By Lilla Catanzaro '19
Mr. Haughwout is one of our newest members here at Fontbonne Hall Academy. He teaches Ninth Grade Visual Perception, and Major Art 1, 2, and 3.
He went to college at SUNY New Paltz. He started out as an art education major, but then switched to a major in visual art with a concentration in sculpture and graphic design, while minoring in history.
He later went to Touro College, where he got his Masters in education and special education. Mr. Haughwout was always prone to doodling and was strongly encouraged to do art because his dad is an art teacher. When he was younger, he found art in everything and drew whenever he got the chance to, even at the beach when he would build sand castles.
Although Haughwout loved to draw and has been doing it his entire life, he was a music major up until his senior year of high school, when he realized his passion was for art. Haughwout loved the idea that just by making and considering art, you engage in some form of innovation. Not only does he love doing art himself, but he loves to teach it. He said, “Teaching art gives me the opportunity to teach anything I want. I often incorporate other subjects into my lesson: math, science, history.”
Mr. Haughwout discovered Fontbonne through one of his good friends, Mr. Ugenti. The two of them went to Centereach High School together. When Fontbonne’s last art teacher, Ms. Suhr, moved away, Mr. Ugenti posted on social media asking if anyone was looking for a job as an art teacher. Mr. Haughwout was not necessarily looking for one because he was committed to being a stay at home dad. However, after learning about Fontbonne Hall Academy’s community and mission, he decided to apply for the job. He found the culture of the school very appealing and said that there is a camaraderie in the student body and faculty that is almost tangent.
Mr. Haughwout hopes to share his passion for art with the young women he teaches and inspire them to become artists themselves one day.
By Kayla-Grace Beauvais '20
As you know, Fontbonne Hall Academy has many school clubs for people to participate in. The clubs highlighted here are the Respect Club and the Friends for Life club. Both clubs are very prominent and popular, and people find the clubs very respectful and honorable to be in.
Respect Club is about having respect for certain subjects and topics. They focus on a variety of ideas that people should be aware of because many people tend to not bring up the topic. They focus on topics such as breast cancer, human trafficking, and Women’s History Month. It is a great environment for students to be around so that they are knowledgeable about what is going on in the world.
It is also a great way to participate with other people and a way to know more information about the topics being brought up.
Members of the club, as well as myself, find it a great environment to be in. It is a great community, and the way topics are addressed with one another shows the relationship amongst the students and how they feel about today. A member of this club, Lana El-Choum, who is a junior and the leader of this club believes that it was a great way for people to communicate and learn more about the world. She has taken her time on how to handle events taking place and how to address them.
Friends for Life is another inspirational club that participates in generous activities for human beings. This club is a great way to participate in Fontbonne community and be able to help a person. It focuses on human rights that all people should have.
Many fun, heartwarming activities for the club took place, such as singing Christmas carols to the elderly. The members are active in events to show how great our community is. It’s an excellent way for members of the club to be active and have a glimpse of the real world.
March for Life is an annual march in Washington, D.C. This year it took place on January 18th. There we marched with close to 300,000 other young high school and college-age Americans who believe in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death. It is a great experience to practice our First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.
Both clubs focus on what is going on in the real world and how students can be active in shaping the world around them. These clubs show how students should be more involved in the real world and notice how effective these situations are.It is very important to show how students are involved in the world around us. As a result, these clubs are a great way to be active in the FHA community.
By Joanne Centeno '21
Last week, I was given the opportunity to sit down and interview the newest staff member of Fontbonne Hall Academy. The Folio would like to extend a great big welcome to Mr. Joseph Principato.
Joining us mid-year as a Science Teacher, Mr. Principato is eager to jump right in and make sure we are all prepared for our exams as well as for our futures. He attended Xaverian High School and played on the football and baseball team. He also was a part of Xaverian’s jazz band. Mr. Principato attended Cornell, where he studied biology and nutrition. He shared that members of his family have attended Fontbonne in the past, so he is confident that this will be a great fit for him. While this is his first official teaching position, he has extensive training as a successful science tutor for many high school students prior to joining the Bonnie Family.
After the interview was finished, I realized I neglected to ask Mr. Principato which of Fontbonne many clubs piqued his interest. He said he would like to take over the Engineering club some point in the future... So, Mr. Principato, if you are reading this, please let The Folio know what your other interests and hobbies are so we can match you with a club to support. Personally speaking, The Folio (or Drama) is always a great place to stop by. The doors are always open.
Good luck to you, Mr. Principato. The Folio Staff is glad you are here!
By Joanne Centeno ‘21
Hopefully, all you Bonnies out there know about the growing Fontbonne Drama Club. If you don’t, let me take this opportunity to let you know that we have an AMAZING Drama Club that is under the direction and guidance of our own Mrs. Glasser. At Fontbonne’s welcome night in September, more than twenty-five students signed up, adding to the current twenty plus members. That jump in enrollment is adding to the enthusiastic buzz around campus for the upcoming spring show, Hairspray.
Mrs. Glasser arranged for a workshop by the Brooklyn College Theater Department in order to assist the already-existing as well as newly-joining student talent. Of the six workshops offered, she requested that each Drama Club member come to at least two of them. This experience allowed all the ladies to learn how to express themselves on stage and gain more confidence. Two of the six workshops were offered as club trip to Brooklyn College, while the remaining four were held at Fontbonne.
At each workshop, exercises were given in topics ranging from facial expression, voice projection, storytelling, dance and movement, and of course, acting. Each session transitioned basic instruction to actual performance technique aimed at enhancing our already amazing varieties of club talent. Mrs. Glasser’s innovative mandate of participating in these workshops will no doubt escalate the quality of our school drama club. These small steps will pave the way for big strides. Make sure you come to see Fontbonne’s production of Hairspray this spring!
Look out, Broadway! There are Bonnies on the rise.
By Lilla Catanzaro '19
Mr. Joseph Geraci is the new director of development at Fontbonne Hall Academy. He is responsible for raising money for the school and helping to engage donors, while helping to improve and expand the reputation of the institution in order to not only raise money, but to help expand enrollment.
His goal from an early age was to attend law school and become an attorney. However, when it came time to apply for law school, his dad said he could not help pay. Unfortunately, since he lived at home, he was not eligible for student loans, forcing him to find another path. Yes, this was upsetting, but Mr. Geraci himself says, “people always change career paths.”
He began his career in business. One of his previous bosses said he was a great communicator, so his new hope and dream were to become a litigator. His boss suggested he move to another area in the academic world- somewhere that dealt with development or student affairs. He chose development. He has the ability to communicate a clear message to people, engage them, and convince them about his thoughts and ideas.
Mr. Geraci attended St. John’s University to receive his undergraduate degree. He later received his Master’s degree at Adelphi University, majoring in speech communication and minoring in concentration in business administration. Once he earned his degree, he started a job at St. John’s University, working in the development office. Mr. Geraci then became the director of alumni administrations at Adelphi University. He created a program that brought alumni back to the university, which Mr. Geraci describes as “one of my most satisfying achievements.”
He also spent some time working at Holy Trinity High School, where he was in charge of alumni administrations, fundraising, and communications. Recently, he started a capital campaign at a school for children with autism, raising three million dollars. After working at a few different schools, Mr. Geraci decided to work at Fontbonne because we are a “faith-based organization.” As a Catholic, he is also very involved with his own parish in Long Island. He was struck by Fontbonne’s administration and its constant teachings of the church that follows the basis of education.
Mr. Geraci has many goals for his time here at Fontbonne. He plans to increase our annual fund, raise money for various renovation projects, expand and create new programs, and bring more alumni and friends of the school back into the life of the institution. He will do all of this with the support and encouragement from his wonderful colleagues and the administration. They all truly understand the importance of the need to fundraise, in order to keep this school financially secure and prepared to teach many more generations of young women who will attend in the future.
When asked about Fontbonne, he stated, “This is an amazing school with an incredible history of successful alumni and everyone wants to be part of a winner.” He saw the opportunity to come here and do great work after meeting with the Principal, Assistant Principal, and Director of Alumni Administration. He thought they were all on the same page with their priorities, values, and ideas on how to advance the school. He felt like this was the perfect place for him and he hopes to learn and grow from this experience.