Faculty & Staff

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Silvana Nazzaro Clark | Head of School

Bachelor of Science, Cornell University • Masters of Arts, Curriculum & Instruction, Columbia University Teachers' College • Ed.D. Pre-Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction, George Washington University • Project Zero, Harvard University • Wilderness Educators Coursework, National Outdoor Leadership School • Over 25 years experience as a teacher, researcher, consultant, and administration • Served on three Boards of Trustees • Worked in private and public schools in the United States and abroad:  Sheridan School, DC; Princeton Academy, NJ; Colegio Menor San Francisco, Ecuador; Reggio Schools, Italy; South Brunswick Schools, NJ; Montgomery County Schools, MD

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Early Childhood Faculty

Allison Smith | Atelierista (Studio Art Teacher), Director of Vacation and After School Extended Workshop programs

M.Ed. Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis on Social Justice, Keene State College, Keene, NH • BS, Speech Language Pathology; The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY • Assistant Director, Creative Children's Center, Beaverton, OR • Designed and taught a Reggio inspired 9-month preschool program for children ages 2-5, Portland, OR • Presenter at Day of Dialogue, Seattle, WA and Wonder of Learning, Portland, OR

Courtney White | Late Toddler Teacher

BA, Social Studies; Providence College, Providence, RI • University League Nursery School; Princeton, NJ, Head and Assistant Teacher for ages 3-5 • Music Together Specialist • Girls Lacrosse Coach, Montgomery League and Princeton Schools

Christina Box | Early Toddler Teacher, ECP Afternoon Teacher

BA, Elementary Education and Dance, Minor in Early Childhood Education; Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ • Certification, Educational Technology • Lead Toddler Teacher, Art and Nature Camp, Princeton Junior School • Choreographer and Dance Teacher for ages 5-12, Pennington Dance Studio

Chrissy Johnson | Assistant Teacher, Toddler Suite

BA, Theatre with concentration in Theatre Education; James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA • Director of Education and Youth Programming for Recess Theatre • Associate Artistic Director, Hightstown Theatre in the Park


Dina Kunkle | Preschool Co-teacher, ECP Afternoon Teacher

BS, Elementary Education; West Chester University, PA • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Curriculum, Science Education emphasis; Loyola College, Baltimore, MD • Creator of "The Science Wagon" science lessons for area public and private preschools • K-6 Science Specialist, Prince George County, MD • Presidential Award Winner for Science teaching K-6, 1997

Bryony Sheppard | Preschool Co-teacher

BFA, Theater Education; Emerson College, Boston, MA • MA, Educational Psychology; University of Northern Colorado (anticipated) • Author of children's picture book, Around the World Right Now • 10 years experience teaching preschool and 17 years experience teaching theater to ages 4-12

Deborah Molinelli | Atelierista (Studio Art Teacher), Preschool-Grade 5, Summer Camp Curriculum Designer

BA, Liberal Arts; SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY • Studied drawing at Artworks; Trenton, NJ • Studied watercolor with Mary La Farge; Pennington, NJ • Studied clay work at Ursula Kaplowitz's Clay Garden; Hopewell, NJ • Early Childhood Credential with American Montessori Society • Consultant to PCTE (Princeton Center for Teacher Education) • Presenter of "Teach Your Passion: How Art and Storytelling Enrich the Preschool Experience" at Montessori Conference • 18 years of teaching and arts integration programming development

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Elementary Program

Courtney Shannon | Grade K/1 Co-teacher, Reggio Program Coordinator

BA, Sociology; Gettysburg, College • MA, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Bank Street College of Education • Taught 16 years at All Souls School, NYC • Workshop Leader: Reggio Emilia - Vision and Practice, NYC • Long term members NYC Association for the Education of Young Children (NYCAEYC), Board Member 2008-2009, co-hosted events and served as a panelist for "Strategies for Managing Challenging Behavior in Early Child Classroom." • Member North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA)

Jami Gampper | Grade K/1 Co-Teacher

BA, Elementary Education; National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois • MA, Teaching (MAT), Multidisciplinary Studies, Webster University, Kansas City, Missouri • Toddler Teacher, Beth Chaim; West Windsor, NJ • 7 years elementary school teacher, Missouri Public Schools • Multiple nominations for Teacher of the Year Award • Adviser to a Recipient of the Congressional Award for Young Americans

Larry Anton | Grade 2/3 Co-Teacher, PSPE Teacher K/1

BA, Elementary Education, North Central University, Minneapolis, MN • Master's of Education; University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL (anticipated) • Certification: Department of Defense Education Activity, Elementary Education 1-8 • 20 years of elementary teaching experience in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Tanzania •  IB PYP Professional Development: PYP Concept-based Teaching, Inquiry • Coached soccer, softball, football, and basketball, K-age 12

Anne Korsen | Grade 2/3 Co-Teacher

BA, College of St. Benedict; St. Joseph, MN • MA, Teaching; Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ • New Jersey Certification • Orton Gillingham Credential • IB PYP Professional Development, Inquiry in Reading and Writing

Gabriella Vovsi | Grade 4 Teacher, Math Coordinator

BS, Journalism, concentration in Spanish Literature; Boston University • MS Childhood General & Bilingual/Dual Language Education; Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY • NY State Department of Education Certification, grades 1-6 with Bilingual Endorsement • IL State Board of Education Certification, grades K-9 with Bilingual Endorsement • Over 11 years of elementary teaching experience in Illinois, California, and New Jersey • Fluent in Spanish

Stephan Kovacs | Grade 5 Teacher

BS, European History and Economics, Columbia University • Taught middle school English and History at the Pingry School in NJ • World-class fencing coach, awarded National Championship • Fencing Coach, Duke University

Special Subject Teachers

Christine Zeppenfeld | Learning Through Landscapes

AS, Mercer County Community College • BS, Delaware Valley College • NJ K-5 Certification; New Jersey City University • Recipient of the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award and the Richard Potter Award in recognition of work to further the early environmental education of children • Earned River Friendly certification from the Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed Association

Susan Weintraub | IB PYP Coordinator, Windows to the World Teacher, Director of Communication

BA, MA, East Asian Studies, Mandarin, Modern Chinese Literature; University of Pennsylvania • MS.Ed, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education • Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), 10 years, English as a Second Language • Children's Book Review Editor for Brain, Child Magazine

Sharis Swartley | Performing Arts Program, Outreach and Enrichment Classes Coordinator

BA, Liberal Studies Elementary Education with a Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language; Humboldt State University, College of the Redwoods and Cabrillo College, CA • Professional musician of 21 years, 5 CDs of original, self-produced material • Certified in Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Star Lab, Positive Parenting and Music Together

Victoria Cirilo | Spanish Teacher

BS, Special Education, Speech Therapy; Universidad del Museo Socil, Buenos Aires, Argentina • Diploma in Phono-Audiology; Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado en Education Especial, Buenos Aires, Argentina • Spanish Teacher at "Spanish Workshop for Children" since 2012

Dede Webster | PSPE, Preschool-5

BA, Political Science, Wells College, Aurora, NY • Princeton University, Physical Education Department; tennis/squash, 15 years • Princeton Day School, Varsity and JV Coach, tennis and squash, 20 years • Stuart School, Varsity Tennis Coach, 16 years • Princeton Junior Squash, Founder and Coach, 25 years

Bev Gallagher | Literacy Coach

M.Ed.; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA • BS, Elementary Education; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA • 30+ year teaching career distinguished by many accolades for outstanding achievement, teacher enrichment and excellence in the field of education • Presenter at national and international conferences • Work has been noted in Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School by Georgia Heard, Craft Matters by Ralph Fletcher, and Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8 by Bill Bass and Franki Sibberson

Kristyn Jannell | Classroom Assitant, Director of Summer Program

Christina Zeppenfeld | Teaching Apprentice

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Administrators and Staff

Terese L. Gara | Assistant Head of School, Director of Finance and Operations, Director of Financial Aid

Jennie Bartell | Executive Assistant

Katie Pottinger | Director of Admissions, Glitter Lemonade Coordinator, Spring Musical Director

Lewis Arthur | Development Coordinator


Gwen Bannon | Technology Support

Isabel and Daniel Ordonez | Building and Grounds Maintenance

Christina Rowntree | Controller

Lynda Lee | School Nurse

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Blaze Syka | Web Designer


Gulliver Farnan | Designer