Characters at 102: Adults who Make our School Special

Did you ever wonder “Who is that guy?” Or, “How long have they been working here?” Or, “What do they do?” We interviewed some staff members that we wanted to learn more about and found there are some really cool people at PS 102!


The 411 on Mrs. Mullaney

By Mary Kate

A few days ago I interviewed Mrs. Mullaney.  I knew I had some interesting questions to ask her.  She has three daughters. Aelish is in Mrs. Harner’s kindergarten. Her daughter Abby is in nursery school.  Her other daughter is too little to go to school.  Something I thought of when I was interviewing her was that since she has a family when does she make dinner? As I was interviewing her she was getting ready to go out and get dinner for her and her family. I also wondered, since she’s a teacher when would she be able to go on vacation?  So I asked her if she could go anywhere in the world where would she go? She said “Disney.”

Mrs. Mullaney did not go to a public school like us.  She actually went to a catholic school.  ‘It was different from P.S. 102,” she said.  She had to wear a uniform to school.  She has been working at P.S. 102 for a decade.  When I asked her if she liked P.S. 102, she answered by saying, “I love it.”

Liz Nehmeh, School Nurse

By Wiktor

PS 102’s Wonderful Nurses, Barbara Kenny & Liz Nehmeh

It was a boring day so I decided to interview Nurse Liz.  Liz Nehmeh is a kind and good nurse.  She helps kids and likes animals.  She enjoys working with children and helping them with any problems.  She has worked at P.S. 102 for seven years. 

She went to elementary school at P.S. 104.  She said “It is very much like P.S. 102.”   She also has three children. Two of her children are in college. Jimmy is 23 and is working on a masters degree at LIU.  Sahra is in her 4th  year at American University.  Becky is 17 and is very interested in art and is a senior at LaGuardia High School.


By Aidan P.

I interviewed Jose Ortega the custodian.  I interviewed him because I see him every day, but yet I don’t know much about him.  Jose has one daughter in college at St. Josephs. “I really like working here because I love the kids and teachers at P.S. 102.,” Jose said.  He has been working here 23 years 7 days a week.  When he’s not working, Jose hangs out with his daughter, goes to the gym and goes to the movies.

Jose went to elementary school at P.S. 017 in Williamsburg.  Back then, the teachers were much stricter and had more of a choice in how they teach. Jose also does side jobs like plumbing and electrician work.  His job here at P.S. 102 is making sure stuff functions properly and heating the school.  “Keeping this school clean is a real challenge,” he said.  Jose went to college to take courses on fixing things properly so it doesn’t backfire.  He went to Eastern District in Williamsburg for high school.  Jose seems to go everywhere in the school every day.  Now I know a little more about Jose.  He seems like a really nice guy.

Mr. Lantieri

By Tania

When I was in the Journalism Stars Group, my teacher told me that I had to interview somebody.  I had to pick a person that worked at P.S. 102.  I decided to choose Mr. Lantieri.  I thought that he would be a fun person.

I went to interview him on Thursday and Mr. Lantieri was waiting for me.  I started to ask him questions and he answered them.  I learned a lot about Mr. Lantieri.   He told me that he has a 16 year old daughter that goes to High School.  He has two shepherds, cats and goldfish.  I had a good time in Mr. Lantieri’s office. He was very nice to me and gave me a lot of details.  I also think Mr. Lantieri enjoyed the interview.   Wow! I was impressed for doing my job!

Mrs. Sichenze, Assistant Principal

By Carolyn

On January 25, 2010, I interviewed Mrs. Sichenze who is an assistant principal at P.S. 102.  Mrs. Sichenze helps Mrs. Dovi run the school.   She tries to help students and teachers reach their full potential.  When I asked Mrs. Sichenze what she like best about P.S. 102 she said, “I will say the teachers and staff and students are what I like best about the school.  I have worked at this wonderful place for 26 years and I have loved every minute of it.”

Mrs. Sichenze has three children ages 14, 12 and 7.  Her 7 year old currently attends P.S. 102. Her 14 year old attends Fontbonne Hall Academy and her 12 year old son attends IS 187, Christine Mcauliffe.  Mrs. Sichenze went to St. Ephrem’s Elementary School. She would like to tell the readers that P.S. 102 is a unique and special place.

In her free time, Mrs. Sichenze likes to cook, garden, read, write poetry, exercise and spend time with family and friends.  She also loves to shop for antiques.

I would describe Ms. Sichenze as someone who is kind, very friendly and a great person to go to for help.  She loves her job and she especially loves children.

Peter Modina

By Aidan C.

It was a normal day. It was a Monday afternoon.  I interviewed Peter Modina. He is a school custodian here at PS 102.  Peter is a very nice man.  It was actually a lot of fun and he was easy to talk to.   Peter said he has two daughters who are teachers.  He went to PS 174.  When I asked him if he faces challenges working at PS 102, he said he faces no challenges.

Interview of Mrs. Dovi

By Jasmine
Today I interviewed Mrs. Dovi in her office.  Here are some questions I asked her:  Do you have kids, where do they go to school?  How long have you worked here? Where did you go to elementary school and how is it the same or different?  Mrs. Dovi answered that she has two kids and they finished school.  She has worked here 23 years.  She went to elementary school at O.L.P.H. and there were less kids where she went.

Here are more questions:  What was your first job, what is your favorite part of being principal and what is your least favorite part about being principal?  She answered that her first job was a teacher. Her favorite part about being principal is watching the children learn and her least favorite part is budget cuts! It wasn’t hard to interview the principal, Mrs. Dovi turned out nicer than I expected!

More About Mrs. Rose
by Melody

Mrs. Rose Bugliaro is a very social person.  She likes to spend time with the children and the staff at PS 102.  She works as an attendance school aide at PS 102.  A challenge to her is something that can’t be corrected.  She has worked here for many years so she has a lot of experience.  Mrs. Rose went to elementary school here in Brooklyn.  It is different because we have more supplies in school than Mrs. Rose did when she was in school.

Mrs. Rose has kids, grown men.  They have jobs and are married.  She likes to read in her spare time.  Mrs. Rose likes to go to Pennsylvania to visit relatives.

We’ve had some experiences outside of school like meeting at church or down the block.  Mrs. Rose is my favorite PS 102 person because she is one of the first people that I met.  She is easy to talk to and she doesn’t make me nervous like some teachers.  I like to meet her outside the school and talk to her.  I see her more often than anyone else besides Mrs. Papantoniou and have known her longer than any other person in PS102.



Filed under Aidan C, Aidan P, Carolyn, Staff Spotlight

3 responses to “Characters at 102: Adults who Make our School Special

  1. aidanpps102

    I love what my club did.

  2. :):):):):):):):):):)

  3. Linda P

    It is very nice to know about the people who work at P.S. 102.

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