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Ware welcomes six new staff members and 38 new students

Some of the 38 new students at Ware Academy hold up their welcome sign.

Ware Academy in Gloucester is pleased to announce the addition of six new staff members.

Maggie Sammarco will be greeting Ware families each day as the administrative assistant. Sammarco has a degree from Strayer University and was in the banking industry before joining Ware. 

Kendall McNamee joins the staff in the pre-kindergarten three-year old classroom. McNamee graduated from James Madison University and has worked for the YMCA as a camp director the last 11 summers as well as tutoring school age children. 

Nicole Jalink joins McNamee as her assistant. Jalink previously held positions in both the real estate and banking industry, but her passion is children. 

Dawn Sinko-Hickman has joined the pre-kindergarten 4-year old team. Sinko-Hickman has been a stay-at-home mother for the last 10 years with an interest in education. 

Ware’s new kindergarten teacher, Pamela Thompson, has a degree in psychology with a masters degree in counseling. She has extensive experience working with children in a Montessori setting. 

Jenny McMurtrie has been a Ware parent for nine years and has joined the staff as the new art teacher. McMurtrie has taught in Middlesex County Public Schools and runs her own art-centered businesses. 

Ware also welcomes 38 new students. The number of applications was up 48% in 2016-2017 from the previous year, an increase of 9.6% in enrollment growth. “We contribute this growth to parents wanting a safe, high-quality education that focuses on the development of the whole child,” said head of School Tom Thomas.

Thomas said Ware has instituted new programs that have increased its exposure into the public more through social media and the Parent Ambassador Program. Parents are pleased and want to share their Ware story with friends and people that they know. 

“Ware is excited to continue to host and support community events in Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties,” said Dawn Fleet, director of enrollment and marketing and academic dean.

Ware Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational, independent day school for students 3 years of age through the eighth grade. For more information or to schedule a tour of the school, visit the Ware Academy website at or call Dawn Fleet at 693-3825.

posted 09.28.2016

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