New members of PMCT were welcomed to the school district during a 3-day orientation from Aug. 29th through Aug. 31st. The meeting, held in the district office conference room, consisted of several speakers and introductions to the organization of the school district. Superintendent Mostow, School Board President Joe LoSchiavo and PMCT President Paul Pecorale welcomed all to the conference. Nancy Hancock, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources explained the all important substitute hotline as well as on-line certification. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction David Gamberg made everyone feel at ease with his discussion of Harry Wong's, "The First Days of School." New teachers were issued I.D. badges and after lunch were introduced to the intricacies of Special Education by Shirley Kee and MaryAnn Ambrosini.

The second day brought help with lesson plans and the observation and evaluation process. Scott Fisher, Director of Technology, discussed the technology program at Pat-Med along with the new E-School program for grading and attendance.

The final day of the conference was a workshop given by NYSUT on Classroom Management and then the new teachers went to their individual buildings with their union buddies and mentors.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers welcomes all new teachers to our membership and wishes them success and fulfillment in their chosen career.

Julie Case
South Ocean - ESL
BA Dowling College, MA CW Post
Interests - cultures, skiing music and scuba

Jeaning Marie Dunphy
Oregon and Saxton Science
Queens College and Dowling College
Interests - volleyball, gardening and reading

Kimberly Gardner
High School Earth Science
SUNY StonyBrook
Interests - canoeing , camping and vacationing

Matthew Golden
High School - Technology
BS - Technology Education
Interests - sports, music, art and architecture

Carolyn Hogan
Tremont and Eagle Band
BS Shenandoah University, MS Dowling College, SAS and SDA College of New Rochelle

Robert Pearson
High School - Physics
USMMA BS Engineering, SUNY - MS in Physics Education
Interests - sailing

Jessica Purcher
Eagle Elementary - 1st Grade
BA St. Joseph's College
Interests - Reading, spending time with family and friends

Cynthia A. P. Redman
South Ocean and Medford - Music
BM Ithaca, working on Masters at Five Towns College
Interests - handbells

Daisy Torres
River Elementary - Social Work
BA Hofstra, MSW SUNY Stony Brook school of social welfare
Interests - reading and dance

Dr. Mary Worthington
River and District Wide Psychology
BS SUNY Binghamton, MA Fordham, PHD Fordham University
Interests - running, scrapbooking and cooking

Scott Zarchy
High School - Orchestra
BM Performance and Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins)
Interests - composing, Mets baseball

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