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CECSD Welcome's New Staff 2019-2020

On August 26, new teaching staff participated in orientation and mentoring meetings. Teachers were welcomed by Superintendent Michael Hoose and Board of Education President Janet Griffin. The orientation covered many topics including technology training, benefits, annual professional performance review and much more. Below is a list and short biography of the new staff that CECSD is welcoming! 

Name and Position Photo  Bio 
Jacob Abbuhl
Library Media Specialist
Cortland High School


Jacob graduated from SUNY Albany and has worked as a Librarian for the last 4 years. He enjoys working with books and technology and wanted to help others learn how to use the library for fun and learning. He has taught and supervised a number of STEM projects with students and is eager to bring these skills to Cortland. Jacob said “I hope to create an environment where the students feel welcome and teachers want to keep bringing their classes back!”


Lisa Barrett
Global 9 and 10
Cortland High School

Lisa grew up near Brockport, NY and wanted to become a teacher because she had teachers in high school that helped substantially and she hopes to help other students the same. Lisa is a SUNY Fredonia alumni and worked in the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter school for five years. Lisa is, “excited to be part of the Cortland family and join the CHS team.” 

Russel Blasko
Cortland High School

Russel is a SUNY Oswego alumni and became a teacher because, “he likes working with kids and seeing the kids get excited when it comes to working with their hands.” In addition to working with wood, Russel is also a skilled mechanic and specializes in working on British cars. Russel said, “I am happy to be working here in Cortland and cannot wait to start the school year!” 

Justin Dorman
7th Grade Math
Cortland Junior High School

Justin, is coming from Cortland via Sullivan County, NY. He grew up in a rural community and loved being outside and playing basketball. Justin student taught at CHS last year with Mr. Drexler and is excited to start the school year with us. He is a SUNY Cortland alumni and will be pursuing his Masters Degree at Suny Cortland next year as well as teaching. 

Anne Marie Ebby

Anne Marie has taught for 24 years and in three different states! She taught in Utah, Nevada and in New York. She currently lives in Moravia and has two sons that are in 12th and 8th grade. Anne Marie said, “ I wanted to teach ENL because I thought that I could use my skills to help students learn English. I have certifications that range from teaching, leadership/administration, gifted and talented and ENL. I started back in February and during my time at Cortland I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and students.”

Sarah Fuller
Speech Language Therapist
Smith Intermediate School

Sarah is a Cortland native. She graduated from Cortland High School and is a SUNY Cortland alumni. Sarah, “always hoped to stay local and get a job right here in Cortland.” Sarah is interested in helping students maximize their communication potentials to succeed academically and socially. She looks forward to being a part of the Cortland team. 

Alyse Kinsinger
Special Education
Cortland High School

Alyse is a Utica native and Utica College alumni, prior to moving to Cortland, Alyse taught in the Utica area for two years and coached cheerleading. She also was a social studies teacher for four years at Ithaca High School. Alyse wanted to become a teacher, “to help prepare students for the future. I enjoyed my own K-12 experience and thought that the influential teachers in my high school shaped my life. I hope to be an influence on my students lives as well.”  

Deanna Gostinski
6th Grade
Randall Middle School

Deanna is coming to us from Pennsylvania and is a Lock Haven University Alumni. Deanna has a degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and advertising. She went back to SUNY Cortland to get a Masters degree in education. Deanna decided to change career paths because, “I felt like I had such a passion to help others. I wanted to make a bigger impact than what I was currently doing. I have always loved reading and writing and hope to use my marketing skills with students to work as part of the Randall newspaper club.” 

Carly Hewitt
K-6 Schol Counselor
Randall Middle School

Carly is a Syracuse native. She went to Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree. While she was pursuing her masters degree in school counseling from SUNY Oswego she worked at the NYS fair in the administration building. Carly said, “I think it is really important for the students to connect with someone at the school. The confidential person they can go to. I am passionate about mental health awareness and social emotional well being. I am excited to start the school year at Cortland!” 

Theresa Johnson
Junior High Science 

Theresa taught science for 11 years in Phoenix Arizona. Her family relocated to Cortland last year as her husband bacome a professor in the Sociology department at SUNY Cortland. She has three kids, one at Smith intermediate, one at Cortland Junior High School and a two year old who attends the Cortland Child Development Center. She loves spending time hiking playing at the park. Theresa loves being in Central New York where the seasons change and there is always something fun to do as a family.
Mary Elizabeth McAndrew
6th Grade Special Education
Randall Middle School

Mary is from Syracuse, and a Nazareth College alumni. Mary has taught everything from 2nd to 9th. Mary said, “I feel like Cortland seems like a great environment and is passionate about learning and helping kids succeed.” Mary will be at Randall Middle School in the fall and is excited to start the school year. 

Emma Post
1st Grade
Barry Primary School




Emma is from Central Square, and an Oswego alumni. She is currently attending Syracuse University for a Masters degree in Literacy Education. Emma said, “I wanted to be a teacher because I have always loved working with kids. I have volunteered coaching soccer for kids grade 4-8 years old. I cannot wait to meet my students at the start of the school year!”


Lindsey Schanz
English 8
Cortland Junior High School

Lindsay is a native Central New Yorker and SUNY Cortland alumni. She currently resides in Brewerton with her husband, newborn daughter Zoey, and her dog, Otis. Lindsay has been teaching for 6 years and has taught 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade English. Lindsay said, “I have always loved to work with people. I love to be with kids and instill enthusiasm and passion and mold kids into productive human beings.” 


Rebecca Slate
Barry Primary School

Rebecca is from Alabama and a SUNY Cortland Alumni. In addition to being a certified teacher is a certified children's yoga teacher. Prior to coming to Cortland she was a UPK teacher in Auburn. Rebecca said, “Since I taught UPK, I feel like Kindergarten was the next step for me. I am hoping to incorporate mindfulness in my classroom and am ready to start the school year!”


Michael TenKate
ISS Teaching Assisstant and Varsity Wrestling Coach
Cortland High School


Mike has worked in many different positions throughout the years. From being in the U.S. Army to working in corrections he has had several unique jobs. Mike said, “I wanted to work in the ISS room because I have worked in corrections for so many years. I feel like it is important to have a good example for accountability. I also think working at the HS will help me develop relationships with students. I am the Varsity wrestling coach so it will be good to be in the school daily so I can see the student athletes.” 


Charlene Urtz
3rd and 4th Grade Special Education
Barry Primary School


Charlene grew up right here in Cortland, NY. Her children are at Cortland Junior High and High School. Charlene wanted to teach in Cortland because, “I am part of the community and Cortland Schools feel like home to me. I know the teachers, students and administrators already so it is a natural fit. I am very excited to meet my students and to watch them learn and grow!”


Lisa Zaspel
Barry Primary School


Lisa currently lives in Manlius with her husband and two boys who are 12 and 14 years old. She has had a variety of educational jobs, such as a classroom teacher, professor, and reading teacher. Lisa said, “I am excited to teach kindergarten because it is a new adventure for me. I want to make sure all kids have opportunities to learn at high levels. Being at Barry Primary is great because I will be able to provide our youngest learners with foundational skills to succeed for a lifetime.”  




Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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