Watervliet Elementary School masthead
Meet members of the elementary school team  
Share |

Get to know the staff members who support and encourage students every day

 

Most parents are familiar with their children's classroom teachers, but how many actually know the other adults their children interact with at school throughout the course of a day? This web page offers parents and the community an opportunity to get to know WES staff better, like the nine individuals featured below.

These staff members play an important role providing support and offering children encouragement every day at school. Parents may recognize the smiling faces from the main office, the cafeteria or other school areas but probably aren’t aware that most choose coffee over tea, or that more than half prefer peanut M&Ms to the plain variety. Most importantly, all of them gave similar responses about the reason they choose to work at Watervliet Elementary School. To learn the answer to that question and others, click on the staff member’s name to reveal a short Q&A.

 

picture of L. Coulombe, WES staff member  picture of C. Daniels, WES staff member  picture R. DeChiaro, WES staff member 
Louise Coulombe, library aide Chrissy Daniels, secretary Rita DeChiaro, school lunch monitor
picture J. DelSignore, WES staff member  picture S. Flanigan, WES staff member  picture H. Gleason, WES staff member 
Jennifer DelSignore, attendance Sandy Flanigan, school lunch monitor Holly Gleason, secretary
picture M. Irvine, WES staff member  picture J. O'Connell, WES staff member  picture L. Strock, WES staff member 
Melanie Irvine, school lunch monitor Jill OConnell, UPK secretary Louise Strock, school lunch monitor
picture S. Vogel, WES staff member   
Susan Vogel, school nurse  
 

 

Louise Coulombe, library aide

     Coffee or tea? Both

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? I like working with the kids, helping them pick out books to read, Also, helping out the staff and being available for them when needed.

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? I was raised on a farm so I love all animals! I've had cats and I feed wild birds in the winter.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Peanut

     Favorite color? Green

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up?   I like working with people. All my life I have worked in public service. First the military, then I worked for the postal service for 30 years. And for the past 9 years, I've been here serving the community's children.

  

Chrissy Daniels, elementary secretary

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? Seeing the students smile every day.

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, a yellow lab, “Sandy Beach.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Plain

     Favorite color? Blue

    When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A nurse

 

Rita DeChiaro, school lunch monitor

    Coffee or tea? Coffee!

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? The kids and I love my co-workers!

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, a dog, Blue.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Peanut!

     Favorite color? Blue

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A mother. I have seven kids in my heart! Five children and two more by marriage.

 

Jennifer DelSignore, attendance clerk

     Coffee or tea? Tea

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? The kids; helping them, listening to their stories.

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, I've had pets my whole life. Cats, dogs, a chinchilla!

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Peanut!

     Favorite color? Red

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A secretary

 

Sandy Flanigan, school lunch monitor

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? The kids!

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? I used to have a cat.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms?  Plain

     Favorite color? Pink

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A mother and grandmother

 

Holly Gleason, elementary secretary

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? Being able to work in a happy environment with students and staff.

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, a Golden Retriever named Ernie.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Both!

     Favorite color? Pink

    When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A librarian

 

Melanie Irvine, school lunch monitor

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? The children

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, I have had many pets at various times, including 11 cats, a guinea pig, a rabbit.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Peanut

     Favorite color? Purple

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A teacher

 

Jill O'Connell, Universal Prekindergarten secretary

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? The smile on children's faces when you greet them in the morning and talk with them!

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, a chocolate lab, Gibbs.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Peanut

     Favorite color? Purple

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A veterinarian

 

Louise Strock, school lunch monitor

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? That one (or two) hugs I get every day from students!

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? I have had a cat and a dog in the past.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Plain

     Favorite color? Purple

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? An court stenographer

 

Susan Vogel, school nurse

     Coffee or tea? Coffee

     Your favorite thing about this job is ...? Working with all the kids.

     Do you have any pets now, or have you ever owned a pet? Yes, two dogs.

     Plain or peanut M&Ms? Neither! Peanut butter M&Ms are my favorite!

     Favorite color? Blue

     When you were in elementary school, what did you dream of being when you grew up? A nurse!