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Patrick Dorfer
Assistant Principal
Assistant Principal Dorfer Photograph
Patrick Dorfer joined the Passages Team in 2011 as a social studies
teacher at Crossroads Juvenile Center. In 2012, he moved to Belmont after the site opened due Mayor Bloomberg's Close to Home legislation, and has remained there every since. He has held a variety of roles at Passages including teacher, programmer, and now assistant principal. Mr. Dorfer's main office is at Belmont he but also supervises South Ozone Park and Carroll St. Currently, Mr. Dorfer's daily goal is to ensure that students are provided opportunities to succeed in school and earn credits and applicable career related work experience to set them on a future path of success.
Carolyn Rudder
Assistant Principal

Crossroads Assistant Principal photo
Ms. Rudder has 29 years in the field of education. Her career began in 1994, as a teacher's assistant, at the Finest Care Early Childhood Education Center as she pursued her love of teaching at Medgar Evers College school of education. Upon completion of her B.A. in Elementary Education, her long-standing career with NYCDOE began at an elementary school in Queens. During this period, she continued to strive for excellence by enrolling at Brooklyn College to earn a M.S. Political Science and Public Administration. She then went to Touro College and earned a M.S. in School/District Supervision and Administration.
In pursuit of working with an older population she transitioned into NYC school District 79, Alternative Schools and Programs. At Pathways to Graduation (P2G) Brooklyn and Jamaica Learning Center she taught English as a New Language (ENL), and Literacy. She fostered students' development of academic skills needed earn their High School Equivalency and successfully transition into higher education and career readiness programs. In 2015, Rudder joined Passages Academy, where she is currently the Assistant Principal at Crossroads Juvenile Center. She has experience working in secure & non-secure detention, as well as limited secure placement.  Her instructional strengths are curriculum and instruction. Her Educational philosophy: is Educating the whole child while fostering character development and decision-making skills through guidance and mentorship to future productive pathways.