Educational Program Leaders


David Egolf, Head of School Corlears

David Egolf

Head of School

Head of School, David Egolf, began at Corlears in July, 2014. His work in New York independent schools has spanned nearly 2 decades, and began as an art teacher in the elementary ages. Over time, David served as Arts Director, Lower School Director and Assistant Head of School at his previous school.

He is passionate about early childhood and elementary education, especially in developing children’s collaborative problem solving skills. When you meet him, his excitement about schools and love of children come through immediately.

At Corlears, David has focused his passion for improving the way we teach young children to develop the school’s sophisticated elementary math program —  an approach that reaches all students, and teaches them to think like mathematicians. David is also committed to advancing the school’s social justice initiative, and works in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff to ensure an inclusive and equitable community and program at Corlears.

Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fordham University, M.S.Ed.

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Amy-marie Rivera

Assistant Head of School and Director of Teaching and Learning

Amy-Marie has been involved in early childhood education for 26 years, and she started working at Corlears in 2000 as a 4/5s teacher. During her many years at Corlears, she has also been a 6/7s teacher, a reading specialist. Her passion has always been connected to curriculum and how children learn best.

She has always maintained a focus on supporting and cultivating teachers in practice, and collaborative curriculum design. Her drive to be grounded in a community of educators who share a common set of values with and emphasis on learning, is why she remains at Corlears

University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.
Bank Street College of Education, Ed.M.
Certified reading teacher
Permanent NYS Teaching Certification birth - 6th grade


Thea Hubert

Dean of Students and Director of Enrollment Management

Thea began as the learning specialist at Corlears in 2007 and celebrates the circumstances that allowed the position to be shaped over the past years in response to the needs of an evolving institution, now serving as the Dean of Students and Director of Enrollment Management. Thea came to Corlears with a background in entrepeneurialship including small corporation development, strategy and management, sales related to interior design and mind and body industries, along with experience individualizing educational programs and working with families to support student language and literacy growth since 1996.    

As our Dean of Students she supports the academic and social emotional growth of each child through work with faculty and families. She leads the Student Support Team and is a support to parents as they have questions about the many aspects of raising a child and finding ways to keep them engaged in all of the important parts of their child being a lifelong learner.

Hofstra University, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University, Teachers College, M.S.
NYS Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
Permanent NYS Teaching Certificate
Certified Yoga Instructor

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Lindsay HIggins

Learning Specialist and Literacy Coach

LIndsay is a certified special educator with an expertise in early childhood development and literacy support. As part of the Student Support Team, Lindsay works to support teachers in identifying ways to encourage all students in their learning. Her work includes identifying adaptive strategies for students who are challenged by a particular area of the curriculum and/or classroom environment, as well as supporting the teachers in incorporating these additional strategies and modes into the daily classroom experience.

She also provides individual and small group instruction to students in both literacy and writing for grade K through the 10s.

Lindsay also provides literacy coaching to faculty to facilitate differentiated instruction and also strengthen the implementation of the general curriculum. She is available for parent consultation and helps parents coordinate outside services if needed. Lindsay is the liason for outside provider communication and also coordinates Department of Education related services.

Gettysburg College, Bachelor of Arts
New York University, M.S.


Silvia Pacio

Developmental Support Counselor

As a part of the Student Support Team, Silvia collaborates closely with the Learning Specialist to support the overall growth and development of students.

Silvia is a resource to cultivate the emotional health of Corlears’ families, faculty and staff. Her role supports children and teachers with developmental needs presenting in the classroom related to overall development, social emotional and behavioral needs.

She is also available to advise parents and help them work productively with the school in support of their child.

John Jay College, CUNY, Bachelor of Arts
Brooklyn College, Bilingual Advanced Certificate in School
Brooklyn College, Master of Science in Education in School Psychology

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Patricia Marin

Math Coach

Patricia was classroom teacher at Corlears for over two decades. She is an experienced educator with significant additional training in coaching and math instruction and content.

The role of the math coach at Corlears is to cultivate the continued growth of the math program by supporting the development and implementation of content, as well as providing real-time coaching.

In addition, she collaborates with the Learning Support Team to determine the need for individualized strategies and/or support for students.

Patricia works closely with the Director of Teaching and Learning to maintain curriculum standards for instruction, appropriate content and alignment across grades. She is also a resource for parents to provide additional guidance or support regarding a student’s needs around math.

New York University, Bachelor of Science
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.