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FACULTY & STAFF

Beyond their incredible expertise and extensive experience, Pinnacle faculty and staff bring something very special to your child’s education: authentic, trusted partnership.

 

From calling to talk about your child’s amazing day, to responding quickly to your concerns or questions, to simply sitting with your child at lunch when they need a safe, calming space, these highly-trained, caring professionals are serious about their roles as mentors and guides.

With over 93% of faculty holding advanced degrees, our team is skilled at educating students with complex learning challenges including ADHD, mild autism, executive functions, social-emotional challenges, non-verbal learning disabilities, auditory processing disorders, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. 

Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Charles Manos. MS, EdS

CHARLES MANOS, MS, EdS, LMFT

Head of School & Chief Administrator

Director of Clinical & Family Services

Jenna Gisondi, MS, CCC-SLP

JENNA GISONDI, MS, CCC-SLP
 

High School Division Leader

Stephanie Kriegsman, MPS

STEPHANIE KRIEGSMAN, MPS
 

Director of Education

Rachel Lombardo, MAT

RACHEL LOMBARDO, MAT


Middle School Division Leader

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DANIELA ROSENBLATT
 

Director of Enrollment

Stephanie Schwadron, MA

STEPHANIE SCHWADRON, MA

Lower School Division Leader

TEACHERS

Julianna Capasso

JULIANNA CAPASSO, MA

Lower School Teacher

Marci Forsland, JD, MSEd

MARCI FORSLAND, JD, MSEd

Instructional Coach

Mariana Lopez, BA

MARIANA LÓPEZ, BA

Middle School Science Teacher

Brian Quirk, MAT

BRIAN QUIRK, MAT

Physical Education Teacher

Adam Slansky, MS

ADAM SLANSKY, MS

Lower School Teacher

Cezanne Strate, MST

CEZANNE STRATE, MST

Middle and High School Teacher

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MISAE PERRGOLIZZI, MA

Japanese Teacher

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TESS REGAN

Middle School English & Language Arts Teacher

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BRITTANY LUISO

High School Science Teacher

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AMANDA "DANDAN" WEI

Reading Specialist

Shannon Carroll, MEd

SHANNON CARROLL, MEd

Middle School English & Language Arts Teacher

Miranda Fergus, MA

MIRANDA FERGUS, MA

Art Teacher

Robert Moore, MEd

ROBERT MOORE, MEd

High School Science Teacher

Alexander Rocha

ALEXANDER ROCHA

Technology Teacher

Erin Steimle, MAT

ERIN STEIMLE, MAT

Lead Math Teacher and High School Math Teacher

Jane Turner, BA

JANE TURNER, BA

Permanent Substitute Teacher

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LISA SACKS

Reading Teacher

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BRIAN MCBRIDE

Health Teacher

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JAMES MINIO

High School Math Teacher

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CHRIS BARULIC

SpEd English Language & Arts Teacher

Cecilia Madden, MA

CECILIA MADDEN, MA

High School Spanish and History Teacher

Robert Kelly, BS

ROBERT KELLY, BS

Math Teacher

Morgan Olmstead, MSEd

MORGAN OLMSTEAD, MSEd

Instructional Coach

Lindsay Scavone, MS

LINDSAY SCAVONE, MS

High School History Teacher

Miranda Sulli, MS

MIRANDA SULLI, MS

Middle School Math Teacher

Erika Wright, MA

ERIKA WRIGHT, MA

English Teacher

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JAZMIN MATOS

Lower School Teacher

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DENISE VACCA

Lower School Teacher

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LINA FOX

Speech and Language Pathologist

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JUSTIN ROBERTS

High School English Language & Arts Teacher

Teachers

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Lori Hyl

LORI HYL

Administrative Coordinator

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TERRY MCLAREN

Administrative and Events Coordinator

Administrative Staff
Social-Emotional Team

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL TEAM

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LAURA ALBEE, DSW, LCSW, BCBA, LBA

Consulting BCBA

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KATHRYN CROSBY, MSW

High School Social Worker

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ASHLEY FIORITA, MS

College and Career Counselor and Registrar

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BRITTNEY O'ROURKE, MS, MS

Senior Social-Emotional Coach

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ONYX VELEZ, BS

Social-Emotional Coach

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EMILY COHEN

Social-Emotional Coach

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SARAH BINIASZ, MEd

School Clinician

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CHAD MESISCO, MEd

Social-Emotional Coach

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PHIL DINOTO, BS

Social-Emotional Coach

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MARC GREENE

Social-Emotional Coach

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JUSTIN WASHINGTON

Social-Emotional Coach

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ARIANNA TOMEO

High School Clinician

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KEARA CONWAY, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

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MATTHEW FIORE

Culinary Arts Club Leader & Social Emotional Coach

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WENDY MISLE, MS, RBT

School Clinician

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XRISTO THEODORIDIS, BS

Social-Emotional Coach

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CALLIE FLOYD

Social-Emotional Coach

Nurse

NURSE

Joann Novak, RN School Nurse

JOANN NOVAK, RN

Nurse

Occupational Therapists

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Kim Stewart, MS, OTR/L

KIMBERLY STEWART, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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CAROLINE INES

Occupational Therapist

Speech-Language Pathologists

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

Mary Liguori, MS, CCC-SLP

MARY LIGUORI, MS, CCC-SLP
 

Speech-Language Pathologist

Frances Poteet, PhD, MSS

FRANCES POTEET, PhD, MSS, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

The Pinnacle School does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by CT state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. The Pinnacle School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and equal access to Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Inquiries should be directed to Greenwich Education Group's Title IX Coordinator, Lewis Brey, Senior Director of Human Resources and Internal Counsel, lbrey@greenwichedgroup.com,  
201 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06905, 203-661-1609.

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