Faculty & Staff

 

Teaching Faculty

Aline Araujo Teacher

BA - Roger Williams University, Elementary Education
MS - Southern Connecticut State University, Remedial Reading & Language Arts
Connecticut Certification Elementary Education, Grades 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 7
Megan Aversano Teacher

BS - University of Connecticut 
MA - University of Connecticut 
Connecticut Certification in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6 

Current Years at TSS: 23 Years in Education: 23
Justin Behn Teacher

BS - University of Connecticut
MA - University of Connecticut
Connecticut Certification in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 12 Years in Education: 12
Karin Bowman Teacher

BA - University of Massachusetts 
MS Ed - University of Bridgeport 
Certified, Orton-Gillingham Academy 

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 25
Melissa Brown Teacher

BA - Sacred Heart University 
MAT - Sacred Heart 
University 6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University 
Connecticut Certification: Remedial Reading/Language Arts K-12 
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator, Elementary Education K-6 

Current Years at TSS: 22 Years in Education: 23
James Bruce Teacher

BA - University of Oregon
MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 10
Julia Cascio Teacher

BA - Fairfield University 
MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 3
Bianca Cenatiempo Teacher

BS - Western Connecticut State University
MA - Fairfield University 
Connecticut Certification: Health Education Pre-K-12 and Special Education K-12
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 11
Theresa Collins

Orton-Gillingham Academy, Fellow & Trainer
Department Head, Tutorial

BA - Colgate University
MS - State University of New York 
Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators 
Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 35
Sarah Crupi Art Director
Teacher

BS - Southern Connecticut State University
MA - Boston University
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator, Art Education Pre-K-12
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 11
Brandon DeMunnik

Teacher
Student Advisor

BA - University of Rhode Island
MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 22 Years in Education: 22
Joanne Dowling Teacher

BS - The Catholic University of America
MSED - Fairfield University (Certified K-12)

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 27
Kristin DuCharme Teacher

BA - Sacred Heart University
MAT - Sacred Heart University 
Connecticut Certification-Initial Certificate K-6
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy
New Jersey CEAS K-6 (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing)

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Education: 12
Christine Filep Teacher

BA - Fairfield University
MAT - Sacred Heart University
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 23 Years in Education: 24
Janine Forry Teacher 
Student Advisor 
Department Head, Language Arts 

BS - William Paterson University
CAS - St. Thomas Aquinas College
MSED - Walden University
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 20 Years in Education: 22
Jeannine M. Gallagher Teacher

BS - Marymount College -Tarrytown, Special Education 
MA - Fairfield University, Special Education 
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator in Comprehensive Special Education K-12 
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator in Elementary Education K-6 
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 13
Melanie Higgins Teacher

BS - University of Connecticut
MS - Southern Connecticut State University
Connecticut Certification: Special Education
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 21 Years in Education: 21
Heather Humphries Teacher

BS - Southern Connecticut State University 
MA - Fairfield University 
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator in Comprehensive Special Education, Pre-K-12 
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 26 Years in Education: 34
Erin Johnson Teacher

BA - Marist College
MA - Sacred Heart University
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 2
KC Koshansky

Teacher

BA - University of Connecticut 
MAT - Sacred Heart University 
6th Year Degree-102 Certification in Remedial Reading/Language Arts K-12 – Fairfield University 
Connecticut Certification: Provisional Educator, Elementary Education K-6 
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy 

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 8
Tricia Marini Teacher BA - Fitchburg State University, Early Childhood Education 
BS - Fitchburg State University, Sociology 
MS - Fairfield University, Teaching and Learning 
Connecticut Certification: PreK-12 
University 6th Year - University of Bridgeport, Remedial Reading & Remedial Language Arts 
Connecticut Certification: Grades 1-12
Current Years at TSS: 1  
Taylor Myers Teacher

BA - Roger Williams University 
MA - Sacred Heart University 
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6 
Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current years at TSS: 7 Years in Education: 12
Talya Oral Teacher

BS - Texas Christian University, Early Childhood Education
MS - Texas Christian University, Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 3
Kylie Palmer Teacher

BS - University of Dayton, Early Childhood Education 
Connecticut Certification: Early Childhood/Elementary Ed. N-3 and Special Ed. N-K

Current Years at TSS: 1 Years in Education: 1
Julie Papp Teacher
Student Advisor

BA - Boston College
MA - Fordham University

Current Years at TSS: 18 Years in Education: 23
Sharon Plante Chief Technology Integrator
Teacher Mentor
Student Advisor

BA - Connecticut College 
MEd - George Mason University 
092 Leadership and Administration - Sacred Heart University 
Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator: Special Education: Comprehensive, Grades K - 12 
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy 
Wilson Reading System Level I Certification 
Co-Author - "Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities" 

Current Years at TSS: 18 Years in Education: 26
Brianna Pruchnicki

Teacher, Health & Wellness 
Teacher, Lower School

BA - Manhattanville College 
MS - University of Bridgeport 
Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 4
Jim Renehan Teacher's Assistant

BA - Johnson & Wales University
MAT - Sacred Heart University
TSS Alumni - T '05

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 7
Shelbey Roy Teacher

BA - Iona College, Political Science
MAT - Sacred Heart University
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 2
Kim Ruggiero

Department Head, Math
Teacher

BS - Southern Connecticut State University 
MS - University of Bridgeport 
Connecticut Certification: Elementary and Special Education 
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 26 Years in Education: 26
Marisa Scott Teacher

BS- Salve Regina University
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Education: 5
Laurie Strazza Teacher

BA - Southern Connecticut State University
BS - Southern Connecticut State University
MA - Sacred Heart University

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 7
Jaclyn Shuster Teacher's Assistant

BS - Quinnipiac University 
MAT- Quinnipiac University K-6 
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 1 Years in Education: 8
Tom Turner

Physical Education Teacher
Teacher's Assistant

BS- Southern Connecticut State University Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 2
Kylee Vitka Teacher BA – Southern Connecticut State University, Early Childhood Education 
Connecticut Certified, Early Childhood/Elementary N-3 and Special Education N-K
Current Years at TSS: 1 Years in Education: 2
Audra Whitmore Teacher 
Student Advisor 

BS - Saint Joseph's University
MS - Saint Joseph's University
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner
Wilson Reading System Level I Certification

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 6
Jessica Wyton Teacher, Upper School
Music Director

BA - Berklee College of Music 
MS - University of Bridgeport 
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy 

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 9
Clorasteen Wilson Teacher

BA - University of Connecticut 
MS - University of Bridgeport 
Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6 
Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy 

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Education: 4

Staff and Administration

Samantha Berg Director of Admissions

BS - Western Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Education: 15
Dr. Hallie A. Buckingham Head of Upper School
Student Advisor

BS - Southern Connecticut State University
MS - Southern Connecticut State University
6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University
EdD - Southern Connecticut State University
Connecticut Certified: Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 33 Years in Education: 33
Rick Fedeli

Facilities Support

  Current Years at TSS: 3  
Mario Fiallo

Director of Facilities

GED - Brian McMahon High School Current Years at TSS: 22 Years in Profession: 34
Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Head of Lower School
Co-Director of Summer Programs
Student Advisor

BA - College of New Rochelle
MA - College of New Rochelle
EdD - St. John Fisher College
Connecticut Certification: Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 28 Years in Education: 27
Melissa Kinyon, C.C.C./SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

BS - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Ithaca College
MS - Communication Disorders, Emerson College
ASHA Certified, CT Licensed

Current Years at TSS: 11 Years in Education: 31
Peggy Lewis Chef, Caterer

CDM - Auburn University

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Profession: 33
Maggie Macari

Chief Operating Officer

COVID Response Coordinator:
covid19@southportschool.org

BS - Villanova University Current Years at TSS: 10 Years in Profession: 36
Claire Millerick Advancement Coordinator

BA - Quinnipiac University, Public Relations

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Profession: 3
Elizabeth “Zibby” Perkins Director of Advancement

BA - Syracuse University, English/Public Relations

Current Years at TSS: 8 Years in Profession: 24
Dr. Benjamin N. Powers Head of School
Executive Director, The Southport CoLAB

BA - La Salle University
MBA - Rochester Institute of Technology
DBA - Grenoble Ecole de Management
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskin Laboratories

Current Years at TSS: 10 Years in Education: 23
John Robbins Director of Student Programs
Co-Director of Summer Programs
Student Advisor

BA - University of Colorado
MA - Fairfield University
University 6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University
Connecticut Certification: Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 23 Years in Education: 23
Jeffrey Ruggiero Director of Education BS - Southern Connecticut State University, Special Education 
MS - Southern Connecticut State University, Learning Disabilities 
University 6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University, School Administration and Supervision 
Connecticut Certification: Special Education K-12 
Connecticut Certification: School Administration 
Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy
Current Years at TSS: 31 Years in Education: 31
David Sylvestro School Psychologist

BA - Trinity College
MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 30 Years in Education: 48
Jennifer Szweda, RN

Nurse

COVID Response Team:
covid19@southportschool.org

ADN - Waukesha County Technical College
BSN - Chamberlain University 2022
Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Profession: 32
Lauren Jones Executive Assistant, Head of School

BA - University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Elementary Education
MA - Southern Connecticut State University, Education

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Profession: 6
Joyce Tracey Business Manager

BS- Towson University

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Profession: 13
Dede Warner Front Office Administrator

AA - Bennett College
BA - University of Connecticut

Current Years at TSS: 28 Years in Education: 32
Cadia Wiley School Counselor
Student Advisor

BS - John Carroll University
MEd - Cleveland State University

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Education: 6