School Staff

Administrative Team

Dr. Lydia Spinelli, Director
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 Warden, Associate Director
B.A., William Smith College
M.S., M.S. Ed. Hunter College
Year Appointed: 2013
17 years directing experience, 5 years teaching experience

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

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

Mrs. Susan Ely Johnson, Business Manager
B.A., Barnard College
M.B.A., UCLA
Year Appointed: 2018

Mrs. Paula Rocca, School Office Administrator & Director of Communications
B.S., M.S., Michigan State University
Year Appointed: 2008
11 years teaching experience

Mrs. Whitney Schwartz, Director of Institutional Advancement
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., George Washington University
Year Appointed: 2018

 

Program Specialists

Mrs. Caren Shayne, Studio Teacher
B.A., Rider College
Year Appointed: 1999
22 years teaching experience

Mrs. Amanda Smith, Music and Movement Teacher
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

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

Ms. Angie Lobenhofer, Movement Teacher
Berkeley College; Professional Dancer; Gymnastics Safety Certified Instructor; Certified Fitness Instructor
Year Appointed: 2006
27 years teaching experience

Ms. Katherine Gregory, Science Specialist
B.A., Kenyon College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2004
22 years teaching experience

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

 

Twos Program

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

Mrs. Jyothi George, Assistant Teacher
BSN, Cherna College of Nursing, India
Year Appointed: 2016
7 years teaching experience

Mrs. Heidi Ong-Fong, Associate Teacher
M.A., New York University
Year Appointed: 2018
6 years teaching experience

 

3s & Young 4s

Classroom 5 North

Ms. Betsy Schrade, Head Teacher
B.A., SUNY Empire State, M.S. Pacific Oaks College
Year Appointed: 2005
23 years teaching experience

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

 

Classroom 5 South

Mrs. Nancy Trush, Head Teacher
B.S., City College
M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1993
32 years teaching experience

Ms. Lucy Bukowska, Associate Teacher
M.A., Teachers’ University, Krakow, Poland
Year Appointed: 2004
18 years teaching experience

Ms. Whitney Schofield, Assistant Teacher
B.A., Brown University
Year Appointed: 2001
18 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 2 West AM/PM

Ms. Lucia Scholar, Head Teacher 2W
B.S., Hofstra University; M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1999
18 years teaching experience

Ms. Victoria Ortiz, Associate Teacher
B.A., Hunter College
Master’s candidate: The City College of New York
Year Appointed: 2018
2 years teaching experience

Mrs. Anne Schack, Associate Teacher (AM)
A.S., Fashion Institute of Technology
Year Appointed: 2007
10 years teaching experience

Ms. Madhu Mirchandani, Assistant Teacher (PM)
Secondary School Certificate, The Sind Model High School, India
Year Appointed: 1990
28 years teaching experience

Ms. Lucy Bukowska, Associate Teacher (PM)
M.A., Teachers’ University, Krakow, Poland
Year Appointed: 2004
18 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 3 North PM

Mr. David Bedard, Head Teacher
B.A., Manhattanville College
M.A., New York University
Year appointed: 2011
7 years teaching experience

Mrs. Gail King, Associate Teacher
B.A., Goucher College
Year Appointed: 2005
13 years teaching experience

Mrs. Anne Schack, Associate Teacher
A.S., Fashion Institute of Technology
Year Appointed: 2007
10 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 3 North AM

Ms. Megan Raelson, Head Teacher
B.A., Wheaton College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Susan Drucker, Associate Teacher
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Gail King, Associate Teacher
B.A., Goucher College
Year Appointed: 2005
13 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 2 North

Mrs. Stacy Wender, Head Teacher
B.A., University of Maryland
M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University
Year Appointed: 2006
23 years teaching experience

Mrs. Kathryn Phillips, Associate Teacher
B.A., Colgate University
M.A., Tufts University
Year Appointed: 2012
15 years teaching experience

Ms. Madhu Mirchandani, Assistant Teacher (PM)
Secondary School Certificate, The Sind Model High School, India
Year Appointed: 1990
28 years teaching experience

 

4s & 5s

Classroom 4 North

Ms. Jennifer Gonçalves, Head Teacher
B.S., Molloy College
M.S., Queens College
Year appointed: 2010
8 years teaching experience

Mrs. Cristina Soto, Associate Teacher
B.A., Bucknell University
Year Appointed: 2013
5 years teaching experience

Mrs. Geraldine Walker, Assistant Teacher
B.A., City College, CUNY
Year Appointed: 2018
2 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 4 South

Ms. Katherine Gregory, Head Teacher, Science Specialist
B.A., Kenyon College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2004
22 years teaching experience

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

Mr. David Bedard, Associate Teacher
B.A., Manhattanville College
M.A., New York University
Year appointed: 2011
7 years teaching experience

Ms. Inzata Toure, Assistant Teacher
Year Appointed: 2018
4 years teaching experience

 

Classroom 2 South

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

Mrs. Bernisse Jalandoni Flores, Co-Head Teacher
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. Susie Valk Woolworth, Associate Teacher
B.S., Boston University
Year Appointed: 2008
29 years teaching experience