Meet Our Team

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.


Christopher F. Herman, M.Ed (2020)

Senior Leadership Team

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

Brad Battaglia

Upper Division Head & Director of College Counseling (2017)

B.A. Business Administration, CUNY Hunter College.

Mary Maisano

Director of Finance (1992)

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

Kat Sullivan

Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing (2020)

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

William Vogel

Lower Division Head (1977)

Broad Leadership Team

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.
Marlene Dapice

Chair of the Science Department & Academic Advisor for Grade 9 (1989)

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

Flance Dervishi

Director of Athletics (2008)

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

Michele Ferreira

Assistant Director of Athletics and Student Life Coordinator (2016)

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

John Hale

Technology, Robotics & Schedule Coordinator (1997)

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

Kim Hayes

 Afterschool Coordinator (2014)
B.A. Literature, Ramapo College of NJ; Certificate in Book Publishing; M.A. Early Childhood Education, New York University; NYS Certified Birth-Grade 6.

Paula James

Dean of Grades 1-3 (2009)

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

Richard Kruczek

Dean of Grades 9-10 (2014)

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.

Agustin Melara

 10th Grade Advisor

Ana Mesias

 Head Chef (2014)
B.A. English Iona College, M.A. Elementary Education, Adelphi University, Post Graduate Studies in Early Childhood, Queens College

Lauren Murray

Assistant Director of Pre-K For All Program (2022)
B.A. History/Secondary Education, Towson University; pursuing M.A. History, CUNY Queens College.

Sarah O’Sullivan

Dean of Grades 7-8 (1999)

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

Jacquelyn Renner

Dean of Grades 4,5,6 (2001)

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.

Eileen Reyes

Dean of Grades N-K (1986)

John Tocco

Director of Facilities (1997)

Maria Victora

Director of Pre-K for All Program (2014)

Office Staff

Reshma Baig

School Counselor (2022)
B.B.A. Accounting, Berkeley College, President’s List; NYS Notary Public; CertiTed NonproTt Accounting Professional

Christine Haddad

Controller (2013)

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

Mary Petruso

Executive Assistant to the Head of School (2004)

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

Lisa Sohmer

College Counseling Associate (1996)

Elena Sokolova

School Nurse (2020)

B.S. Political Science University of Pittsburgh

Zachary Simpson

Development & Communications Associate (2022)

Faculty & Staff

Raymond Arias

Bus Driver

Monica Bonilla

Bus Driver

Jessica Caicedo-Marino

Dual Langauge Teacher (2021)

Xin Yi Chen

Math Teacher and 8th Grade Advisor (2022)

Herbert Carvajal

Maintenance (2011)

Ryan Daley

Pre-K for All Assistant Teacher (2013)

Robert Daley


Maureen DeGaetano

Pre-K for All Teacher (2016)

Christine Drayer
English Teacher (2022)


Rory Duncan

Staff (2021)

Euridice Eleftheriou

Pre-K for All Teacher (2014)

Daniel Feldman

Science Teacher (2021)

Laura Ganley

Pre-K for All Teacher (2012)

Angelica Gomez

Pre-K for All Assistant Teacher (2014)

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.
Gabriel Gomis

French Teacher and 12th Grade Advisor (2005)

Rui Guimaraes

English Teacher (2021)

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

Pre-K for All Teacher (2019)

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

Music Teacher (2008)

Carl Holder
 Performing Arts Instructor (2021)
MaryRose Haddad
Language Arts Teacher (2022)
Diana Jaramillo
Mosammat Khalid

Pre-K for All Teacher (2015)

Maya Kohinoor Khabir

Pre-K for All Assistant Teacher (2021)

Michael Malone

Maintenance (1995)

B.S. Elementary Education, SUNY New Paltz; M.S. Special Education, CUNY Queens College.
Kristen “Ms. A” Manson

First Grade Teacher (1995)

Christian McCarthy
Math Teacher (2022)


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

Pre-K for All Teacher (2016)

B.S Early Childhood Birth - 2.
Catherine Mesias

Pre-K for All Teacher (2014)

Joseph Mesias

PreK For All Assistant Teacher (2015)

Omar Maldanado
Brenda Nitti

Pre-K for All Teacher (2016)

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

Fine Arts Teacher (2020)

Darien Ortiz

Science Teacher (2021)

Yaritza Perdomo

Pre-K for All Teacher (2021)

Hristina Petrova
Math Teacher (2022)


Johnny Quizphi

Social Studies Teacher & Classroom Assistant (2020)

Jaclyn Ramirez

Pre-K for All Teacher (2021)

Stefany Guzman-Reynoso
Jorge Rodriguez

Bus Driver (2020)

Cheyenne Romero

Pre-K for All Assitant (2020)

Mariela Romero

Pre-K for All Assistant Teacher (2021)

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 CertiTcation), CUNY Hunter College (in process)
Anthony Greig Roselli

Chair of the English Department (2016)

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.
Joanne Simeone-Vogel

Nursery Teacher (2014)

Lenny Herrera

Math Teacher (2022)

Selina Sultana

Pre-K for All Teacher (2014)

Jalin Weaver

French and Spanish Teacher (2022)

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

Third Grade Teacher (2017)

LaGuardia College Business Program.
Calogera Volpe

Nursery Assistant Teacher (2004)

Andrea Matute Vargas
B.A. Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Psychology, Hofstra University; NYS CertiTed Birth-Grade 6; M.A. TESOL, Queens College.
Lauren Yandow

Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

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

Mandarin Teacher (2011)

Evelyn Zamora

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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