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The district welcomed 23 new faculty members during the annual teacher orientation program prior to the opening of school. 

Superintendent of Schools John McNamara and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Marc Ferris introduced the new faculty to district administrators, who spoke about policies, expectations, benefits and more. These introductions were followed by a morning workshop about inspirational learning held by Dr. Ferris. 

“Helping kids grow is one of our most important tasks,” Dr. Ferris explained to the new faculty. “Letting kids know that we care about them will help them grow as students and individuals.” 

During the three-day orientation, the new faculty received a K-5 and 6-12 technology overview, training on effective communication in the classroom, an overview of district programs and a tour of each of their home buildings. They also attended a lunch, sponsored by Wantagh United Teachers, followed by a bus tour of the community.

The district welcomes the following faculty:

Wantagh High School

Christina Barbara,  special education (probationary)

Sameerah Cassidy, music (probationary)

Slavomira Lorenzo, world languages (leave replacement)

Sarah Simon, psychology (long-term substitute)

Caitlin Wong, psychology (probationary)


Middle School

Hilla Rogel, math (leave replacement)

Sarah Simon,  psychology (long-term substitute)


Wantagh Elementary

Karen Alibrandi,  elementary education (probationary)

Jeanhee Cho, reading (probationary)

Amanda Debel, special education (leave replacement)

Justine Hernandez, world languages/ENL (probationary)

Christina Mealey, elementary education (long-term substitute)

Lauren Mulry, counseling (probationary)

Danielle Narduzzi, psychology (part-time)

James Punzone, elementary education (probationary)


Forest Lake

Dana Gillman, art (part-time)

Laura Megargel, special education (probationary)

Meghan Prokesch, elementary education (probationary)

James Punzone, elementary education (probationary)

Jaclyn Svaral, special education (long-term substitute)

Charlee Timmerman, elementary education (long-term substitute)



Kara Desson, special education (probationary)

Erin Joyce, elementary education (probationary)