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Kali Spoelstra: HHS Teacher & Emergency Medical Technician

Mahin Chowdhury, Photo by Costello

January 8, 2013

Filed under Faculty Profiles, Top Stories

After disasters like Hurricane Sandy, many people throughout the community often come together and volunteer to help one another.  For Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), like HHS English teacher Kali Spoelstra, however, volunteerin...

Henry Peneno: Farewell to a Dedicated Educator

June 14, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

Hawthorne High School wishes a fond, yet sad, farewell to Henry Peneo as he retires from his long career in education. The current supervisor of Guidance, English, World Languages, Art, and Music began teaching in 1966 and arrived at...

Thaddeus Kopec: A Beloved Teacher Retires

Michael Padilla, Staff Writer

June 12, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

Hawthorne High School’s science teacher Thaddeus Kopec is retiring this year. During his 11 years at HHS, many students have said that he was one of the best teachers they had. Kopec’s students know that he loves his job a...

New School, New Faces, New Teacher: Ms. Lyness

Stephanie Doot, Staff Writer

April 18, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

Who are the men and women who wake up early every weekday to drive to school no matter how far they live?  Who are the men and women who give up their breaks throughout the school year to grade papers written by students?  Who ...

Ms. Smith: An Extraordinary Person

Sabrina Mohsin, Staff Writer

March 29, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

If you visit room 300, you will meet a fascinating person. She has traveled to 52 countries, seen many different cultures, and participated in eclectic activities. Her past experiences have influenced the person she is today. T...

Theresa DiGeronimo: Published Author

Sarah Kearsley, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

Filed under Alumni Spotlight, Faculty Profiles

To students at HHS, Theresa DiGeronimo is known as the junior English and Journalism teacher. Little do most students know that DiGeronimo is also a published journalist in magazines and newspapers and the author of 58 nonfictio...

One of a Kind : Mr. Van Winkle

Stephanie Doot, staff writer

March 13, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

What comes to mind when you hear the name Van Winkle?  Do you think of the street in Hawthorne?  Do you think of the infamous murders in the Van Winkle house on Goffle Road?  If you’re in Hawthorne High School, you probably ...

Melody Jill Hackett: A Flare for Drama

Samantha Contrini, Staff Writer/Web Publisher

February 9, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles, Feature Stories

We all know English teacher Mrs. Hackett. But what do you really know about her? Well, outside of school, she is known as Jill, even Melody (Hackett’s birth name). And there’s so much more to this incredible woman beyond what s...

Kimberly Griffin (’05): No Ordinary Substitute

Olivia Meier, Staff Writer

February 2, 2012

Filed under Alumni Spotlight, Faculty Profiles, Feature Stories

Kimberly Griffin, a 2005 Hawthorne High School grad, has been employed by HHS since January 2010. But she is not your normal paraprofessional; she has a lot more going on in her life than most students know about. Griffin’s theater career started when she...

Wallace Masiak: Class of ’69 and Going Strong

Hamza Albondogji, Staff Writer

February 2, 2012

Filed under Alumni Spotlight, Faculty Profiles

“Every day I tell people I’m going to school because it’s a new adventure every day,” said Wallace Masiak, social studies teacher at Hawthorne High School since December 10, 1973. He’s been teaching at HHS for 39 years! ...

Mr. Davidson, Physics, and Chuck Norris

Melissa Miller, Staff Writer

February 2, 2012

Filed under Faculty Profiles

Anyone walking through the science wing on the first floor will usually hear the booming voice of Michael Davidson, Hawthorne’s physics teacher. When he came to this school in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year, no one really knew what to expect, but students clicked wi...

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