Island Park Public Schools is pleased to introduce nine new staff members for the 2016-17 school year after welcoming them to the district with an orientation. On Aug. 30, prior to opening day, new staff members met administrators, took a bus tour of the community and heard important presentations about procedures, goals and best practices for instruction.
More information about these most recent members of the Island Park family is provided as follows:
Stacy Berkowitz, English as a New Language Teacher
· Ms. Berkowitz joins the district from Robert Seaman Elementary School in Jericho, where she served as an ENL teacher and also taught at a summer program. She provided differentiated instruction for entering, emerging, transitioning, expanding and commanding students. Ms. Berkowitz earned her Masters Degree in Education from Hofstra University and obtained both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development from Binghamton University.
Christina Campanile, Per Diem Substitute Teacher
· For the past two years, Ms. Campanile taught English at the Comunidad De Madrid, a bilingual school for students in grades 1-6. Prior to this role, she she was a summer school and substitute teacher in the Carle Place Union Free School District, with a focus on reading, writing and math instruction. Earlier in her career, Ms. Campanile was a special education teacher in Queens. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Literacy from Adelphi University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College.
Felicita Carranza, School Social Worker
· Ms. Carranza is familiar to those in the Island Park Schools, having served as a preschool social worker in the district last year. In this capacity, she focused on child development through consultation with classroom teachers, implementation of classroom activities, family support services and other responsibilities. She was previously a preschool social worker for Lifeline Center for Child Development in Queens since 2008. A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Carranza holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Kevin Denis, Teaching Assistant
· Mr. Denis previously student taught U.S. History and Participating in Government classes at Freeport High School and history classes for grades 7-12 at East Rockaway High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Adolescent Education in Social Studies from East Rockaway High School.
Lydia Landro, Per Diem Substitute Teacher
· Ms. Landro comes to Island Park from the Oceanside School District, where she was an AIS Reading and Math Support teacher at School 5. In this capacity she was responsible for providing remedial support in English Language Arts and math for students in grades 1-6. She previously taught preschool at Little Seashell Nursery School in Island Park and earlier on, taught reading to students in grades 7-9 at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School. Ms. Landro holds a Master of Science Degree in Reading from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and English from Adelphi University.
Nanette Hill, Universal PreK Teaching Assistant Level II
· Ms. Hill comes to Island Park Schools from the Early Childhood Center at Oceanside Jewish Center, where she served as lead preschool teacher since 2011. Her responsibilities included the creation of classroom curricula and daily lesson plans for enrichment and working with school districts on IEP goals to ensure achievement. Ms. Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Long Island University’s Southampton Campus.
Colleen Hughes, Universal PreK Teaching Assistant Level I
· A childcare provider since 2006, Ms. Hughes most recently worked at the Loving and Learning Educational Daycare in Oceanside where she supervised children and created an adaptable learning environment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Queens College, City University of New York.
George Schneider, Food Service Manager
· Mr. Schneider has taken on the role of Food Service Manager after having spent nine years working as chef instructor at Star Career Academy in Syosset. He taught culinary arts and prepared students for the food service industry with hands on training. Mr. Schneider was previously an Executive Chef for LSG SkyChefs at JFK Airport, where he planned, organized and supported airline menu preparation, trained staff and implemented initiatives for food production, among other responsibilities. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and has earned a number of awards as a chef and chef instructor.
Marissa Torregrosa, Francis X. Hegarty School Teacher
· Ms. Torregrosa joins the district after most recently serving as an English teacher at P.S. 225 in Brooklyn. She was previously an English teacher at Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Center in Port Ewen, NY, and earlier on, taught to general, inclusion and special education classes in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown. Ms. Torregrosa earned both her Master of Science Degree in Literacy Education and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Adolescent Education: English from SUNY New Paltz.