Meet Our Coaches

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Bedford, Robert

Dr. Robert Bedford is the former Administrator of Curriculum and Assessment at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. In that role, he participated in extensive curriculum development, assessment design, planning and scoring, and use of data analysis to improve student performance.

Benjamin, Amy

Amy Benjamin is a nationally recognized consultant specializing in literacy on the secondary level. She has extensive experience as a high school and middle school English teacher and literacy coach for reading and writing informational text.  

Benjamin, Lauren

Lauren Benjamin has taught at the Manhattan New School, P.S. 165 and most recently at Dobbs Ferry School District in Westchester County. Throughout her classroom experience, she has worked with various populations of students and taught primary and upper grades.  

Bernard, Audrey

Audrey Bernard, former Eastern Suffolk BOCES Special Education Administrator, brings a talent for leading teachers of special needs students to develop sound academic programs tailored to their students’ behavioral and learning needs. She excels at establishing successful behavior management systems that ensures students will learn appropriate behavior combined with a high interest and differentiated curriculum.  

Bernato, Richard

Dr. Richard Bernato has served in a number of administrative positions that include assistant superintendent for educational instruction. He is presently an associate professor of educational leadership, administration, and technology for Dowling College.  
Bieringer, Robert
Robert Bieringer recently retired as the Director of Mathematics K-12 for the Bay Shore School District, where he was employed for ten years.  Previous to that, Bob had been the Director of Math K-12 for the Patchogue-Medford School District.  Bob has been involved in math education, either as a teacher or as an administrator for the past forty years.

Bird, Elliot   

Elliott Bird is Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, from Long Island University, holding a Ph.D. in mathematics and a Master's degree in education. Besides publishing several articles on the teaching of mathematics, he has given many talks and workshops on Long Island, in New York, and throughout the country, most recently in Hawaii.  

Bloss, Pat

Pat Bloss is a retired elementary teacher with over twenty years of classroom experience having taught a variety of grade levels including pre-first, first, third, fourth and sixth. Since retirement, Patricia has been a consultant in many districts in both Suffolk and Nassau counties.  

Bossert, Patricia

Dr. Bossert taught biology at Northport High School for thirty-five years. She has developed the first Science Research Program at Northport and her students won local, state, national and international awards – many doing their work entirely “in-house” at the high school.  

Bowling, Georgette

Georgette Bowling is a retired teacher from the Three Village Central School District where she was an elementary classroom teacher. In her last six years in Three Village she served as the project coordinator for New York State’s MTIP (Mentor Teacher Intern Program) as well as one of the district’s full time mentors.  

Caffaro, Phyllis

Phyllis Caffaro recently retired after thirty-four years teaching in the Hauppauge School District and has taught third, fifth and sixth grades and was an elementary science specialist for seven years. Phyllis has administered, scored and analyzed the New York Science Assessments for nine years.  

Cale, Sanja

Dr. Sanja Cale is an assistant professor and assistant director of education at Long Island University-Riverhead Campus. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Stony Brook.

Castaldo, Gina

Gina Castaldo has an M.S. in Elementary Education from Fordham University. In addition, she has training as a Literacy Coordinator through Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Chu, Wendell

Wendell Chu is a retired teacher, building administrator and superintendent. He has been involved with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Cohn, Regina

Regina Cohn has worked with teachers and administrators on Long Island as a teacher, curriculum director, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Her focus has been professional development for school and district administrators for the advancement of teacher effectiveness to improve student achievement including such concepts as: walk-throughs, instructional rounds, teacher evaluation, and the development of professional learning communities.
 Conroy, Linda
Linda Conroy is a former administrator for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, whose experience in education includes that of teacher, Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal.  Her professional profile, as an instructional leader, has focused on providing Best Practices in curriculum and behavioral strategies to a highly diverse student population, as well a, working closely with the school community to accomplish the high expectations and rigor necessary to ready student for a successful future.

Cordova, Sarah

Sarah Cordova is a literacy consultant who works in elementary and middle school classrooms throughout Long Island, New York City and across the country supporting administrators, literacy coaches and classroom teachers in developing and implementing the most effective and engaging reading and writing practices aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Ms Cordova received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from New York University and worked as a classroom teacher for many years in the Smithtown School District.

Corkery, Kate 

Kate Corkery retired from the Brentwood School district with thirty-eight years of diverse educational experiences as a teacher and administrator. Her career includes elementary teacher, high school English teacher, reading consultant, ELA staff developer, and coordinator of language arts and social studies K-12. 

Daly-Lewis, Joan

Daly-Lewis, Joan

Dr. Daly-Lewis is well known on Long Island for helping teachers, administrators, and board members to develop their knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity. She has a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, in Curriculum and Teaching.

Davidian, Ann

Ann Davidian worked in the Levittown School District for thirty-eight years, both as a teacher and as a mathematics chairperson. During that time, she taught students on the secondary level from seventh grade mathematics through AP Calculus BC.

Delehant, Ann

Ann Delehant is an experienced facilitator, learning leader and agent of system-wide change. Ann’s current work focuses on: (1)Supporting the development and implementation of teacher evaluation and professional learning systems that have the intention of improving teacher and administrator quality and effectiveness; (2) Designing and facilitating professional learning programs; (3)Supporting the work of instructional coaches and coaching programs in schools and districts; (4)Ensuring that professional learning communities maintain focus on student success by making excellent use of available time for team learning.

Denman, Erica

Erica Denman is a literacy consultant who works with teachers and administrators to help them develop and build their reading and writing workshops and strengthen their teaching of reading and writing across the curriculum. Erica received her Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and her Master of Arts in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Doda, Nancy

Nancy Doda is an internationally renowned speaker, workshop leader and author. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on middle grades education, she is passionate about reaching adolescents, creating caring school cultures, providing students with learning that is engaging, and relevant and, insuring that we find ways to reach and teach each and every child.

Dodge, Judy

Judy Dodge is a former teacher, an educational consultant, and a national presenter. The author of several articles and books, including The Study Skills Handbook (Scholastic, 1994), Differentiation in Action (Scholastic, 2006), and 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Scholastic, 2009), Judy was chosen as an “expert” contributor to Instructor Magazine on the topic of differentiating instruction.

Donlin, Ruth

Ruth Donlin is a consultant whose private practice is based in New York. She has provided consultation to schools, agencies, and home programs that serve children and adults on the autism spectrum for 19 years.

Dove, Maria

Maria G. Dove, Ed. D. is Assistant Professor in the division of education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY where she teaches courses to preservice and inservice teachers in the graduate education TESOL program. Having worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for over thirty years, she has provided instruction to English language learners in public school settings (Grades K-12) and in adult English Language programs in Nassau County, NY.

Drance, Daniel

Dan Drance has been an active participant, innovator and leader in mathematics education on Long Island for over thirty years. As a teacher, he has taught the gamut of secondary courses, ranging from remedial middle school labs to BC Calculus, as well as being an adjunct professor of mathematics at two local colleges.

Durant, Cheryl

Cheryl Durant is an energetic recent retiree with over thirty years of extensive experience as a classroom teacher and assistant principal in the Half Hollow Hills School District. During her many years in the field of education, she remained committed to child centered practices.

Eddy, Jennifer

Dr. Jennifer Eddy is Assistant Professor of World Language Education in the department of Secondary Education and Youth Services (SEYS) at Queens College of the City University of New York. Dr. Eddy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as well as directs workshops and seminars for pre, in-service teachers, and post secondary faculty.

Farrell, Larry

Lawrence Farrell gained experience teaching mathematics in the Brentwood School District, Long Island, New York. He spent thirty years teaching mathematics in grades seven to twelve, all subjects, all levels, all abilities.

Feeley, Kathleen

Dr. Feeley, Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy is the Director of the Center for Community Inclusion at the C.W. Post Campus of L.I.U. Having completed her graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Feeley has extensive experience working in inclusive schools and has developed state of the art early intervention and preschool programs here in Suffolk County.

Feldman, Richard

Richard Feldman retired from the Brentwood School District after teaching seventh and eighth grade science as well as honors biology for thirty six-years. He served as a cooperating teacher introducing dozens of student teachers to the joys of teaching science.

Funk, Sharon

Sharon Funk, teacher, staff developer, facilitator, coordinator, Supervisor, and Professional Development Specialist, has focused her career on improving mathematics instruction and restructuring education programs. Her career included positions as the NYC Chancellor’s Office District Liaison to the Urban Systemic Initiative for Math/Science, Chancellor’s Designee for the Division of Instruction and Professional Development, Instructional Specialist for Title I Schoolwide Projects, SURR, and Corrective Action schools, Mathematics Instructional Specialist for Manhassett UFSD, Supervisor of Comprehensive District Education Planning and NYSED CDEP steering committee member under Nassau BOCES, and Mathematics and Professional Development Specialist with The Princeton Review.

Garrity, Peter

Based upon work with over twelve Long Island districts as well as New York City, Peter Garrity can help mentor and support any teacher with their mathematics instruction. Peter Garrity is currently on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University where he teaches three courses: Elementary Mathematics and Methods, Exploring Secondary Mathematics and Curriculum Development for Secondary Mathematics Teachers.

Giouroukakis, Vicky

Vicky Giouroukakis, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to literacy, English content and methods, and TESOL.

Gould-Hatwood, Patrice

Patrice Gould-Hatwood recently retired after twenty-seven years in education. She has served on many local and state educational committees to facilitate building and district administrators hone their skills and understanding of school reform and current best practices.

Grant, Alice

Alice D. Grant was Social Studies Department Chair (6-12) at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, New York. A consultant to the College Board in AP United States and European History and Pre AP Social Studies instruction, Alice has taught graduate level courses for AP history teachers and methods courses for pre-service teachers and has presented numerous workshops on pre AP, AP, and Regents teaching strategies throughout the region.

Gravino, Beatrice

Beatrice Gravino and Gretchen Oldrin Mones work together as a team to improve class instruction, infuse the Common Core, and facilitate workshops. Bea taught secondary ELA in the Middle Country School District for 31 years.

Gubing, Sue

As principal of her consulting firm, CareerSmarts, Sue has been instrumental in guiding educators in creating dynamic career and workforce development programs. She is passionate about 21st Century Skills, financial literacy, career planning and creating partnerships between industry and education.

Haupt, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Haupt recently retired from the Eastport/South Manor school district after thirty-three years of teaching where she taught intermediate level and high school level sciences. During that time she was instrumental in designing new science curricula and mentored novice teachers in classroom management and instructional strategies.

Hess, Karen

Senior Associate at the National Center for Assessment since 2002, brings to the Center’s work over 30 years of deep experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has become a recognized national leader in developing practical approaches for designing and using learning progressions as a foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.

Hiller, Janet

Dr. Janet Hiller taught Spanish, French and ESL and was an administrator-assistant principal, director of reading, foregin langugaes and ESL for the East Islip Public Schools during her twenty years there. She is currently teaching methods for Foreign Lnagugae teachers and supervising Foreign Language Student teachers at the LIU CW Post Campus.

Holder, Heidi

Ms. Holder has over ten years writing grants and developing and running successful education programs at cultural, educational and academic institutions. She is the former Director of Education at the Museum for African Art where she wrote grants to support new and existing art, music and education programs and the former Director of Pre-College Collaborations at Brooklyn College, where she wrote large federal grants to support partnerships between the university and K-12 schools.

Honingsfeld, Andrea

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is a Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy college, Rockville, Centre, NY. She teaches graduate education courses related to cultural and linguistic diversity, linguistics, ESL methodology and action research.

Jaccarino, Victor

Recognized throughout New York State as an expert on the Common Core State Standards, Victor Jaccarino has presented numerous workshops on literacy, and best practices in both the ELA and content area classrooms, conducting workshops throughout the state and country.

Jackson, Jerry

Dr. Jerry L. Jackson has thirty-four years of experience as an educator which cuts across all levels. Most recently he has joined the Educational Leadership Department at Kean University as an assistant professor.

Jackson, Shawyn

Shawyn Jackson began her career as a classroom teacher. After earning her Masters in Instructional Curriculum Design, she became a teacher trainer in the educational publishing industry working with reputable companies such as Houghton Mifflin, Rigby, Great Source, Scott Foresman, McDougal Littell and Prentice Hall.

Johnson, Julia

Mrs. Julia Johnson graduated from Adelphi University in 2006 with a BA in English and Master's in Education. She currently coordinates the Gifted and Talented EXCEL Program at Islip School District, is the co-founder of the Gifted Education Network and the Educational Director of Yazu, an educational consulting company.

Jorgenson, Raymond

Raymond D. Jorgensen, Ph.D. has spent the past thirty years leading while studying organizations and the concepts of organizational learning and change. In the past fifteen years, he parlayed this practical knowledge into the concept of Conversational Leadership, an insightful, theory-based method of conducting more effective meetings which taps into the collective wisdom of a group and leads to higher quality relationships for higher quality results.

Joseph, Michael

Michael Joseph has nearly 20 years K-8 math experience with a specialty in grades K-5. He has been a 4th grade classroom teacher, a 6th grade math teacher and an AIS Math Specialist.

Kabuto, Bobbi

Dr. Bobbi Kabuto is a professor of Literacy Education at Queens College, CUNY. She holds a Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Cognition from Hofstra University and New York State Certification as a birth-12 reading teacher.

Kelly, Susan

Dr. Susan Kelly's experience includes Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12, District Coordinator of English, Department Chairperson of English, teacher of English and Math, and Assistant Principal and Principal of a district-wide summer school program. As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she spearheaded the K-12 curriculum mapping of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, Physical Education, and Foreign Language.

Keneth, Alisty

Alisty Keneth has been working in the anti-bias field on Long Island since 1999. She created, implemented, facilitated and directed Hate Crime 101: The Continuum of Prejudicial Behavior in every segment of Long Island’s community including: for seventy-eight of Long Island’s school districts for personnel and student training.

Klimeck, Emma

Emma has experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, principal and assistant superintendent. She has provided districts guidance in using data to inform instruction, developing inquiry teams and facilitating data management in schools.
 Koenig, Rhoda
Rhoda Koenig's long career in literacy learning and staff development, along with her talent for building trust and confidence, contribute to her unqiue expertise in providing cognitive coaching that empowers teachers with knowledge, skill and decision-making ability necessary for a high-level of teaching proficiency and student achievement.
 Kolhoff, Diana
After twenty years of teaching, Diana made a conscious decision to leave the classroom to increase her impact on mathematics education.  Most recently, Diana was selected to be a member of the NTI training team.  Several times a year, she goes to Albany to learn more about the NYS Common Core K-12 Mathematics Curriculum.

Kramer-Vida, Louisa

Dr. Louisa Kramer-Vida is currently an assistant professor and chair of the department of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post. She has been a K-12 educator for 34 years, serving as an elementary teacher, Literacy Specialist, and assistant principal; a secondary English teacher, Literacy Specialist, and Assistant Principal; and a district office and a district-wide curriculum administrator and grant writer.

Kussin, Steven

Steven Kussin was a high school principal for 21 years. His expertise is in the area of scheduling and school organization. He wrote the manual “How To Build the Master Schedule in 10 Easy Steps” (Corwin) and has run a full-day workshop for educators with the same name for the past 34 years.

Lakretz, Beth

Beth is the founder and president of Lakretz Creative Support Services. Since 1992, Beth has been developing and implementing dynamic workshops and technical assistance regarding topics such as inclusive education, co-teaching, differentiated instruction, community building, and transition with her team.

Lapinski, Jean

Jean Lapinski is a retired teacher and administrator with over 40 years of experience. She has taught students from the elementary through the college level. She started her career as a Latin teacher at the middle and high school level, and then taught as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in the intermediate grades.

Letts, Nancy

Nancy Letts consults with school districts, professional organizations and public sector agencies throughout the United States, Asia, and Australia. She received an M.A. degree in Integrated Mathematics and Science from Long Island University. Her areas of focus include differentiating curriculum and instruction, authentic teaching and learning strategies, Socratic Seminar training, and effective group dynamics.

Lightfoot, Jonathon

Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot is currently a professor at Hofstra University’s School of Education and Allied Human Services. He teaches courses in the Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies Department. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Lightstone, Barbara

Barbara Lightstone recently retired from the Connetquot School district after thirty-eight years of experience as a public school educator. Barbara has served as an elementary school principal for thriteen years and a classroom teacher in primary and intermediate grades for twenty-five years.

Lipkins, Susan

Dr. Susan Lipkins is a psychologist specializing in bullying and hazing. She is the author of Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers, and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment and Humiliation. She has presented on the topics to schools and colleges throughout the U.S.

Lum, Jean

Jean’s educational accomplishments consist of a pHD in Biomedical Sciences/Molecular Genetics, an MBA in Finance and NY State certification in School Business Leadership/Finance (SBA). Her work experience includes twenty- five years in education, curriculum/ program development and financial management.

Machosky, Claire

Claire Machosky works as an educational consultant offering programs on understanding and applying the Common Core State Standards. Currently, she is coordinating the TPS – Teaching with Primary Sources Grant from the Library of Congress for Eastern Suffolk BOCES. As an instructional coach she uses formative assessment strategies and feedback to promote content literacy.

Masin, Carol

Carol is a retired K-4 reading specialist, special education teacher, and administrator with over thrity years experience in the area of reading designer of her district's K-4 language arts summer school. She was part of the Reading First Initiative, working as both a Reading First Building Coach and Regional Coach.

Mastrandrea, Patricia

Patricia Mastrandrea is an educational specialist, author and recognized leader in the field of effective classroom instruction. Throughout her career, she has worked dilligently with administrators and teachers designing pedagogical strategies to enhance student achievement. Her present achievements include acquiring expertise in RTI and how to utilize it as an educational framework for student access. Patricia's span of expertise includes curriculum mapping and unit planning.

Mastrodonato, Paul

Paul Mastrodonato is the president of Nonprofit Works, a consulting firm established in 1999 that specializes in courses, training and coaching in the areas of grant seeking, strategic planning, logic models and board training. He has spent fifteen years working for and with nonprofit organizations, including eight years as the executive director of a job training organization in Rochester, NY.

McCarthy, JoEllen

JoEllen McCarthy, a former classroom teacher, is now a literacy coach, consultant and regional staff developer. As a consultant to many school districts, JoEllen conducts numerous literacy workshops and facilitates collegial conversations about best practices. JoEllen helps develop and support literacy environments.

McCullough, Lawrence

Lawrence McCullough is a founder, principal owner and Grant Service provider for the Nia Solutions Corporation. Nia Solutions is, among other things, an established Long Island leader in the development of successful grant applications for local governments; particularly local school districts, and supervisory districts.

Melrose, Regina

Clinical and school psychologist Dr. Regalena ‘Reggie’ Melrose is the creator of Brain Charge: The K-12 Curriculum and the author of the ground-breaking books, You Can Heal Your Child (Bush Street Press, 2009) and Why Students Underachieve (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).

Memoli-Ruthkowski, Kristen

Dr. Ruthkowski is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and anxiety disorders.

Mones, Gretchen Oldrin

Gretchen Oldrin Mones and Bea Gravino work together as a team to improve classroom instruction, infuse the Common Core, and facilitate staff development workshops in various districts. Gretchen taught secondary ELA in the Middle Country School District for 33 years as a classroom teacher and as an Academic Intervention Specialist.

Montagnino, Rose

Rose Montagnino has been working in the field of Special Education for over thirty years starting as a self-contained classroom teacher for severely disabled students to Resource Room Teacher and finally as a Special Ed. Consultant pushing into co-teaching classrooms. She has developed and instructed many courses and workshops for the OWL Teacher Center in Lindenhurst, PTAs, SEPTA, The College of Saint Rose and Brooklyn College.

Olefson, Jeff

Jeff Olefson has worked with Board of Education, share decision making, grade level and department teams on goals and instructional strategies that support effective teaching and learning. He has also consulted with districts on co-teaching, student management and using data to inform classroom instruction.

Olynciw, Philip

Mr. Olynciw is the Manager of Products and Services for Nia Solutions Corporation. Prior to co-founding Nia he was the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Northeast Regional Center for the United States Department of Education.

Paino, Paul

For thirty years Paul Paino directed a successful science research program at The Wheatley School in East Williston NY. He mentored hundreds of students as semifinalists and finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the International Science and Engineering Fair and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Pappo, Stanley

Stanley Pappo has taught high school math for thirty-five years, mostly in the Half Hollow Hills School District. He has taught all courses including A.P. Calculus and A.P. Statistics. He has been retired for six years, but has been very active in teaching teachers how to use their present technology.

Pecorale, Erica

Erica Pecorale is an educator who has worked with hundreds of professionals across Long Island and Connecticut to help them in implementing effective literacy initiatives and goals within their classrooms and districts. She is a trained literacy coordinator, staff developer and literacy coach and is New York State certified in special education, math, elementary education and administration.

Plaia, Bob

Robert Plaia is a career educator who began his career as a science teacher in the junior and senior high school arenas. He has taught biology, general science, chemistry, physics, earth science and health.

Hakeem Rahim, owner of Live Breathe LLC, is Harvard-and Columbia-trained mental health education and creative-thinking coach.  Hakeem's mental health education workshops are unique because he complements his professional expertise with experiences from his own mental health journey.

Reid, John

John Reid has served as an unpaid coach to a middle school principal at Dawnwood Middle School from March 2007 – June 2007. He currently is serving as advisor to nine Brentwood teachers in Stony Brook University’s Educational Leadership program.

Ripple, Diane

Diane Ripple has been a professional developer on Long Island and the surrounding areas since 1996. In 1999 she started her own company, Consulting That Makes A Difference, Inc. CMDI is a small company that provides professional development in such areas as co-teaching, disability-specific coaching, inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, paraprofessional training and community building.

Rubin, Sandra

Sandra Rubin recently retired from the Connetquot School District with thirty-eight years of experience as a public school educator. She served as an elementary school principal for thirteen years. Her diverse background includes experience as a classroom teacher grades second through six, and gifted and talented specialist grades four through six.


Schlauch, Pamella

Pamella Schlauch recently served as a Regional Training Scorer Leader and is well-versed in the ELA Common Core Standards. She taught middle school/high school English and was an Instructional Specialist for Smithtown Central School District. With a certification in English K-12, she offers staff development for both elementary and secondary levels.

Schwenk, Michael

Michael Schwenk is beginning his 40th year as a recognized leader in the field of physical education. The experience is based on teaching elementary through college level physical education, as well as director responsibilities to plan, develop, and implement various curriculum models and co-curricular programs.

Seeley, Kristina

Kristina Seeley has taught at various grade levels both in NYC and in the Three Village Central School District. Additionally she worked as a Literacy Coordinator under Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Collaborative model for five years. During this time, she and her fourth grade students were videotaped through Heinemann Publishers and these clips have appeared on the Fountas and Pinnell website ( as well as in the Continuum of Literacy Learning Professional Development DVD Collection (now available on
Jeannette Senneca has thirty-eight years experience as a K-12 ELA director, elementary administrator and secondary classroom teacher.  In addition to administration and English, she holds certifications in special education and literacy. 

Sharf, Karen

Karen Scharf is retired from the Brentwood School District where she was an administrator and teacher for thirty-five years. During that time, Karen taught elementary grades and went on to become Assistant Coordinator of Language Arts and Staff Development. In addition, Karen taught Business Communications at Briarcliffe College which enabled her to expand literacy practices into the work environment.

Shear, Richard

APPR and Common Core implementation have created a new level of expectation.  School administrators and teachers must maximize their ability to improve instruction and the student experience.

Simmons, Randy

Randy Simmons, the Executive Director and founder of Bridges Data and Professional Development, has been a data analyst on Long Island for twenty-five years, studying educational achievement as well as youth and community needs. Since 2005, Bridges Data and Professional Development has partnered with districts to support their use of data to inform instruction.

Stein, Rita

Dr. Rita Stein is an ASCD author and received her Ed.D from Teachers College of Columbia University. Her book Connecting Character to Conduct and her subsequent book for Corwin Press on Induction: From Recruitment to Retention have been used by educators and companies throughout the world.

Taldone, Catherine

Catherine Taldone is currently the Director of School & Community Partnerships for the Three Village Central School District. She is an administrator with over twenty-five years experience in education and a leader in developing model programs. Ms. Taldone has developed many successful on-going programs in partnership with community agencies, businesses, institutions of higher education, and parents.
 Truglio, Angelo
 Angelo Truglio is the creator of "I Can Do That Kids" which provides innovative resources to enable students to help themselves learn.  He was a music educator for thirty-three years in the Connetquot School District.  This provided the opportunity to teach all grade levels giving him a broad perspective as to the obstacles and challenges that students face at each grade level. 

Varsalona, Carol

Carol Varsalona, recently retired Director of Language Arts and Testing, has had extensive experience as a literacy specialist/reading teacher, grant writer, and staff developer. She has been a Network Team member since the inception of the NTI trainings.

Vitale, Diane

Ms. Vitale is a professional development expert and with over twenty five years of professional development experience.  Her expertise resides in assisting organizations and school districts in making transformations while addressing the inevitable dissonance that occurs when resources are limited and non-negotiable change is imposed.

Vorwald, Brian

Brian Vorwald taught Earth Science for 35 years in Sayville Public Schools, was Science Department Chairperson for grades 6-12 for 14 years, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at Suffolk County Community College. During his career in Sayville Schools, Brian taught Earth Science and established an honors course that facilitates students earning college credits in geology.

Witman, Michelle

Michelle is an established educational consultant with over fourteen years of experience. With a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and master’s degree in Education in Curriculum & Development from Lesley University, Michelle went on to receive her training as a literacy coach & coordinator through the Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University.

Witthoft, Irene

Irene is a retired school principal with 35 years of experience in the field of special education. As a teacher and administrator her experience has afforded her the opportunity to work with behavior and psychiatric disordered youngsters, as well as Asperger Syndrome and developmentally delayed children.

Wren, Cecile

Currently, Cecile Wren does consulting and is a certified test administrator and coach for the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) coordinated through Yale Univeristy. The MSCEIT is a skills-based assessment that is an excellent resource tool for adults who want to utilize emotional literacy both in their personal and professional lives.

Yaris, Kim

Kim Yaris, an educator for 19 years, specializes in working with schools to evaluate and improve their approaches to literacy instruction and implementation of the Common Core Standards. As a certified Reading Specialist trained at the University of New Hampshire and Columbia University’s Teacher College, Kim is committed to integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language in ways that gradually release students to greater independence and proficiency.

Young, Tamara

Ms. Young is the Chief Instructional Strategies Consultant for Nia Solutions Corporation. She has worked in the Glen Cove City School District since 1999. Ms Young has been an active member of the Teaching American History Grant for the past three school years, studying with the group in an effort to develop knowledge, curriculum, and strategies to improve student performance.

Youngblood, Dianne 

Dr. Dianne B. Youngblood is a retired school superintendent, who has dedicated thirty-nine years of her life to the field of education. In addition to working as school superintendent, she also has worked as principal, assistant principal, guidance director/counselor, teacher, caseworker, and day care center director.