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Administration and Faculty


Dr. Richard Marotta, Headmaster (1991)

B.A. English, Fordham University; M.A. English, CUNY Hunter College; Ph.D. English, CUNY Graduate Center. Adjunct Professor at CUNY Queens College. New York Association of Independent Schools Member of the Commission on Accreditation.

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.

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.



EPSON MFP imageLisa 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.

EPSON MFP imageMary Petruso, Administrative Assistant (2004)

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

Christine HChristine Haddad, Bookkeeper (2013)

BBA Accounting, Berkeley College.




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Kristen Ahlfeld, First Grade (1995)

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


Sonia ASonia Ambarsom, Mathematics and Computer Science (2001)

B.S. Computer Science, New York University; M.A. in Education of Mathematics, CUNY Queens College.

Carmela ACarmela Augello-Knopf, Nursery(1998)

A.A. Education, CUNY Queensborough Community College; B.A. Liberal Arts, CUNY City College; M.S. General and Special Education (Birth to Second Grade), Touro College.

Sarah Blakeley, Mathematics(2016)

B.A. Child Psychology and East Asian Studies, Bryn Mawr College; M.S. Middle School Mathematics, City College of New York.

Amira Booth-Soifer, 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 Bruzzese, Math and Science Teacher (2016)

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

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Philip D’Anna, Grades 4-6 Dean, 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 (Anticipated 2019).

Flance DFlance Dervishi, Athletic Director (2008)

B.S. Physical Education, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Michelle Ferreira, P.E. Teacher (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.

Richard GRichard Grusky, Chair of History and Social Sciences Department (1969)

B.A. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; M.A. European History, Manhattan College; further graduate studies at New School for Social Research.

John HJohn Hale, Science (1997)

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


Thomas Heineman, Music (2008)

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

Paula JPaula James, Grade 2 (2007)

B.A. Literature, Ramapo College of NJ; Certificate in Book Publishing; M.A. Early Childhood Education, New York University.


Rich Kruczek, History and English, Academic Advisor – 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.

Dorothy LDorothy Lokko, Registered Nurse (2005)

A.S. Nursing, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College; currently enrolled in B.S./M.A. Nurse Practitioner Program, CUNY Hunter College. Certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support and Advance Life Support.

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Nancy Massand, English, English and Dean of Grades 7–8 (1985)

B.A. English, Gordon College; M.S. Secondary Education/English, CUNY Queens College. Winner of 3 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships/Seminars.


Agustin Melara, Chair of Foreign Language Department (2000)

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


Jacquelyn Renner, Grades 4-6 Social Studies (2001)

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


Eileen Reyes, Pre-Kindergarten and Dean of Grades N–K (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.

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Marlene Schultz-Dapice, Chair of Science Department, Academic Advisor – 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 Academy(2016)

B.A. Liberal Arts with Philosophy Major , St. Joseph Seminary College; M.A. English, Southeastern Louisiana University; M.A. Philosophy, The New School University.


Joanne Simeone-Vogel, Nursery and Reading Specialist for Grades One to Three (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 Studies and History (1999)

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


Bernadette Stiga, Second Grade Assistant Teacher (1998)

Early Childhood Child Care Certificate, CUNY Queens College.

Christopher Vallario, English Teacher (2017)

M.A. Writing and Rhetoric, Long Island University, B.A. in English from St. John’s University.

Rachel Vidal, Third Grade Teacher (2017)

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


Lilly Volpe, Nursery Assistant Teacher (2004)

LaGuardia College Business Program.

Lauren Yandow, Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

B.A., Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Psychology, Hofstra University. NYS Certified Birth to Grade 6, MA in TESOL, Queens College (anticipated 2017)

Jie YJie Yang, Mandarin Teacher (2011)

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

Christopher Zelles, Fine Arts Teacher, Chair of Fine Arts Department (2017)

B.A., Fine Arts, Manhattanville College, NY M.A. Teaching, Manhattanville College, NY. NYS CST Certified, Social Studies, Grade 5 to 12.

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.