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Corlears Faculty & Staff Directory

Meet the Corlears Community!

Corlears’ expert faculty all have specific experiences and backgrounds in early childhood and elementary education. Every day at Corlears, they bring with them a passion and an enthusiasm for educating young children.

Learn more about these incredible members of our vibrant, inclusive community.

Alyssa Anker


6/7s Co-Head Teacher 

Bank Street College of Education, M.S.Ed.
Bowdoin College, Bachelor of Arts

Betty Baez

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2s Teaching Aide

Pan American School, Associate Degree


Nicholas Banns


8/9s Assistant Teacher

Jennie Bear

2s Assistant Teacher


Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts

Brian Billings


2s Head Teacher


Crane School of Music, SUNY, Bachelor of Arts
Manhattanville College, Masters of Professional Studies

Zachary Brewer

Educational Technology Specialist

Connecticut College, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University Teacher's College, Master of Arts

Alexa Cabiaza

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Receptionist & Sub Coordinator

Ramapo College, Bachelor of Science

Yvonne Casuso


Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Wagner College, Bachelor of Science

Samantha Campbell

3/4s Head Teacher

CUNY Hunter College, M.S.Ed.
CUNY Hunter College, M.S.Ed.
SUNY New Paltz, Bachelor of Arts

Benna Cheung


3/4s Head Teacher

University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts
University of Cambridge, Master of Education
Bank Street College, Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Kerry Devine

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6/7s Co-Head Teacher

LeMoyne College, Bachelor of Science
Bank Street College, Masters of Education

Chelsea Coussens

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6/7s Co-Head Teacher

Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts
Michigan State University, P-B T.C.I.P.
NYU Steinhardt School of Education, M.S.

David Egolf


Head of School

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

Elif Espinola-Engin

10s Teacher

University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Arts

Robert Fantauzzi


Director of Business & Finance

College of St. Rose, Bachelor of Science
SUNY-Albany, Master of Arts
Excelsior College, Master of Business Administration

Alex Gelman

Director of Auxiliary Programs and Community Engagement

Wesleyan College, Bachelor of Arts
Bank Street College, M.S.

Ariel Grossman

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2s Assistant Teacher

Olympia Hamlor


Ks Co-Head Teacher

Utica College, Bachelor of Science
Walden College, Master of Education

Cassandre Henriquez

Director of Outplacement

SUNY Binghamtom, Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University, Master of Arts

Lindsay Higgins

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Learning Support Coordinator

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

Thea Hubert

Dean of Students & Director of Enrollment Management

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

Nyesha Hunt


3/4s Assistant Teacher

Robin Kassimir

School Nurse

Laurie Lee-Georgescu


Ks Co-Head Teacher

Cooper Union, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Hunter College, CUNY, M.S.

Sandra Lewin

Physical Education Specialist

Brooklyn College, Bachelor of Arts

Anne Lieberson

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3/4s Head Teacher

New York University, BS
Bank Street College, M.S.

Kyle Lukoff

School Librarian

CUNY Queens College, M.L.S.
Barnard College, Bachelor of Arts

Michelle Malakoff


2s Head Teacher

University of Delaware, BA
Hunter College, CUNY, M.S.

Patricia Marin

Math Coach

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

Rudy Mercedes

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3/4s Assistant Teacher

Sara Nixon

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8/9s Head Teacher

Middle Tennessee State University, BA
Bank Street College, M.S.Ed.

Meredith Orloff

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Admissions Associate and Registrar

Union College, Bachelor of Arts

César Orozco

Music Specialist

Escuela Nacional de Artes, Bachelor of Music
Peabody Conservatory, Graduate Performance Diploma

Silvia Pacio

Developmental Support Counselor

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

Joshua Penn

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8/9s Assistant Teacher

Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science

Nyasha Quinones

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Reception/Administrative Assistant

Adelphi University, Bachelor of Arts

Judith Ribicoff


2s Teaching Aide

Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Queens College, CUNY, MFA

Dora Rice

8/9s Head teacher

Earlham College, Bachelor of Arts
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.Ed.

Amy-Marie Rivera

Assistant Head of School & Director of Teaching and Learning

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

Lindsay Rutledge

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Spanish Teacher

Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Bachelor of Arts

Henna Simmons


2s Assistant Teacher

Belmont University, Bachelor of ARts
Belmont University, MA

Sarah Thorton

Science Specialist

Hampshire College, Bachelor of Arts
Bank Street College of Education, M.S.


Becky West

Studio Art Teacher

Roehampton University, London UK, Bachelor of Arts
Brooklyn College, Master of Arts