As we embark on a new year of learning, I would like to introduce some of our new staff members. Each has already become part of the Westmoreland Middle School family, and I invite you to introduce yourselves to them when you're in the building!
Hello! My name is Sharon Pine, and I am the new Secretary for Westmoreland Middle School. I have worked in medical offices for nearly twenty years. In 2001 I was promoted to my first management position as the Office Coordinator for St. Elizabeth’s Family Practice in Sauquoit. In 2004, I was hired as the Referral Coordinator for Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center, and within the first year was promoted to Medical Office Manager, a position I held for over eight years. I recently earned my Associates Degree at Herkimer County Community College in Business Administration.
I live in Utica with my husband, Dave and our “full” house - two dogs and three cats. We have trained both of our dogs in obedience, and for the past three years, I have been training our dog, Bella, in agility. In my spare time, I enjoy a wide variety of arts and crafts, especially crochet. I also love all sorts of music, movies, sports, as well as spending time with family and friends. I am so excited for the opportunity to make the transition from healthcare to education, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone – let’s have a great school year!
Hello! My name is Marissa Pietruch and I am the 7th grade U.S. Social Studies teacher. I was a graduate of Westmoreland and I am excited to be back teaching! I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Social Studies Education at SUNY Oneonta and I am currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Students with Disabilities at Utica College. Prior to this year I was working as a substitute teacher and a tutor.
Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing different sports, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to joining the Westmoreland Middle School staff and sharing my passion for social studies with my new students!
I am Mrs. Debbie Gutowski, and I am thrilled to be part of the Westmoreland Middle School music department this year! I am a singer and flute player, in addition to teaching music.
I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but I went to college in Ohio. I attended the College of Wooster with a major in Music Education. Then I remained in Ohio teaching general music in public and private schools for 14 years, mostly in the Cleveland area. While living there, I also sang with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and got to perform in Switzerland, London, and New York City on tour with them! My family and I moved to New York 2 years ago for my husband's job at Utica College. I have been subbing in Whitesboro, Rome, New Hartford, and here at Westmoreland. Last year, I was a long-term substitute for the Junior and Senior High choirs in New Hartford, as well as assistant directing the high school musical there.
When I'm not teaching, I love to sing; spend time with my family, including my son Adam; watch sports, especially hockey and football; read; and bake. I'm excited to make this a great year at Westmoreland!
My name is Lindsay Owens and I’m so excited to be joining Westmoreland Central Schools as a long-term substitute in 8th grade ELA. I grew up in the area, graduating from Waterville Central Schools. I went to Elmira College where I double majored in English Literature and Political Science, and received my Master’s in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. Since becoming a certified English teacher, I have subbed in local schools, worked for BOCES as a night school teacher, and spent a couple of years teaching writing and literature courses at MVCC.
I currently live in Clinton with my husband and our wonderful fifteen month old daughter, Hadley. I LOVE reading- anything from the “classics” to James Patterson novels. I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and watching sports, especially football and basketball (Go Orange!). I am so thrilled to join Westmoreland; I love teaching and learning, and cannot wait to do both with the 8th grade students and my colleagues. I’m looking forward to a wonderful school year!