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Two New Science Teachers Join Faculty

Despite eliminating more than three dozen teaching positions during last spring's budget development process, there is some limited hiring occurring this summer in the Huntington School District. The openings are mainly the result of retirements and vacancies created by permanent faculty members taking leaves of absence.

Among the new teachers are Nicole Cooper and Michael Procaccini, who are joining the district's science department. Trustees approved probationary appointments for the duo during a meeting of the Huntington School Board this past Monday night.

During the hiring process officials reviewed 296 applications, pre-screened 26 candidates and conducted ten personal interviews.

Nicole Cooper

Nicole Cooper will teach at Huntington High School. She holds initial state certifications in biology, chemistry and Earth science. Her appointment is effective September 1.

Ms. Cooper obtained a BS degree in human physiology at Boston University in May 2007. She earned a master of arts in teaching degree in biology at Stony Brook University in May 2009.

Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Cooper worked as a substitute teacher in the Hauppauge (December 2007-June 2009) and Three Village (January 2008-June 2009) school districts. She completed her student teaching requirements at East Islip High School (January-March 2009) and Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School (March-May 2009).

Ms. Cooper worked with AmeriCorps VISTA from August 2009 to August 2010. During the one-year service program she developed nutritional and environmental programs, clubs and service events. During the 2010/11 school year Ms. Cooper worked at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers.

Ms. Cooper's probationary period runs to September 1, 2014.

Michael Procaccini

Michael Procaccini will teach science at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School. He holds initial state certifications in biology, chemistry and health and a general science extension. His appointment is effective September 1, 2011.

Mr. Procaccini earned BS and MS degrees at Touro College in health science and physical therapy, respectively. He obtained an MS degree at Dowling College in adolescent education, biology/living environment and chemistry in 2009.

Prior to coming to Huntington, Mr. Procaccini worked as a physical therapist at St. Charles Hospital from October 1999 to March 2005 and at Jefferson Sports Physical Therapy from March 2005 to June 2011.

After turning to teaching, Mr. Procaccini worked part-time in Comsewogue's alternative high school program from April-June 2009. He was also employed as a leave replacement life science and living environment teacher at Comsewogue High School and Middle School during the 2009/10 school year. Last year he worked at Rocky Point Middle School as a leave replacement life and physical science teacher.

Mr. Procaccini's probationary period runs to September 1, 2014.

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