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Freeport High School

World Language Department

Our Dedicated Teachers




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Ms. B. Adames
badames@freeportschools.org

Ms. M. Rendon
mrendon@freeportschools.org

Mrs. Z. Bussey
zbussey@freeportschools.org

Ms. C. Richardson
crichardson@freeportschools.org

Mr. O. Diouf
odiouf@freeportschools.org
 
Mrs. C. Riobo
criobo@freeportschools.org

Ms. S. Fernández
sfernandez@freeportschools.org
 
Mrs. M. Rivera
mrivera@freeportschools.org
 
Mr. E. García
egarcia@freeportschools.org

 
Mrs. R. Santana
rsantana@freeportschools.org
 
Mrs. Y. Latortue
ylatortue@freeportschools.org

Mrs. L. Vurture
lvurture@freeportschools.org

Mrs. N. Movalalli
nmovalalli@freeportschools.org





Ms. B. Adames

Hola!  My name is Sra. Adames and I am from the Dominican Republic.  I graduated from Babylon Jr. Sr. High in 1998 and could not wait to become a Spanish Teacher!!  I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature with a minor in Education from Suny Old Westbury College.  I then obtained my Master’s in education from Queens College.  I began teaching at J.W Dodd Middle School in 2005 and transferred to Freeport High School four years later.  This year I am teaching Spanish 3 Regents. I am very excited to be teaching some of my former students from last year.  I attend several workshops during the year to improve my teaching skills.  I am currently an active member of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Inc., Long Island Language Teachers, Inc., and The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  I am dedicated to ensure that all my students at Freeport High School acquire sufficient knowledge of the target language.  When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with my son, family and friends.   
Teaching Philosophy:

  • Teach strategies to help students individually engage in the content. 
  • Enrich students learning by relating material to personal experience.
  • Approach writing from different perspectives.
  • Create lesson that support content standards and appeal to students.
  • Embrace students’ differences, and get to know students individually


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Mrs. Z. Matamros-Bussey

Mrs. Bussey joined Freeport High School in 2001.  Mrs. Bussey received her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Minor in Spanish from St. John’s University.  She received her Masters of Art from Hunter College in Bilingual Education.  Mrs. Bussey has also attained her School Administration Degree from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus.   Recently, Mrs. Bussey completed her TESOL coursework from Stony Brook University. 

Mrs. Bussey is starting her 24th year as an educator.  Prior to Freeport High School, she worked at Abraham Lincoln Intermediate School 171 in Brooklyn, East New York and Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempstead.  She has been at FHS for the last 17 years.   

Currently, Mrs. Bussey is teaching AP Spanish Literature and Culture and Native Spanish 4 Regents/Honors Level, as well as the new chairperson of the World Language Department.   She will also be heading, Project ExCel, a new program from UCLA assisting FHS English Language Learners students improve their acquisition of a new language in order to meet their graduation requirements.   

She has been involved in school as Co-advisor for the Class of 2008, Advisor of Class of 2015, Human Relations Advisor, Black History Assembly Advisor, Human Rights Day Advisor and Hispanic Heritage Assembly Advisor.  She has also chaperone students in Abroad Trips to Spain, France and Italy.  Mrs. Bussey has had additional responsibilities like working in the 21st Century Program and facilitator of Homework Helpers.  In addition, Mrs. Bussey has written and revised Spanish Curriculums (Regents and Native) for her department.  Mrs. Bussey continues to serve her students being the Advisor of the Class of 2019.  This year, she will partake in the Curriculum Instruction Assessment Council (CIAC) committee for the department and serve in the Seal of BiLiteracy committee
 
Mrs. Bussey keeps abreast of her profession by being an active member of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Inc. and Long Island Language Teachers, Inc Associations.  Mrs. Bussey love for her family, is a world-travel, an avid reader, but is dedicated to her profession, her department and ensuring that all her students’ needs are met in order to succeed in their future.

"The man who speaks two languages is worth two men."
-French proverb

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Mr. O. Diouf

Title: French Teacher
Start date: September 93
Education:
-Baccalaureat serie A: Lycée van Vo Dakar, Senegal
-License es lettres: University of Dakar, Senegal,
- Masters Degree in political science, Liu Brookville, NY
- Masters Degree in School Administration: College of New Rochelle, NY
Teaching licenses: Permanent certificates In: French, English, Spanish and Social Studies
Interest:
-Languages: speaks French, English, Spanish, German, Russian and two African dialects
- Sport: avid tennis player; Currently head coach of the High school varsity tennis team.
- Travel: Africa, Europe and North America.
-Courses taught: French one to AP French

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Ms. S. Fernández

Ms. Fernández has been teaching in the Freeport High School since 2004. Before joining Freeport Public School Ms. Fernández taught Spanish in a Middle School in Queens. She came in the 80’s from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ms. Fernández received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Minor in Education from Queens College. She continued her studies in Queens College and received her Master of Arts in Spanish. Later she received her Master degree in Education from Cambridge College. In 2012 she received her Post Graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University. In 2015 she worked toward ESL certification. This Fall Semester 2017 Ms. Fernandez started French Literature studies. Throughout the years in Freeport High School, Ms. Fernández has been an active person being Advisor for the Class of 2009 and leaving ten years scholarship on behalf of the class. From 2007 to 2015 Ms. Fernández created and ran the World Language Department Scholarships, for seniors in classes of ESL, Italian and French. In 2013 Ms. Fernandez joined Mrs. Bussey as Co-Advisor for the class of 2015 Ms. Fernández loves to travel, and wants all students of Freeport to have a great experience of knowing the world and experiencing firsthand the culture and languages they study so hard. In 2009 she started to lead trips to Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Austria). All trips were successful and students representing Freeport Public Schools globally were exceptional. For this reason she started on June 2014 a new scholarship ELACA (Exploring Languages and Cultures Abroad) for seniors that shared the experience of the language and culture they were studying.

Since September 2014 Ms. Fernandez is the advisor of the Foreign Language club, with many ideas to help the students to learn and understand other cultures and to encourage them to give back to the community and become an outstanding citizen.

Furthermore, Ms. Fernández has worked in Native and Regents curriculums. For a couple years she has been advisor for the Human Relations/Black History Club as well the advisor of Human Relations/Hispanic Heritage Assembly. Currently she is the Co-Advisor for the Class of 2015. Ms. Fernández is an active member of New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers and Long Island Language Teachers. Since 2016 Ms. Fernandez is part of the CIAC (Curriculum Instruction Assessment Council) committee for the World Language Department Ms. Fernandez also works with students at Nassau Community College as an adjunct professor in the Learning Center of Foreign languages, providing students with the skills and necessary tools to enhance their ability in communicating in Spanish. On 2008 Holt, Rinehart and Winston released “Regent Exam Preparation Guide” New York, where Ms. Fernandez was part of contributing reviewers for ¡Expresate! Study guide Spanish 2 and 3 Presently Ms. Fernandez is teaching Spanish 5R/H and Native Spanish 2R/H. In the past she taught Spanish 1, 2H Regents and 3 Regents. Throughout the summer school, Ms. Fernandez teaches Spanish 1 and 2 Regents at Freeport High School. Ms. Fernandez is very proud and is interested that students at Freeport High School learn, appreciate and learn Spanish as a second Language ensuring them a successful approach and understanding of the different cultures which we all share in the world. She is very enthusiastic with her students and always available to help them.


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Mr. E. García

Enrique Garcia started working at Freeport High School in 1995. Mr. Garcia attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and a second major in Spanish.  In the year 2000, he graduated from Dowling College with a Master degree in Secondary Education.  In 2003 Mr. Garcia also obtained a degree in School Administration from Long Island University.   Prior to working for Freeport High School, Mr. Garcia worked six years as a manager for Salud Med. Pharmacy, Bay Shore, New York.            
 
Mr. Garcia is constantly advising and motivating students to finish high school and continue a college education.   He was an advisor for the English Language Learners Club, he also volunteers as a speaker for Human Rights Day.

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Mrs. Y. Latortue

“In all things that are purely social, we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand, in all things essential to mutual progress.”  Booker T. Washington

Yolette Latortue, MA, MS,LMSW: Teacher:  Spanish – French
Proudly serving the students of the Freeport Schools District.      
                                                                                                       
Club Adviser:  The African-American Heritage Bowl Club
 
EDUCATION:
Barnard College, Columbia University  - BA
Teachers College, Columbia University – MS
Université de Paris, Sorbonne

Cultures et Civilisations
Iberian and Latin American Studies- LMD
CUNY Queens College  
European Languages, MA
Adelphi University
Graduate School of Social Work, MSW
 
To my dear students:

You are living in a multicultural world.  Think globally!  Act locally!

“Whatever career you may choose for yourself — doctor, lawyer, teacher — let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man . Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
- Martin Luther King Jr, (4.18.59)


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Mrs. N. Movalalli

A graduate of NYU, Mrs. Movallali holds one MA in Applied Linguistics and another in Teaching Students with Special Needs. Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology and Linguistics. Mrs. Movallali received each of her degrees summa cum laude.  She has also received permanent teaching certificates in French and Social Studies for grades 7-12 and professional teaching certificates in Elementary School Education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Spanish.   A dual citizen of the U.S. and France, Mrs. Movallali also holds an undergraduate degree in Modern French Literature from Paris, France. 

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Ms. M. Rendon

Ms. Michelle Rendon is a new member of the Freeport High World Language Department. Prior to teaching in Freeport, she taught for four years in Medellin, Colombia and a year in Brooklyn, New York.

In both of her previous positions, she has been actively involved in activities that foster student involvement in their school and community; for example, Student Government and the Work Study program in NYC. While teaching in Medellin, she ran the language club, coordinated cultural assemblies and events, chaperoned a two week long sleepaway camp and a 2-month trip abroad to Canada. In addition, she took on leadership roles in curriculum development teams.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University, majoring in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Spanish. She decided to continue her education while in Medellin where she received her Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages (Emphasis in English) from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Here, she conducted extensive research and received distinctive recognition for her dissertation focused on writing portfolios and metacognitive strategies.

Ms. Rendon is very enthusiastic about teaching, as she enjoys being in the classroom, learning and staying up to date with language teaching trends. She is currently teaching Spanish 3 and Native Spanish 3. Furthermore, she is dedicated to her students’ success and to guiding them through the path of being proficient Spanish users and culturally aware global citizens. Being Freeport alumni herself, she is very proud and happy to work with Freeport High School students and to give back to the Freeport community.

 
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Ms. C. Richardson

Ms. Claretha Richardson is beginning her twenty-second year in the Freeport School District. She has served and continues to serve in many capacities. She has taught every level of Spanish 1-5 and has been the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture teacher since 2001, she was the Advisor to several clubs and for the past three years, she has been the Advisor of the International Ambassadors, a service learning club.

Ms. Richardson was Lead Teacher and the World Languages Dept. Chair. She has been an AP Reader (evaluator) since 2009. Ms. Richardson chairs the Seal of BiLiteracy Committee. Last year was its inauguration and 35 students were awarded this prestigious honor. Ms. Richardson has written and revised curriculum for the Dept. and effective Sept. 2013 she became a published author and contributor to Cengage Publishing. Ms. Richardson has been using her publications to teach her AP Spanish Language and Culture course, Fast Track to a 5 AP Spanish Language and Culture and Cumbre.  Our Dept. participates in the writing of questions for the Regional Spanish Language Exam, and the question written by Ms. Richardson’s group appeared on the June 2014 Exam. Ms. Richardson teaches Spanish Literacy HSE (High School Equivalency) in the Nassau Boces Twilight Program and Spanish and ESL in the Summer School Program. 

Ms. Richardson has office hours after school every Tuesday thru Thursday from 2:15 – 3:00 in Room 178. Her door is ALWAYS open to the students of FHS.


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Mrs. C. Riobo

Mrs. Riobo has been teaching in the district since 1997.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College and her Master of Arts degree from Adelphi University.  She is currently teaching Spanish 3Honors and 2Regents, but in the past she has taught Spanish 1Regents, Spanish 4Honors and 4Regents as well as Native classes.  Mrs. Riobo has been a club advisor and a delegate.  She has presented professional development workshops for faculty members on Spanish for communication.  She has also facilitated communications between parents with limited English in the Attendance office. In the past she has been lead teacher for the New York Regents Examination and she has also been a reader for the listening comprehension section. Every year Mrs. Riobo likes to attend conferences that will enrich her teaching skills.  Mrs. Riobo has conducted extra help sessions on daily basis and Regents review.
 
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Mrs. M. Vescio-Rivera

Mrs. Rivera joined Freeport High School in 1995 teaching Italian and Spanish at J.W. Dodd Middle School and Freeport High School. She is tri-lingual. In 1998, Mrs. Rivera supervised a foreign language trip to Italy and France. In 2001, she was instrumental in the development of the level 4 Italian class. Mrs. Rivera has an outstanding passing rate on the New York State Comprehensive Regents, New York State, Proficiency FLACS, in Italian. She was the advisor of the Foreign Language / Italian Club since 2004. Mrs. Rivera is passionate about the Italian and Spanish languages and cultures. She is nurturing, understanding, tactful and humble. Mrs. Rivera received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian from Queens College and her Master of Arts in Elementary Education at Adelphi University. She obtained the Professional Certification in Spanish in 2014 and FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) Mrs. Rivera teaches Italian/ Spanish during the traditional school year and Italian in the evening at IACE (Italian American Committee on Education). She is currently teaching Italian as an independent study , Spanish 1 Regents, and Spanish 2 Regents.

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Mrs. R. Santana

Mrs. Santana has taught Spanish at the high school since September 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s in Spanish Literature from Hofstra University, a Masters of TESOL from Adelphi University, and an Administrative Certificate from Stony Brook University. Ms. Santana teaches Spanish during the traditional school year and ESL during Summer School. She has taught all levels of Spanish, including Spanish for the Native Speaker and AP Spanish Literature. She was instrumental in the development of the Spanish Curriculum Maps for Levels 1, 2, and 3. Mrs. Santana is an avid reader who loves to take long walks in the park with her family. She loves to take road trips and visit museums. Her favorite flower is the red Hibiscus; it reminds her of all the beauty in the world.

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Mrs. L. Vurture

- Born in Venezuela / US citizen
- Started in Freeport as teacher assistant/substitute in 1990--1996
- Began teaching Spanish in 1997 (Dodd)
- Since 1998 Spanish Teacher in FHS.
- BA/Molloy College.  Masters/Adelphi.
- NYS Certification 7-12th grade Spanish


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