New English & Health Teachers Join Faculty

J. Taylor Finley Middle School will feature several new teachers. (Darin Reed photo.)

August 15, 2016

When classes resume early next month, five new English and health teachers will be working with Huntington School District students. The Huntington School Board approved the appointments during a public meeting on August 1.

Christine Affrunti and Katherine Kid were hired to teach health. Alison Hudak, Jennifer Rollo and Andrea Maneri are joining the English department’s instructional team.

Christine Affrunti

Christine Affrunti will teach health at Woodhull Intermediate School and Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in health education at Adelphi University in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

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A new health teacher has been hired at
Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School. (Darin Reed photo)

Ms. Affrunti has worked as a substitute teacher in the Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Glen Cove, Herricks and Kings Park school districts for many years. She completed a stretch as a leave replacement teacher at Hempstead High School in 2013 and also worked as a substitute teacher for Western Suffolk BOCES.

Ms. Afrunti has been employed by Creative Tutoring, Inc. in Plainview as a health and American Sign Language tutor.

Katherine Kid

Katherine Kid will teach health at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School. She obtained a BA degree at SUNY Binghamton in 2007, majoring in psychology and minoring in history and an MS degree in health education at Hofstra University in 2011.

Ms. Kid worked as a middle school health teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School from August 2011 to August 2015 and was a leave replacement health teacher at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in 2015/16.

District officials reviewed 25 applications, pre-screened 15 candidates and conducted seven in-depth interviews prior to recommending Ms. Affrunti and Ms. Kid for probationary appointments.

Alison Hudak

Alison Hudak will teach English at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. She earned a BA degree in English at Pace University in 2007 and an MA degree in adolescence education at LIU-C.W. Post in 2008. She obtained an advanced graduate certificate in educational computing at Stony Brook University in 2014.

Ms. Hudak worked as a ninth grade leave replacement English teacher at Sachem High School in 2015/16 and was a leave replacement at Seneca Middle School in Sachem from April-June 2015. She was a teacher assistant in Sachem from September 2013 to April 2015, providing small group instruction. She taught English-8, writing lab and provided academic intervention services for seventh and eighth graders in Sachem from September 2010 to June 2013.

Ms. Hudak worked as a part-time English teacher at Islip High School during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 school years.

Jennifer Rollo

Jennifer Rollo will teach English part-time at Huntington High School. She obtained a BA degree in English at Adelphi University in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Teaching English at SUNY College at Old Westbury in 2015.

Ms. Rollo served as a leave replacement English teacher at Brentwood High School last spring, working with eleventh and twelfth grade classes. She was a permanent substitute at WT Clarke Middle School in the East Meadow school district from January to March 2016.

District officials reviewed 200 applications, pre-screened 30 candidates and conducted eight in-depth interviews prior to recommending Ms. Hudak for a probationary appointment and Ms. Rollo for a part-time appointment.

Andrea Maneri

Andrea Maneri has been hired to work as a leave replacement English teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School through January 17, 2017. She earned a BA degree in English at Providence College in 2008 and is currently studying for a MA degree in adolescent education at Adelphi University.

Ms. Maneri was a student teacher at J. Taylor Finley Middle School (March-May 2016; eighth grade) and Huntington High School (January-March 2016; tenth grade) last winter and spring.

District officials reviewed 100 applications, pre-screened 25 candidates and conducted three in-depth interviews prior to recommending Ms. Maneri for appointment.