The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers would like to welcome over 40 new teachers to our union and school district. The pictures below are from the first day of the four day new teacher orientation all new teachers attended the week of August 26th, 2002. New teachers were greeted by Mr. Anthony DiClemente, Assistant Superintendant for Human Resources, Dr. Regina Cohn, Assistant Superintendant of Instruction and Jane Conetta, PMCT Union President. High School teacher Ms. Kelly Mendelson led the group in "Ice Breakers" in order for the new staff to meet each other and to give ideas for first day of school activities for the classroom.

Pictured below you will see many new teachers with their experienced teacher "BUDDIES". The buddy system is used to help new teachers learn all the ins and outs of each building.

The Union and the School District are dedicated to assisting the new staff in all aspects of their very important jobs. Seminars and meetings will be held all year to continue the support that is necessary to insure the success of these excited, dedicated teachers in their classrooms.

Dawn Nichols
Barton Elementary - 1st Grade
St. Joseph's College
Teaching Experience - Substitue teaching in the Patchogue-Medford Schools.
Interests - Quilting, Running, Arts and Crafts

Katherine R. Tavitian
Barton Elementary
2nd Grade/Special Education
B.A. Child Study, St. Joseph's College
Teaching Experience - Sp. Ed. in the King's Park School District
Interests - - Reading, Art

Jesseca Ericksen
Regina Aliffi Canaan Elementary
- First Grade B.S. Special Education from Dowling University
Interests - Crafts, Theatre, Dance and Reading

Christopher Carruthers
Canaan Elementary School, Third Grade
B.S. in Business Administration, St. Joseph's College, currently persuing Masters in Elementary Education at Dowling College
Teaching Experience - Student taught in the Pat-Med. school district
Interests - Tennis, Reading

Ari Kramer
Canaan Elementary School/ Oregon Middle School - String Orchestra grades 4-9
University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelors in Music
Interests - Snowboarding, Tennis, golf, Hockey and Playing my Double Bass.

Linda St. Pierre
Canaan Elementary School - speech teacher
MS Adelphi University
Teaching Experience - ACLD - Pre-School
NIS - Pre-School
William Floyd School District
Interests - Reading, family time with my husband and children.

Dustin Zakar
Canaan Elementary School - Physical Education
B.S. University of Maryland at College Park
Teaching Experience - Substitute teacher for the Longwood Schools, Teaching Assistant at Ward Melville H.S., Physical Education Teacher at the Mount SInai Middle and Elementary Schools.
Interests - Sports, Fitness, Runnint, Chess and Surfing

Patricia O'Mahoney
Eagle Elementary School - Library/School Media, K-5
Masters of Library Science from C.W. Post University
Teaching Experience - NY City School - 2nd Grade
Hauppauge HS - Library Media Center
Interests - READING! Fitness, running, dancing, music, yoga, my labrador retriever,Bailey and my 3 children.(not in this order!)

Virgina Stabile
Eagle Elementary School, Speech
M.S. Adelphi University
Teaching Experience - Leeway School - Sayville
Eagle Elementary from 4/02 Interests - Reading, movies, hockey and music

Kevin E. Toolan
Eagle Elementary School, 2nd/4th - Math/Science/Social Studies
B.A. Child Study - St. Joseph's College
Teaching Experience - Student Teaching at Eagle Elementary School
Interests - Computers and golf.

Kristen Elliot
M.A. SUNY Stony Brook
Teaching Experience - Huntion UFSC - 2 years - ESL
Westhampton Beach UFSD - 1 year math and ESL
Interests - soccer, softball, bowling

Lauren Friel
Medford Elementary School, Reading grades 3-5
Dual Certification Dowling, REading Masters Dowling
Teaching Experience - Special Education - BOCES - 1988-1992
Reading teacher - The Leeway School - 1994-2002
Reading Teacher - Medford Elem. - 2001- present
Interests - Art, family activities, photography

Danielle Kaiser
Medford Elementary School
1st grade
B.A. St. Joseph's College, Dual cert. Elementarty and Special Education
Teaching Experience - Summer Program BOCES teacher, Premm Learning Center
Interests - Basketball (played in college) and saxaphone

Mary (Maureen) O'Shea
Medford and Bay Elementary Schools - Social Worker
B.S. Stony Brook, M.S. Fordham University, M.S.W Mary Mount College
Teaching Experience - Have taught every grade level from pre-K to aduly.
Social work in outpatient clinics, elementary, middle and high school
Interests - Art, Art History, politics, dance, languages and other cultures

Danielle L. Calandrella
Tremont Elementary School - Reading Recovery Teacher
C.W. Post
Teaching Experience - 3 years 1st grade at Kings Park Schools
2 year Reading Recovery at Kings Park Schools
J.V. Cheerleading coach at Kings Park Schools for four years
Interests - Member of the North Shore Performing Arts Dance company.

William Dortonne
Oregon and South Ocean Middle Schools - Physical Education (K-12)
M.S. Hofstra University
Teaching Experience - Permanent Substitute Teacher for the West Babylon Schools
Interests - Art, Music, Sports, Science

Dawn-Marie Francois
Oregon Middle School - Special Education
B.A. St. Joseph's - currently working towards M.A. at SUNY StonyBrook
Teaching Experience - Barton - 5th Grade 15:1:1
Oregon Middle School - 8th and 9th grade Resource Room and Math
Interests - Music, crafts and exercise

Megan Kelly
Oregon Middle School - Spanish 7/8
SUNY Buffalo
Teaching Experience - Eastport School district
Interests - music and traveling
Website -

Lisa Kovitz
Oregon Middle School - Reading 6-9
M.S. in Reading and Special Education from Dowling College
Teaching Experience - Two years at the William Floyd Schools - Reading 3rd-5th
One Year - Commach Junior High School - Reading 6th-8th
Interests - Fishing, drawing and poetry.

Amy Terry
Oregon Middle School - Mathematics
SUNY Geneseo - Elementary Ed. and Secondary Mathematics Certifications
South Manor Schools - 2 years - 5th Grade Interests - softball and sailing
Visit Ms. Terry's Website -

Edwin Sanchez
Oregon and South Ocean Middle Schools - Spanish Teacher
York College (CUNY)
Teaching Experience - Comsewogue High School - Business - 3 years
Interests - Volleyball, snowboarding, mountain bikin and traveling.

Kerri Simeone
Oregon Middle School - French and Spanish - 7-9
B.A. Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus
Teaching Experience - Saint Anthony's High School
Interests - Crew (Rowing), crafts and books

Alicia Walsh
Oregon and South Ocean Middle Schools - Science 8-9
Masters from Arila College
Teaching Experience - Vermont - Woodstock - grades 5-6 - All Subjects
Vermont - Norwich - Grades 5-6 Math/English
Kansas - Overland Park - grades 7-8 Science/English
Kansas City - Grades 4-6 Science/Math/Social Studies
Interests - Hiking, horseback riding, quilting and canoeing

Jessica Wicks
Oregon Middle School - 6th Grade ELA/Math Remediation
St.Joseph's College - B.A.
Dowling College - M.S.
Teaching Experience - Student taught and subbed in the Patchogue-Medford District
Riverhead Summer School - 8th grade Science and Math
Interests Reading, volunteering, spending time with family and friends

Kerryn Born
Saxton Middle School - 7th grade Reading/English/special education
B.A. St. Joseph's College
Interests - Reading, traveling and hiking

Joan D'Urso
Saxton Middle School - 9th grade Special Education/English and Reading
B.A. Psychology SUNY Stony Brook
M.S. Special Education - Adelphi University
Teaching Experience - DDI(Developmental Disabilities Institute) - 1982-1991 - Special Education Teacher
Just Kids Learning Center - 1997-1998 - Special Education Teacher
Patchogue-Medford Schools - 1999-2002 - Substitute Teacher
Interests - Traveling, music and raising her two sons.

Meredith Hasemann
Saxton and Oregon 7th Grade
B.A. Muhlenberg College
Masters Degree in Literature from NYU
Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University
Teaching Experience
Student Teaching in the Southampton and Sag Harbor School Districts.
Interests - Published writer of poetry and fiction, mother of two, the beach!!

Andrea Rasso
Saxton - Mathematics
St. Joseph's College

Kevin Vann
Saxton and Oregon - Social Studies 7/8
B.A. History from St. Joseph's College
Teaching Experience - Project SAFE site coordinator at Saxton Middle School for 2001-2002.
Interests - Running, Softball, Reading

Lee Wiltamuth
Saxton Middle School - Music
Boston University
Teaching Experience -Taught AP Music Theory at Lexington High School in Massachusetts. Interests - Movies, Trains and Music

Tara Buglino
South Ocean - Sixth Grade
B.A. St. Joseph's College in Child Study
Interests - Dancing and Traveling

Dina DiSanto
South Ocean - Science
B.A. SUNY Stony Brook
Interests - Reading, yoga and running.

Lisa M. Giusto
South Ocean - 7th and 9th Grade Biology
B.A. Biology - Hartwick College
Teaching Experience
Student teaching in the Delhi Central Schools
P-M Schools - Leave Replacement - June 2002 - South Ocean Middle School
Interests - Dancing, exercising and reading

JoAnn Luisa
South Ocean - 6th Grade - Social Studies and ELA
B.A. Special Education Dual Certification from Dowling College
Interests - Cooking, reading and gardening.

Rita-Marie Murphy
South Ocean and Oregon - Social Studies 7/8
B.A. Public Relations from Syracuse University
Dowling College - Secondary Education
Teaching Experience
Substitute and student teaching at the P-M School District TEFL teacher in Barcelona, Spain Interests - Reading and writing.

Timothy (T.J.) Piciullo
South Ocean - Technology
B.B.A. Information Technology from Briarcliff College
Working on M.S. in Secondary Education at Dowling College
Interests - Sport, Volunteer fireman in the Islip Fire Department and building websites

Jessica Wyeth
South Ocean Middle School - 7/8 Mathematics
B.A. Social Sciences from Dowling College - NYS certified in Math /Social Studies
M.A. from Stony Brook as of 12/02
Teaching Experience
William Floyd Schools - 8th grade Mathematics.
Central Islip Schools - 9th grade Social Studies. Interests - Softbal, swimming and horseback riding

Angela Augugliaro
High School - Reading and English 10-12
B.A. English from Dowling College
Teaching Experience - Taught english at PM-HS last year.

Deborah Felice
High School - Biology
Masters from Dowling College
Interests - Black and white photography and cheerleading.

Raegen Sweda
High School - Social Studies
B.A. Sociology from Vasser College
M.S. Secondary Education from Dowling College
Teaching Experience - Anderson School - Rhinebeck, NY
Interests - Dance and choreaography, theatre

Gabriele Thornton
High School - Mathematics
Dowling College
Teaching Experience
Sayville High School - Mathematics
Interests - Reading, gardening and exercise

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