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Greater New York WIPRO SEF Cohort 3 (2016-2018)

Lucille Cappello

Port Chester Public Schools

Lucille is a graduate of Fordham University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from College of New Rochelle. Lucille has been teaching in the Port Chester School District for most of her career as an elementary teacher. She is currently the Elementary Science teacher for grades 2 through 5 in King Street Elementary School. Most importantly, she is the proud mom of her daughter, Marilisa. Lucille spends her free time enjoying their life together.

Contact: lcappello@portchesterschools.org

Margaret DeSimone

East Ramapo Central School District

Margaret attended the Fashion Institute of Technology where she earned an Associate Degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. After working in the business industry for 6 years, Margaret decided to pursue a career in education. She attended Iona College where she earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at Margetts Elementary School for 17 years. She is currently teaching 2nd grade. Additionally, Margaret is the key advisor for the Literacy Committee and Sunshine Committee. She loves to experience new things in her classroom. This spring she hatched chickens with her students.

Contact: mdesimone@ercsd.org

Andrea Hyman

East Ramapo Central School District

Andrea attended St. John’s University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communications and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University in Rockland. Andrea has been teaching in the East Ramapo Central School District in Spring Valley for 17 years. She started her career as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant while studying for her Master’s and then began many years as an early childhood teacher. She has spent her career working with students aged five through eight years old. For the past several years, she has worked in conjunction with local community organizations to donate books, backpacks, school supplies and holiday gifts to the students of her school and others within her district.

Contact:  ahyman@ercsd.org

Felicia Knox

Port Chester Public Schools

Felicia attended Mercy College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Manhattanville College. She has taught grades 2 through 5 at John F. Kennedy Magnet school in Port Chester for 8 years, and has been teaching 6th grade science at Port Chester Middle School for the past five years. She teaches various after school programs including this year’s science prep of success program to prepare 8th grade students for the NYS Science Assessment. Additionally, she tutors middle school students at the Port Chester library. She enjoys traveling and is planning a trip to visit her daughter who is attending Exeter University in England studying conservation biology along the southeast coast of England. She hopes to bring home ideas she can use in her classroom to captivate her students.

Contact:  fknox@portchesterschools.org

Ann Marie Manganiello

City School District of New Rochelle

Ann Marie Manganiello is a 2nd grade teacher at Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle.  She began her career as a General Education teacher and for the last 15 years has worked as part of a Co -Teaching Inclusion Model.  She is a graduate of the Ursuline School and Iona College.  Ann Marie has a BA in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education.  She especially enjoys teaching Science and is affectionately known as "Ms. Frizzle".  She strongly believes that hands-on experimentation is crucial to students' deep understanding of content.  Ann Marie has worked as the point person for the administration of the Performance Section of the NYS Science exam and her classroom is currently home to Stan the Snail and Lily the Hermit Crab.

Contact:  amanganiello@nredlearn.org

Alexander Moore

Port Chester Public Schools

Al Moore attended Binghamton University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. He taught Living Environment, Forensic Science, and Chemistry at Mamaroneck High School for one year and has been teaching Forensic Science and Chemistry at Port Chester High School for the past three years. He was the creator and advisor of the school's Extreme Badminton Club. He has a one year old daughter and two crazy dogs.

Contact:  amoore@portchesterschools.org

Michael Nangle

City School District of White Plains

Mike attended Binghamton University where he studied Mechanical Engineering for two years before switching majors and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Architecture. Still searching for his calling, Mike decided to pursue education rather than architecture as he originally intended. He earned his Master’s Degree in Adolescent Education 7-12: Physics at Pace University in the spring of 2012. While doing so, Mike substitute taught Math and Science at Woodlands Middle School. Mike has been teaching Science and Technology at White Plains High School for the past three years, and has recently received tenure from the district. During his time at White Plains he has taught Physics, Forensics, and the Project Lead the Way course Introduction to Engineering and Design. He takes advantage of as much professional development courses as he can while being the advisor of the Yearbook and the Ping Pong club. Mike loves trying new and exciting Physics demonstrations and labs with his students, such as creating a bowling ball pendulum, setting off water bottle rockets, and testing egg drop project.

Contact: michaelnangle@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Cenia Santana

Port Chester Public Schools

Cenia Santana attended St. John's University and City College of New York. She has been at Port Chester High School for the last 4 years and is currently teaching Living Environment, and Physical Science but has taught Bi-lingual, ESL, and Anatomy and Physiology. She has been a freshman advisor in the past and was recently awarded a fund for teachers fellowship to research in the Galapagos Islands summer 2016.

Contact: csantana@portchesterschools.org

Ronald Schoenherr

City School District of New Rochelle

Ron attended SUNY Purchase and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry, then at CUNY Lehman for a Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education. He began teaching Earth Science, Biology, and Honors Chemistry at Archbishop Stepinac High School for two years, and then moved to New Rochelle High School; for the last two years he has been teaching Regents Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Regents Living Environment. Next year he is planning on taking select students on an education trip to Puerto Rico for some of his previous students.

Contact: rschoenherr@nredlearn.org

Hillary Zinman

City School District of New Rochelle

Hillary attended Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She went on to become a registered dietitian and worked for several years as a clinical dietitian in teaching hospitals in Boston and New York. While a dietitian in New York, Hillary studied at New York University and earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition and a second Masters (of Arts) in Science Education, grades 7-12. She has been teaching Living Environment at New Rochelle High School for the past fourteen years. Until recently, Hillary was also an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, teaching nutrition to nursing students. When she is not teaching students, Hillary can be found running around with her three young boys.

Contact: hzinman@nredlearn.org

Diane D'Onofrio Delgado

City School District of New Rochelle

Diane Delgado is the Kaleidoscope teacher for 4th and 5th graders at Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY.  A lifelong resident of New Rochelle and a graduate of Manhattanville College, she has been teaching for 31 years.  Diane holds a BA in English and a Master’s in Special Education.  She has taught all elementary grade levels as well as 10th grade English and Adult Education ESL.  She runs the school newspaper and is the Administrator for the Welfare Fund in her district.  Diane's two children attend college - her son majoring in Civil Engineering and her daughter a Biology Major.  Next year,  with the support of  her Building Administrator, she is planning on piloting a more STEM-based accelerated Kaleidoscope Program which will include project -based activities such as sustainable gardening and Long Distance learning with NASA.

Contact: ddelgado@nredlearn.org

Jessica Etman

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Jessica Etman attended Manhattan College where she received a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Government Studies. She then received her Master of Science degree from Lehman College (CUNY) in TESOL. Jessica began teaching 2nd grade at PS 310 in District 10, Bronx, NY, where more than half of her students were second language learners.  After teaching 2nd grade for three years, she became the ENL teacher for grades K-5. In February 2001, she accepted a position as a Elementary ENL Teacher in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow NY and is currently still teaching and loving her time and experiences there. Jessica enjoys collaborating with her colleagues, involving parents in the school community and fostering a love of learning and excitement in her students.

Contact:  jetman@tufsd.org

Xiomara Kluge

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Xiomara attended Marymount College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood/Special Education with a minor in Spanish. She then went on to attain her Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages at Lehman College. For the past eleven years, Xiomara has been teaching in various grade levels within the Dual Language program at the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. Additionally, she has taught in the after school program for 1st and 2nd grade, developed and implemented a Spanish after school program using Rosetta Stone, has been a mentor for new teachers, and has served on many school committees. In order to continue enhancing her teaching, Xiomara has taken various courses in technology and school leadership. She is also an active member of her church community where she has received various certifications in order to serve as a Catechist. Xiomara is married and the mother of a beautiful four-year-old boy named Gabriel.

Contact:  xkluge@tufsd.org

Erick Larson

City School District of White Plains

Erick Larson graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in marine biology. Upon graduating, Erick was awarded a position as a research technician at the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology at ODU where he helped develop a protocol for determining the ages of Patagonian toothfish. He has published papers detailing a preparation technique that allows research scientists to determine the ages of reproduction as well as their geographic location in the waters surrounding the continent of Antarctica.  After three years in a lab, Erick decided to venture out into the world of public education in Virginia, and then completed his Master’s Degree in education from Cambridge College.  Erick moved to New York in 2010 and began his life here as a teacher, finally settling down at his home in White Plains High School. Erick has taught: Biology, Living Environment, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Forensics, Science Research and currently teaches Marine Science from a curriculum that he is currently developing. In his spare time, Erick spends time with his two fantastic sons, enjoys traveling and scuba diving and is not ashamed to admit that he enjoys running and video games with his kids.

Contact:  ericklarson@wpcsd.k12.ny.us 

J. Scott Misner

City School District of New Rochelle

Scott has been teaching science at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle for the past 17 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from York College, a Master of Science  in Secondary Ed. Science from Lehman College, a  Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle, and an Educational Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. Johns University.  Scott runs the Isaac Young Astronomy Club and enjoys creating fun and effective science lessons where students strive to develop critical thinking skills.

Contact:  JScottMisner@gmail.com

Maria O'Brien

Port Chester Public Schools

Maria has many years of teaching experience, but this is her first year as a Science Teacher for grades 2 through 5, at Park Avenue Elementary School in Port Chester, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pace University and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. Maria also has her TESOL Certificate from Manhattanville College. Maria has been teaching in Port Chester since 2000, and has taught kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades. She was also an integral member of a team to implement a Dual Language Program K-5 in the school, and has served as a mentor for new teachers for more than 10 years.

Contact: mobrien@portchesterschools.org

Mary Rosenberg

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Mary attended Adelphi University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and is currently completing her Masters in Professional Studies in Building Leadership from Manhattanville College. She has taught at Sleepy Hollow High School for four years. She is the arts technology teacher, where she teaches courses in graphic design, video production, and 3d printing engineering courses. She is the advisor for the digital yearbook, a mentor/mentee group, 3D maker club, and manages the educational access channel. Next year she will be expanding her courses to include an introduction to computer coding and CAD architecture course. She is an avid supporter of STEAM!

Contact: mrosenberg@tufsd.org

Arielle Schneeweiss

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Arielle attended Manhattanville College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Childhood and American Literature as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Literacy. She taught preschool for two years at John Paulding School in Sleepy Hollow, NY and will be going on her second year teaching kindergarten in an ICT model at John Paulding School. Additionally, she coaches two sports in a neighboring district. This year Arielle has been an actively involved in Relay for Life. She enjoys watching her kindergartners grow just as caterpillars turn into butterflies.

Contact: aschneeweiss@tufsd.org

Josette Symes

East Ramapo Central School District

Josette Symes is a second-career educator. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and information systems from Queens College CUNY. In 2002, she left her job as Accounting Manager to go back to school to do what she always knew she was meant to do - teach. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Biology at Manhattanville College in May 2004. She has been teaching at the East Ramapo Central School District School ever since. First she worked as a Science teacher at Pomona Middle School in Suffern, where she served as advisor for Science Olympiad, the Cultural Club and the Garden Club. In 2011, she moved to Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, where she teaches Regents Living Environment to both regular and ENL students.

Contact: jsymes@ercsd.org

Jennifer Yoon

East Ramapo Central School District

Jennifer attended Barnard College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After that she received a Master’s Degree in Teacher Education from Bank Street College. She taught prekindergarten in East Ramapo Central School District for six years, and has been teaching second grade for the past seven years. She participated in the math curriculum planning committee for the past three years. Last summer, she spent two weeks volunteering in an orphanage and training kindergarten teachers in Namibia, Africa. She enjoys learning about life through planting sunflower seeds and  observing crayfish with her second graders. 

Contact: jyoon@ercsd.org