Ms. Kim

Ms. Kim started off as an aspiring dentist; she attended Stony Brook University and NYU for her undergraduate career, earning her a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Health Sciences, and continued to pursue her initial dream at NYU's dental school. However, shortly into her graduate program, she began to realize that her passion lied in educating students, particularly at the high school level. She wanted to convey her excitement for science through ways she thought students would learn best. Ms. Kim quickly transferred over to the NYU education program and upon graduation, has worked at Rockaway Park High School ever since. Throughout her years here, Ms. Kim has worn many leadership hats and has taught a multitude of classes including Living Environment, AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Public Speaking, and College and Career Readiness. Outside of her teaching profession, Ms. Kim is happily married and has two sons that keep her very busy. 

Mr. Bonica

As an alumnus of the NYC Teaching Fellows Cohort 18, I began teaching in 2009. I did my undergraduate work at Rutgers University in English and Geology and attained my Masters of Science Education at CUNY Lehman College. Outside of the classroom I enjoy traveling with my wife, spending quality time with my cats, running competitively, fighting for animal rights and cooking delicious vegan food. I am the change I desire to see in the world.


Spring Syllabi:


Earth Science: Water and Climate; Rocks and Minerals; The Dynamic Earth; Geologic History; Landscapes

Chemistry: Kinetics and Equilibrium; Organic Chemistry; Electrochemistry and Redox; Nuclear Chemistry Environmental Science: Climate Change and associated controversy; Environmental Activism and making a difference.


Ms. Tighe - Physical Education

Mr. Soman - Physical Education

Ms. Huggins - Special Needs

Ms. Jeffrey - Special Needsw

Ms. Ruiz - Foreign Language

¡Hola! I am Señora Ruiz. I am the World Language Teacher here at Rockaway Park High School. I am also a Special Education Teacher for our school. I teach Spanish Levels 1, 2, and 3 and I prepare students for the NYC LOTE exam (Languages Other Than English.) I am the Restorative Practices Coordinator and I am currently involved with incorporating wellness and mindfulness into the curriculum for the upcoming school year.   I graduated from Molloy College and completed my graduate studies at Stony Brook University.  

Spanish 1, 2, 3 Syllabi  Ruiz Syllabi.pdf 


Ms. Rimer - English Language Learners

My name is Ms. Rimer and I teach ENL and ELA here at RPHS. I graduated from SUNY Albany in 2018 with a degree in Language and Education, and I am currently attending City College for a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I have wanted to be a teacher since I was little, and working with students every day is a dream come true. See you in class!!


Mr. Cappellano - Speech and language Therapy


Mr. J. Cappellano has been providing Speech-Language Therapy, as a Related Service, to students at the Beach Channel Educational Campus for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University, in 1983 and received his Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, from Adelphi University, in 1985. Mr. Cappellano also serves as a therapy consultant for group homes that serve Intellectually Disabled adults, in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, Mr. Cappellano serves as a summer leave replacement Speech-Language Pathologist in Nassau County.


Ms. Tighe - Physical Education

Mr. Soman - Physical Education

Mr. Corcoran - Music