Faculty & Staff

Teaching Faculty

Aline Araujo

Teacher 

BA - Roger Williams University, Elementary Education

MS - Southern Connecticut State University, Remedial Reading & Language Arts

CT Certification Elementary Education, Grades 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 6

Megan Aversano

Teacher 

BS - University of Connecticut

MA - University of Connecticut

CT Certification in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 22

Years in Education: 22

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: 11

Years in Education: 11

Karin Bowman

Teacher

BA - University of Massachusetts

MS Ed - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 7 Years in Education: 24

Melissa Brown

Teacher 

BA - Sacred Heart University

MAT - Sacred Heart University

6th Year - Southern Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Education: 22

James Bruce Teacher

BA - University of Oregon

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 5 Years in Education: 9

Julia Cascio

Teacher

BA - Fairfield University 

MA - Fairfield University 

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Education: 2

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, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 5

Years in Education: 10

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: 7

Years in Education: 34

Taylor Cotaling

Teacher

BA - Roger Williams University

MA - Sacred Heart University

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current years at TSS: 6

Years in Education: 11

Brandon DeMunnik

Teacher 

BA - University of Rhode Island

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Education: 21

Joanne Dowling

Teacher 

BS - The Catholic University of America

MSED - Fairfield University (Certified K-12)

Current Years at TSS: 7

Years in Education: 26

Kristin DuCharme

 Teacher

BA - Sacred Heart University

MAT - Sacred Heart University  

Connecticut Certification-Initial Certificate K-6

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

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 11

Christine Filep

Teacher

BA - Fairfield University

MAT - Sacred Heart University

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 22

Years in Education: 23

Janine Forry

Teacher

Student Advisor

BS - William Patterson University

CAS - St. Thomas Aquinas College

MSED - Walden University

Associate, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 19

Years in Education: 21

Jeannine M. Gallagher Teacher

BA-Marymount College Tarrytown

MA-Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 7 Years in Education: 12

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: 20

Years in Education: 20

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: 24

Years in Education: 32

Erin Johnson

Teacher's Assistant

BA - Marist College

MA - Sacred Heart University

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 1

Sarah Kelly

Art Director

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 7

Years in Education: 10

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: 2 Years in Education: 7

Rebecca "Becca" Levine

Teacher's Assistant

Research Assistant

BS - The Catholic University of America

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 1

Kevin Macari

Physical Education Teacher

BA - University of Delaware, Leadership

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 5

Talya Oral

Teacher

BS - Texas Christian University, Early Childhood Education

MS - Texas Christian University, Special Education

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Education: 2

Alexandra Palazzo

Teacher 

BA - Quinnipiac University

MA - Touro College

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 5

Julie Papp

Teacher

Student Advisor

BA - Boston College

MA - Fordham University

Current Years at TSS: 17

Years in Education: 22

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: 17

Years in Education: 25

Brianna Pruchnicki

Health & Wellness, Teacher's Assistant

BA - Manhattanville College

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 3

Jim Renehan

Teacher's Assistant

BA - Johnson & Wales University

MAT - Sacred Heart University

TSS Alumni - T '05

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 6

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: 25

Years in Education: 25

Lila Schooler

Teacher 

BA - Southern Connecticut State University, Psychology

MA - Grand Canyon University, Special Education, K-12

Associates - Champlain College, Early Childhood

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 10

Marisa Scott Teacher

BS- Salve Regina University

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Current Years at TSS: 3

Years in Education: 4

 

Laurie Strazza

Teacher 

BA - Southern Connecticut State University

BS - Southern Connecticut State University

MA - Sacred Heart University

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Education: 6

Stephanie Swinkin

Teacher

BA – Hofstra University

MS Ed – Binghamton University

Current Years at TSS: 4 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: 2

Years in Education: 5

Jessica Wilkes Music Director

BA - Berklee College of Music

MS - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 8
Clorasteen Wilson Teacher

BA - University of Connecticut

MS - University of Bridgeport

Connecticut Certification: Initial Certificate, Elementary Education 1-6

Classroom Educator, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 3

Staff and Administration

Samantha Berg

Director of Admissions

BS - Western Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 7

Years in Education: 14

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: 32

Years in Education: 32

Rick Fedeli

Facilities Support

 

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 

Mario Fiallo

Director of Facilities

GED - Brian McMahon High School

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Profession: 33

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: 27

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: 10 Years in Education: 30
Suzanne Lang Director, The Southport CoLAB BS - Southern Connecticut State University Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 11

Peggy Lewis Chef, Caterer CDM - Auburn University Current Years at TSS: 3

Years in Profession: 32

Maggie Macari

COVID Response Coordinator:

covid19@southportschool.org

Chief Operating Officer

BS - Villanova University

Current Years at TSS: 9

Years in Profession: 35

Claire Millerick

Advancement Coordinator

BA - Quinnipiac University, Public Relations

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 2

Elizabeth “Zibby” Perkins

Director of Advancement

BA - English/Public Relations, Syracuse University

Current Years at TSS: 7

Years in Profession: 23

Lauren Pirrone

Advancement Coordinator

BA - Mass Communications, Iona College

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

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 5

Dr. Benjamin N. Powers

Head of School

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: 9

Years in Education: 22

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: 22

Years in Education: 22

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: 30

Years in Education: 30

Margaret Sullivan, RN

COVID Response Team:

covid19@southportschool.org

Nurse

BSN - St. Olaf College

National Certification: School Nurse

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Profession: 34

David Sylvestro

School Psychologist

BA - Trinity College

MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 29

Years in Education: 47                                           

Jennifer Szweda, RN

COVID Response Team:

covid19@southportschool.org

Nurse

ADN - Waukesha County Technical College

BSN - Chamberlain University 2022

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 31

Lauren Tamiso

Executive Assistant, Head of School

BA - Elementary Education, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

MA - Education, Southern Connecticut State University

Current Years at TSS: 1

Years in Profession: 5

Joyce Tracey

Business Manager 

BS- Towson University

Current Years at TSS: 5

Years in Profession: 12

Dede Warner

Front Office Administrator

AA - Bennett College

BA - University of Connecticut

Current Years at TSS: 27

Years in Education: 32

Cadia Wiley

School Counselor

Student Advisor

BS-John Carroll University

MEd-Cleveland State University

Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Education: 5