Faculty & Staff

Teaching Faculty

Megan Aversano

Teacher 

BS - University of Connecticut

MA - University of Connecticut

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Education: 21

Justin Behn

Teacher

BA - Southern State Connecticut University

MAT - Sacred Heart University 

Connecticut Certification: Provisional Educators in Elementary Education K-6

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 10

Years in Education: 10

Karin Bowman

Teacher

BA - University of Massachusetts

MS Ed - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 23

Melissa Brown

Teacher 

BA - Sacred Heart University

MAT - Sacred Heart University

6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 20

Years in Education: 21

James Bruce Teacher

BA - University of Oregon

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 4 Years in Education: 8

Alex Carlson

Teacher

BA - State University of New York at Purchase

MS Ed - University of Bridgeport

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education K-6

Current Years at TSS: 1 

Years in Education: 4

Julia Cascio

Teacher

BA - Fairfield University 

MA - Fairfield University 

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 1

Bianca Cenatiempo

Teacher

BS - Western Connecticut State University

Connecticut Certification: Health Education Pre-K-12

Current Years at TSS: 4

Years in Education: 9

Theresa Collins

Orton-Gillingham Fellow & Trainer

Tutorial Department Head

Teacher 

BA - Colgate University

MS - State University of New York 

Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 6

Years in Education: 33

Taylor Cotaling

Teacher

BA - Roger Williams University

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current years at TSS: 5

Years in Education: 10

Brandon DeMunnik

Teacher 

BA - University of Rhode Island

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 20

Years in Education: 20

Kristin DuCharme

 Teacher

BA - Sacred Heart University

MAT - Sacred Heart University Connecticut 

Connecticut Certification-Initial Certificate K-6

New Jersey CEAS K-6 (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing)

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 10

Christine Filep

Teacher

BA - Fairfield University

MAT - Sacred Heart University

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Education: 22

Janine Forry

Teacher

BS - William Patterson University

CAS - St. Thomas Aquinas College

Associate, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 18

Years in Education: 20

Jeannine M. Gallagher Teacher

BA-Marymount College Tarrytown

MA-Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 11

Jill Hansen

Teacher

Student Advisor

BA - University of Bridgeport

MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 22

Years in Education: 36

Melanie Higgins

Teacher

BS - University of Connecticut

MS - Southern Connecticut State University

Connecticut Certification: Special Education

Associate, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 19

Years in Education: 19

Heather Humphries

Teacher

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

MA - Fairfield University

Connecticut Certification: Professional Educator in Comprehensive Special Education, Pre-K-12

Current Years at TSS: 23

Years in Education: 31

Sarah Kelly

Art Director

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 6

Years in Education: 9

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

Certified Structured Literacy / Dyslexia Interventionist

Current Years at TSS: 1 Years in Education: 6

Talya Oral

Teacher

BS - Texas Christian University, Early Childhood Education

MS - Texas Christian University, Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 1

Julie Papp

Teacher

Student Advisor

BA - Boston College

MA - Fordham University

Current Years at TSS: 16

Years in Education: 21

Rachel Petchonka

Teacher

BA - Connecticut College

MA - Relay Graduate School for Education

Current Years at TSS: 1 

Years in Education: 3

Sharon Plante

Chief Technology Integrator

Teacher

Student Advisor

BA - Connecticut College

MEd - George Mason University

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 16

Years in Education: 24

Kim Ruggiero

Teacher

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

MS - University of Bridgeport

Connecticut Certification: Special Education

Associate, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 24

Years in Education: 24

Marisa Scott Teacher

BS- Salve Regina University

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Education: 3

 

Stephanie Swinkin

Teacher

BA – Hofstra University

MS Ed – Binghamton University

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 6

Kristyn Ventresca

Teacher

BS -Southern Connecticut State University

MEd - University of New Haven

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 6

Years in Education: 7

Audra Whitmore Teacher

BS - Saint Joseph's University

MS - Saint Joseph's University

Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner

Wilson Reading System Level I Certification

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 4

Jessica Wilkes Music Director

BA - Berklee College of Music

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 1 Years in Education: 7
Clorasteen Wilson Teacher

BA - University of Connecticut

MS - University of Bridgeport

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 2

Staff and Administration

Samantha Berg

Director of Admissions

BS - Western Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 6

Years in Education: 13

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: 31

Years in Education: 31

Mario Fiallo

Director of Facilities

GED - Brian McMahon High School

Current Years at TSS: 20

Years in Profession: 32

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: 26

Years in Education: 26

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: 9 Years in Education: 29
Suzanne Lang Director, The Southport CoLAB BS - Southern Connecticut State University Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 10

Peggy Lewis Chef, Caterer CDM - Auburn University Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 31

Maggie Macari

Chief Financial Officer

BS - Villanova University

Current Years at TSS: 7

Years in Profession: 34

Elizabeth McIntyre

Interim Director of Admissions

Director of Development

MS - Education, Sarah Lawrence College

BA - Psychology, Denison University

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 25

Elizabeth “Zibby” Perkins

Director of Advancement

BA - English & Public Relations, Syracuse University

Current Years at TSS: 6

Years in Profession: 22

Lauren Pirrone

Advancement Coordinator

BA - Mass Communications, Iona College

MS - Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness, Manhattanville College - School of Business

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 4

Dr. Benjamin N. Powers

Headmaster

BA - La Salle University

MBA - Rochester Institute of Technology

DBA - Grenoble Ecole de Management

Associate, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Affiliated Research Scientist at Haskin Laboratories

Current Years at TSS: 8

Years in Education: 21

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: 21

Years in Education: 21

Jeffrey Ruggiero

Director of Curriculum

Student Advisor

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

MS - Southern Connecticut State

University 6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University

Connecticut Certification: Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 29

Years in Education: 29

Jen Szweda

Nurse

 

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 

David Sylvestro

School Psychologist

BA - Trinity College

MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 28

Years in Education: 46                                           

Joyce Tracey

Business Manager 

BS- Towson University

Current Years at TSS: 4

Years in Profession: 11 

Dede Warner

Front Office Administrator

AA - Bennett College

BA - University of Connecticut

Current Years at TSS: 26

Years in Education: 31

Cadia Wiley

School Counselor

Student Advisor

BS-John Carroll University

MEd-Cleveland State University

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 4

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