School District Welcomes New Faculty


New administrators and teachers were welcomed to the Great Neck Public Schools by Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz and trustees Donna Peirez, Rebecca Sassouni, and Jeffrey Shi; Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Hickey, Dr. Stephen Lando, Kelly Newman and John Powell; Association of Supervisors and Administrators to SAGES President Sharon Applebaum; and other administrators.

New Administrators

Four new principals and four new assistant principals have started in the district this school year. The principals are Dr. Michael Grimaldi at E.M. Baker School, Kathleen Murray at Parkville School, Luciana Bradley at Saddle Rock School and Dr. Gina Cartolano at South Middle School. The assistant principals are Michelle Bell at J.F. Kennedy School, Sara Goldberg at Saddle Rock School and Leonard DiBiase and Ryan Nadherny at South Middle School. Find out more about these new administrators in Dr. Prendergast’s welcome letter here.

Elementary Teachers

New elementary faculty look forward to the 2018–19 school year. (Photo by Irwin Mendlinger)

Many new teachers have joined the elementary schools.

J.F. Kennedy School welcomed Ashley Fruchter in grade 2, Patrick Kennedy and Alexandra Lambraia in music, Nicole Sileo in physical education and Rachel Sudran in grades K to 1.

At Lakeville School, Jennifer McGovern joined grade 4 and Michele Ng started as a social worker.

Parkville School welcomed Dara Gelb to kindergarten and Shannon Murphy to prekindergarten.

New teachers at Saddle Rock School are Brittany Lahti in grade 5, Beth Levy in grade 2, Bryan Patterson in physical education and Bernadette Phelan in grade 5.

Cindy Lipper, a psychologist, is a new faculty member at E.M. Baker School. Julie Goldin, a social worker, will provide services for E.M. Baker and Saddle Rock School; and Gabriella Duke, a psychologist, will provide services for E.M. Baker, Saddle Rock and private schools within Great Neck.

Secondary Teachers

New secondary faculty begin for the 2018-19 school year. (Photo by Irwin Mendlinger)

New secondary teachers were welcomed at North and South Middle School and North High, South High and Village School.

Teachers beginning this year at North Middle School are Heather Blasi as a guidance counselor, Kimberley Bliss and Alison Caracciolo in English, Carrie D’Oria in health, John Frole in math, Ashley Linehan in English, Thomas Livingston and Lauren Norris in science, Arielle Panzarino in home and careers, Franshuas Rodriguez in foreign language, Katherine Russo in special education, Jessie Sabino in English, William Siciliano in technology, Desiree Viruet and Sanaz Yadegar in special education.

New teachers at South Middle School include Victoria Andreacchi in English, Kelly Backus in health, Jesse Bichko in English, Jennifer Hill and Jecelyn Scauzillo as a guidance counselor and Angela Valli in foreign language.

Teachers joining North High School are Lisbel Dia in English as a new language, Sarah Ketcham and Emily Rice in English, Kenneth Rice in math, Jennifer Sixsmith in social studies, Marlese Swarsen in physical education and Caroline Whelan in art.

At South High School, beginning teachers are Aeneas Carravetta in math, Jacob Friedman in foreign language, Donald Herr in physical education, Alexander Redito in social studies, Gina Russo as a library media specialist, Emma VanDyne in English and Amelia White as a library media specialist.

Village School welcomed Susan DiCarlo to English.

Psychologists Eileen Fusco and Maria Hanakis will provide services to private schools in Great Neck.


  1. I looked at the photos with great interest. I wonder where the diversity is in the people newly hired. Overwhelmingly women and not a minority in sight. yet I read the school board and the principals speak of the diversity in the students, why not in the teachers and administrators ranks?
    is this a case of do as I say not and I do?

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