2019 School Year Marked by Four New Faces at CHS


Isabella Korbal and Adriana Pellegrino, Staff Writers

As the 2019 school year heads into holiday season, Cinnaminson High School welcomes four new teachers who were hired to teach in the science, technology, and languages departments. 

The new teacher for the technology department, Ross Maddalon, recently came to Cinnaminson after teaching at Nottingham High School in Hamilton, New Jersey. Starting his 15th year of teaching, Mr Maddalon said he came to Cinnaminson because his family was looking to move. He said many colleges and other teachers recommended CHS. 

“I’ve always heard good things about the district. They always say good things about everything here, students, administration, everything,” said Maddalon.

Mr. Maddalon says he looks forward to many of the events coming up this school year. He is already getting involved with the school by being a volunteer football coach, and so far, he says that his experience at Cinnaminson High School has been positive and the teachers are very helpful.

For the science department, Cinnaminson welcomes chemistry teacher Lea Palacios. It is her fifth year teaching chemistry and she’s taught in three other states before coming back to New Jersey to teach at the high school. She wanted to take the open teaching position here because it was an opportunity to move back home. 

“It just felt right here.  Everyone I’ve worked with has been so welcoming and the students are so worth the cross country move,” Ms. Palacios said. 

She hopes to have a positive impact on the students and change the minds of any beginning-of- the-year chemistry skeptics. Ms Palacios says that she enjoys the smaller class sizes and already feels like she’s gotten to know her students more so here than at her other schools.

There are two new teachers in the World Languages department, one from Maple Shade High School and one from Delran High School. One of the teachers, Stephanie Morales, teaches French. She says she has been teaching French for four years.

“I came to Cinnaminson in the hopes of advancing my professional career by means of networking and attending a series of professional development workshops,” Ms. Morales states.

Her hopes for this year include helping her students realize that they are capable of much more than they imagined. She also states that she wants to help the French club in making their presence known and remind her students of their passion for the French language.

Cinnaminson’s second new teacher in the language department, Andrea Tornese, is a Spanish teacher. She says she has been teaching Spanish for fifteen years. Mrs. Tornese says she is also excited to see her students grow in the spanish language.

“I like that Cinnaminson has a close community feel.” Mrs. Tornese says.