New Faces in Naples! Dear Naples School Community:
There is a saying that "the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers." For generations, Naples has been blessed with a world-class faculty and staff, and that tradition continues as we welcome a new group of dynamic educators to NCS.
As we prepare for the start of the 2018-2019 school year, I wanted to introduce many of the new faces you will see in our buildings by passing along information through our website and social media accounts. We are thrilled that Ms. Kelli Panara will be joining our school family, and I would invite you to help us welcome her to Naples this fall.
Hope to see you soon.
Matt Frahm, Superintendent
Name: Ms. Kelli Panara
Subject Area: 6th Grade Classroom Teacher
1. Why did you decide to apply/accept the job in the Naples Central School District?
When deciding on where to begin my career I knew that I was in search of a small community. I wanted to work in an environment that focused on the needs of everyone in the school community: students, parents, and teachers. After speaking with current faculty in the district and previous students I knew that Naples was the right fit for me because everyone described it the same way. They said it was a family, and that is exactly what I wanted.
2. What do you like the most about your job?
Teaching allows for continual learning. It is never boring. Every day is a new experience and interaction. It is a career that allows for so much creativity and impact!
3. What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I love to exercise, go on lake, read in Sonnenberg Gardens, go to art festivals and travel as much as possible!
4. What types of books/magazines would we see on your bookshelf?
I am a big fan of young adult literature. You would see numerous books from that category on my classroom and personal bookshelf. I also love fictionalized history and romance!
5. What is your favorite quote?
“Work hard. Be nice.”
The keynote speaker at my college graduation left us with that piece of advice. It stuck with me because I feel it really is the key to success. Positive relationships with others and a strong work ethic pave the way for success.
6. What is your favorite food?
I love chicken salad! I ask for it every year for my birthday dinner.
7. Tell us a little about your family.
I am one of four siblings so life is never boring in my house. My parents are both upstate New York natives but moved to the chosen spot after marriage and have never wanted a change. I have a dog named Jenny, she is five years old and definitely the “favorite child.”
8. If you were to leave a legacy here in Naples-what would it be?
I hope that my students will look back on their educational journey and feel that I helped them discover who they are because I gave them the opportunity to explore. I hope they remember me as the teacher who fully believed that a child who learns differently is not a child who cannot learn.
9. Any additional information you would like to share:
I am so excited to begin my career in the Naples community!