Meet our Faculty
Seventh Grade, Social Studies
Mrs. Annesi loves the study of American History and when she is not in school she loves spending time with her family.
Ms. Behling has been a New York State Certified Speech/Language Therapist for twenty-five years, sixteen of which have been at the Haldane School District. In her free time Ms. Behling enjoys cycling, kayaking, camping, quilting, and competitive ballroom dancing.
Ms. Branco went to SUNY New Paltz and School of Visual Arts where she made many paintings, drawings, and graduated as a sculptor. She was an art teacher for three years at The Seed in Yorktown, then three more at Growing Up Green Charter School in Queens. Ms. Branco loves to bake bread, play outside, and hug animals.
Ms. Burke has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 18 years. She began her career with children ages 0-21 with various developmental, neurological, learning, and physical disabilities in residential centers, day treatment facilities, schools, and at their homes. She has worked as a contracted early intervention provider, as well as a school-based therapist, serving Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties. Ms. Burke has extensive experience with Spanish Bi-lingual and English-speaking children ages 0-10. She was also founder and co-owner of a private practice specializing in Sensory Integration Therapy. Ms. Burke joined Haldane in 2015 and enjoys working to help children reach their maximum potential for functional independence to be successful in their future endeavors. She enjoys her husand, 9-year-old son, and 2 rambunctious dogs, as well as learning about wellness and nutrition. In the winters you can find her skiing up at Catamount Mountain and in the summers either relaxing together or traveling to visit our families in Spain and Ireland.
Teacher, Modified Cross Country Coach
Mr. Caldiero has worked in the Haldane School District for 18 years teaching physical education from kindergarten right on through the high school. Over the years, he has also coached modified soccer, modified volleyball, modified cross country, and served as an assistant to varsity lacrosse and varsity volleyball. He helps run the middle school intramural program and was the middle school student council adviser for five years. Mr. Caldiero feels that it is a rewarding experience to see the kids grow throughout their years here in the Haldane community. It is without question the best part of his job!
Teacher, Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
Physical Education, Health
Elementary/Middle School Social Worker
ELA, Eighth Grade
Even though Mr. Dougherty has been at Haldane for over 30 years at Haldane he says that "each year is like a new beginning". He enjoys birding and feeding birds on campus, walking his dog, and taking long hikes in the woods.
Teacher, Middle School Student Council Advisor, Senior Class Advisor
Family & Consumer Science
Mr. Dougherty (aka Doc) has been teaching at Haldane since 1996. He began in Technology and then in 2015 moved to Family and Consumer Sciences. He loves Haldane for the small town feel and how friendly the community is.
After teaching ELA for seven years, Mrs. Eckes pursued a Media Specialist Certification and served as Media Specialist at the high school level in New Jersey. She recently moved to the Hudson Valley area and is thrilled to be a part of the Haldane family. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading (of course!), and exploring the beautiful Hudson Valley.