(Reprinted from September 2013 ECS School Newsletter)

Parents and teachers will see three new faces on the teaching staff at Ellicottville Central School this year.

Caitlin Riggs Keller will be teaching Kindergarten. The district added an additional section due to enrollment. Keller is no stranger to the district having worked the past two years as an AmeriCorps worker. She has worked with students one-on-one and assisted several students with special needs. Keller is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia in Early Childhood Education with a Masters in Differentiated Instruction from St. Bonaventure. She and her husband Dan live in Salamanca. ECS is excited to have Keller as a full-time member of the teaching staff.

Chad Bartoszek will be teaching Physical Education in grades 7-12. During the past two years, he has been working as a P.E. teacher in the Portville Central School. Prior to that, he worked in several educational positions with the Seneca Nation, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems and Salamanca City Central School. Bartoszek has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University Buffalo and a Master of Sports Science from United States Sports Academy. He also played Division I football at the University of Buffalo where he was drafted and spent two years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. He has also been named the Eagles Head Varsity Football Coach. He lives in Bradford with his wife Denise and their son Brandon.

Alice Alessi will become the district’s first full-time speech teacher as the district took over her position from Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES. For the past 22 years, Alessi has worked for the Randolph Academy or CA-BOCES as a speech teacher. She brings a wealth of speech experience to the job and is well respected by the staff and parents of students for the excellent work she has done. While it was, in part, a financial decision, being able to get a teacher with Alessi’s professional experience made the decision even easier. She lives in Randolph with her husband Mark.