Mid-Hudson Teacher Center
Our Project Managers
Cassie Horton is a teacher in the Wappingers Central School District. This is her 21st year in the profession and has held different positions in her tenureship with the school. In addition to being New York State certified as a HS English teacher, Reading Specialist and Educational Technology Specialist, she is also a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Literacy. She has been working for the Mid Hudson Teacher Center since 2013 and has been a project manager for four years. Working as the STEAM Project Manager allows her to pursue a passion for planning high quality professional learning for member districts. She enjoys planning mini conferences, EdCamps, and workshops to help local educators refine their craft. In her free time, Cassie enjoys watching her sons at their sporting events as well as planning travel experiences for her family.
Dr. Terri Hatfield is a school psychologist in the Pine Bush Central School District with 30 years of experience. She is dually certified in school psychology and special education and returns to teach special education every summer. As the Safe and Supportive Schools Project Manager for the past 4 years, she has assisted with the finding and mentoring of instructors to help support social-emotional learning, special populations in the schools, and she hosts several conferences each year. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, very slow but persistent half marathoner, and book club host.
Mathew Swerdloff has served as an educator in New York State’s public schools for over thirty years. He has held positions as classroom teacher in grades 3 through 8, Director of Technology, Director of Library Media Services, Executive Director of Educational Support Services, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at both the State University of New York at New Paltz and at Manhattan College in New York City. Mathew earned his Master’s Degree in Education and his New York State School District Administrator Certification from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Western Connecticut State University at Danbury, Connecticut. Mathew’s work for the Mid Hudson Teacher Center is focused on providing professional development for pre-service teachers at the seven regional colleges. He can also be reached at email@example.com.
Tamara Natoli began teaching Spanish immediately after graduation from SUNY New Paltz. Now retired from Marlboro Central School District, she is back on campus to support other educators in their quest for meaningful Professional Learning. She has always enjoyed history, writing, and theater- even directing Marlboro drama productions for several years. Throughout her career she has worked closely with brilliant, creative teachers and looks forward to continuing to do so in this new role as Humanities Project Manager for the Mid Hudson Teacher Center. In addition to her Spanish credentials, Ms. Natoli is certified to teach ENL and is a trained Teacher Consultant for the Hudson Valley Writing Project. In the latter capacity, she co-directs the HVWP Young Writers Program during the summer. Tamara loves travel, reading, museums, and all genres of music where she can sing along. She also began teaching herself mushroom foraging during the pandemic and hasn't died yet.
Samrat Pathania is a former software engineer who currently teaches mathematics, physics, and computer science at Wallkill High School in Wallkill, New York. He is a New York State Master Teacher Emeritus and co-founder of the Educator Collective for Environmental Justice. Samrat is a passionate advocate for inquiry-based and climate solutions-centered STEM education, inside and outside the classroom. He is co-author of A Full Axiomatic Development of High School Geometry, a graduate level mathematics textbook. Samrat is also a clean energy coach with New Yorkers for Clean Power and has presented many talks and workshops on practical climate solutions. He lives in New Paltz, NY with his family in a net-zero home. For more information about workshops and events check out The Mid-Hudson Sustainability in Education Series.