New Teachers, New Forces

This school year, five new physical education teachers joined the New Haven Public school community. They are: Amil John (New Haven Academy), Talia Loda (Nathan Hale School), Marykate Van Sant (Truman School), and Nicholas Moshier (John Daniels School), Jacob Weisslender (Beecher School). Please welcome them to the district, and let’s see who they are:

Amil John:

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I have a passion for sports and competitive play. In high school, I played on several sports teams including basketball, volleyball, bowling, and baseball teams. As I transitioned to college, I had the opportunity to play college basketball for four years for which I received several accolades. 

I chose to be an educator not only to teach students the mechanics and fundamentals of sports but to also have students create a life-long goal of fitness that helps them grow mentally, physically and emotionally.

Working at NHPS I intend to bring my authentic self. My plan is to apply my knowledge, experience and leadership qualities in the classroom and in the school. I plan on collaborating with staff, building meaningful student relationships as well as being a role model for every student.


Marykate Van Sant:

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I graduated from Southern Connecticut University in 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science. Since then, I have been a long-term PE sub in the Westport School district as well as a special education paraprofessional. I am also a travel basketball coach for the town of Westport for young girls in 4th and 5th grades. 

In my spare time I like to go on hikes with my eight-month-old Wheaten Terrier and workout at the gym.

I am beyond honored and excited to be teaching at NHPS. Working with children has been my greatest passion, and I could not imagine my life doing anything but this. I hope to make an impact on these kids' lives and have them form a new understanding of what Physical Education is all about. 

Physical education is a particularly important part of a child's life now and in the future. Not only it expands knowledge of the activities and skills but it also improves quality of life in both physical and mental aspects. I look forward to a great school year and my future at NHPS!


Nicholas Moshier:

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My name is Nick Moshier. I grew up in Plainville, CT and attended Plainville High School. There, I was a three-sport athlete and was a member of the baseball team that won the CT class “M” state championship in 2012. After high school, I attended Southern Connecticut State University and majored in Physical Education.

Shortly after I graduated from SCSU, I got a job as a building substitute in the Plainville School system working at the elementary and high school levels. I also had the opportunity to coach basketball and baseball at the Middle School of Plainville. I am still currently the junior varsity baseball coach at Plainville High. 

I am honored to have been given the opportunity to work in the New Haven Public School system. It will be a privilege working in such a unique and diverse environment.

While I am here, I hope to build positive relationships with all students and staff. Furthermore, I would like to help my students realize the benefits of physical education so they develop a lifelong interest in physical fitness. I hope to learn a lot about the various cultures and backgrounds that my students come from which may help me create lessons tailored to their needs.


Talia Loda:

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I am from East Haven, CT. I graduated from Springfield College with my Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2018 and my Masters in Physical Education in 2020. For four years at college I played softball as a pitcher and was named the 2017 NEWMAC and ECAC Pitcher of the Year. I am excited to start my teaching career with New Haven Public Schools, to learn from my colleagues, and to meet each student in hopes of teaching them the skills while having fun and staying active outside of the classroom.