Mineola Welcomes New Teachers


New teachers were recently welcomed in an orientation at the Mineola Union Free School District, prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. During the program, they were given the keys to a successful school year with students, as well as a sense of the Mustang culture. The purpose of the orientation was to acquaint the new teachers with the expectations and core values of the district, as well as introduce them to the technologies and resources available to them and their students.


Twenty-three teachers were welcomed to the district, with 12 of them going to the high school. Welcome to the following individuals:

Hampton Street School—Daniela Cavalieri, speech; Lucy Guzman, elementary dual language; Lisa Krawciw, elementary; Nick Tonini, physical education; Jillian Vento, special education; Carina Waldman, bilingual psychologist. Jackson Avenue School—Damaris Ramirez, elementary spanish.

Meadow Drive School—Katelyn Schmidt, elementary science; Natalia Vattuone, elementary dual language.

Mineola Middle School/Meadow Drive—James Durso, physical education.

Mineola Middle School—Michelle Martins, speech teacher.

Mineola High School-Jeffrey Appelbaum, librarian; Joseph Denniger, bio/chem/special education; Kuri DiFede, computer science; Elizabeth Gerner, math/special education; Jamie McAndrew, SS/special education; Michael Oliveri, ELA/special education; Irina Renner, ELA/special education/ENL; Chris Toomey, music/band; Kimberly Vrabel, earth science/special education; Andrew Woolsey, technology; Karen Woolsey, .6 math/ENL; Aislinn Oliveri, .6 theatre.

—Submitted by the Mineola School District

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