School Staff

Dr. Lydia SpinelliDirector
Contact Lydia Spinelli
Extension: 258
B.A., Tufts University; M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College
Year appointed: 1977
35 years as Director, 8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Amy WardenAssociate Director 
Contact Amy Warden
Extension: 273
B.A., William Smith College ; M.S., M.S. Ed. Hunter College
Year Appointed: 2013
17 years directing experience, 5 years teaching experience

Mr. David BedardHead Teacher 3N PM, Associate Teacher 4S
Contact David Bedard
Extension: 344 morning, 342 afternoon
B.A. Manhattanville College; M.A. New York University
Year appointed: 2011
7 years teaching experience

Mrs. Farley Whetzel Bills, Director of Admissions
Contact Farley Bills
Extension: 242
B.S. Trinity College
M.S. Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2006
7 years teaching experience
5 years admissions experience

Ms. Lucy Bukowska, Associate Teacher 5S and 2W PM
Contact Lucy Bukowska
Extension: 346
M.A. Teachers’ University, Krakow, Poland
Year Appointed: 2004
18 years teaching experience

Mrs. Susan DruckerAssociate Teacher 3N AM
Contact Susan Drucker
Extension: 342
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.S. Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Lauren Ferguson, Head Teacher Twos
Contact Lauren Ferguson
Extension: 347
B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2007
11 years teaching experience

Mrs. Kathy Flintoft, Admissions Associate
Contact Kathy Flintoft
Extension: 224
B. A., Manhattanville College; Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 1989
29 years teaching and administrative experience

Mrs. Bernisse Jalandoni Flores,  Co – Head Teacher 2S
Contact Bernisse Flores
Extension: 341
B.A., La Salle University, Philippines
M.S. Bank Street College of Education
Advanced Certificate, Severe and Multiple Disabilities
Year Appointed: 2014
17 years teaching experience
Ms. Inzata Fofana, Assistant Teacher 4S
Contact Inzata Fofana
Extension: 344
Year Appointed: 2018
4 years teaching experience
Mrs. Jyothi George, Assistant Teacher Twos
Contact Jyothi George
Extension: 344
BSN, Cherna College of Nursing, India
Year Appointed: 2016
7 years teaching experience
Ms. Jennifer GonçalvesHead Teacher 4N
Contact Jennifer Goncalves
Extension: 343
Resume: B.S., Molloy College; M.S., Queens College
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Ms. Katherine Gregory, Head Teacher 4S
Contact Katherine Gregory
Extension: 344
B.A., Kenyon College; M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2004
22 years teaching experience

Mrs. Arlene HammerAssociate Teacher 4S, Storytelling Specialist
Contact Arlene Hammer
Extension: 344
B.S., Northwestern University; Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 1992
31 years teaching experience

Mrs. Susan Ely Johnson, Business Manager

Contact Susan Johnson
Extension: 225
B.A., Barnard College
Year Appointed: 2018

Mrs. Gail KingAssociate Teacher 3N AM and PM
Contact Gail King
Extension: 342
B.A., Goucher College
Year Appointed: 2005
13 years teaching experience

Ms. Angie LobenhoferMovement Teacher
Contact Angie Lobenhofer
Extension: 223
Berkeley College; Professional Dancer; Gymnastics Safety Certified Instructor; Certified Fitness Instructor
Year Appointed: 2006
27 years teaching experience

Ms. Madyuri Lopez, Spanish Teacher

Contact Madyuri Lopez
Extension: 223
B.S. Politecnico Empresarial Colombiano
SUNY Child Care, Health and Safety Training
Year Appointed: 2013
11 years teaching experience

Ms. Madhu MirchandaniAssistant Teacher 2N and 2W PM
Contact Madhu Mirchandani
Extension: 340
Secondary School Certificate, The Sind Model High School, India
Year Appointed: 1990
28 years teaching experience

Mrs. Margaret Najdzionek, Co – Head Teacher 2S
Contact Margaret Najdzionek
Extension: 341
B.A., M.S. Fordham University
Nursery Nurse Certificate, Kilmarnock College, Scotland
Year Appointed: 1995
22 years teaching experience

Mrs. Heidi Ong-FongAssociate Teacher Twos
Contact Heidi Ong-Fong
Extension: 347
M.A., New York University
Year Appointed: 2018
6 years teaching experience

Ms. Victoria OrtizAssociate Teacher 2W
Contact Victoria Ortiz
Extension: 347
B.A., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 2018

Mrs. Kathryn Phillips, Associate Teacher 2N

Contact Kathryn Phillips
Extension: 340
B.A. Colgate University; M.A. Tufts University
Year Appointed: 2012
15 years teaching experience

Ms.Megan RaelsonHead Teacher 3N AM
Contact Megan Raelson
Extension: 342
B.A. Wheaton College
M.S. Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Paula Krzystan RoccaSchool Office Administrator & Director of Communications
Contact Paula Rocca
Extension: 223
B.S., M.S., Michigan State University
Year Appointed: 2008
11 years teaching experienceMrs. Anne SchackAssociate Teacher 2W AM and 3PM
Contact Anne Schack
Extension: 342
A.S., Fashion Institute of Technology
Year Appointed: 2007
10 years teaching experienceMrs. Whitney SchofieldAssistant Teacher 5S
Contact Whitney Schofield
Extension: 346
B.A., Brown University
Year Appointed: 2001
18 years teaching experienceMs. Lucia ScholarHead Teacher 2W AM and PM
Contact Lucia Scholar
Extension: 347
B.S., Hofstra University; M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1999
18 years teaching experience

Ms. Betsy SchradeHead Teacher 5N
Contact Betsy Schrade
Extension: 345
B.A. SUNY Empire State, M.S. Pacific Oaks College
Year Appointed: 2005
23 years teaching experience

Mrs. Whitney SchwartzDirector of Institutional Advancement 
Contact Whitney Schwartz
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., George Washington University
Year Appointed: 2018Mrs. Caren ShayneStudio Teacher
Contact Caren Shayne
Extension: 278
B.A. Rider College
Year Appointed: 1999
22 years teaching experience

Mrs. Amanda Smith, Music and Movement Teacher
Contact Amanda Smith
Extension: 229
B.M., St. Olaf College; M.M.E,.Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Kodaly Music Educators Certification, New York University; Music Together Certification; Choristers Guild Certification
Year Appointed: 2004
18 years teaching experience

Mrs. Brianne Smith, Associate Teacher 5N

Contact Brianne Smith
B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Teacher’s College, Columbia University
5 years teaching experience

Mrs. Cristina Soto, Associate Teacher 4N
Contact Cristina Soto
Extension: 343
B.A. Bucknell University
Year Appointed: 2013
4 years teaching experienceMrs. Nancy TrushHead Teacher 5S
Contact Nancy Trush
Extension: 346
B.S., City College; M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1993
32 years teaching experience

Mrs. Geraldine WalkerAssistant Teacher 4N
Contact Geraldine Walker
Extension: 343
B.A., City College, CUNY
Year Appointed: 2018Mrs. Stacy WenderHead Teacher 2N
Contact Stacy Wender
Extension: 340
B.A., University of Maryland; M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University
Year Appointed: 2006
23 years teaching experienceMs. Susie Valk WoolworthAssociate Teacher 2S
Contact Susie Woolworth
Extension: 341
B.S., Boston University
Year Appointed: 2008
29 years teaching experience