New Faces on Campus

The freshmen and other new students to the Traditional Classroom Program were not the only new faces on campus at the start of the school year.

Administration hired two new teachers to accommodate staff changes made at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.

Mr. Alexander Schmid, a St. John’s College graduate of Liberal Arts who also studied English, Philosophy, and Psychology at Marquette University, is the new addition to the English Department. He is teaching the freshman Logic and Rhetoric course and the Law and Debate elective for juniors and seniors.

“Because the decision was made to focus more attention on developing student thinking skills in the freshman year, the administration decided to replace English 9 with a Logic and Rhetoric course,” Mr. Roner said. “Mr. Schmid was hired to develop this new course.”

Academic Writing will replace the old English 9 class, while following the same curriculum.

“I saw an email from Shawn, and I decided that it was Providence to apply for this position. I would implement a curriculum and teach a subject which I love and live,” Mr. Schmid said. “I knew I had to do it.”

vidosicIn addition, Mr. David Vidosic was hired to teach two sections of World History and three sections of U.S. History, left vacant by Mr. Smith who has taken on additional duties as an administrator.

Mr. Vidosic, a former Heritage Digital Academy teacher, is a University of Connecticut graduate of political science. His background includes working in local, state and national politics and coaching basketball and football.

“My family has been involved with the school for a long time,” Mr. Vidosic said. “The position fit perfectly into what I wanted to do with the next phase of my life – teach history and coach.”

administratorsMr. Smith will now handle discipline and special education needs for TCP students. Spanish teacher, Mrs. Erin Dunlap, has also added administrative duties to her responsibilities this school year. Mrs. Dunlap is in charge of teacher professional development and helped manage new training for Mr. Vidosic and Mr. Schmid.

“With the addition of two new teachers and administrative help, our team has been able to implement new programs this school year including the Great Books seminar discussions that take place in the history classes, a highly focused intervention and remediation plan for low performing students, and more personalized student support,” Mr. Roner said. “Our team is looking forward to another successful school year.”