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Welcome to the 18-19 school year!


My name is Mrs. Patel, and I look forward to working with the students, teachers, and parents of Frank J. Dugan Elementary School.  Prior to teaching at Dugan, I also taught at Frank Defino Elementary School and in Maryland.  I moved to New Jersey about ten years ago.     


Before moving to New Jersey, I lived in Maryland.  I went to the University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University.  My parents and sister still live in Maryland, and I visit them as often as I can.  When I'm not in school, I love spending time with my two daughters, Alina and Liya.   


As Dugan's Literacy Coach, I look forward to working with the entire Dugan community!  If you have any questions, please email me at