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