Meet Our Teachers

Nadine Ahmad  Ms. Ahmad  
English Language Arts Teacher    

BA in Secondary Education at Brooklyn College (2019)
MA in English at Brooklyn College (graduating in 2021)

Hobbies: Reading & Trying new food/restaurants

Hi everyone! My name is Ms. Ahmad and I am the 7th grade ELA teacher at I.S. 381. My hope is that everyone who enters 381 leaves with a love for reading, as well as leaves a better person with the help of our wonderful school community!

Shirna Baptiste  Ms. Baptiste 
Science Teacher

Masters of Science: General and Special Education: Touro College

Hobbies: Playing soccer, basketball and reading

My name is Shirna Baptiste and I have had the privilege of being part of I.S. 381 for the past 3 years.
I believe every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere in which to grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially. As an educator I want to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe, risk-taking, and collaborative environment.

Evan Barkan Mr. Barkan 
Mathematics Teacher

BA Communication, University at Buffalo 2006
MSED Math Education, LIU Post, 2010

Hobbies: Reading, movies, cooking, watching/playing most sports, hanging out with friends and family

My name is Mr. Barkan and I am currently a 6th Grade Math Teacher here at I.S 381. I have been at the school since February 2019, but have been teaching in some capacity since 2010. I enjoy teaching all levels of math but I enjoy teaching middle school the most.  
I first decided I wanted to become a teacher when I was in college when I got the satisfaction of hearing about all the students success they were having in math after I was done tutoring them. I have my Master's degree in math education and I love to teach both children and adults math. I cannot wait to help future students become better mathematicians and to enjoy math a little more than they previously have.
I grew up on Long Island and have both a brother and a sister I am very close with. I am very family oriented and try to bring that into my classroom. I always try to make everyone feel comfortable while they are in my class, so they are not afraid to come to me about problems they are having in class or on the material that is being taught.
Outside of school I like to read, play and watch most sports, and spend time with family and friends. I also like to tutor whenever I can and volunteer during the holidays.

Barbara Brizard Ms. Brizard 
English Language Arts Teacher

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Susan Campbell Ms. Campbell 
English Language Arts/Special Education Teacher

BA English - SUNY Stony Brook MSED - Brooklyn College

Hobbies: Reading, Bike Riding, Zumba, Walking

I am an avid reader and lifetime learner. I once said, "If I could do anything, I would stay in school forever." I love learning, and I love school, so teaching allows me to do what I love everyday. It is my hope to share what I love with my students, and hope that my passion for learning not only motivates, but inspires them to want to learn.

 

Paul D'Alessandro Mr. D'Alessandro
Social Studies Teacher

B.A. John Jay college of Criminal Justice, 1983
M.A. Touro College, 2003

Hobbies: Watching sports/bike riding/bowling/hanging with my son

I waited a long time to become a teacher. It's the best decision I ever made.

Andrica Donaldson Ms. Donaldson 
Science/Mathematics Teacher

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Shari Gamil Ms. Gamil 
English Language Arts Teacher

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Terri GoldfarbMs. Goldfarb 
Visual Arts/Physical Education/Health Education Teacher

Fashion Institute of Technology/ Fine Art, Visual Merchandise
LIU Brooklyn/ Art Education

Hobbies: Drawing/painting, Visiting Museums, Photography

As a young girl I can remember exploring art, enjoying looking at art and creating art.  One of my fondest memory was going to the Brooklyn Museum with my parents to see a Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. It was very exciting to see his art.  As an art educator I enjoy giving my students the opportunity to visualize art through their own eyes and create what they see and feel.  My students leave my art class with an understanding of different art processes and Artist that are relevant to their lives.  We explore the color wheel and the elements of art as well as observational art.  There is always a creative process going on.

Alan Haberfeld Mr. Haberfeld 
English Language Arts Teacher

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Ryan Kieran Mr. Kieran 
Music/English as a New Language Teacher

BA in Music Performance - Indiana University (2015)
MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - CUNY Hunter College (2019)

Hobbies: Singing, playing guitar, cooking, watching football

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I come from a family of educators. I'm very passionate about linguistics, music, giving back to the community, and preparing the next generation for a successful future.

Dina LaMarca Ms. LaMarca 
Speech/English as a New Language Teacher

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Julia Lustig Ms. Lustig
Science/Living Environment Teacher

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Mariella Mannino Ms. Mannino 
Science Teacher

B.A. Economics, Management- Indiana University-Bloomington, 2010
M.A. Middle Childhood Science Education with a Specialization in Biology- CUNY-Brooklyn College, 2016

Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Cooking, Reading, Bowling, Art

Ms. Mannino’s passion for education lies in the idea that every child has a unique path to achieving high standards and that equipping children with the skills and confidence necessary to meet and exceed their own goals fosters independence and empowers them to make their own informed decisions as citizens in our local and global communities. Ms. Mannino is currently in her 7th year of teaching middle school science. She is passionate about adapting her curriculum so that all students feel connected to the content and that their thinking about the natural world around them has been challenged. For the last three years, Ms. Mannino has worked with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University to write a curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, and research skills, along with social action components, into her project-based science units. She has a deep knowledge of science literature for children and has spent the last 6 years curating both digital and physical science libraries for her students. Ms. Mannino has additional experience as an academic coach and one-to-one private tutor for the NY Living Environment Regents exam, and previously served as a co-teacher and state exam scorer for middle school math. She is a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and a 2019-2023 Math for America Master Science Teacher Fellow.

Emily McCormick Ms. McCormick
Speech/English as a New Language Teacher

SUNY Buffalo- Bachelors in Dance, Bachelors in Spanish
CUNY City College- Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Hobbies: I love riding my bike, dancing, cooking, and exploring Brooklyn!

I grew up in Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!). I am Italian and Irish and love to cook Italian dishes that my family makes. I went to SUNY Buffalo for college, and once I graduated, I made the big move to New York City to pursue a career in dance. After about 4 years, I decided that I wanted to change my career and become a teacher! I have lived in Brooklyn ever since moving to NYC, and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

Patricia J. Murphy Ms. Murphy
English Language Arts Teacher

MA Secondary Education Brooklyn College 1999
BS Business Management, St. Francis College 1987

Hobbies: Reading, Exercising, Decorating

I first started teaching at Hudde JHS and joined I.S. 381 in 2001.

Sharon O'Leary Ms. O'Leary 
Mathematics/Algebra Teacher

Ms. O’Leary is a math teacher at I.S. 381. She started at I.S. 381 in 2012 after receiving her Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education at Adelphi University. She is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team as well as the Testing and Data Coordinator for the school. Ms. O’Leary utilizes best teaching practices to ensure students can analyze content and pursue solutions to challenges that build resilience and confidence.

Patrick O'Toole  Mr. O'Toole 
Library Studies Teacher

B.A. in Philosophy from Brooklyn College, 2014

Hobbies:  Skateboards, surfboards, and bicycles are some of the greatest things ever invented. Picking up garbage is a great hobby to have.

 

Kathleen Paul  Ms. Paul 
Physical Education/Health Teacher

MS in Physical Education - Brooklyn College
BS in Physical Education - Hunter College

Hobbies: Teaching Swimming, Practicing Yoga, Growing Plants

My goal is to teach students the importance of making healthy choices and to maintain an active healthy lifestyle their whole life.

Adam Rodkin  Mr. Rodkin 
Self-Contained Special Education Teacher

Bachelor's of History, CUNY Queens - 2010
Masters of Education, Long Island University - 2013

Hobbies: Exercising, Boating, Learning

Raised on Long Island, I grew up riding my bicycle EVERYWHERE and playing basketball and handball at the local parks. In college I recognized my purpose in life to be an educator and doer of kindness. I married at 25 to a woman of valor and have since become a proud parent to 3 beautiful children. My motto is 'A candle for one is a candle for one hundred.'

Pasquale 'Pat' Savino   Mr. Savino 
Mathematics/Algebra Teacher

Master of Science in Mathematics Education, College of Staten Island - 2020
Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics, College of Staten Island - 2011

Hobbies: Music, LEGO, Caring for Pets, Professional Wrestling

Mr. Savino is the first member of his family to graduate college, and enjoys sharing his love of mathematics with the next generation.  Also a full-time professional DJ and Karaoke host, he performs at parties and family gatherings of all types in the Tri-State area.  To keep physically fit, Mr. Savino is an accomplished referee on the minor-league professional wrestling circuit.  In his precious little downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family and numerous pets.  Mr. Savino is also the humble Webmaster of this site.

 

Shafiq Almas  Ms. Shafiq  
Mathematics/Special Education Teacher

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Brandon Thompson  Mr. Thompson 
Science/SETSS Teacher

Bachelors in Business Administration - Adelphi University - Class of 2014
Masters of Science in Education - St. John's University - Class of 2020

Hobbies: Gaming, Working Out, Football, Time with family

Hi! My name is Mr. Thompson. I am from Queens, NY and have lived in 4 major cities in the US. I come from Jamaican & Cuban heritage and love spending time with my family, cooking, and trying new food. I also enjoy being active, playing football, and gaming. I look forward to sharing experiences with you all!

Brian Tormey  Mr. B. Tormey  
Self-Contained Special Education Teacher

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Thomas Tormey  Mr. T. Tormey 
Social Studies Teacher

B.A. - History - Saint Joseph's College
M.A. - History - Brooklyn College
M.A. - History - Touro College

Hobbies: I am a Comic Book Historian. I enjoy movies, cartoons, and horror novels.

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