Two New HHS Science Teachers Appointed
When classes resume early next month, Huntington High School will have two new science teachers after the Huntington School Board appointed Terrence Doran and Brendan Burkhart to faculty positions.
A structured screening process was used to evaluate candidates for the two positions. Trustees approved the appointments duringj their Monday, August 6 public meeting, acting on the recommendation of Superintendent James W. Polansky.
Mr. Doran was hired to teach Earth science. He obtained a BA degree in psychology at the University of Delaware in 2003 before earning 24 credits in Earth science at Nassau Community College in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Teaching at Stony Brook University in 2007.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Mr. Doran worked at Patchogue-Medford High School as an Earth science and astronomy teacher from January 28, 2008 through June 2011 at which time his position was eliminated. He taught eighth grade physical science at Walter Crowley Intermediate School in Elmhurst, Queens from October 20, 2011 through June 2012.
District officials reviewed 101 applications, pre-screened 19 candidates and conducted nine personal interviews before recommending Mr. Doran for appointment. His probationary period runs to September 1, 2015.
Mr. Burkhart was hired to teach physics part-time. He earned a BA degree in physics/adolescent education and a MA degree in physics 7-12 at SUNY Potsdam in May 2012 after participating in a dual-degree program.
Over the past two years, Mr. Burkhart completed his state student teaching requirements in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District in Colton, NY, Herman DeKalb Central School in DeKalb Junction, NY, Ogdensburg Free Academy in Ogdensburg, NY and H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset.
District officials reviewed 12 applications and conducted two personal interviews before recommending Mr. Burkhart for appointment.