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Greater New York WIPRO SEF Cohort 1 (2014-2016)

Ann Marie Ambrosino

City School District of New Rochelle

Ann Marie is an experienced teacher with eighteen year experience in public education. Ann Marie earned her Bachelors of Science degree at Syracuse University in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education with a specialization in psychology in 1996. She earned her fist MS in Reading Education from Adelphi University in 2001. In 2005 she earned her MS in Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle. Ann Marie began her career in central New York and returned home to work as a special education teacher in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002 she accepted a position as a Reading Teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School, where she has taught ELA for the past twelve years. Ann Marie chairs the School Climate Committee that educates the staff and students about tolerance, acceptance, appropriate behaviors and anti-bullying strategies and also serves on the Anti-Bullying Task Force in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. She loves using her time to help others, her most valued time is time spent with her wife and two beautiful children. 

Contact: Carbon153@yahoo.com

Magali Dupuy

East Ramapo Central School District

Magali Dupuy has been a Earth Science teacher at Ramapo High School in the East Ramapo Central School District for about 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Educational Computing. Magali enjoys using and learning more about PowerPoint and the SmartBoard to prepare interactive activities that reinforce classroom lessons. She received a UFT mini-grant to train teachers to become more proficient in computer usage and develop lesson plans integrating computer technology in the different disciplines. 

She enjoys gardening with her students in the school courtyard, as the advisor of the Environmental Club. 

Last year, Magali was selected by the National Honor Society to receive the Teacher of the Year Award. She feels very honored to have been selected for this award by not only adults but also by her students. She chooses to liver her life by saying, "Make your passion your paycheck" and enjoys watching the growth, development and maturity of her students.

Contact: magali_dupuy@yahoo.com

Claudia Gianserra

City School District of New Rochelle

Claudia earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Education at the the College of Saint Rose. Currently she teaches 7th grade science to general education students, special education students, honor students and sheltered English Language Learners at Isaac E. Yound Middle School. She has taught middle school, including 6th, 7th and 8th grade science, for a total of 12.5 years. For the past 10 years she has been coaching the Science Olympiad Team at Isaac E. Young MS. She just started a small Greenhouse Club at Isaac E. Young MS. She has a great appreciation and love for nature and animals.

Contact: cgianserra@nredlearn.org

Liz Gottesman-Weiner

East Ramapo Central School District

Liz has a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master's in Food Service Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Secondary Science Education. She has been teaching 16 years and was a team leader for several years. This year she taught a science class a the Teachers Center and has been a union representative on the building level for 6 years. She has also served on the Teachers Center Policy Board for the past 3 years. In the past Liz has been the club advisor for Science Olympiad and Newspaper club and the 8th grade student council. In addition she has mentored new teachers for the past 14 years. Liz's parents are Holocaust survivors and she was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Contact: lizzy88768@aol.com

Karen Lent

East Ramapo Central School District

Karen started her elementary teaching career in 1997 at PS 41, Bronx, NY, teaching 4th grade students. In 2001, she began teaching in East Ramapo. During her years in East Ramapo, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. She has planned curriculum for multiple grade levels and supervised teachers and students in need of academic intervention during Saturday academies and before and after school programs. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Fordham University and pursued an alternate route to NY State certification through SUNY New Paltz. She also earned an M.S. in Special Education from the City College of NY. One of Karen's great joys in life is gardening. 

Contact: klent@ercsd.k12.ny.us

Jannethe Pardo

East Ramapo Central School District

Jannethe teaches biology, the Living Environment at Spring Valley High School in the East Ramapo Central School District. She has been teaching for 13 years. Jannethe is currently working on a Bilingual certification. She loves science and language. In addition to English she also speaks French, Spanish, Hebrew and Portuguese. She believes that it is important for teachers to constantly learn new things. 

Content: JPardo70@optonline.net

Karla Purcell

Port Chester Public Schools

Karla Purcell is a fourth grade teacher at John F. Kennedy Magnet School in Port Chester, New York. Karla received her Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John's University in New York and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Karla has been teaching at John F. Kennedy since 2001, having taught grades one, tow and four. She also spent one year teaching a hands-on science lab program at JFK to grades 1 - 5. Karla and two of her fourth grade colleagues have developed and teach an after-school garden program for grades three and four that incorporates science, literacy, nutrition, food citizenship and digital literacy as well as community outreach.

Contact: kpurcell@portchesterschools.org

Duane Stilwell

East Ramapo Central School District

Duane Stilwell was born and raised in Mexico. He graduated from the American School in Mexico City, before moving to Germany and then the US. Duane earned his Bachelor's at SUNY Empire and his Master's at Lehman College. He began his teaching career at the International High School in Queens in 1997. He has taught Regents, Honors and AP chemistry, as well as forensics and science research at Spring Valley High School for the last 14 years. Duane has coached several science Olympiad teams and collaborated on the creation of the science curriculum for the East Ramapo Central School District. Currently, Duane is taking courses at the College of New Rochelle in order to obtain a bilingual extension to his science teaching certificates.

Contact: dstilwell57@yahoo.com  

Erika Sprauer

East Ramapo Central School District

Erika has been a science teacher at Pomona Middle School for the past 13 years. She has also been the Science Chairperson at Pomona Middle School and Instructional Supervisor of Middle School Science for the East Ramapo Central School District. This past summer she co-taught a course in the Science Behind Science 21 through the teacher's center. This past fall, she developed a unit plan that was selected as a state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. When she is not teaching, she enjoys being the mother of 3 beautiful daughters, 2 adorable wirehair fox terriers and one very fluffy orange cat.

Contact: erikasprauer@gmail.com

Elizabeth Zahn

City School District of New Rochelle

Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn has taught as Columbus Elementary School for 20+ years. She earned her undergraduate degree, from Lehman College, in Anthropology/Biology/Chemistry. She has taught 1st - 5th grades at Columbus Elementary and has served as the school's science facilitator since 2003. Elizabeth has also mentored two ExploraVision teams and a nation-wide top 20 NSA Design Challenge team. For two summers she has conducted research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Tree Ring Laboratory as part of Columbia University's Summer Research Program. Being involved in "real" research and challenging herself as a student has been a highlight of her career. This summer she will travel to Malaysia and Singapore to collaborate with teachers in STEM education.

Contact: woodstockliz@yahoo.com

Vincent Dougherty

White Plains Central School District

Vincent holds B.S., M.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Iona College. He has been teaching for 33 years and has spent the past 27 years as a Chemistry teacher at White Plains High School teaching all levels of Chemistry. In the summer he teaches Biology as part of the Summer School Program. In the past few years Vincent has incorporating technology into the classroom by using wireless tablets, e-clickers and document cameras. These tools have allowed him to create lessons which help students better understand difficult abstract concepts. 

Contact: vdougherty@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Katherine Gentile

Port Chester Public Schools

Katherine attended Lehigh University where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology and a Master's Degree in secondary education. She taught Living Environment and Bioethics at Bronx Preparatory Charter School for one year and has been teaching 7th grade science at Port Chester Middle School for the past three years. Additionally, she is the advisor of the school newspaper and runs an after school Girls Club. Next year she is also planning a marine ecology trip to Key Largo for her students. She is a true animal lover and this spring she hatched nine Peking ducks in her classroom.

Contact: K.gentile09@gmail.com

Abbey Gilligan

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Abbey Gilligan is currently a 5th grade teacher at Washington Irvington School in the Tarrytown School District. She earned her B.S. in elementary education and her M.S. in special education from Manhattan College. She has eleven years teaching experience and has taught all subjects in both 4th and 5th grades. During her time as a teacher she has led ELA workshops, attended various conferences to keep her teaching fresh and facilitated a parent workshop on ways to get children to eat healthy snacks. This past fall Abbey ran the NYC marathon and she completed her first Spartan race just a few weeks ago.

Contact: agilligan@tufsd.org

Sissi Johnson

White Plains Central School District

Sissi has been a science teacher since 2000. She has worked in 5 different districts across the USA and currently teaches in the White Plains Central School District. She has taught 7th - 12th grade, Special Education, ELL and Gifted Education. Sissi has coached dance, cheerleading and worked with the drama departments. She has two pets - Loveey the dog and Regina the cat. 

Content: sissijohnson@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Carmen King

White Plains Central School District

Carmen King is an educator who has been dedicated to facilitating the learning of elementary-aged children for the past 25 years. Carmen received her Bachelor's from Cornell University and her Master's from Columbia. As an outgrowth of her work in the classroom she has created and implemented curriculums with literacy as a focus for her school district, in the City of White Plains. She has spearheaded many education related projects, leading studies of poetry performance, guiding students through explorations of marine biology and using photography as a medium to inspire the written word. She currently teaches fifth grade. Among the highlights of her professional career have been serving as a mentor for the White Plains School District and Sarah Lawrence College. In addition Carmen is a wife, a mother and a poetry aficionado.

Contact: cking@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Maureen Nimphius

White Plains Central School District

Maureen Nimphius is a forensic science teacher at White Plains High School. She attended St. John's University and earned both a Bachelor's and Master's in toxicology. Prior to teaching, she worked for over 20 years in testing laboratories including the Westchester County Medical Examiner as a forensic toxicologist. She decided to switch careers and went to Pace University to get the required education classes. 

She has taught science for 10 years including biology (living environment), non-Regents chemistry (chemistry in the community) and forensic science. In addition to teaching science classes Maureen is responsible for the school garden. 

Contact: mnimphius@yahoo.com

Leana Peltier

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Leana is a biology teacher at Sleepy Hollow High School in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she teaches AP Biology and Living Environment. Leana is currently completing my 16th year of teaching. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a Master's of Science in Health Education. Leana enjoys sharing with her colleagues, new teaching methods, strategies and activities she has learned after attending conferences, workshops and participating in initiatives and staff development days. She has enjoyed coaching competitive volley ball on the high school, state and national level and her favorite hobby is rock climbing.

Contact: lpeltier@tufsd.org

Charles Sincerbeaux

White Plains Central School District

Charles Sincerbeaux is a graduate of Columbia University and an elementary teacher in the White Plains School district for the past 25 years. He has used computer technology in the classroom for most of his career and has conducted many computer-related workshops and courses over the years. He has experience working in a primate cognition lab where he was involved with experimental design and data analysis. He is a former NSF Fellow in Mathematics and has taught graduate courses at Manhattanville College. Chuck is the father of five boys, a drag racer and a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Contact: sincerbeaux@ymail.com

Mayerlin Strippoli

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Mayerlin Strippoli has been a 6th grade science teacher at Sleepy Hollow Middle School for 12 years. She is a second language learner and because of that is truly passionate about incorporating language into her teaching. Her science classroom resonates with positive energy, hands-on-labs, inquisitive minds and an appreciation for the world around us. She finds creative ways to engage her students in learning about science. Mayerlin considers herself a lifelong learner and continues to challenge herself professionally while being a team player in the district. 

Content: mstrippoli@tufsd.org

Enrique Tovae

Port Chester Public Schools

After twenty years as an attorney, Enrique decided to enter the teaching profession. He is certified in pre-k, k-6 elementary education, ESL and is three credits away from obtaining his bilingual certification. Enrique is currently a 5th grade teacher at JFK Magnet School where he has taught for 12 years. He has been the math scoring leader in the district, as-well-as, the math coordinator. Enrique is also an adjunct professor at Mercy College and has taught math and science methods. He is the proud father of two girls, Barrie and Dani.

Contact: Nylaw86@aol.com