lille craig, director    Years at Lol : 5 years   experience:  AMI Elementary teaching certification from WMI, Ma in History from the University of St Andrews and masters in education from Loyola, 19 years experience working with children, 4 years program director/office manager for crystal lake camps, 4 years curriculum assistant for simmons college graduate school of library and information science, 3 years as senior instructor for red cliff ascent (wilderness therapy for troubled teens)   fun fact:  I graduated from love of learning in 1991. the Thanksgiving feast, which is my favorite lol tradition, was the same!   find me at harborside campus    l.craig@lolmontessori.org

lille craig, director

Years at Lol: 5 years

experience: AMI Elementary teaching certification from WMI, Ma in History from the University of St Andrews and masters in education from Loyola, 19 years experience working with children, 4 years program director/office manager for crystal lake camps, 4 years curriculum assistant for simmons college graduate school of library and information science, 3 years as senior instructor for red cliff ascent (wilderness therapy for troubled teens)

fun fact: I graduated from love of learning in 1991. the Thanksgiving feast, which is my favorite lol tradition, was the same!

find me at harborside campus

l.craig@lolmontessori.org

 
The child is not an empty being who owes whatever he knows to us who have filled him up with it. No, the child is the builder of man. There is no man existing who has not been formed by the child he once was.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
The child who concentrates is immensely happy.
— -Dr. Maria Montessori
cami thompson, co-founder and upper elementary teacher    years at lol:  all of them   experience:  AMS Elementary 6-12 credential from cmte/ny, ams elementary 6-9 credential from cmte/ny, ami 3-6 credential from wmi, transvaal teachers’ higher diploma from johannesburg college of education, ba in history and ba honors in literacy from university of the witwatersrand   When did you start teaching?  I started way back when the world was new I tell the kids iVe been at it for 167 years.   what is you favorite part?  I love to see the kid who finally gets it.   Find me at harborside campus

cami thompson, co-founder and upper elementary teacher

years at lol: all of them

experience: AMS Elementary 6-12 credential from cmte/ny, ams elementary 6-9 credential from cmte/ny, ami 3-6 credential from wmi, transvaal teachers’ higher diploma from johannesburg college of education, ba in history and ba honors in literacy from university of the witwatersrand

When did you start teaching? I started way back when the world was new I tell the kids iVe been at it for 167 years.

what is you favorite part? I love to see the kid who finally gets it.

Find me at harborside campus

It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as a revelation.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
julie anne meixsell. assistant director    years at lol:  all of them   experience:  ams primary credential from cmte/ny, 35 years of teaching experience

julie anne meixsell. assistant director

years at lol: all of them

experience: ams primary credential from cmte/ny, 35 years of teaching experience

Early Childhood Teachers

 
 
Christine Casalini, Early Childhood Teacher    years at lol:  3 years   experience:  ams preprimary credential from CMTE/NY, AMI Primary Montessori Diploma from ohio montessori training institute, nys early learning trainer credential, level 2, ba in EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION FROM SUNY EMPIRE   find me at top of the hill campus

Christine Casalini, Early Childhood Teacher

years at lol: 3 years

experience: ams preprimary credential from CMTE/NY, AMI Primary Montessori Diploma from ohio montessori training institute, nys early learning trainer credential, level 2, ba in EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION FROM SUNY EMPIRE

find me at top of the hill campus

Maria D'Amico, Early Childhood Teacher    years at lol:  16 years   experience:  ams preprimary credential from cmte/ny, NYS teacher certification, ms in education from hunter college, 34 years in a classroom, 30 as lead teacher   find me at harborside campus

Maria D'Amico, Early Childhood Teacher

years at lol: 16 years

experience: ams preprimary credential from cmte/ny, NYS teacher certification, ms in education from hunter college, 34 years in a classroom, 30 as lead teacher

find me at harborside campus

Soo-Jung Kim, Early Childhood Teacher    years at lol:  10 years   experience:  ams early childhood credential from west side montessori school’s teacher education program, ba in english language education from korea university, EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher certification in Korea   find me at haborside campus

Soo-Jung Kim, Early Childhood Teacher

years at lol: 10 years

experience: ams early childhood credential from west side montessori school’s teacher education program, ba in english language education from korea university, EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher certification in Korea

find me at haborside campus

 

Elementary Teachers

Arli harlan Angello, Upper elementary Teacher    YEARS AT LOL : 2 YEARS   EXPERIENCE : MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING FROM ADELPHI UNIVERSITY; BACHELOR’S IN ENGLISH FROM ADELPHI UNIVERSITY; 7 YEARS AS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT ADELPHI UNIVERSITY, SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE; MONTESSORI LOWER ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATION FROM NORTH AMERICAN MONTESSORI CENTER (NAMC); I AM ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO ENROLLING INTO AN AMS UPPER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM AFTER APPRENTICESHIP WITH MRS. THOMPSON!   WHEN DID YOU START TEACHING?  I HAVE BEEN TEACHING SINCE 2011, BUT I HAVE BEEN WITH LOVE OF LEARNING SINCE 2017   WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART?  I LOVE READ TO SUCCEED. IT IS SO LOVELY SEEING CHILDREN FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW BOOK, AND THEN GET DRESSED UP AS A CHARACTER!   find me at harborside campus

Arli harlan Angello, Upper elementary Teacher

YEARS AT LOL: 2 YEARS

EXPERIENCE: MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING FROM ADELPHI UNIVERSITY; BACHELOR’S IN ENGLISH FROM ADELPHI UNIVERSITY; 7 YEARS AS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT ADELPHI UNIVERSITY, SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE; MONTESSORI LOWER ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATION FROM NORTH AMERICAN MONTESSORI CENTER (NAMC); I AM ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO ENROLLING INTO AN AMS UPPER ELEMENTARY PROGRAM AFTER APPRENTICESHIP WITH MRS. THOMPSON!

WHEN DID YOU START TEACHING? I HAVE BEEN TEACHING SINCE 2011, BUT I HAVE BEEN WITH LOVE OF LEARNING SINCE 2017

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART? I LOVE READ TO SUCCEED. IT IS SO LOVELY SEEING CHILDREN FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW BOOK, AND THEN GET DRESSED UP AS A CHARACTER!

find me at harborside campus

Deborah Giordano, Elementary Teacher    years at lol:  13 years   experience:  ams elementary 1 certification from cmte/ny, ba in language and literature from college at old westbury, 19 years classroom experience   Favorite Montessori activity  : test tube division because it’s a favorite of the students and it’s lovely to see them practicing “grace & courtesy” while learning together!   what is your Favorite lol Tradition?  our Thanksgiving Celebration where the whole school joins together for a meal and the festivities continue with a hike in the woods and a barn fire where we toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate.   find me at top of the hill campus

Deborah Giordano, Elementary Teacher

years at lol: 13 years

experience: ams elementary 1 certification from cmte/ny, ba in language and literature from college at old westbury, 19 years classroom experience

Favorite Montessori activity : test tube division because it’s a favorite of the students and it’s lovely to see them practicing “grace & courtesy” while learning together!

what is your Favorite lol Tradition? our Thanksgiving Celebration where the whole school joins together for a meal and the festivities continue with a hike in the woods and a barn fire where we toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate.

find me at top of the hill campus

Sarah Hodgkinson, Elementary Teacher    years at lol:  3 years in the classroom, 3 years running little learners   experience:  Bachelor of Science (BSc) Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education specializing in the middle years (7-11 year olds), 10 years teaching as Lead teacher - 7-11 year olds in the UK, AMS Montessori Certification - Elementary I - 6-9 years from mettc.   what is your favorite school lunch?  every family hot lunch - It is a wonderful sight to see the happiness and pride of children and their families serving each other.   What is your favorite LOL tradition?  the end of year celebration concerts. Watching the very youngest children in the school performing their songs with such enthusiasm and pride and then seeing the enormous growth of the 6th grade graduates who speak and act with such confidence. A Montessori Metamorphosis right in front of our eyes! Then they all sing 'This Montessori Light of mine...". Just beautiful.   find me at harborside campus

Sarah Hodgkinson, Elementary Teacher

years at lol: 3 years in the classroom, 3 years running little learners

experience: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education specializing in the middle years (7-11 year olds), 10 years teaching as Lead teacher - 7-11 year olds in the UK, AMS Montessori Certification - Elementary I - 6-9 years from mettc.

what is your favorite school lunch? every family hot lunch - It is a wonderful sight to see the happiness and pride of children and their families serving each other.

What is your favorite LOL tradition? the end of year celebration concerts. Watching the very youngest children in the school performing their songs with such enthusiasm and pride and then seeing the enormous growth of the 6th grade graduates who speak and act with such confidence. A Montessori Metamorphosis right in front of our eyes! Then they all sing 'This Montessori Light of mine...". Just beautiful.

find me at harborside campus

Grace Lee, Assistant Teacher, incoming Lower El Teacher    Years at Lol:  10 years   Experience:  Master degree in Special Education and General Education from Concordia college, Early Education Montessori certification from West Side Montessori Teacher Education Program. upcoming: will be doing her Lower Elementary Montessori certification, also through West Side Montessori Teacher Education Program, this summer.   find me at top of the hill campus

Grace Lee, Assistant Teacher, incoming Lower El Teacher

Years at Lol: 10 years

Experience: Master degree in Special Education and General Education from Concordia college, Early Education Montessori certification from West Side Montessori Teacher Education Program. upcoming: will be doing her Lower Elementary Montessori certification, also through West Side Montessori Teacher Education Program, this summer.

find me at top of the hill campus

 

Assistant Teachers

Diana Bennencase, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  6 years   find me at top of the hill campus

Diana Bennencase, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 6 years

find me at top of the hill campus

Toni DiNunzio, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  14 years   experience:  24 years experience working with children, 21 years in the classroom   find me at harborside campus

Toni DiNunzio, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 14 years

experience: 24 years experience working with children, 21 years in the classroom

find me at harborside campus

Jami Doria Goleski, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  2 years   experience:  undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and a Masters in Special Ed, over 15 years of early education teaching   What do you do when you're not teaching? I 'm a hula hoop dancer and a crafter! I love sharing my passion of creative art & movement with all who are interested.   find me at harborside campus

Jami Doria Goleski, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 2 years

experience: undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and a Masters in Special Ed, over 15 years of early education teaching

What do you do when you're not teaching? I'm a hula hoop dancer and a crafter! I love sharing my passion of creative art & movement with all who are interested.

find me at harborside campus

 
Atsuko Inoue, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  15 years   experience:  18 years classroom experience   find me at harborside campus

Atsuko Inoue, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 15 years

experience: 18 years classroom experience

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Jane Neithardt, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  11 years   experience : NYS permanent public school teacher certification, ms in education from dowling college, 26 years classroom experience   find me at harborside campus

Jane Neithardt, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 11 years

experience: NYS permanent public school teacher certification, ms in education from dowling college, 26 years classroom experience

find me at harborside campus

Sandy Ramalho, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  3 years   experience:  20 years working with children   find me at top of the hill campus

Sandy Ramalho, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 3 years

experience: 20 years working with children

find me at top of the hill campus

 
Carolyn Rice, assistant teacher    years at lol:  7 years   experience:  AMI Elementary Assistant Certification   find me at harborside campus

Carolyn Rice, assistant teacher

years at lol: 7 years

experience: AMI Elementary Assistant Certification

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Jeannette Smith, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  8 years   experience:  bs with a concentration in early childhood and visual arts from dowling college, 17 years experience working with children   find me at harborside campus

Jeannette Smith, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 8 years

experience: bs with a concentration in early childhood and visual arts from dowling college, 17 years experience working with children

find me at harborside campus

Hui-wen Yen, Assistant Teacher    years at lol:  3 years   experience:  32 years of experience teaching music to children, 28 years of classroom experience, 19 years of montessori classroom experience   find me at top of the hill campus

Hui-wen Yen, Assistant Teacher

years at lol: 3 years

experience: 32 years of experience teaching music to children, 28 years of classroom experience, 19 years of montessori classroom experience

find me at top of the hill campus

Administrative Staff

 
courtney Thaler, administrator    years at lol:  8 years as a parent, 2 years as PTA president, 2nd year as administrator and head of our nutrition program   experience:  teaches dance, ukuele, drama and cooking, certified birth and post-partum doula, experienced in catering from 8 years as a television field producer and audio tech  first aid and cpr certified   find me at harborside campus     admin@lolmontessori.org

courtney Thaler, administrator

years at lol: 8 years as a parent, 2 years as PTA president, 2nd year as administrator and head of our nutrition program

experience: teaches dance, ukuele, drama and cooking, certified birth and post-partum doula, experienced in catering from 8 years as a television field producer and audio tech

first aid and cpr certified

find me at harborside campus

admin@lolmontessori.org

Specials & Ancillary Teachers

 
keri puglisi, office manager    YEARS AT LOL:  8 YEARS AS A PARENT, 5 1/2 YEARS AS PTA PRESIDENT, 7 YEARS AS ANCILLARY TEACHER OF KNITTING, SEWING, DRAMA AND ART. 1ST YEAR AS OFFICE MANAGER   EXPERIENCE:  TEACHES KNITTING AND SEWING AT EMMALOOPS CRAFT STUDIO, NEST ON MAIN IN NORTHPORT AND HARBORFIELDS HACEF SUMMER CAMPS. TEACHES DRAMA AND ART AT POSEY DANCE IN NORTHPORT. DEVELOPED CURRICULUM FOR TECHNICAL DESIGN MAJOR AT FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. DEVELOPED AND WROTE TWO COURSES FOR FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING WRITING AND PUBLISHING COMPANION BOOK FOR PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT CLASS, WHICH IS STILL BEING TAUGHT AT THE SCHOOL.  15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS PROCESS REENGINEERING, USING TECHNOLOGY AND BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE BUSINESS PROCESSES FOR DOZENS OF COMPANIES.  FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFIED   find me at harborside campus     admin@lolmontessori.org

keri puglisi, office manager

YEARS AT LOL: 8 YEARS AS A PARENT, 5 1/2 YEARS AS PTA PRESIDENT, 7 YEARS AS ANCILLARY TEACHER OF KNITTING, SEWING, DRAMA AND ART. 1ST YEAR AS OFFICE MANAGER

EXPERIENCE: TEACHES KNITTING AND SEWING AT EMMALOOPS CRAFT STUDIO, NEST ON MAIN IN NORTHPORT AND HARBORFIELDS HACEF SUMMER CAMPS. TEACHES DRAMA AND ART AT POSEY DANCE IN NORTHPORT. DEVELOPED CURRICULUM FOR TECHNICAL DESIGN MAJOR AT FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. DEVELOPED AND WROTE TWO COURSES FOR FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING WRITING AND PUBLISHING COMPANION BOOK FOR PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT CLASS, WHICH IS STILL BEING TAUGHT AT THE SCHOOL.

15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS PROCESS REENGINEERING, USING TECHNOLOGY AND BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE BUSINESS PROCESSES FOR DOZENS OF COMPANIES.

FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFIED

find me at harborside campus

admin@lolmontessori.org

 
jennifer vomvas, bookkeeper    find me at harborside campus     accounts@lolmontessori.org

jennifer vomvas, bookkeeper

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accounts@lolmontessori.org

Liz Gray, Extended Day & Camp Co-Director    fall, winter, and spring: Find me at harborside    summer: find me at top of the hill     camp@lolmontessori.org

Liz Gray, Extended Day & Camp Co-Director

fall, winter, and spring: Find me at harborside

summer: find me at top of the hill

camp@lolmontessori.org

Maggie Cotignola, Music Teacher    What is your Favorite school lunch ? thursday hot lunches that are served by students and their families. the enthusiasm and pride that the serving students have in sharing their favorite meal with their classmates and teachers is a pleasure to witness.   What is Your Favorite LOL Tradition? Thanksgiving - Each class brings something to eat that is shared with the whole school. There is music, a hike, hot chocolate and marshmallows to end the festivities; all components for a perfect afternoon for adults and children!   You can find me making music most frequently at Harborside, and one day a week at Top of the Hill

Maggie Cotignola, Music Teacher

What is your Favorite school lunch ?thursday hot lunches that are served by students and their families. the enthusiasm and pride that the serving students have in sharing their favorite meal with their classmates and teachers is a pleasure to witness.

What is Your Favorite LOL Tradition?Thanksgiving - Each class brings something to eat that is shared with the whole school. There is music, a hike, hot chocolate and marshmallows to end the festivities; all components for a perfect afternoon for adults and children!

You can find me making music most frequently at Harborside, and one day a week at Top of the Hill

Tony Formosa, Maintenance   w hat is your Favorite school Activity?  the Biking and hiking field trips.   what is your Favorite Lunch?  Hot lunches prepared by LOL families   fun fact:  My daughter, Melanie, an lol alum helps me maintain our school and provide assistance with other LOL activities.   find me at harborside campus

Tony Formosa, Maintenance

what is your Favorite school Activity? the Biking and hiking field trips.

what is your Favorite Lunch? Hot lunches prepared by LOL families

fun fact: My daughter, Melanie, an lol alum helps me maintain our school and provide assistance with other LOL activities.

find me at harborside campus

lisa dipaola breen, art teacher    years at lol:  2 years   experience:  UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES IN FINE ARTS AND FASHION DESIGN FROM THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, WORKED AS A FASHION DESIGNER IN NEW YORK CITY’S GARMENT DISTRICT FOR A LEADING CHILDREN’S WEAR MANUFACTURER, STARTED HER OWN SMALL BUSINESS DESIGNING CUSTOM BRIDAL VEILS, ACCESSORIES AND FLOWER GIRL DRESSES. ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN MONTESSORI AND THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

lisa dipaola breen, art teacher

years at lol: 2 years

experience: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES IN FINE ARTS AND FASHION DESIGN FROM THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, WORKED AS A FASHION DESIGNER IN NEW YORK CITY’S GARMENT DISTRICT FOR A LEADING CHILDREN’S WEAR MANUFACTURER, STARTED HER OWN SMALL BUSINESS DESIGNING CUSTOM BRIDAL VEILS, ACCESSORIES AND FLOWER GIRL DRESSES. ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN MONTESSORI AND THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH

 
Alma Carr, Spanish Teacher    years at lol:  12 years   experience:  12 years    what is your favorite thing about teaching?  I am always amazed when I casually speak in spanish outside the classroom and the kids respond .... they are always paying attention!   find me at harborside campus

Alma Carr, Spanish Teacher

years at lol: 12 years

experience: 12 years

what is your favorite thing about teaching? I am always amazed when I casually speak in spanish outside the classroom and the kids respond .... they are always paying attention!

find me at harborside campus