Return to Headlines

New FDR Staff

With the start of the new school year, FDR is welcoming a number of new staff members:

Ms. Kristine BrennanMs. Brennan
Teacher's Aide

Ms. Brennan is a teacher's aide, working in the Community Based Program.  Prior to coming to FDR, she worked at Violet Avenue School.
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Shawn ChristensenMr. Christensen
Technology Teacher

Mr. Christensen is originally from New York.  He earned a degree in technology education from SUNY Oswego and a graduate degree in instructional technology from NYIT.  Prior to FDR, he taught technology classes at Saugerties High School.  At FDR, he is teaching  PLTW Design and Drawing for Production, PLTW Principles of Engineering, Basic Electricity, Wood Technology, and Interior Design.  In his free time, Mr. Christensen enjoys being outdoors.

 

Mrs. Lisa FosterMrs. Foster
Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Foster is originally from West Fulton, NY and holds a degree in Journalism Technology from Morrisville State College.  She is a teaching assistant in the Community Based Program but is no stranger to FDR or Hyde Park students.  When asked about her time in the district, Mrs. Foster responded, "I am thrilled to be returning to FDR this year!  I was a teaching assistant at Hyde Park Elementary and Netherwood in a special education K-2 class for 15 years before going to FDR in 2016 as a behavioral TA in the SEL program.  I was there until COVID sent us all home in 2020.  When we went back to school in September 2020, I was a behavioral TA at VAS in their SEL program and stayed there until this TA position was available at FDR."  Mrs. Foster is also very familiar with FDR as a parent of three graduates (2009, 2011, and 2014) and said that she is "grateful to the many amazing teachers they had during their time here.  They learned so much that prepared them for college and successful lives afterward.  Small conversations with teachers, that may have seemed inconsequential at the time, had significant impacts on them.  Encouragement from coaches on the playing field and advice from art teachers also shaped them."  Outside of school, Mrs. Foster enjoys traveling with her husband and their adult "kids".  She particularly enjoys traveling to Lake Tahoe, CA to visit her son, as well as going camping, hiking, and to the beach with family and friends.  

 
Mrs. Leann HaubrichMrs. Haubrich
Math Teacher

Mrs. Haubrich is beginning her 30th year of teaching math and science at the secondary level.  Originally from the Bronx, she holds a degree in Biology & Secondary Education from Pace University and a degree in Secondary Education & Mathematics from Mt. St. Mary College.  Prior to coming to FDR, Mrs. Haubrich taught math and science for trade classes at Dutchess BOCES Career and Technical Institute (CTI).  In addition, she is beginning her 9th year of teaching math at Dutchess Community College.  At FDR, she will be teaching algebra and geometry classes as a leave replacement for Mrs. Johnson.  She noted that she is thrilled to be at FDR and looks forward to meeting new people.  Mrs. Haubrich enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, visiting with family members, and taking care of her grand-dog, Kasim. 
 

Mrs. Kristina Longhitano Mrs. Longhitano
Special Education/Math Teacher

Mrs. Longhitano is originally from Putnam Valley, NY.  She holds degrees from Pace University and CUNY Hunter College.  Prior to coming to FDR, she worked at Putnam Valley High School.  At FDR, she will be teaching Geometry and Graphing Calculator classes.  An avid reader, Mrs. Longhitano also works at the Putnam Valley Library and is always happy to provide book recommendations.

 

Ms. Nadia MulvihillMs. Mulvihill
Special Education/English Teacher

Ms. Mulvilhill is originally from New Paltz.  She has a degree in English education from SUNY Oneonta and a degree in special education from Niagara University.  Prior to coming to FDR, she taught at Highland Middle School.  At FDR, Ms. Mulvihill teaches English classes and a resource room.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and watching TV.

 

Officer PassantinoOfficer Passantino
School Resource Officer
Hyde Park Police

Officer Passantino is originally from the Bronx.  He holds a degree in criminal justice from Dutchess Community College and is working toward his bachelor's degree at John Jay College.  Officer Passantino worked as security in a retail setting, then became a dispatcher with the Hyde Park Police Department, before becoming a HPPD police officer.  In his free time, Officer Passantino enjoys working on cars, bikes, and trucks.  He wants all students to know that he is here for the safety and security of staff and students, but also here as a resource for students who feel they need someone to talk to.  He added, "I am not just a uniform and a badge, I am a great listener and may offer some good insight on any problem someone may have."

Ms. Amairani Perez-AntonioMs. Perez-Antonio
School Counselor Intern

Ms. Perez-Antonio is originally from Poughkeepsie.  She attended SUNY New Paltz, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology.  At present, she is nearing the end of her graduate program in school counseling and is completing her school counselor internship at FDR.  In her free time, Ms. Perez-Antonio enjoys spending time with family, hiking, reading, cooking, and playing with her dog.  Ms. Perez-Antonio is bilingual and is a reliable resource for students.

 

Ms. Danielle ReadMs. Read
Art Teacher

Ms. Read is originally from New Paltz. She holds a B.F.A. in painting from SUNY Purchase and a B.S. in art education from SUNY New Paltz.  Prior to joining the Hyde Park Central School District, she worked at various fine art establishments, including David Zwirner Gallery.  Ms. Read teaches one art class at FDR and the remainder of her classes at Haviland Middle School.  In her free time, she enjoys making artwork (painting, ceramics, and fabric sculpture) and selling vintage clothing at local flea markets and fairs.  She also has a cat named Vinny.  While Ms. Read did not graduate from FDR, many of her family members did.

 

Mr. Tyler TurnerMr. Turner
Special Education/Science

Mr. Turner is originally from Wappingers Falls.  He attended Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in physics, and SUNY New Paltz, where he completed his degree in special education.  Prior to coming to FDR, he was a long-term substitute in the Wappingers Central School District.  At FDR, he is teaching living environment, chemistry, ecology, and forensics.  In his free time, Mr. Turner enjoys playing video games, as well as playing Magic the Gathering.


Ms. Aniyah WilliamsMs. Williams
Teaching Assistant

Ms. Williams grew up in Poughkeepsie and is an FDR graduate.  She is presently working on a degree in education and health sciences through SUNY Oswego.  At FDR, she is serving as a teaching assistant.  In her free time, Ms. Williams enjoys hiking and baking.