Pictured here with Director of Community Programs, Doug Sheer (right), are Garden City Public School’s new staff members just prior to his guided tour of the Village during New Teacher Orientation.
This year, the district received approximately 6,000 online applications for the dozen available positions, seven of which were child care leave replacements. “You represent the very best of the best,” Dr. Celano explained to the newest additions to Garden City’s personnel as they assembled for the first time. The orientation program included welcomes from Board of Education President Colleen Foley, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, PTA Executive Board President Gail Madigan, and SEPTA Co-President Melanie Donus. Intensive meetings and workshops on a variety of important topics were subsequently conducted by District leaders including up-to-the- minute information about the implementation of the State’s newest mandate: Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR).
The District congratulates and welcomes the following new professionals and extends its best wishes for a successful 2011-2012 school year:
Andrew Albani, Music – Stewart and Stratford Schools Andrew Albani holds a B.M. in music education from The Crane School of Music, SUNY at Potsdam. He completed his student teaching in the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District from January 2011 through May 2011. Mr. Albani worked in the National String Project at The Crane School of Music from spring 2009 to fall 2010 and taught cello and bass there as well. He holds initial New York State certification in music, grades K-12. He will be replacing Jody Ratner who resigned.
Nicole Diller, Special Education – Middle School Nicole Diller holds a B.S. in elementary and special education from the University of Delaware. She served as a regular substitute special education teacher at Garden City Middle School from April 11, 2011 to June 24, 2011. Ms. Diller holds initial New York State certification in students with disabilities, grades 1-6; students with disabilities, grades 5-9, and childhood education, grades 1-6. She is filling in for Jennifer Pollack who is on child care leave.
Amanda Marino, Art – Primary Schools Amanda Marino holds a B.A. in art education from SUNY at Buffalo and is pursuing a master’s degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. She served as an art teacher in the Huntington School District from November 2010 to March 2011 and from May 2011 to June 2011. She also taught art at Fort Salonga Elementary School, Kings Park, New York from September 2008 to June 2010. Ms. Marino holds initial New York State certification in visual arts, grades K-12. She is replacing Morgan Evers who resigned.
Janice Pittelli, Speech – Middle School Janice Pittelli holds a B.A. in communication sciences and disorders and an M.S. in speech-language pathology from Adelphi University. She served as a speech teacher in the North Bellmore Union Free School District from September 2010 to June 2011. She was also a speech teacher at the School for Language and Communication Development, Glen Cove, New York from October 2008 to August 2010. Ms. Pittelli holds initial New York State certification in speech and language disabilities and is filling in for Jennifer Novack who is on child care leave.
Sepideh Roozdar, Science – High School Sepideh Roozdar holds a B.S. in biology and psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook and an M.A. in teaching from SUNY at Stony Brook. She completed her student teaching in the Great Neck Public School District and was a per diem substitute teacher in Great Neck Schools in the spring of 2011. Ms. Roozdar holds initial New York State certification in physics, grades 7-12; biology, grades 7-12; biology, 5-6 extension; chemistry, grades 7-12 and general science, 7-12 extension. She is replacing Nicholas Martielli who resigned.
Caryn Smith, Part-time School Nurse – Stewart School Caryn Smith holds a B.S. in nursing from SUNY at Binghamton. She served as a senior nurse clinician, registered professional nurse-pediatrics at NYU Medical Center from 1998 to 2009. Ms. Smith holds a New York State RN license. She is replacing Renee Duncan who resigned.