• School Health Assistants Team

 Alejandro Acety

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Alejandro Acety

alejandro.acety@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Born in Puerto Rico, Alejandro came to Connecticut when he was 12 years old. After graduating from New Haven Public Schools, he enrolled in Gateway Community College. Alejandro holds an Associate’s degree in Biology, and a Bachelor’s in Nursing. He is also trained as an operating room technician. Alejandro is bilingual and utilizes his language skills in his work. Alejandro loves his job at NHPS, and enjoys helping the children in achieving their dreams.

 Margaret Appiadu-Antwi

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Margaret Appiadu-Antwi

margaret.appiadu-ant@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Margaret started working for New Haven Public Schools in 2014, after graduating from college with a Bachelor's degree in Public Health. She is a conscientious and dedicated member of the School Health Assistant’s team. Margaret considers herself to be a lifelong learner, and encourages others to seek knowledge above all things.

 Tanisha Hill

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Tanisha Hill

tanisha.hill@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Tanisha is a New Haven Public Schools graduate. She earned an associate degree from Gateway Community College. Tanisha truly loves working with children, and is interested in promoting health. Her career goal is to become a teacher, to be able to give children the tools to become successful in life. In her spare time, Tanisha enjoys the outdoors, jogging, walking and hiking.

 Richard Lennon

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Richard Lennon

richard.lennon@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to his work with NHPS, he was a strength coach for Yale University’s football and lacrosse teams. In addition, Richard enjoys coaching kids as a volunteer basketball coach for Hamden Fathers; he has a passion for promoting youth development and growth through sports and physical activity.

 Helene Lion

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Helene Lion

helene.lion@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Helene joined the New Haven Public School family as a School Health Assistant in 2014.  Prior to that, she was employed as a certified ophthalmic technician for 35 years. Helene is passionate about her work, as she can utilize her background to educate students on the importance of eye health.

 Rosa Melendez

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Rosa Melendez

rosa.melendez@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Rosa joined the NHPS School Health Assistant Team in 2019.  Previously she worked for the Cheshire Public Schools and the Quinnipiac University Transition Program dealing with special needs students. Her work record also includes 12 years at the Wilbur Cross School Health Center as an office manager. Being fluent in Spanish, and as a native of New Haven who also attended NHPS, she is able to make a significant contribution to the betterment of the NHPS students’ lives. 

 Laura Ponzio

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Laura Ponzio

laura.ponzio@new-haven.k12.ct.us

Laura joined New Haven Public Schools in 2015, when she decided to make a career change, after having worked in an ophthalmology medical and surgical practice for 16 years. Laura has many years of experience and knowledge in the medical field. She is a loving wife and mother of two teenage boys. Laura’s love and compassion for kids, and her willingness to help and serve others, has become the perfect fit for the New Haven Public Schools community.