sheldon thompson, co-director What is your favorite moment as a director? The one where I see a child push themselves and accomplish something they didn't think they could do.  For me, this often happens on our Fall Bike trip or Spring overnight. When did you start lol? "In the beginning..."  Like my Co-Director, it was a very long time ago in the dark, distant past, but I'm not sure it was exactly 167 years... Find me at harborside campus s.thompson@lolmontessori.org

sheldon thompson, co-director

What is your favorite moment as a director? The one where I see a child push themselves and accomplish something they didn't think they could do.  For me, this often happens on our Fall Bike trip or Spring overnight.

When did you start lol? "In the beginning..."  Like my Co-Director, it was a very long time ago in the dark, distant past, but I'm not sure it was exactly 167 years...

Find me at harborside campus

s.thompson@lolmontessori.org

cami thompson, co-director 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.   what is your favorite lol tradition? the one we are working on. Find me at harborside campus   C.Thompson@lolmontessori.org

cami thompson, co-director

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.  

what is your favorite lol tradition? the one we are working on.

Find me at harborside campus  

C.Thompson@lolmontessori.org

lille craig, cfo What is your favorite school lunch? Chicken fingers and sweet potato fries.  fun fact: I graduated from love of learning in 1991. the school wasn't called love of learning at that point, but the Thanksgiving feast, which is my favorite lol tradition, was the same! find me at harborside campus l.craig@lolmontessori.org

lille craig, cfo

What is your favorite school lunch? Chicken fingers and sweet potato fries. 

fun fact: I graduated from love of learning in 1991. the school wasn't called love of learning at that point, but the Thanksgiving feast, which is my favorite lol tradition, was the same!

find me at harborside campus

l.craig@lolmontessori.org

 
Believe in the child.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
 

Administrative Staff

Carolyn Barnard, Executive Administrative Assistant Find me at harborside campus c.barnard@lolmontessori.org

Carolyn Barnard, Executive Administrative Assistant

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Barbara Pancari, Office find me at harborside campus B.Pancari@lolmontessori.org

Barbara Pancari, Office

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Carolyn Rice, Office find me at harborside campus C.Rice@lolmontessori.org

Carolyn Rice, Office

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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

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

 

Early Childhood Teachers

Denise Brazeau, Early Childhood Teacher when did you start working at lol? in September 2004, the year the school moved to Camp Alvernia.   what is your favorite Montessori activity? the Short Bead Chains, for introducing the square of numbers and skip counting.   what is your  favorite LOL tradition? school pictures outside which capture the beautiful natural environment where we go to school.   find me at harborside campus

Denise Brazeau, Early Childhood Teacher

when did you start working at lol? in September 2004, the year the school moved to Camp Alvernia.  

what is your favorite Montessori activity? the Short Bead Chains, for introducing the square of numbers and skip counting.  

what is your  favorite LOL tradition? school pictures outside which capture the beautiful natural environment where we go to school.  

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Christine Casalini, Early Childhood Teacher What is your favorite montessori activity? the movable alphabet because it allows children to express their innermost thoughts before they master the mechanical skill of writing. What is your favorite LOL tradition? the Science Fair and seeing the children’s enthusiasm when Mr. T. tosses the Egg drop experiments off the roof! find me at top of the hill campus

Christine Casalini, Early Childhood Teacher

What is your favorite montessori activity? the movable alphabet because it allows children to express their innermost thoughts before they master the mechanical skill of writing.

What is your favorite LOL tradition? the Science Fair and seeing the children’s enthusiasm when Mr. T. tosses the Egg drop experiments off the roof!

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Maria D'Amico, Early Childhood Teacher What is your Favorite Montessori activity? geographic puzzle maps & related activities What is your favorite lol tradition?   Kindergarten making and breaking piñata! find me at harborside campus

Maria D'Amico, Early Childhood Teacher

What is your Favorite Montessori activity? geographic puzzle maps & related activities

What is your favorite lol tradition?   Kindergarten making and breaking piñata!

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Soo-Jung Kim, Early Childhood Teacher When did you start working at lol? in 2009 what are you favorite montessori activities? science and nature activities! what is your favorite lol tradition? the thanksgiving celebration find me at haborside campus

Soo-Jung Kim, Early Childhood Teacher

When did you start working at lol? in 2009

what are you favorite montessori activities? science and nature activities!

what is your favorite lol tradition? the thanksgiving celebration

find me at haborside campus

 

Elementary Teachers

Ian Craig, Elementary Teacher When did you start at lol? 2015 What's your Favorite School Lunch? Sweet potato fries and chicken nuggets What is your Favorite LOL Tradition? I have two: the bike trip and Caumsett sleepover Find me at Harborside campus

Ian Craig, Elementary Teacher

When did you start at lol? 2015

What's your Favorite School Lunch? Sweet potato fries and chicken nuggets

What is your Favorite LOL Tradition? I have two: the bike trip and Caumsett sleepover

Find me at Harborside campus

Deborah Giordano, Elementary Teacher what is your favorite montessori activity? the grammar work and test-tube division what is your Favorite LOL tradition? Beach day! find me at top of the hill campus

Deborah Giordano, Elementary Teacher

what is your favorite montessori activity? the grammar work and test-tube division

what is your Favorite LOL tradition? Beach day!

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Sarah Hodgkinson, Elementary Teacher 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

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

 
The greatest sign of success for a teacher, is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
— Dr. Maria Montessori
 

Assistant Teachers

Arli harlan Angello, Assistant Teacher what is your favorite part of teaching? reading the children's writing, whether it's reports, their homework, or creative work. I also love when we discuss what we've been reading - I'm a bookworm! what is your favorite lol tradition? the Science Fair.  What's else do you want to share? I have a B. A. In English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Adelphi University find me at harborside campus

Arli harlan Angello, Assistant Teacher

what is your favorite part of teaching? reading the children's writing, whether it's reports, their homework, or creative work. I also love when we discuss what we've been reading - I'm a bookworm!

what is your favorite lol tradition? the Science Fair. 

What's else do you want to share? I have a B. A. In English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Adelphi University

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Diana Bennencase, Assistant Teacher find me at top of the hill campus

Diana Bennencase, Assistant Teacher

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Toni DiNunzio, Assistant Teacher find me at top of the hill campus

Toni DiNunzio, Assistant Teacher

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Nada Drakulich, Assistant Teacher find me at top of the hill campus

Nada Drakulich, Assistant Teacher

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Jami Doria Goleski, Assistant Teacher when did you start at lol? This is my first year, but I've been an early childhood teacher for over 15 years. what is your educational background? I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and a Masters in Special Ed. 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

when did you start at lol? This is my first year, but I've been an early childhood teacher for over 15 years.

what is your educational background? I have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and a Masters in Special Ed.

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 What is your favorite Montessori activity? I love to create arts and crafts with the kids What is your favorite school lunch?  the Thursday hot lunch! What is your favorite LOL tradition? The thanksgiving Feast and the Christmas Concert! find me at harborside campus

Atsuko Inoue, Assistant Teacher

What is your favorite Montessori activity? I love to create arts and crafts with the kids

What is your favorite school lunch?  the Thursday hot lunch!

What is your favorite LOL tradition? The thanksgiving Feast and the Christmas Concert!

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Grace Lee, Assistant Teacher What is your favorite montessori activity? Making words with Movable alphabet What is your favorite school lunch? Thursday Hot lunch made by families What is your favorite LOL tradition? LOL Beach day find me at top of the hill campus

Grace Lee, Assistant Teacher

What is your favorite montessori activity? Making words with Movable alphabet

What is your favorite school lunch? Thursday Hot lunch made by families

What is your favorite LOL tradition? LOL Beach day

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Jane Neithardt, Assistant Teacher find me at harborside campus

Jane Neithardt, Assistant Teacher

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Sandy Ramalho, Assistant Teacher What is your favorite montessori activity? The timeline of life. What is your favorite LOL Tradition? The Thanksgiving hike and bonfire. find me at top of the hill campus

Sandy Ramalho, Assistant Teacher

What is your favorite montessori activity? The timeline of life.

What is your favorite LOL Tradition? The Thanksgiving hike and bonfire.

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Jeannette Smith, Assistant Teacher When did you start working at lol? 2011 What is your favorite school lunch? Pizza Day!  What is your favorite lol tradition? The Thanksgiving fest. find me at harborside campus

Jeannette Smith, Assistant Teacher

When did you start working at lol? 2011

What is your favorite school lunch? Pizza Day!

 What is your favorite lol tradition? The Thanksgiving fest.

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Hui-wen Yen, Assistant Teacher When did you start at lol? in 2016 what is your favorite montessori activity? The Trinomial cube What is your favorite school lunch? The Hot lunches prepared by LOL families! find me at top of the hill campus

Hui-wen Yen, Assistant Teacher

When did you start at lol? in 2016

what is your favorite montessori activity? The Trinomial cube

What is your favorite school lunch? The Hot lunches prepared by LOL families!

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Specials & Ancillary Teachers

Timothy Barnard, Phys.Ed & Camp Co-Director fall, winter, and spring: Find me at harborside summer: find me at top of the hill

Timothy Barnard, Phys.Ed & Camp Co-Director

fall, winter, and spring: Find me at harborside

summer: find me at top of the hill

Brigit Boyd, Little Learners what is your role at lol? my daugher grace is in Mrs. Brazeau’s class. this year, i'm running the Little Learners Thursday morning group for young children. what is your educational background? i have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and Have been working with young children in a variety of capacities for some years.  find me at harborside campus

Brigit Boyd, Little Learners

what is your role at lol? my daugher grace is in Mrs. Brazeau’s class. this year, i'm running the Little Learners Thursday morning group for young children.

what is your educational background? i have an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and Have been working with young children in a variety of capacities for some years. 

find me at harborside campus

Alma Carr, Spanish Teacher When did you start at lol? 2007 - diez años   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

When did you start at lol? 2007 - diez años
 

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!

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Maggie Catignola, Music Teacher find me at harborside campus

Maggie Catignola, Music Teacher

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

Liz Gray, Extended Day & Camp Co-Director

fall, winter, and spring: Find me at harborside

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l.Gray@lolmontessori.org

Tara Porter, Art Teacher When did you start working at lol?  2001-2005 and 2009-2014 I did ancillary art. In 2014 I started as the main art teacher. What is your favorite activity? eating lunch outside as often as the weather permits. I love the hot lunch made by the lol classes. Also...LOL holds a special place in my heart. my son attended in the early days of the school and I now have younger children who attend. I appreciate how LOL truly creates a love of learning in children; shaping their lives by keeping them open and curious to their own growth and education.  find me at harborside campus

Tara Porter, Art Teacher

When did you start working at lol?  2001-2005 and 2009-2014 I did ancillary art. In 2014 I started as the main art teacher.

What is your favorite activity? eating lunch outside as often as the weather permits. I love the hot lunch made by the lol classes.

Also...LOL holds a special place in my heart. my son attended in the early days of the school and I now have younger children who attend. I appreciate how LOL truly creates a love of learning in children; shaping their lives by keeping them open and curious to their own growth and education. 


find me at harborside campus