Faculty & Staff

Teaching Faculty

Stacey Angelico

Teacher, Lower School Math Department Head

BA - Quinnipiac University

MAT - Quinnipiac University

Current Years at TSS: 17

Years in Education: 17

Megan Aversano

Teacher, Writing Department Head

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, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 10

Years in Education: 10

Tiffany
Behn

Teacher

BS - Western Connecticut State University

MEd - University of Bridgeport

Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 7

Karin Bowman

Teacher

BA - University of Massachusetts

MS Ed - University of Bridgeport

Current Years at TSS: 6 Years in Education: 23

Melissa Brown

Teacher, Tutorial Department Head

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

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

Teacher, Director of Tutorial Program

BA - Colgate University

MS - State University of New York 

Fellow, Orton-Gillingham Academy

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, Upper School Math Head

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, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 21

Years in Education: 22

Janine Forry

Teacher

BS - William Patterson University

CAS - St. Thomas Aquinas College

Associate, Orton-Gillingham Academy

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

Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 19

Years in Education: 19

Heather Humphries

Teacher, Literature Dept. Head

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

Katie Loiacono

Teacher

BA - University of Connecticut

MS - University of New Haven

Connecticut Certification:  Initial Educator Certified Grades K-8

Current Years at TSS: 4

Years in Education: 8

Julie Papp

Teacher, Science/Social Studies Head, Student Advisor

BA - Boston College

MA - Fordham University

Current Years at TSS: 16

Years in Education: 21

Sharon Plante

Teacher, Director of Technology

BA - Connecticut College

MEd - George Mason University

Classroom Educator, Orton-Gillingham Academy

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, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 24

Years in Education: 24

Marisa Scott Teacher's Assistant

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, Orton-Gillingham Academy

Current Years at TSS: 6

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, Director of Community Outreach, 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

Molly Dryman

Executive Assistant to the Headmaster/Project Manager

BA - University of North Carolina, Asheville

Current Years at TSS: 2

Years in Profession: 9

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

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

Dr. Benjamin N. Powers

Headmaster

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: 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

Shelbey Roy Manager of Special Events BA - Iona College Current Years at TSS: 3 Years in Profession: 4

Jeffrey Ruggiero

Director of Education

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

David Sylvestro

School Psychologist

BA - Trinity College

MA - Fairfield University

Current Years at TSS: 28

Years in Education: 46                                           

Joyce Tracey

Accountant, CPA 

BS- Towson University

Current Years at TSS: 4

Years in Profession: 11 

Dede Warner

Office Administrator

AA - Bennett College

BA - University of Connecticut

Current Years at TSS: 26

Years in Education: 31

Cadia Wiley School Counselor

BS-John Carroll University

MEd-Cleveland State University

Current Years at TSS: 2 Years in Education: 4

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