The Caedmon School

Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at The Caedmon School are committed to providing individualized learning experiences that are academically engaging for our students. The long tenure of many of our faculty members is a testament to The Caedmon School’s philosophy and dedication to community.

With advanced degrees and Montessori-certification, Caedmon teachers are equipped with the training and expertise to provide just the right mix of warmth and challenge to optimize the learning for each student. All faculty and staff receive ongoing in-house professional development, as well as attend workshops and conferences on significant topics in education, such as diversity and equity work, social emotional learning, brain development, and progressive curriculum. Students are ready for and enroll in the finest independent and public middle schools in NYC.

Meet Caedmon's Faculty and Staff

Administrative Staff

Head of School

Matthew Stuart

Syracuse University, B.F.A.

Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Dave Carty

Colgate University, B.A.

NYU Stern School of Business, M.B.A.

Teachers College Columbia University, Certificate GCC

Assistant Head of School

Saniya Mehdi

Punjab University, Pakistan, B.A.

Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.

Director of Admissions

Jennifer Tarpley-Kreismer

University of Iowa, B.A.

Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.

Director of Communications

Ali Foresi

Trinity College, B.A.

Seton Hall University, M.A.

Director of Development

Cindy Rodriguez

Suffolk Community College, A.S.

Director of the Elementary Program

Jelecia McGregor

Hobart & William Smith Colleges, B.A.

Director of Alumni Relations and After School

Andrew Kagan

Rutgers University, B.A.

Harvard Extension School, ALM (expected May, 2022)

Co-Director of Discovery Camp

Adam Schlessinger

City College, San Francisco, A.A.

San Francisco State University, B.A.

Co-Director of Discovery Camp

Slawomir Balon

John Jay College B.A.

School Nurse

Rosemary Frisaro-Kessler, RN

Rockland Community College, AAS, RN

State University of New York at Cortland B.S.

School Nurse

Tracy Florio-White, RN

Molloy College, Rockville Centre B.S., RN

Administrative Support Staff

Assistant to the Head of School & Assistant to Admissions

Susan Bonet

Fashion & Art Institute of Dallas At Omaha A.S.

Assistant Business Manager

Gwenn Kapner

Lehigh University, B.S.

Receptionist and Registrar

Laura Capote

Lehman College CUNY, Certificate in Early Childhood Education

IT Assistant

Samantha Tarpley

Trinity College, B.A.

Faculty List

 

Young Beginners/Beginners Head Teacher, STEAM Curriculum Developer

April Milton

Borough of Manhattan Community College, A.S.
Nyack College, B.S.
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.
Center for Montessori Education, Montessori Certification Early Childhood

Young Beginners/Beginners Head Teacher, Admissions Interviewer

Elaine Fitzgerald

Massachusetts Bay Community College, A.S.
Wheelock College, B.S.
Lesley University, M.A. 
NCME New England, AMS Primary Certification

Young Beginners/Beginners Associate Teacher

Rawan Anabtawi

University of Balamand (Lebanon), BFA 
Buffalo New York State University, MA
University of Sunderland (UK), Professional Graduate certification in Education

Young Beginners/Beginners Assistant Teacher

Samba Siby

Queens College, B.A.

Young Beginners/Beginners Assistant Teacher

Nasma Toukan

American Academy of Dramatic Arts, A.A.
Hunter College, B.A. (expected 2023)

Young Beginners/Beginners Assistant Teacher

India Summers

State University of New York College at Buffalo, B.S.

Early Program Head Teacher

Stephanie Messing

Augsburg University, B.A.
Augsburg University, M.A.
West Side Montessori Teacher Education Program, AMS Certification

Early Program Head Teacher

Levon Dimmick

Northwestern College, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, B.A.

Early Program Head Teacher

Susan Kelly

Richmond College, B.A. 
City University of New York, M.S.
New York State Teaching Certificate, Nursery through Grade 6

Early Program Head Teacher

Majlinda Rama


Laguardia County College, A.S.
Hunter College, B.A. (expected Spring 2021)
College of New Rochelle Center for Montessori Teacher Education, Montessori Certification

Early Program Head Teacher

Joyce Schneider

Smith College, B.A.
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.
CMTE/NY Montessori, Montessori Certification (3-6 years old)

Early Program Associate Teacher

Sydney Fass

Franklin & Marshall College, B.A.
Westside Montessori, Certification in Infant & Toddler

Early Program Associate Teacher

Nicholas Kessler

Drew University, B.A.

Early Program Assistant Teacher

Janelle Ruiz

Grand Canyon University, B.A. (expected 2022)

Kindergarten Head Teacher

Samantha Dulaj

Marymount Manhattan College, B.A.
Hunter College, M.S.
New York State Teaching Certification Birth-Grade 2 
Center for Montessori Teacher’s Education, Montessori Certification in Infant & Toddler 
Westside Montessori, Certification in Early Childhood

Kindergarten Head Teacher

Allison Trinkle

Dickinson College, B.A.

Kindergarten Head Teacher

J.J. Murphy

Flagler College, B.A.

Mixed-Age First & Second Grade Head Teacher

Amy McGregor

SUNY Old Westbury, B.A.
Mercy College, M.A.
Professional New York State Teaching Certification

Mixed-Age First & Second Grade Head Teacher

Meredith Woodruff

West Virginia University, B.S.
Hunter College, M.A. TESOL

Mixed-Age First & Second Grade Head Teacher

Amanda Espy

George Washington University, B.A.
Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, M.A.
NY State Professional Teaching Certification

Mixed-Age First & Second Grade Lead Teacher

Emily Burnett

Skidmore College, B.S.
NYS Certification, Grades 1-6

Third Grade Head Teacher

Jenni Arcieri

Loyola University, B.A. 
Loyola Marymount University, M.A.

Third Grade Head Teacher

Jacob Meyers

Carleton College, B.A.
Teachers College at Columbia University, M.A.
NYS Certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
NYS Certification in Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6

Fourth Grade Head Teacher

Katie Parker

Western Michigan University, B.S.
American College of Education, M.Ed.

Fourth Grade Head Teacher

Rose Kory

Grinnell College, B.A. 
Northwestern University, MSEd
Elementary Teaching License with ESL/Bilingual endorsements

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Elena Howell

Muhlenberg College, B.A.
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Bryan Storti

American Intercontinental University, B.A.
Hunter College, MS Ed
New York State Certification K-5

Director of Curriculum Innovation, Movement Specialist (Young Beginners/Beginners), Yoga Specialist (Mixed-Age First & Second Grade)

Megan Avery

Maryland Institute College of Art, B.F .A.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.A.A.E.
Hunter College, M.F.A. Illinois State Elementary Certification
6-9 Elementary Montessori Certification

Reading Specialist, Director of Learning Services

Heather Halverson

Keene State College, B.A.
Touro College, M.S. Education
Touro College, M.S. Special Education

Director of The Caedmon Music School, Violin Specialist

Paula Flatow

Boston University, B.A.
Manhattan School of Music, M.A.

Physical Education Specialist, Assistant Director of After School/Extended Day, Discovery Camp Co-Director

Slawomir Balon

John Jay College B.A.

Elementary Science/Technology Specialist, Discovery Camp Co-Director

Adam Schlessinger

City College, San Francisco, A.A.
San Francisco State University, B.A.

Elementary Library Specialist, Technology Specialist

Mary Beth Vrazel

University of Steubenville, B.A.
Fordham University, M.A.

Music Specialist, Caedmon Chorus Director

Jeremy Davidson

Brown University, B.A.
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A.

Music Specialist & Religion Specialist

Kathleen Kilbane

Smith College, B.A.
New England Conservatory, M.M.

Latin Specialist

Dan McNerney

New York University, B.A.
Fordham University, M.A.

Art Specialist

Kristina Bakker

Community College of Denver, A.A. 
Charter Oak College, B.S. 
CMTE/NY, AMS Montessori Certification

Art Specialist

Pilar Perez-Yepes

Florida International University, B.F.A.
University of Delaware, M.F.A

Movement Specialist

Vonetta Trotter

Bates College, B.A.

Auxiliary Services

Food Director
Chef Key Winstead
Plant Supervisor
Melvin Morillo
Maintenance

Miguel Gomez

Leo Del Orbe

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