Our Team

Chris Herman

Christopher Herman, Head of School (2020)

M.Ed Leadership, University of Pennsylvania; Post-grad Educational Psychology, Temple University; M.A. Dual Special Education & Elementary Education, Chestnut Hill College; B.A. Media Arts, Long Island University; CSP, SPEOS Photographic Institute of Paris; Adjunct Professor, GSE St. Joseph’s University.

Leadership Team

Brad Battaglia, Upper Division Head and Director of College Counseling (2017) 

B.A. Sociology, Boston College; M.A. Education, Columbia Teachers College.

Mary Maisano, Director of Finance (1992) 

B.A. Business Administration, CUNY Hunter College.


Kat Sullivan, Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing (2020) 

B.S. Fashion Design, Syracuse University; Global Executive M.B.A., Georgetown University and ESADE Business School.

William Vogel, Lower Division Head and Admissions Director (1977) 

B.A. Mathematics/Secondary Education; M.S. Elementary Education; P.D. Educational Administration and Supervision; doctoral coursework in Administration, St. John’s University.


Christine Haddad, Senior Accountant (2013) 

B.B.A. Accounting, Berkeley College, President’s List; NYS Notary Public; Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (May 2020).


Mary Petruso, Executive Assistant to the Head of School (2004) 

B.A. Italian, CUNY Queens College; M.B.A. Finance, Fordham University.


Lisa Sohmer, International SEVIS Agent, College Counseling Associate (1996) 

B.A. English/Government, Connecticut College; M.A. Journalism, New York University. Past President of NYSACAC, NACAC Board of Directors, and advisory panel member for The City University of New York and The College Board.

John Tocco, Director of Facilities (2001) 


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Maria Viictora, Pre-K for All Educational Director (2014) 


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Elena Sokolova, Nurse (2020) 


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Flance Dervishi, Athletic Director (2008) 

B.S. Physical Education, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. M.S. Education, School Building Leadership, Administration and Instructional Leadership, St. John’s University

John Hale, Director of Technology (1997) 

B.S. Environmental Biology, Ohio University; graduate studies in Secondary Education, CUNY Queens College.


Kristen Ahlfeld, First Grade (1995) 

B.S. Elementary Education, SUNY New Paltz; M.S. Special Education, CUNY Queens College.

Michelle Bruzzese, Mathematics and Science (2016) 

B.S. Health Science, Drexel University, Dean’s List.


Cesar Carvajal, Class of 2016, Kindergarten Teacher Assistant (2018) 


Philip D’Anna, Dean of Grades 4-6; Language Arts (2013) 

B.S. Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Math Certification (Grades 5-7), St. John’s University; M.A. Literacy and Language Acquisition (Grades B-6), CUNY Hunter College; School Building Leadership Certification, St. John’s University.

Amira Esposito, English (2016) 

B.A. History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz; M.A. Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia; NYS Initial Teacher Certificate, Classroom Teacher.

Michelle Ferreira, Physical Education (2017) 

B.S. Physical Education, College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY.

Gabriel Gomis, French (2005) 

B.A. African Literature; M.A. English, University of Dakar, Senegal; Brevet de Technicien Superieur en Tourisme, Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management, West Africa; Berlitz Teaching Training Program.

Thomas Heineman, Music (2008) 

B.M. Jazz Performance, New York University; additional coursework, CUNY Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music.

Paula James, Second Grade (2009) 

B.A. Literature, Ramapo College of NJ; Certificate in Book Publishing; M.A. Early Childhood Education, New York University; NYS Certified Birth-Grade 6.

Rich Kruczek, History and English; Academic Advisor for Grade 11 (2002) 

B.S. Finance, Boston College; M.A. American History, Fordham University.

Lauren Little, Mathematics (2017) 

B.A. Mathematics, Columbia University, NY; M.A. Pure Mathematics, Hunter College.

Agustin Melara, Chair of Foreign Languages Department (2000) 

B.A. Spanish and French; M.A. French, CUNY Queens College. Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY Queens College (1996–2006).

Edward Orlowski, Fine Arts (2020) 

A.A. Art, Nassau Community College; B.A. Art History, Hunter College; M.A. Art Business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Jacquelyn Renner, Social Studies (2001) 

B.A. History/Secondary Education, Hofstra University; M.S. School Building Leadership, St. John’s University.

Eileen Reyes, Dean of Grades N-K; Pre-Kindergarten (1986) 

B.A. Early Childhood Education, CUNY Queens College; M.S. Multilingual, Multicultural Education, College of New Rochelle; M.S. School Building Leadership, St. John’s University.

Marlene Schultz-Dapice, Chair of Science Department; Academic Advisor for Grade 9 (1989) 

B.S. Biology; completed graduate courses in cell biology and microbial genetics, and research on Lysly-TRNA synthetase activity in E. coli, St. John’s University. Licensed instructor of Medical Assisting & General Academics. Teacher of courses in EKG use and interpretation, phlebotomy, and urinalysis.

Greig Roselli, English Language Department (2016) 

B.A. Philosophy and the Liberal Arts, St. Joseph Seminary College; B.A., Philosophy, K.U. Leuven; M.A. English, Southeastern Louisiana University; M.A. Philosophy, The New School for Social Research; Adolescent English (Advanced Certification), CUNY Hunter College (In Process)

Joanne Simeone-Vogel, Nursery (2014) 

B.S. Education/Special Education, SUNY College at Geneseo; M.S. Education/Early Childhood Education, CUNY Queens College; graduate coursework in Curriculum & Instruction, CUNY College of Staten Island and Long Island University.


Sarah O’Sullivan, Language Arts, Social Sciences and History (1999) 

B.A. History/Secondary Education, Towson University; pursuing M.A. History, CUNY Queens College.

Rachel Vidal, Third Grade (2017) 

B.S. Economics, California Polytechnic State University; Art History, Mass. College of Art and Design and Harvard University School of Continuing Education.

Lily Volpe, Nursery Assistant Teacher (2004) 

LaGuardia College Business Program.

Lauren Yandow, Kindergarten (2014) 

B.A. Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Psychology, Hofstra University; NYS Certified Birth-Grade 6; M.A. TESOL, Queens College.

Jie Yang, Mandarin (2011) 

B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, CUNY Hunter College.


Owen Zach, Mathematics (2020) 

B.A. Psychological Science, University of Vermont; M.Ed Secondary Mathematics Education, Vanderbilt University.

Rui Guimaraes, English, Social Sciences and History (2021) 

BA in British and American Literature, Hunter College, City University of New York, 2002 Minor in Education, MA candidate in British and American Literature, Hunter College

William Steinberger, Theater and Performing Arts, (2021) 

University Of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – B.A. English, Minor In Theatre Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Courses: Haakmat Consulting for Educators; Coming to the Table; Conscientious Theatre Training

Darian Ortiz, Science, (2021) 


Dan Feldman, Science, (2021) 


JP Mesias, Maintenance, (2012) 


Joseph Mesias, Maintenance, (2015) 


Ana Mesias, Head Chef, Food Service, (2000) 


Herbert Carvajal, Maintenance, (2011) 


Michael Malone, Maintenance, (1995) 


Karina Mendoza, PreK for All Lead Teacher, (2016) 

B.A. in Psychology, Pace University, M.A. in Teaching Early Childhood Education/ Teaching Students with Disabilities Birth- Grade 2 from Touro College.


Andrea Matute, PreK for All Teacher, (2019) 


Vicky Eleftheriou, PreK for All Teacher, (2014) 


Cathy Mesias, PreK for All Teacher, (2014) 

B.S Early Childhood Birth-2


Brenda Nitti, PreK for All Teacher, (2016) 


Maureen Degaetano, PreK for All Teacher, (2016) 


Mosammat Khalid, PreK for All Teacher, (2015) 


Sylvia Alvarez, PreK for All Teacher, (2019) 


Davina Hardyal, PreK for All Teacher, (2019)

B.A. in English & Political Science, Queens College, CUNY, M.S.Ed Early Childhood Birth-2nd Grade, Hunter College, CUNY 


Ryan Daley, PreK for All Teacher, (2013) 


Vanessa Truijllo, PreK for All Teacher, (2019) 

B.A. early childhood & elementary education, Queens College; M. S early childhood & special education, Touro College

Selina Sultana, PreK for All Teacher, (2014) 


Laura Gilbert, PreK for All Teacher, (2012) 


Angelica Gomez, PreK for All Teacher, (2014) 


Lauren Murray, PreK for All Teacher, (2016)

B.A. English Iona College, M.A. Elementary Education, Adelphi University, Post Graduate Studies in Early Childhood, Queens College 


Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, ethnicity, age, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation in its hiring and promotion of administrators, faculty and staff, and in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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