The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers welcomed 29 new teachers to our union and school district. All new teachers attended a 3-day orientation during the last week of August. The event included various workshops aimed at helping the new teacher assimilate more easily into their new routines. School district administrators and PMCT union president, Andy MacAvoy, as well as other members of the executive board greeted new teachers at a luncheon at the completion of the workshop. Superintendent Mostow and Board President Ms. Felouzis offered words of welcome and advice for a successful year ahead and a long teaching career also. After the luncheon, the newest members of PMCT hurried to their classrooms to continue their preparations for the opening day of school.

The union and the school district are dedicated to assisting new staff in all aspects of their very important jobs. PMCT proudly sponsors monthly NYSUT seminars and meetings with new teachers to help them through their first year. Many of the new teachers will also be part of a state mandated mentor program, a collaborative effort between PMCT and the school district. Experienced mentor teachers have been trained in all aspects of mentoring the new teacher. The state mandate requires the district to provide and document this formal ongoing mentoring of newly certified, first year teachers. PMCT is proud to be part of planning all aspects of the mentor program.

Danielle Arnold

Erika Ciocida

Angela D'Amico

Jaime Canjura

Cheryl Carr

Josephine Castano

Jen Colleluori

Diana DeVivo

Joshua Duggan

Alyson Feiser

Alison Garcia

Jeff Galeotafiore

Laura Hanzich

Colleen Johnson

Susan Ludwick

Christopher T. Marson

Barbara Nunziata

Edward R. Ohlsen

Scott Parris

Jennifer Purcell

Susan Rogan

Andrea Rossetti-Boerner

Barry Salomone

Michael C. Sarling

Melissa Schwimmer

Nadya E. Suarez

Amanda Swengros

Stephanie Vogel

Danielle Arnold
High School - Art
Master Degree - Hofstra University
Interests - Arts and Sports

Jaime Canjura
Oregon/High School - Technology
BSEE/NYIT and MSED/Dowling
Interests - Biking, runniing, soccer, reading,
writing, software writing and hardware design.

Cherly H. Carr
Oregon - Librarian
MS - St. John's University - Library and Information Systems
Interests - Sports boating, gardening, computers.

Josephine Castano
ESL - River Elementary School
Master Degree - SUNY StonyBrook
Interests - reading, training

Erika Ciociola
High School/ Eagle and Tremont - Art
BA and MS - Iona College, MA - College of New Rochelle
Interests - Art, snowboarding, theater, traveling.

Jen Colleluori
Oregon - English
BA English SUNY StonyBrook - MS Education - Dowling College

Angela M. D'Amico
High School - Reading
BA - St. Joseph's College - MS - Dowling
Interests - Gardening, camping, drawing and reading.

Diana DeVivo
High School - English
BS - St. John's University
Interests - Reading, Community Service, Broadway shows.

Joshua Duggan
South Ocean and Oregon - Science
BS SUNY Stony Brook
Interests - reading, art, movies, science fiction

Alyson J. Feiser
High School/Saxton - Earth Science
BS - SUNY Oneonta
Interests - Outdoor Activities/ Community Outreach

Jeff Galeotafiore
High School/Saxton - PASS Program
BS - St. Joseph's College / MS - Dowling - Special Education
Interests - Golf, Music, Fantasy Sports

Alison Garcia
Tremont/Bay TESOL
BA SUNY Stony Brook

Laura Hanzich
Canaan - ESL
MS Elementary Education - Queens College
TESOL Certification Hofstra University
Interests - Movies

Colleen Johnson
Canaan - Art
BA SUNY Albany - MS - Hofstra University
Interests - Painting, drawing, swimming

Susan Ludwick
River Elementary - Reading
Master Degree - LIU CW Post
Interests - Reading and cooking.

Chris Marson
South Ocean - Band
BFA - CW Post Long Island University
MM - New England Conservatory
Interests - Traveling, outdoor exercise, people.

Barbara Nunziata
Oregon/South Ocean - Art
BA - St. Joseph's College - MA - SUNY Stony Brook
Interests - knitting, drawing, photography, scrapbooking

Edward R. Ohlsen
Eagle Elementary School - 4th Grade
BS - St. Joseph's College
Interests - I teach a hands on science enrichment
course called Wizards Academy:Potions & Notions.
Toured nationally as an actor for the American Family Theater
for two years.

Scott Parris
South Ocean - Technology

Jennifer Purcell
High School - Biology
BA - SUNY Stony Brook - MS - CW Post Campus Long Island University
Interests - Baking, reading, crafts and yoga.

Susan Rogan
South Ocean - Music - Choral
MA - Queens College

Andrea F. Rossetti-Boerner
Oregon/Eagle - Music - Choral
AAS - Early Childhood Ed. - SUNY Farmingdale
BS Music k-12 - Dowling College MA - Secondary Music Education - Hofstra University
Orff-Schulwerk Level One Certification - Hofstra University Interests - Handcrafts, History/Social Studies,
Books, Collect Unique Instruments and Museums

Barry Salomone
Saxton/High School - Special Education and PASS Program
AS - Herkimer CCC, BS Dowling College
Interests - Fishing, Surfing and Sports

Michael C. Sarling
Eagle/Tremont - Music - Band
Bachelors of Music SUNY Fredonia

Melissa Schwimmer
High School - Mathematics
BA - SUNY Geneseo
Interests - photography

Nadya E. Suarez
Oregon - TESOL/ESL
BA TESOL - Queens College
Interests - Sports, Community Relations

Amanda Swengros
Tremont - Reading - 2nd and 3rd Grade
BS St. Joseph's College - MS Southampton College
Interests - Reading and music.

Stephanie Vogel
High School - ESL
BS SUNY Stony Brook, MS Hofstra
Interests - Reading and Languages.

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