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"In the Spotlight" Playlist Features Variety of Guests

Post Date:12/21/2018

Superintendent Michael Richard’s “In the Spotlight” program on the local cable access Channel 15 features a variety of guests, including community members, WSPS students, administrators, faculty, and staff.  Produced by Chris Stone and Nic O’Dell in the Channel 15 Innovation Studio located at West Springfield High School, the program spotlighting individuals, initiatives, and programs across the district, is a conversation-style format that offers viewers a deeper appreciation of the West Springfield Public Schools students, faculty, staff, administration, and facilities, as well as the importance of the district’s collaboration with community partners.  View the entire playlist on this link.

Below is a list of guests who have appeared since the program’s inception in September 2017, through December 2018.  Look for more exciting interviews in 2019!

Jeanine Heil, Coburn School Principal (September 2017)

Megan Burke, Sevil Usmanova, WS High School student leaders (October 2017)

Tim Connor, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (October 2017)

Steve Conca, CARE Coalition Steering Committee; owner of Conca Sport and Fitness (November 2017)

Amy Carter, WSPS Elementary Art teacher (November 2017)

Chad Labonte, WSPS Physical Education teacher/WS High School football coach (November 2017)

Martha Tighe, Parish Cupboard Executive Director (November 2017)

Lauren Beliveau, Austin Sawicki, WS High School alumni (December 2017)

Kate Morneau, Demetrios Panteleakis, WS Partnership for Education (January 2018)

Christopher Taft, Susan LaFlamme, WS Middle School makerspace (January 2018)

Doug Bednarczyk,  Marley Gonsalves, Ben Thacher, WS High School Robotics (February 2018)

Nathan Holesovsky, WS High School Band director (March 2018)

Coburn School students (May 2018)

Eugene Cassidy, President & CEO, Eastern States Exposition (September 2018)

Richard Darkwa, Jordan LaValley, WS High School MIAA student leaders (September 2018)

Stan Svec, Shaun Tharaldson, WS High School History teachers (October 2018)

Mizam Tamaradze, WSHS alumni / Athletics intern (October 2018)

Devin Svec, Haley Riddles, Alleyna Pitaso, WS High School DA Youth Advisory Board (October 2018)

Adam Jaber, Colorado Ski and Bike (October 2018)

Shamis White, WS High School Guidance and Counseling Department Chair (October 2018)

Chris Lizotte, WS Director of Veterans Services (November 2018)

Jen Brennan, WSPS Social-Emotional Learning Specialist (November 2018)

Mayor Will Reichelt (November 2018)

Dr. Vito Perrone, Peter Gillen, Myriam Skolnick, Kathleen Bailer, Diane Doe, Paul Heath, WSPS principals (November 2018)

Anne Charron, WS High School Fine Arts Department Chair (November 2018)

Amy Pasterczyk, WS High School Special Education teacher (December 2018)

Rob Wise, WS High School School Resource Officer (December 2018)

“In the Spotlight” segments are currently airing at 6:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and at 8:00 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, on Channel 15.  In addition, look for the link to segments on the district’s social media -- Facebook: West Springfield Public Schools and Twitter: @WestSideSupt -- and in the District Spotlight blog on   For questions or more information about "In the Spotlight," please call 263-3290 or email 


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