Administration

Tammy Moscrip, PhD, LCSW
Executive Director and Chief Administrator, The Spire School
Director of Clinical Services, Greenwich Education Group
TMoscrip@spireschool.org

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. 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
KRyan@spireschool.org

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
DLeComte@spireschool.org

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.

Alysia LeComte, BS
Registrar & Academic Coordinator
ALecomte@spireschool.org

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.

Charlotte Arbogast, BA
Administrative Coordinator
CArbogast@spireschool.org

Charlotte graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University with a double-major in Spanish and Theater. At Colgate, she acted in a variety of plays and worked in the theater’s Scene Shop. She stage managed LONETheater/TeatroSOLO in New York and, most recently, Charlotte worked as a lighting intern at Theater for the New City, also in New York. Charlotte also has experience mentoring elementary school students through a program she helped lead for three years. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys knitting, playing guitar, and reading.

Josh Warner, BA
Administrative Coordinator
JWarner@spireschool.org

Josh is 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.

FACULTY

Janet Andrews, MPS
Special Education & Certified Yoga Instructor
JAndrews@greenwichedgroup.com

Janet is a special education teacher who taught for five years at the Greenwich Education Group School. Janet recently returned to GEG after serving two years as the director of the High Road School of Norwalk. Janet enjoys being in the classroom and feels that her students are a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment. She holds a master's degree in both History and Special Education as well as a bachelor's degree in Economics. In addition, she is a certified yoga teacher and has taught yoga to children and teens. In her spare time Janet enjoys spending time with her husband and her teenage children. She is an avid yoga practitioner who enjoys the outdoors, cooking, creative writing, and attending live music events.

Jessie Browning, MA
Physical Education & Health
JBrowning@spireschool.org

Jessie Browning is our new Health and Physical Education teacher here at The Spire School.  Jessie has been a CT resident her entire life and she currently resides in Watertown, CT. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and has a Masters in Holistic Health. Jessie has a strong background in fitness and enjoys staying active.  She is a Certified American Sport and Fitness Association Personal Trainer and Professional Fitness Competitor with the WBFF Federation.  Outside of school, Ms. Browning enjoys hiking with her son, doing yoga, slalom skiing, water skiing and boating with her family. She also enjoys going to concerts and traveling.

Mineko Chiba, BA, MA
Japanese
MChiba@spireschool.org

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
History
DCronin@spireschool.org

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.

Edwin Culver, MS
Science
ECulver@spireschool.org

Ed was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Bridgeport. His main areas of interest in engineering were fluid dynamics, the flow of fluids, and thermodynamics, how heat can be turned into work. After many years in the world of aerospace engineering and software development, he attended Southern Connecticut State University to earn his teaching certificate. His goals are to get students interested in science, especially learning the processes of science. For hobbies, he takes his dog swimming, plays table tennis and tennis, and bicycles.

Stephanie Gaumer, MEd, ABD
Music & Special Education
SGaumer@spireschool.org

Stephanie Gaumer is a Special Education Teacher, teaching in the Pinnacle and Spires. She teaches Science, Social Studies, Art, and Music to the lower school Pinnacle students as well as Music Theory, Music History, Instrumental Ensemble and General Music to the middle and high school students. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and Supervision/Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Connecticut State University and is certified to teach music K-12 grades. She is a trained classical pianist having studied at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory in Pennsylvania and is a professional musical director currently working in area theatres and high schools. Stephanie is a private piano teacher for children with Autism and any other students ranging in ages from six years through adult. She brings her love of music and drama to her students. Stephanie lives in Norwalk with her husband and two teenage daughters Molly and Bing.

Jack Harris, BA
English
JHarris@spireschool.org

Jack received a BA in Philosophy from Colby College in 2012, with a minor in Theater and a concentration in English Literature. He began his education career tutoring History, English, Government and Philosophy, and his love of students and teaching led him to pursue teaching full time. Jack joined Greenwich Education Group in the fall of 2013 as a teacher for The Spire School. He currently resides in Stamford and enjoys the outdoors in his free time. Jack’s passions include philosophy, Buddhism, hiking, biking and playing numerous instruments, including guitar, piano and mandolin.

Joshua Hersh, JD
History, Lead Teacher
JHersh@spireschool.org

Josh received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and continued on to attain a Juris Doctor in Law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He spent many years in finance prior to becoming a founding partner of his own law firm. Realizing his love of teaching, Josh made the decision to change careers and devote his life to education. He was accepted into the Alternative Route to Certification program and began working for several of the public school systems of the state of Connecticut. Josh has been affiliated with Greenwich Education Group since April of 2012 and is currently a member of the faculty of the History Department at the Spire School.

Nan Lenore, BFA, MPS
Art
NLenore@spireschool.org

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.

Bruce Leslie, MA, MPhil
French
Bleslie@spireschool.org

Bruce graduated from Georgetown University in 1969. One of the highlights of his Georgetown experience was the year spent in France at the Faculté de Tours. He joined VISTA-Alaska and spent the next year in an Inuit village on the Bering Sea. Returning to New York City, Bruce earned an M.A. and an M.Phil. in French literature from Columbia University. In 1979, he published a monograph arguing for a new interpretation of a major work by Ronsard, one of the most important poets of the French Renaissance. 

While at Columbia, Bruce earned New York State permanent certification and was hired by the Riverdale Country School. In 36 years at RCS, Bruce taught French language and literature. He was also a member of the team of eight teachers who taught a required course on western civilization to seniors. Bruce also taught Latin, Regents U.S. History and Government, and Global Studies I and II at Rye Country Day’s Summer School. Retiring in 2013, Bruce earned Connecticut State permanent certification and subsequently taught French and Old Testament at Kolbe Cathedral High School and St. Joseph High School. In spring, 2017, he came to Spire as a year-end French teacher replacement. He totally enjoyed the experience, so he seized the opportunity to continue at GEG. In his spare time, he enjoys trying to grow his lawn—not as easy as teaching French—and reading historical fiction.

Dan Ricardo Lowe, BA, MBA
Math
DLowe@spireschool.com

Dan was raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and McKinney, Texas, where he graduated as the valedictorian of McKinney High School. In 2002 he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Dallas. He graduated magna cum laude from UD earning a B.A. in Economics with an Applied Physics and a Business concentration. Shortly thereafter he earned his MBA from the University of Dallas in 2003, once again graduating with honors.

After several years working in banking and finance, Dan accepted a mathematics teacher and soccer coach position at a growing school district in Texas. With the growth, he had the opportunity to open a new school where he started and implemented the Advanced Placement mathematics program. Dan taught AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, PreAP PreCalculus, and other courses for 7 years in Texas prior to moving to Pennsylvania with his wife, Melissa. In Pennsylvania, he once again had the opportunity to help start and develop a new school with a focus on the International Baccalaureate Programme. He taught 5 years in Pennsylvania including higher level mathematics courses in Calculus, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, and Analytic Geometry.

Dan, Melissa, and their beloved dog, Ben Frankie, now reside in New York. This is his first year at The Spire School.

Outside of school, Dan enjoys playing soccer, reading, gardening, and fishing.

Dorothea Y. Panayotou, PhD
Science
DPanayotou@spireschool.org

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
English
MRousseau@spireschool.org

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.

Barbara Stolarik, BA, MEd Sp Ed
English & Special Education
BStolarik@spireschool.org

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
Math
ATevolini@spireschool.org

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
MTopazio@spireschool.org

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
Spanish
VWeisman@spireschool.org

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.

Related Service Providers

Kelly Barrett, LCSW
Head Life Coach
KBarrett@spireschool.org

Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University with a Psychology major. Kelly has always known that she wanted to work with children and, after receiving her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in The Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Kelly received her Master of Social Work from Fordham University two years later. During her time in graduate school, she worked in two educational settings and became committed to the social and emotional needs of students within the school environment. After graduation, Kelly worked for a nonprofit foster care agency, New Alternatives for Children, in New York City providing direct and indirect services to young people and their families. During her time at New Alternatives for Children, Kelly worked closely with caretakers, school staff, doctors, and therapists to ensure that the young people with whom she worked were receiving the best possible care. She has experience working with children from pre-school through high school and has worked with children with a wide range of diagnoses. Kelly is happy to be back in Connecticut where she grew up and where much of her family resides. In her free time, Kelly enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel Katz, MA, NCC
School Counselor, Life Coach
DKatz@spireschool.org

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.

Chelsea Horblitt, MEd
Life Coach
CHorblitt@spireschool.org

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.

Rachael Sandler, MA, LPC
Life Coach
RSandler@spireschool.org

Rachael is a Certified School Counselor who received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Anthropology/Sociology from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Her initial work providing in-home family-based services gave her experience working with children and families who have a variety of behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties. After moving back to her home state of CT, she continued this work at Family and Children’s Agency through the Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) program assisting children and their families in developing coping strategies to improve daily living. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Fairfield University and after graduating, she began work at Kids In Crisis as a Teen Talk counselor placed at Central Middle School in Greenwich, CT. It was there that she gained insight into helping students overcome struggles in an academic setting and helping them achieve their personal, social/emotional, and academic goals.

Rachael now joins our team as a Life Coach where she brings her strengths-based approach and experience in working with individuals and groups to Spire. She believes that connecting with students on an individual level is the key to their success. In her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters. She also loves doing anything outdoors like running, hiking, and going to the beach.

Anna Martin, LCSW
Life Coach
AMartin@spireschool.org

Anna joins Spire after extensive experience working with all age groups in both hospital and outpatient settings. She received her undergraduate degree at Marist College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She completed her graduate degree in Social Work at Fordham University in 2010.  Anna built her foundation working with children, adolescents, and families at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services. She worked with a multidisciplinary team to stabilize youth while developing a solid understanding of various levels of care. Anna expanded her skill set in an outpatient setting at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division. She most recently engaged young adults in the early stages of psychiatric illnesses and has become skilled in both group and individual therapy. Anna has been trained in specialized forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is experienced with several other therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Remediation. Her personal mission is to help young people recognize their strengths and potential so they can achieve both short and long-term goals. She believes that praising even the smallest successes can make a meaningful difference in the lives of youth. Anna resides in Fairfield close to her tight knit family, and values the time they spend together. She enjoys a good meal, Bikram yoga, traveling to new places, and keeping her surroundings tidy.

Jacqui Leyden, MA, MEd
School Counselor, Life Coach
JLeyden@spireschool.org

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.

Suzanne Paluszek, MA, CCC-SLP
Paraeducator
SPaluszek@spireschool.org

Suzanne Paluszek was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended Queens College of the City University of New York where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology, Summa Cum Laude.  Due to an unusual twist of fate, after completing her Clinical Fellowship Year in Speech/Language Pathology at the Lexington Speech and Hearing Center in Jackson Heights, New York, Suzanne began a 27 ½ year career teaching English as a Second Language at The Japanese School of New York/The Greenwich Japanese School.  During the time that she taught there, she also served as the Head of the English Department, the Head of the Locally-Hired Staff and Assistant to the Japanese Administrator.  In addition to the above, Suzanne was a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Research Committee and the Homestay Committee.  A few years ago, Suzanne returned to the field for which she had originally trained and obtained her Teacher Certification as a Speech/Language Pathologist from the State of Connecticut Department of Education.  She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Suzanne has worked as a speech/language pathologist in the Bridgeport Public Schools, the SEED Center, LLC, the Stamford Public Schools Extended School Year Program and the Norwalk Early Childhood Center and Head Start Programs.

Suzanne’s outside interests include reading, history, doing crafts and lighthouses and all things nautical.  She enjoys being a part of The Spire School and expanding her knowledge and enriching her experiences by collaborating with the other members of its faculty and staff.

Michelle Cardone-Bunker, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
mbunker@greenwichedgroup.com

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
LLucia@greenwichedgroup.com

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.