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OUR TEAM

At The School House not only are we looking for Educators with advanced degrees and certifications, we're looking for real world skill sets. From aviators to architects, molecular biologists to lawyers we are proud to introduce you to our TSH & TLH Team.

Educators trained in partnership with:

MONTESSORI TRAINING CENTER NORTHEAST  •  SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF MONTESSORI  •  REGGIO-EMILIA, ITALY  •  NORTH AMERICAN MONTESSORI CENTER • NYS CERTIFICATION  •  AEC TRAINING  •  MASTERS IN TEACHING PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE U.S.

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MS. MIMOSA JONES TUNNEY

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

In 2010, Mimosa Jones Tunney firmly believed that she had reached the highest level of success: her own parking space on the Warner Bros. lot.

The spot – which came from writing on a critically-acclaimed television show – was evidence of her worth. As was directing her first documentary short series and developing a film with Tom Hanks. But it was through writing a mini-series for Oprah and HBO about the Life of Ida Tarbell that suddenly made the parking space seem irrelevant. That… and having her first child.

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MS. JENNIFER WEST

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jennifer has a BA in Marketing, from Dowling College and an MS Ed in Adolescent Education/Special Education with a minor in Literature studies from Dowling College. She holds a Dual Advanced Certificate for School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL) from St. John’s University.

Jennifer also has numerous NYS Teacher Certifications: NYS Teacher English Language Arts (7th through 12th); Students with Disabilities Generalist (SWD) grades 1st to 6th and (SWD) Generalist 7th through 12th grade; Professional Certification SBL, Professional certification SDL. She brings 5+years of Educator experience and 5+ years of school leadership experience to TSH.

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MS. JULIE KARL

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM

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MS. KAITLYN RUSSO

LEAD EDUCATOR, PRIMARY

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Primary Diploma, BA in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services, Masters in Social Work, Child Development Associate, CPR/AED Infant/Child and Adult Certified. Over 10 years experience in the Montessori Environment, former curator of the TSH Pre-School Extended Day Program. Currently obtaining her WSMNYC Montessori Certification in NYC.

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MS. NICOLE INTOCI

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY I

AMI Primary Diploma, BA in Elementary Education, Students with Disabilities and IT with a minor Psychology, Masters in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Montessori, 7 years of experience as an Educator.

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MR. JOHN VERBEKE

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY II

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Elementary Diploma, MA in Mathematics Education, 15 years of experience as an Educator

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MS. SHWETA BHARTI

EDUCATOR / MANAGER OF PEDAGOGICAL EVIDENCE AND DATA

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Elementary Diploma, AMI Primary Diploma, MS in Elementary Education, MA in English, BA in English (Honors), 9 years of experience as an ELT (English Language Teaching) editor for K-12, experience in providing literacy intervention.

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MS. ANNA GIULIANA TUCCIO

SCIENCE EDUCATOR

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Primary Diploma, MS in Molecular Biology, University of Naples

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MS. OLGA TALANOVA

MUSIC EDUCATOR

Ms. Olga graduated from The Moscow School of Music with a degree in Music Education and Performing Arts. She has taught students from the beginner level to National Competitors for over 30 years . She has held tenure at Duke University’s String School, UNC, Cary School of Music and her own private studio.

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MR. JONATHAN KULA

SPORTS EDUCATOR

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education. Licensed Coach. CPR/AED/First Aid Certified. Five years experience as an Educator and Coach.

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MR. MICHAEL FARRUGGIA

EDUCATOR IN TRAINING (ELEMENTARY)

MA in Elementary Education (in progress), BA in Psychology with a
minor in Sociology, Diploma in Culinary Arts, 4 years of experience as a private tutor.

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MS. CARLY LOMBARDI

EDUCATOR IN TRAINING (ELEMENTARY)

Bachelors in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta

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MS. MEG LEONARD

PRINCIPAL

Masters in Elementary and Special Education, BA in Elementary/Special Education with a minor in English from Fairfield University, CPR/AED Infant/Child and Adult Certified, Child and Parent Certified Life Coach, 18 Years Educator and Administrative Experience.

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MS. JENNIFER KONGEVOLD

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

College of Staten Island; SUNY Farmingdale BS Business Degree (in progress)

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MS. NICOLE WALKER

DIRECTOR, THE LITTLE HOUSE

AMS Early Childhood Credential, BA in Elementary / Special Education CPR / AED / Epi-Pen Infant / Child and Adult Certified, 6 years of experience as an Educator.

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MS. LORI MCLEAN

LEAD EDUCATOR, PRIMARY

AMI (Association Montessori international) Primary Diploma, NYS Teacher Certification: Students w/Disabilities (Birth- Second Grade), NYS Teacher Certification: Early Childhood Education (Birth- Second Grade), MA in Education & Child Life Studies, 20 years experience as an Educator.

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MS. STEFANIE PIZZOLO

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY I

Primary and Elementary I and II Montessori Diploma from Montessori Europe; Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a concentration on Early Childhood Studies, CPR/AED Infant/Child and Adult Certified, 20 years of experience as an Educator.

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MS. AMELIA SHELDON

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY II

AMS Elementary II credential, BA in English from SUNY Stony Brook, previous career as an acquiring book editor for Random House, Simon & Schuster and Henry Holt & Company, 10 years as a Montessori Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

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MS. ANNA COSTELLO

EDUCATOR, THE LITTLE HOUSE

NAMC (North American Montessori Center) Early Childhood Diploma, ECE Certified/ BS in Business from St. John’s University / CPR/AED Infant/Child and Adult Certified / 6 years experience assistant educator / 10 years of daycare experience 

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MS. MEGHAN HUMMEL

EDUCATOR, PRIMARY

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Primary Diploma, MAT in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, BA in Psychology, working towards her Primary AMI Diploma (Anticipated-May 2021), 7 years experience as an Educator

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MS. KAILA YOUNG

LIBRARY & SPANISH EDUCATOR

School Librarian, BA in English, 5 years of experience in the library setting.

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MS. KELSEY OWEN

ASSISTANT EDUCATOR, THE LITTLE HOUSE

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MS. STEFANIE CAPOBIANCO

EDUCATOR IN TRAINING (PRIMARY)

Former Primary Assistant Educator at The Greenvale School.

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MS. FATMA BOUZAIENE

SCHOOL NURSE

Registered Nurse, BSN. 5 years nursing experience.

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MS. NATALIE VIEGAS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

BA in Media Studies, concentration in Journalism with minors in English and Women’s Gender Studies from Hunter College, MSEd in Early Childhood Education, Certified from Birth to Grade 2, CPR/AED Infant, Child, and Adult Certified, 6+ Years of Educator and Operations Experience.

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MR. CHARLES ALBANESE

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

BS in Marketing from Quinnipiac University. Minor is Spanish. 17+ years in Entertainment & Brand Marketing.

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MS. CASSANDRE ETIENNE-DENIS

LEAD EDUCATOR, PRIMARY

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Primary Diploma, AMI (Association Montessori International / USA) A to I Diploma, BS in Elementary Education Pre-K-6, CPR infant, child and adult certified, 21 years of experience as an Educator

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MS. JANICE MEANEY

LEAD EDUCATOR, THE LITTLE HOUSE

AMI (Association Montessori International / USA) Diploma 0-3 years Certified, AAS Degree in Business, Continuing Education in Early Childhood Education at Suffolk Community College, CPR Infant/Child and Adult Certified, 27 years’ experience as an Educator. Janice was awarded a Grant through Suffolk AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children) “Celebrating and Exploring Multicultural Families in our Classroom”

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MS. ASHLEE YEARWOOD

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY I

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Elementary Diploma, BA in Elementary Education, MA in Special Education, 4 years of teaching experience and child care.

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MS. OLIVIA CZAVAR-BRANKER

LEAD EDUCATOR, ELEMENTARY II

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale / USA) Elementary Diploma, MA Adelphi University with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), BA in English, Training in AMI Elementary I and II, CPR/First Aid Infant/Child and Adult Certified, 5 years of experience as an Educator and 8 years of experience as a Coach.

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MS. KYLE PLATI

EDUCATOR, PRIMARY

NAMC (North American Montessori Center) Early Childhood Diploma, BA St. Joseph’s College with dual certification in Elementary Education and Students with Disabilities (Birth-6th Grade), MA SUNY Stony Brook (concentration in Child Study), NYS Early Intervention Provider, Special Education Itinerant Teacher, 14 years of experience as an Educator.

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MS. DANIELLA MAGNANI

ART EDUCATOR

Master of Arts from Adelphi University in Art Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History and Creative Technology.

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MR. DYLAN LICOPOLI

GARDEN EDUCATOR

Tree Care Specialist, BA Interdisciplinary Studies, Permaculture Design Certification, RYT 200, Master Gardener

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MS. AMANDA CASASANTA

ASSISTANT EDUCATOR, THE LITTLE HOUSE

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MS. GIORDANA SCANNI

EDUCATOR IN TRAINING

Lead Educator Elementary I, BA in Psychology, several years experience as a child care provider, Intern as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT), 4 months experience as a Teacher Aid.

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MR. STEVEN MOORE

GROUNDSKEEPER

Graduate of West Orange High School; 15+ years experience in facilities management, maintenance and security.

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