Tammy Moscrip, PhD, LCSW
Executive Director and Chief Administrator, The Spire School
Director of Clinical Services, Greenwich Education Group

Tammy is the director of The Spire School and serves as the clinical services director at Greenwich Education Group. She holds a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, and is a licensed clinical social worker and certified school social worker who specializes in work with children & families.

Tammy was born and raised in Maine. She graduated magna cum laude from Bates College with pre-medical preparation and a double-major in biology and psychology. As a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Columbia University, she dedicated nearly a decade to exploring the evolution of cognition through her study of nonhuman primate learning and memory. Tammy is particularly interested in the intersection of the brain, cognition, and behavior. By integrating her knowledge of neuroscience and learning theory, she helps students develop cross-disciplinary skills and strategies that address short-term goals for academic success, as well as long-term goals that involve essential life skills such as effective interpersonal interactions and emotional regulation. In addition to teaching topics in psychology, statistics and research methodology, Tammy has served as a life coach and executive function coach. Her approach utilizes a strengths-based instructional methodology and a combination of cognitive and dialectical behavior therapeutic techniques that complement the unique social-cognitive-behavioral profiles that shape individual students’ learning styles and academic success. Tammy has provided clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in medical and psychiatric hospitals and in school settings. She has published research articles on the neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory, given numerous lectures on teen brain development and executive functioning, and authored a book chapter on the impact of early trauma on psychological and physiological functioning.

In addition to her work with students, Tammy always enjoys time spent with her husband and two children, working with animals, SCUBA diving, traveling, and motorcycle riding.

Dr. Moscrip's Speaking Engagements

  • Moscrip, T.D. “Successful Failures: Helping our children seek and conquer challenges with confidence.” Presentation delivered at Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT (October 24, 2018).

  • Moscrip, T.D. Barrett, K., Mariak, K. “Brain-based Social Work Practice: Academic Engagement with Anxious, Avoidant Adolescents.” Presentation delivered at CT NASW Conference, Cromwell, CT (May 4, 2018).

  • Moscrip, T.D. and Barrett, K. “Brain-based Social Work Practice: Targeting Executive Function Skills in Anxious Adolescents.” Presentation delivered at CT NASW Conference, Cromwell, CT (May 12, 2017).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “Executive Functioning, Metacognition & Study Skills.” Talk presented at Greenwich Education Group’s Learning for TeachersProfessional Development Conference, Stamford, CT (August 23, 2011).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “College Readiness: Cognitive, Emotional and Social Skills.” Panel Discussion at The Teen Outback Center, New Canaan, CT (September 29, 2010).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “The Teen Brain.” Talk presented at Greenwich Education Group’s Learning for Teachers Professional Development Conference, Greenwich, CT (August 26, 2010).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “Empowering Students through Neuroscience: How Understanding your Brain can Optimize your Academic and Psychological Fitness.” Keynote Address presented at Landmark College’s Conference: Arming Students for Success – Evidence-based Practice and Transitioning to the Next Step. Whitby School (March 12, 2010).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “The Teen Brain: The Reciprocal Link Between Form and Function.” Talk presented to the Greenwich PTA Council’s Special Education Services Committee: Greenwich Town Hall (March 10, 2010).

  • Moscrip, T.D. “Stress and the Student: How to help your child manage stress and develop emotional resilience.” Talk presented on behalf of Greenwich Education & Prep at The Greenwich Water Club (March 25, 2009).

Kevin M. Ryan, MEd, CAS
Education Director

Kevin is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He earned a BA in special education with a minor in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and is a certified special education teacher. In his first teaching role, he served as a special education teacher at Fairfield Woods Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut. During that time, Kevin earned a BS in special education, with a concentration in emotional disturbances, from Southern Connecticut and completed post-graduate studies in school administration and supervision at Sacred Heart University, where he earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies and certification in school administration. Kevin joined the Farmington, Connecticut, public schools as assistant principal at Irving A. Robbins Middle School and eventually became principal. After seven years at the middle school, he was appointed principal of Farmington High School. During this period, Kevin continued post-graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, studying executive leadership and organizational design and development; he achieved certification as superintendent of schools. Following his tenure in Farmington, Kevin became high school principal in Cheshire, Connecticut. Over the last two years, he has served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Westport Day School. For more than twenty-five years, Kevin has worked diligently to create opportunities for students to learn and thrive in environments where they are challenged and held to high expectations while receiving the essential support to achieve at the highest levels.

Kevin is the youngest of eight children and has nineteen nieces and nephews. In addition to his work in schools, he enjoys time with family and many hobbies, including exercise, skiing, reading, and cooking. When asked about joining the Spire School as its first Education Director, Kevin said, “This is an incredible opportunity for me personally and professionally. You might expect that as a long-time educator, I not only value, but thrive on new learning. Coming to Spire in this capacity allows me to engage in an area of education I have only seen from afar. The learning curve is one I embrace with enthusiasm. My aim as Education Director is to serve as the lead learner in a setting rich with eager learners, be they students, faculty, or staff.”

Dede LeComte, AB
Director of Admissions

Dede graduated from Sweet Briar College with a double major in Sociology and Anthropology. While Dede originally worked in promotion and marketing for two major corporations, her passion for education is the result of the journeys of her four children. These experiences led her to serve on several school boards where she was Board Chair for the Northwest Greenwich Nursery School, Children’s Day School and, most recently, Oldfields School, an independent girls boarding school in Maryland. Dede is a long time member and past president of the Junior League of Greenwich and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Children’s Day School.

Daniel Katz, MA, NCC
Dean of Students / Director of Guidance

Prior to becoming a member of the Spire family, Dan spent three years as a full time School Counselor and previously worked for ESPN Radio. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2005, and holds a Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Fairfield University, Summa Cum Laude. Dan is passionate about serving as a student advocate and takes great satisfaction in facilitating their growth and development. To him, counseling is a journey that not only helps students discover their passions and abilities, but also gives them insight into tools that they possess to become autonomous, socially conscious members of society. His counseling style highlights the benefits of a caring interpersonal relationship, where students thoughts and opinions are valued. He believes that by helping students to understand how their actions and decisions impact their future, it will empower them to be reflective and make responsible choices in life. Dan’s experience has allowed him to better understand the process of counseling and to appreciate the true value of his work; the indelible relationships that are forged between counselor and student. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, traveling, exercising, golfing, attending concerts, playing sports, watching sports, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Alysia LeComte, BS
Registrar & Academic Coordinator

Alysia is a Greenwich, Connecticut, native. She attended Oldfields School and Lafayette College, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She graduated cum laude with a double major in English and Geology. After graduation, Alysia went to work for a small therapeutic boarding school in North Carolina. After returning to Connecticut she began teaching and tutoring a wide range of course material including English, science and math to students in grades 4 through 12 for the Greenwich Education Group. She has worked with Links Academy, The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development and The Spire School. Most recently, Alysia began working with The Spire School as a registrar, admissions support and general academic coordinator. She is excited about her new role and looks forward to learning and growing as The Spire School continues to develop into a one-of-a-kind educational experience for young people.

Diane Jenkins
Administrative Coordinator

Diane graduated from SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville, NY, with an A.A.S. in Equine Science. She is an animal lover and is passionate about horses. During her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and running. She joined Spire in 2017, after working for Greenwich Public Schools for 14 years in the special education department.  Diane resides in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and puppy. 

Josh Warner, BA
Administrative Coordinator

Josh was a Communications major with a Bachelors Degree from William Paterson University. He joined Greenwich Education Group in March of 2013. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and sports.


Katie Brunetto, MAT

Katie joined The Spire School at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. She grew up in Litchfield, CT, and graduated from UCONN with a BA in English. Katie earned her MAT at The University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford and holds a teaching certification in Secondary English Language Arts. Katie began her English teaching career at her alma mater, Litchfield High School, and has also worked as a dance and dramatic arts instructor at The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education in Torrington, CT. Katie is passionate about the performing arts and directs youth productions at the WTCAE and has also appeared onstage with the Warner Stage Company. Katie enjoys reading, nature walks, and yoga.

Mineko Chiba, MA

Mineko graduated from Atomi College, Saitama, Japan with a BA in Art History. During her studies, she travelled all over the world to visit art museums and galleries for her thesis project on contemporary art. She also received a curator certification for the Museum of Arts from the college. After graduating, Mineko became interested in and focused on the field of education. She believes that education makes a difference in people’s lives. She taught English at AEON Amity English School in Japan for five years. She loved to work with her various students whose ages ranged from pre-school through high school. In 1999, Mineko moved to America and received her MA in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University. In her graduate program, she focused on intercultural communication, language and culture, and interpersonal and family communication.

Upon completion of her masters degree, Mineko was employed as a residential advisor and a school nursing administrator by a Japanese boarding high school in New York. She joined the GEG Schools in 2010. During her lifetime, she has practiced Chado (Tea Ceremony), and earned a teaching certificate for this traditional practice from The Urasenke Foundation in Japan. Mineko is very excited to be back in education and enjoys teaching Japanese as a team member of Greenwich Education Group.

Dan Cronin, BA

Dan was born and raised in Connecticut. In 2014 he graduated from Siena College in Albany New York with a Bachelors in history and a certificate in education. He moved back to Connecticut and worked as a paraprofessional at Cromwell High school. With a love for working with children and desire to have his own classroom, Dan joined the Spire staff in 2015 as a history teacher. Dan has relocated in the Norwalk area where he plans on staying for many years. He is also working towards his masters in Special Education.

Shelby Cuadra, MA
Science; Special Education

Shelby has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since she was born and is very excited to move to CT for the 2018-19 school year! Shelby has her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico and her Masters degree in Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University. She has taught three years at the same school in Albuquerque and has always taught special education science classes. While in Connecticut, Shelby will also be attending Fairfield University (a life long learner!).  She is pursuing her 6th year certificate in reading and language development, and hopes to be able to provide early intervention services to students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities so that they can be successful and confident in their academics.

Francisco Del Castillo, MA

Francisco attained a Master’s degree in Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center after completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Connecticut. His experience teaching extends from his days as an adjunct lecturer of Politics at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to, more recently, as the high school mathematics teacher at the Westport Day School. Providing instruction at all different levels of math from Algebra I to AP Calculus, has proven to be a very rewarding experience to him.

When he is not teaching, or grading assignments, Francisco devotes his free time to reading, discovering new restaurants with his friends, and visiting museums and antiques stores.     

Joseph DeLuca, BS
Physical Education & Health

Joe was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Physical Education.  For the last 2 ½ years, he worked as a Teacher Assistant for Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT. During his time at Beecher Road School, Joe coordinated an adaptive physical education program and led both after school activities and summer programs. Joe is excited to join the Spire School team and share his passion for Physical Education and Health.

Joe keeps an active lifestyle by working out and playing for an adult baseball league during the spring and summer months. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, take his dogs on walks along the lake, attend New York Mets games, and watch University of Georgia football games.

Sarah Grissom, MAT
Physics; Computer Science

Sarah is originally from a small town in Indiana, where she grew up on a small horse farm. She received a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Randolph College in 2017, and then went on to earn her M.A.T. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2018. Sarah has worked in central Virginia for the past few years while attaining both degrees, as a long term substitute for Career and Technical Ed, and as a Research Associate/Programmer on government funded projects. When Sarah was in high school, she had wonderful and committed teachers who inspired her to become a teacher. Outside of the classroom, Sarah enjoys taking her dog on walks, reading, programming, and playing video games.

Joshua Hersh, JD
History, Lead Teacher, CT Teacher Ambassador

Josh holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law and CT Social Studies Teaching Certification (7-12). Josh is also a Certified Adjunct with UCONN (University of Connecticut) for the Political Science Department and teaches ECE (Early College Education) classes in Political Science for UCONN at Spire. Additionally, Josh has acquired Connecticut State SEED (System for Educator Evaluation and Development) certification as a complementary observer of teachers for state required informal observations.  Josh teaches a variety of courses in the Social Sciences. He teaches ECE Intro to American Politics (UCONN), advanced History classes, Psychology, Sociology, Law Studies and World Area Studies. He focuses on juniors and seniors with the express purpose of providing sufficient rigor to prepare his students for college level academics. Josh was also selected to represent GEG as Teacher Ambassador for a new program offered by the State of Connecticut Department of Education.

Josh was raised in New York City and began his professional career in the area of finance as an investment manager for private clients. His decision to attend law school in Connecticut not only led to his career as an attorney in the areas of Trust and Estates and Elder Law for many years, but also reinforced a love of the area and desire to remain a resident of the State.  Josh was also always drawn to education and learning. He decided to pursue his educational credentials and begin a career in education. At Greenwich Education Group, and particularly The Spire School, Josh incorporates his varied life experience and professional knowledge to inspire students to grasp the love of learning. He provides students with a rigorous, but nurturing environment to challenge themselves and take the intellectual risks necessary to master the critical thinking skills that are required in the Twenty-First Century global work force.

David Kaplan, BA, MBA
French Language and Civilization

David is a retired financial executive who is starting his second career as a French teacher.  David received his BA with a dual concentration in History and Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  David attended the Lycee français de New York, lived and attended high school in Paris, France and subsequently worked for a French bank in New York.   While in college, David taught advanced conversational French to Brown University students.  His level of French is very close to native proficiency.  David is particularly interested in teaching middle and high school level French and in sharing his enthusiasm for all things "français".  David is a member of the French Institute/Alliance française of New York and a former member of the Board of Directors of a Bronx based Charter School.

Nan Lenore, BFA, MPS

Nan recently retired from teaching in the Norwalk Public Schools. Missing the classroom and contact with kids makes Nan especially excited to be a member of the GEG team of teachers. Art is an ideal way for students to build so many personal skills, to learn to look, self reflect, and to gain confidence and self esteem. After graduating from the Cooper Union in Manhattan with a degree in Fine Art, Nan went on to receive a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. This rigorous training has provided the skills in art, communication and psychology to support her work as a teacher in alternative schools, and as an art therapist and supervisor in a social work agency. After leaving the Norwalk Public School system, Nan enrolled in classes at the Bartlett Arboretum and became certified as a Master Gardener. Gardening takes up a lot of free time, but she enjoys reading, traveling, and always pursuing her own projects in drawing and fiber arts. Most important is spending time with family and friends. Nan lives in Norwalk with her husband. Their two grown children live in Manhattan, fortunately close enough for many visits, especially with a new grandchild in tow.

Karen Medina

Karen’s interest in Yoga began at 16 years of age as a gymnast researching Jung’s meditation and Yoga practice. Karen was quickly hooked and become a Certified 500 hr Yoga and Meditation in Motion™ educator based upon the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) researched curriculum. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with our students to share her passion for Yoga as well as her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the mind-body connection. Karen is a proud mom to two young adult children and resides in Wilton.

Dorothea Y. Panayotou, PhD

Dorrie has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California Davis, a Master of Science from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors from the University of Vermont. She is a certified science teacher in the State of Connecticut and her cross certifications are in biology, earth science, and general science. Dorrie has over 25 years of experience as a scientist and educator. She has worked as a high school science teacher, teaching assistant (TA) at a research university, an instructor at a community college and research university, and as an informal outreach educator to young students. These experiences have afforded her the opportunity to teach diverse student populations. She is strongly committed to secondary school education in science. Dorrie believes that every student deserves and is capable of achieving success, and is passionate about preparing students to be excellent ‘Citizens of Science.’

Dorrie loves to travel and she has lived, worked, and conducted research overseas. In addition to her love of teaching and learning, Dorrie enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, skiing, scuba diving, dancing, traveling, and photography. Dorrie is an avid animal lover, with dogs and horses as her favorites. She has recently developed her artistic ability and learned how to create jewelry from Czechoslovakian beads and crystals, Swarovski crystals, silver and gold-plated pendants, and natural gemstones.

Mike Rousseau, BA, MEd

Mike was born and raised in Connecticut before attending La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, and earning a BA in English. He moved back to Connecticut to earn his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport and begin his teaching career. Mike has taught in Stamford Public Schools for the past six years at both the middle school and high school levels.

Mike’s previous work in Stamford includes a year spent at a therapeutic alternative high school, where he discovered the importance of combining individualized education with an emphasis on health and wellness. Mike is excited to join the Spire School team to continue his passion for working with highly motivated students and providing a safe and fun learning environment.

In his free time, Mike is an avid reader and sports fan who tries to attend as many Giants, Knicks, Yankees, or Rangers games as possible. He spends a lot of time with his family in Fairfield County and makes frequent trips to Brooklyn, NY, to visit his sister.

Filippo Santoro, MA, DMA
Music Theory and Composition

Filippo is an Italian composer, pianist and educator. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Wisconsin where he was the recipient of the UW-Madison University Fellowship. Santoro was born in Rome and received a Master’s Degree in composition as well as diplomas in piano performance and chamber music from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also graduated from University of Bologna with a Master’s Degree in music and semiotics and from State University of New York, Binghamton with a Master’s Degree in composition. He is currently a teaching artist for ACES, Education Center for the Arts, New Haven, Connecticut as well as the new music teacher at The Spire School. Filippo previously taught at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Binghamton University and taught piano, composition and music theory in middle and high schools in Rome. Filippo's music has been described as “otherworldly, intellectual, gentle, yet never genteel” (The American Prize) and takes inspiration from nature and the way biological forms grow and develop. Filippo’s works have been performed internationally and across the United States. Honors include the American Prize 2015, UW-Madison Concerto Competition with the work Arioso Mistico for soprano and orchestra, and residencies at Kimmel Nelson Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Ucross Foundation for the Arts. He was a composer fellow for the Composers Conference, Valencia Spain International Performance Academy, ISCM New Music Miami and Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Filippo has also presented numerous University lectures in composition and music theory.

Barbara Stolarik, BA, MEd Sp Ed
English & Special Education

Barbara has been an educator for over thirty years. She is dually certified in English and Special Education, and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. Having taught at two boarding schools, a residential treatment facility for adjudicated young ladies, and one private high school for special education, Barbara is accustomed to working with diverse students. Barbara enjoys the performing arts and was a principal actor in the 2008-2009 Magic Tree House: The Musical National Tour.

Anna Tevolini, BS

Anna, a life-long resident of Fairfield County, graduated from RIT with a BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology and worked in the field of diagnostic imaging for many years while continuing her education with graduate work in Operations Research. While raising her two children, Anna gained experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds in various school settings. She is currently a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a volunteer panelist for NAMI’s Parents and Teachers as Allies. A passion for students and education brought Anna to a second career as a teacher. After becoming certified in secondary math through the Accelerated Route to Teacher Certification offered by the state of Connecticut, she has taught SAT preparation and math, grades 7 – 12. Her hobbies include beading, knitting, and sewing.

Michael Topazio
History & Special Education

Michael is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He earned a BA in history & social studies from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Michael went on to earn a Master’s Degree and cross endorsement in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He has worked in numerous therapeutic environments located in Hartford and Westport. Michael is also the son of two former special education teachers. His primary inspiration for teaching children stems from his lifelong experience of caring for his special needs brother.

Michael is thrilled to join the SPIRE team in order to provide the highest quality education possible to students. While he has high expectations for all students, his gentle demeanor ensures a safe learning environment.

Outside of the classroom, Michael enjoys a wide array of hobbies including playing guitar, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach. Lastly, he is an avid baseball fan and roots for the New York Yankees.

Vicki Weisman, MBA

Vicki graduated from Colgate University with a double major in Spanish and Psychology. Vicki worked for several years as an analyst in the airline industry where she was able to indulge her passion for travel while honing her analytic skills. She returned to school to pursue her interest in human resources and organizational development receiving her MBA from Columbia University. During her 20-year corporate career, Vicki was consistently drawn to the work of training, education and knowledge delivery systems. She decided to dedicate herself to the field of education and returned to school again to become a certified Spanish teacher. Vicki earned her teacher certification from Sacred Heart University and has taught middle and high school Spanish for the past nine years.

After living in and loving Manhattan for twenty years, Vicki and her family moved to Connecticut. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and three cats. She also enjoys outdoor activities, learning and trying new things, and traveling.

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Emily Arons, LMSW
Life Coach

Emily comes from a family of social workers and was inspired by her mother and sister to continue the tradition. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a major in Child Studies. She then received a Masters in Social Work degree from Loyola University of Chicago, with a specialization on Children and Families. Emily has provided clinical services in medical, home and school settings. Some of those experiences include providing in home post-adoption services to families and counseling to children in a public school setting. Her passion has always been to work with children in some type of capacity, and within her work, she strives to help them feel empowered and to find their own voice. In her free time, Emily enjoys going to the gym, reading, trying new types of cuisine, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Joseph Efferen, MA
School Counselor, Life Coach

Joe graduated with honors from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelors degree in broadcast communications and a minor in political science.  In the years since, Joe worked in various positions in the automotive industry and live theatre. While employed in those roles, Joe enrolled at Fairfield University to earn his Masters degree in School Counseling as well as his Professional Counseling certification.  Joe graduated from Fairfield University in 2017 having completed his clinical work in the Norwalk School District, as well as facilitating groups for graduate students in the counseling programs at Fairfield University.  Joe is excited to join The Spire School team and to work with our Spire students.

Marysa Fiorita, MSW
Life Coach

Born and raised in Stamford, CT, Marysa attended the University of Connecticut where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After spending over four years as a Property Accountant with Property Group Partners, LLC, she decided to pursue her passion for fitness where she has taught Pilates for six years. Marysa greatly enjoys her work with people and made the decision to further her studies by earning her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.  Marysa joined Links Academy as a part-time clinician thereafter. She is now thrilled to be joining The Spire School full-time!  In her spare time, Marysa loves to spend her days with family and friends, exercising, reading, playing sudoku, and sunbathing.

Chelsea Horblitt, MEd
Life Coach, Summer Program Coordinator

Chelsea, a certified elementary educator and school counselor, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Elementary Education from Wheelock College. As an undergraduate student, she was particularly interested in motivational theories connected to students’ beliefs about school and the learning process. Chelsea student-taught in classrooms that emphasized academic content, as well as social and emotional skill building. Chelsea came to understand the importance of teaching life skills in a school setting, which led her to pursue a degree in counseling. Chelsea earned her Master’s of Education in Counseling from Providence College and successfully completed a graduate assistantship in academic services and a K-12 school counseling internship.  Chelsea then worked as an Interim Guidance Counselor before joining Spire's Life Coach team. In addition to her work, Chelsea loves exploring new cities, sailing, water sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Jacqui Leyden, MA, MEd
School Counselor, Life Coach, Student Activities Coordinator

Jacqui received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware with a double major in Psychology and Women's Studies. She then continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jacqui has held a range of positions that have exposed her to diverse populations and shaped her approach to counseling. Some of these include an undergraduate internship at a domestic violence in Delaware, a graduate internship within the forensic psychology unit of the Kings County Court in Brooklyn, school counseling with talented students at NYC's prestigious LaGuardia Arts High School, and substance abuse counseling with teens and adults through New Jersey's Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Jacqui now joins us from GEG's former Beacon School where she worked as the Student Advisor and College Counselor for the past 3 years. She looks forward to applying her skills while working with the Spire student population. In her free time, Jacqui enjoys yoga, cycling, hiking, baking, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Louie.

Megan Sweeney, LMSW
Life Coach

Megan was born in Norwalk, CT, with her twin sister.  Her dad played minor league baseball, so before the age of two, she lived in Nashville, Fort Meyers, FL, and Kenosha, WI.  Megan is one of the oldest of 21 grandchildren and the first social worker in a family of teachers and lawyers.  Megan attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, where she received her Bachelors in Social Work.  After she graduated, a family friend introduced Megan to Neurofeedback and she worked in this field for almost four years.  Last year, she decided to make a change as she wanted to grow professionally and pursue a career more in line with her social work background, so Megan went back to school to obtain her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.  Coming from a family of teachers, Megan has always been drawn to working with students in schools. She has previously worked in clinical settings and most recently was at an elementary school providing social work services.  In her free time, Megan loves to be outside, whether it's kayaking, hiking or walking. She is very interested in holistic health and creative intervention models. She has taught herself how to knit and garden and hopes to one day see every National Park in America.

JoAnn Novak, RN
School Nurse, Spire & Pinnacle

JoAnn was born and raised in rural South Dakota and moved to CT in 1995, and she hasn't looked back since! JoAnn has traveled all over the world and looks forward to doing that again (someday). JoAnn has been a nurse for many years, working at Stamford Hospital in the Newborn ICU, and most recently at a Pediatric office as the Nurse Manager. She looks forward to meeting all the faculty, staff, students and families of The Spire and Pinnacle Schools and is very excited to start our first full-time school nurse program. 

Kerry Dolan, MSEd, OTA/L
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kerry has an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Maria College, a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College and a Masters of Science in Education from Bank Street College. Kerry started her career teaching English language learners abroad. She lived in the Czech Republic for four years teaching English to children and adults before deciding to pursue a master's degree in education. After completing her Master's, she worked as a museum education professional in the New York City area for 15 years. Her past positions included Director of Education for a historic site in Manhattan, Museum Educator at the Museum of the City of New York, and most recently, Museum Educator at the New York Botanical Garden where she coordinated and taught plant science workshops and tours for children in grades K-8. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to tailoring programs and improving access for children and adolescents with special needs. She created touch/tactile tours for museum visitors with vision impairments and designed sensory garden tours for children with sensory processing dysfunction. In 2014, Kerry decided to return to school to pursue a degree in OT, and graduated from Maria College in May 2017. She completed her supervised clinical fieldwork in pediatric OT at The Pinnacle School and at Sensational Achievements, LLC in Stamford, CT in the spring of 2017. In her free time, Kerry enjoys hiking, taking long walks, traveling, cooking and playing music (saxophone and clarinet). She lives in Westchester with her husband, 2 wonderful kids and 3 cats.

Michelle Cardone-Bunker, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Michelle earned a BS in health sciences and occupational therapy in 2001 and has been a pediatric occupational therapist specializing in sensory integration, neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), and praxis skill development for over fourteen years. She is also a certified Child Light Yoga instructor, integrating a sensory approach, reflex integration, and vision skill development with yoga principles. Michelle worked in various school districts and early intervention programs in New Jersey where one of her successes was the creation of an evaluation team in which parents and educators over multiple disciplines collaborated to assemble holistic pictures of individual students. She next served as Educational Coordinator at a Connecticut pediatric sensory clinic, where she was responsible for program development to support embedding sensory integrative techniques into the curriculum, providing staff and teacher training, and individual consultations with a child’s educational team. She contributed to the book Body Activated Learning: A Sensory Based Program to Support Attention and Engagement in the Classroom (July 2015). At Pinnacle School, Michelle is implementing a sensory-based approach to learning in the occupational therapy program, and she designed the new Sensory Gym, an innovative addition. She facilitates advanced sensory integrative treatment, carries over the approach into the classroom setting, and collaborates with parents and staff to customize student-specific programming to enhance the Pinnacle learning experience.

Leanne E. Lucia, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Speech and Language Services

Leanne is a multi-faceted SLP, with ASHA certification and a license to teach the Speech-Hearing Handicapped in both NY and CT. She earned her BA and MA degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences (with a minor in Spanish) from Plattsburgh State University. Immediately upon graduation, she began her Clinical Fellowship at Central Speech-Language Pathology, P.C. From that time on, while working with children of all ages, Leanne has demonstrated a special interest in servicing young children within Early Intervention and preschool programs. Leanne has experience with the T.E.A.C.C.H. (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) and Stanley Greenspan Floortime models, and with utilizing PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). She has also taught social skills’ groups for children, ages four to pre-teen. In addition, Leanne has served as a Clinical Supervisor for several years, specifically for Spanish- and English-speaking therapists who emigrated to the United States in order to work with bilingual children (birth to 5 years old) and their families. Leanne joined GEG in late fall of 2013, as the Director of Speech and Language Services at The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development. She enjoys spending ‘free’ time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, trying out new restaurants and exploring various activities.

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