameron Virrill joins Rye Middle School as an English teacher. Virrill was a substitute teacher in the Rye City School District during the 2013?14 school year, prior to which he taught at Saddle River Day School in New Jersey for five years and Blind Brook High School for three years.

Earlier in his career, he taught 10th grade English at Princeton Day School for 10 years, and was awarded the David C. Bogle Award grant to redesign the community service program and develop courses.

In his post at Saddle River Day School, Virrill taught various English courses to students in grades 7?12. He also was an adviser for the school’s literary and arts magazine and implemented community service and recycling programs.

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