Meet the new teachers at JE
Kristen Kasky – Jordan-Elbridge Dynamic Intermediate School music teacher
“I have always loved music growing up, and knew from a very young age that I wanted to become a music teacher so that I could help spread my love for music to the new generation.”
So says new Jordan-Elbridge Intermediate Dynamic School music teacher Kristen Kasky, who is entering her second year of teaching.
The New Hartford native earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College and will teach general music to grade 4 students at Jordan-Elbridge.
Kasky, who describes herself as “patient and Disney-loving,” feels that she brings a lot of energy to the position and looks forward to taking on any challenge.
She was excited to come to the district and knew about its music program from an early age.
“I have known about JE’s music program because of the marching band, and I was extremely excited at the idea of being able to join such a welcoming community,” she said.
“I want parents to know that these are challenging times, and I am here to help you and your children in any way I can. I hope to be able to bring them joy through music, and am really looking forward to getting to know their personalities on an individual basis.”
Tommy Honors – Physical education teacher, varsity boy’s soccer/baseball head coach
Tommy Honors has already been a coach at Jordan-Elbridge so it made great sense to him to accept a position as a physical education teacher.
“I have made many relationships at JE and fell in love with the school community immediately,” he said.
The Minoa native brings about 10 years of experience to the district, and has spent the last five years teaching physical education and living environment at CiTi BOCES. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in health and wellness education from SUNY Oswego.
At JE, he’ll teach physical education and coach the varsity boy’s soccer and baseball teams. He feels he brings high energy, passion, and a love of learning and teaching to the position. He also wants to inspire students to dream big.
He says he pursued teaching because he loves to work with kids and has always loved physical education.
“Physical education is a great way to teach students how to stay active and healthy throughout their lifetimes, and is a great way to teach positive, strong character traits,” he said.
“I also want parents to know I am very approachable, passionate about education and want only the best for my students.”