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Meet The Pathways Team
Dustin graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.S.Ed. in Childhood and Special Education. He completed his Masters in Literacy at STAC in the summer of 2011, and is certified to teach social studies at the middle school level. In 2018, Dustin completed his second graduate degree in School Counseling from Mercy College.
Dustin’s previous work experiences include teaching special education in the Bronx, working as a Mentor in Pathways and until recently, held the position of the Associate Director of Pathways. Dustin also works as an adjunct professor at STAC teaching Studies in Culture, Adolescent Psychology, and Adult Development.
When Dustin is not at work, he’s spending time with his wife, his two dogs (Darla & Theo), and enjoying all the fun of home ownership.
Linda earned a B.A. in Mass Communications at Lehman College in the Bronx and a M.A. in Elementary Education at Long Island University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the Graduate Distinguished Performance Award. She also studied Equine Science at Pace University. Her work history includes Production Coordinator for WOR-TV, Assistant to the Producer of the New York Mets. Linda holds the distinction of being the first woman to work on the television crew at Shea Stadium. Her teaching career includes college English, speech communications, creative writing, and journalism at institutions such as St. Thomas Aquinas College, Mount St. Mary College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Linda enjoys singing in her church choir, horseback riding, coaching in a therapeutic riding program for handicapped children, and adopting animals in need.
After retiring as an English teacher from North Rockland High School, Mary has put her talents to good use in our Pathways Program. Unable to completely “retire,” she loves working individually with her students and fostering relationships that last well beyond the student’s college years.
She is an avid reader who enjoys learning firsthand about other cultures. Her travels have taken her throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Spending time with her family, which includes a brood of 12 grandchildren, is also among her top priorities. Mystery novels, chocolate and impromptu gatherings are among her “favorite things.”
John Quinn graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.A. in English and General Literature. He has served as a mentor for Pathways since 2004 and has been employed since 2003 with Bergen County public schools, where he works in special education with middle school and high school students. At present, John is pursuing a Masters Degree in English Education for Adolescents. He is an avid reader of non-fiction and biographies, and a part-time real estate investor.
Pamela Burns Eckstut
Pamela spent more than 35 years of her career teaching a variety of English and writing courses at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ where she also developed a support program similar to Pathways. After retiring, Pam taught English and Success at Bergen Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University and is now enjoying the one-on-one style of mentoring in Pathways.
She graduated from Dominican College with a B.A. in English and K-6 teaching certification, and received her M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist from William Paterson University. She is certified to teach English, reading, and writing at the elementary through college level in New York and New Jersey.
Pam is also a certified yoga instructor interested in health and wellness for the school community. She loves reading, poetry, trying new recipes, walking by the river, and traveling with her husband.
Maggie Kane ’19
Maggie graduated summa cum laude from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.A. in English and an Adolescence Certificate (Grades 7-12). She is attending William Paterson University to earn her M.A. in Higher Education Administration. She served as an English and Education tutor in the Center for Academic Excellence as an undergraduate student at the College. As the Testing Coordinator for Pathways, Maggie is happy to help students as they experience their college years. Outside of STAC, Maggie can be found spending time with her nieces, cooking, exercising, or picking up part-time work at a local library.
Jen has been the Program Office Assistant for Pathways since January 2018. She is a mother of two and comes from New City, New York. While working at Pathways, Jen notes that her favorite part of her job is watching the students in the program grow and become a community. In her spare time, Jen enjoys spending time and playing with her dog, Riley.