33-16 79th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
718-335-6363

Administration and Faculty

Administration

Dr. Richard Marotta, Headmaster (1991)
B.A. English, Fordham University; M.A. English, CUNY Hunter College; Ph.D. English, CUNY Graduate Center. Adjunct Professor at CUNY Queens College. New York Association of Independent Schools Member of the Commission on Accreditation
William Vogel, Lower Division Head (1977)
B.A. Mathematics/Secondary Education; M.S. Elementary Education; P.D. Educational Administration and Supervision; doctoral coursework in Administration, St. John’s University.
Mary Maisano, Director of Finance (1992)
B.A. Business Administration, CUNY Hunter College.
Lisa Sohmer, Director of College Counseling (1996)
B.A. English/Government, Connecticut College; M.A. Journalism, New York University. Past President of NYSACAC, NACAC Board of Directors, and advisory panel member for The City University of New York and The College Board.
Jim Gaines, Director of Outreach (2014)
B.A. Religion, Vassar College; California Clear Multiple Subject Credential, San Francisco State University. Co-Founder and Board Vice-Chair of the Children’s Arts Guild.
Mary Petruso, Administrative Assistant (2004)
B.A. Italian, CUNY Queens College; M.B.A. Finance, Fordham University.

Faculty

Kristen Ahlfeld, Kindergarten (1995)
B.S. Elementary Education, SUNY New Paltz; M.S. Special Education, CUNY Queens College.
Lou Albano, Science (2012)
B.S. Biology (Pre-Med Track), Iona College; M.S. Biology, New York University.
Sonia Ambarsom, Mathematics and Computer Science (2001)
B.S. Computer Science, New York University; M.A. in Education of Mathematics, CUNY Queens College.
Carmela Augello-Knopf, Nursery(1998)
A.A. Education, CUNY Queensborough Community College; B.A. Liberal Arts, CUNY City College; M.S. General and Special Education (Birth to Second Grade), Touro College.
Philip D’Anna, Language Arts and Social Studies (2013)
B.S. Elementary Education, St.John’s University.
Flance Dervishi, Athletic Director (2008)
B.S. Physical Education, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Marcia Elkind, English and History, Academic Advisor, Grade 12 (1982)
B.A. and M.A., CUNY City College. Winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship for study of the works of Herman Melville.
Lucian Gherghi, Chair of Mathematics Department (2011), Mathematics (1996)
B.S. Mathematics, University of Iasi, Romania; M.S. Pure Mathematics, CUNY Queens College. Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY Queens College.
Laura Gilbert, Universal Pre-Kindergarten (2012)
B.A. Child Study and Speech Communications and M.S. in Literacy, St. Joseph College.
Gabriel Gomis, French (2005)
B.A. African Literature; M.A. English, University of Dakar, Senegal; Brevet de Technicien Superieur en Tourisme, Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management, West Africa. Berlitz Teaching Training Program.
Richard Grusky, Chair of History and Social Sciences Department (1969)
B.A. Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; M.A. European History, Manhattan College; further graduate studies at New School for Social Research.
John Hale, Science (1997)
B.S. Environmental Biology, Ohio University; graduate studies in Secondary Education, CUNY Queens College.
Thomas Heineman, Music (2008)
B.M. Jazz Performance, New York University; additional coursework, CUNY Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music.
Nilla Ingravallo, Grade 3 (2003)
B.A. History, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, CUNY Queens College; M.S. Literacy Education, Adelphi University. Adjunct Professor of Literacy Education at Adelphi University.
Paula Sirard James, Universal Pre-Kindergarten (2009)
B.A. Literature, Ramapo College of NJ; Certificate in Book Publishing; M.A. Early Childhood Education, New York University.
Rich Kruczek, History and English, Academic Advisor – Grade 11 (2002)
B.S. Finance, Boston College; M.A. American History, Fordham University.
Amy Ledden, Physical Education, (2013)
B.S. Physical Education, St. Francis College; Pursuing M.A. Science & Health Education, CUNY Lehman College.
Lara Leggio, Mathematics, (2013)
B.S. Education & B.A. Mathematics, Temple University.
Dorothy Lokko, Registered Nurse (2005)
A.S. Nursing, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College; currently enrolled in B.S./M.A. Nurse Practitioner Program, CUNY Hunter College. Certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support and Advance Life Support.
Nancy Massand, English, Reading Specialist and Dean of Grades 7ā€“8 (1985)
B.A. English, Gordon College; M.S. Secondary Education/English, CUNY Queens College. Head of Short Story Workshop in the Garden School Writing Project. Winner of 3 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships/Seminars.
Agustin Melara, Chair of Foreign Language Department (2000)
B.A. Spanish and French; M.A. French, CUNY Queens College. Adjunct Lecturer, CUNY Queens College (1996ā€“2006).
James Pigman, Chair of English Department, Academic Advisor – Grade 10 (1974)
B.A. English, University of Colorado; M.A. English Literature, New York University. Winner of 5 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowships for seminars in the Renaissance, Women Writers of the Renaissance, Thucydides’ History, the Transcendentalists, and the Great Famine of Ireland. Director of the Garden School Writing Project.
Tiina Prio, Chair of Fine Arts Department (1995)
B.A. Fine Art of Graphic Design, The School of Visual Arts; M.S. Education, CUNY Queens College.
Jacquelyn Renner, Grade One and Dean of Grades 1ā€“3 (2001)
B.A. History/Secondary Education, Hofstra University; graduate courses in elementary education.
Eileen Reyes, Pre-Kindergarten and Dean of Grades Nā€“K (1986)
B.A. Early Childhood Education, CUNY Queens College; M.S. Multilingual, Multicultural Education, College of New Rochelle; pursuing P.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision, St. John?s University.
Stephanie Sarran, Grade 2 (2007)
B.S. Elementary Education and History, SUNY New Paltz;pursuing M.S. Elementary Education, CUNY Queens College.
Marlene Schultz-Dapice, Mathematics, Chair of Science Department, Academic Advisor – Grade 9 (1989)
B.S. Biology; completed graduate courses in cell biology and microbial genetics, and research on Lysly-TRNA synthetase activity in E. coli, St. John’s University. Licensed instructor of Medical Assisting & General Academics. Teacher of courses in EKG use and interpretation, phlebotomy, and urinalysis.
Sarah Smith, Language Arts, Social Studies and History (1999)
B.A. History/Secondary Education, Towson University; pursuing M.A. History, CUNY Queens College.
Stylliani Stenos, Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Academy (1998)
B.A. History, M.A. American History, Fordham University; P.D. Educational Administration and Supervision, St. John’s University.
Bernadette Stiga, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher (1998)
Early Childhood Child Care Certificate, CUNY Queens College.
Lilly Volpe, Nursery Assistant Teacher (2004)
LaGuardia College Business Program.
Jie Yang, Mandarin Teacher (2011)
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, CUNY Hunter College. Garden School does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, creed, age, national origin, gender or sexual orientation in its hiring and promotion of administrators, faculty and staff.