Florida’s Finest: Meet the New Hires!

From a new elementary school principal to a first year high school English teacher, 10 new teachers have joined the staff at Golden Hill and S.S. Seward to share their knowledge, expertise, and passion for teaching. Learn more about the newest additions to the Florida UFSD community.

Mariah SullivanNew Teacher Mariah Sullivan

Sixth Grade Math Teacher at S.S. Seward Institute


Pace University, Masters in Teaching Students with Disabilities

SUNY Oneonta, Bachelors in Childhood Education


Monroe Woodbury Central School District

Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES

Amani Public Charter School

Fun Fact to Share:

I have a one year old son

Bianca MendolaNew Guidance Counselor Bianca Mendola

School Counselor at Golden Hill Elementary


Masters in School Counseling from Long Island University

Bachelors in Sociology from SUNY Purchase


Peekskill Central School District, Leave replacement School Counselor

Peekskill Central School District, Extended School Year Summer Program School Counselor

Fun Fact to Share:

Enjoy spending time outdoors.

Starla CiarelliNew Elementary Principal Starla Ciarelli

Principal at Golden Hill Elementary


SUNY Oswego, Bachelors in Adolescent Education with a Concentration in Mathematics NYIT Masters in Instructional Technology

SUNY New Paltz, Certificate of Advance Student School Leadership (SBL and SDL)


Entering 20 years in education (Assistant Principal, District Coordinator of Math, Data, and Testing, and Principal

Pine Bush School District for 10 years, taught Math

Fun Fact to Share:

Five beautiful children

Favorite animal is a flamingo, able to feed one on a trip to Aruba.

Michael BarbariantzNew Teacher Michael Barbariantz

Physical Education Teacher at Golden Hill Elementary


SUNY Cortland, Bachelors in Science Physical Education

Southern New Hampshire University, Masters of Science Sport Management


Taught seven years of PE in the Bronx, NY.

Fun Fact to Share:

Two amazing children (Mason 4 and Madelyn 2) Florida School District Graduate

Amber SaundersNew Teacher Amber Saunders

UPK Teacher at Golden Hill Elementary


SUNY New Paltz, Masters in Early Childhood/Childhood Literacy Education


Field of Dreams Preschool, Worked in a PreK co-taught integrated classroom for five years as the general education teacher

Fun Fact to Share:

Hobby is nature and landscape photography

Nicole SullivanNew Teacher Nicole Sullivan

English Teacher at S. S. Seward Institute


SUNY Oneonta, Masters in Literacy 5-12

SUNY Oneonta, Bachelors of Science in Adolescent Education with a concentration in English


Eastchester UFSD, High School English Leave Replacement South Orangetown CSD, High School English Leave Replacement Monroe Woodbury CSD and Goshen CSD, Substitute Teacher This year will be my first official year of teaching!

Fun Fact to Share:

Playing piano since I was 4 years old.

Evan LallyNew Teacher Evan Lally

Computer Science and Special Education at S.S. Seward Institute


Notre Dame of Maryland University, Post-Masters Certificate in Administration

SUNY Oneonta, M.S. in Teaching Students with Disabilities

Siena College, B.A. in History Education and a Minor in Educational Studies


Harford County Public Schools Dorchester County Public Schools Binghamton City School District Boys and Girls Club of Albany

Fun Fact to Share:

Biked in 2016 from Mobile, Alabama to Niagara Falls, New York.

Jen GregoryNew Teacher Jen Gregory

Special Education Teacher at SS Seward Institute


Mount Saint Mary College, Masters of Science in Education, Concentration in Literacy B-12

Mount Saint Mary College, Bachelors of Arts in History, Concentration in Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities


Kaplan Career Academy ( Satellite school for Greenburgh North Castle), six years social Studies Teacher

4 Winds Psychiatric Hospital, one year as a social studies teacher

Newburgh Enlarged City School District, five years special education teacher

Fun Fact:

My husband and I own a 1929 Model A Roadster.

Nicole EckerNew Teacher Nicole Ecker

Special Education English Teacher at S.S. Seward


SUNY New Paltz, Bachelors in Adolescent English Education SUNY New Paltz, Masters in Special Education


Newburgh ECSD, Monroe-Woodbury CSD, Saugerties CSD, 8th Grade ELA

Schuylerville CSD, New Paltz CSD, Arlington CSD, 10-12 Grade English

After many leave replacements, first full year of teaching.

Fun Fact to Share:

Has seen over 25 Broadway shows. Is looking forward to directing the productions at S. S. Seward.

Christina DoughtyNew Teacher Aide Tina Doughty

Teacher Aide at Golden Hill Elementary


SUNY Orange, Associates in Liberal Arts


Hands-on experience with children who have disabilities

Fun Fact to Share:

Played volleyball competitively throughout high school and college. Fluent in two languages.

I love my children.