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Cedarhurst School Staff

Michael A. Hoge, Superintendant
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University; M.A., Yale University
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Years at Yale: 35; Years at Cedarhurst 19
Hobbies: Kayaking, photography, road trips, and sitting on the front porch
Quote: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

Kitty Clemens, Director
B.A. in Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia Univ. & Master of Social Work, Smith College, School for Social Work
Years at Cedarhurst: 16
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Music & Crafts
Quote: "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." – Anais Nin

Brigitte Biechele-Dunkley, Teacher/Advisor
Native French Speaker
BS, MS, S.C.S.U., Certified K-12 in Physical Education, French, Special Education
6th Year, SHU, Educational Leadership
Currently Teaching: Health, French 1 & 2, Physical Education.
Hobbies: Laughing, Sports, Soccer, Traveling, Veterinary Medicine
Years at Cedarhurst: 21
Quote: "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams

Michael Boccardi, Teacher/Advisor
B.S. Elementary Education from E.S.C.U., Cross-endorsed in Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Currently teaching: English, Geometry, SAT Prep, Statistics, Physics
Enjoys sports & football
Years at Cedarhurst: 12
Hobbies: Darts, Golf & Poker
Advice: "Be honest, that way you don"t have to remember anything."

Ali Bolick, Social Worker
B.A. & Master of Social Work, University of New Hampshire
Currently running: Coping Skills & TAG Groups
Years at Cedarhurst: 13
Hobbies: Photography
Quote: "Don"t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." – Robert Louis Stevenson

Luke Borowski, Teacher/Advisor
B.S. Elementary Education & Mathmatics, C.C.S.U.
M.S. Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Years at Cedarhurst: 11
Behavior Coach/Transition Specialist
Enjoys sports & Football
Hobbies: Poker & Darts
Quote: "He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander." – Aristotle

Mollie Bouldin, Teacher
B.A., Biology & Education, Washington University
B.S., Hospitality Management, University of Massachusetts
Special Education Cross Endorsement, S.C.S.U.
Years at Cedarhurst: 14
Teacher, Passage Program
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking & Miniatures
Quote: "There is rarely anything in life that you can't change." – Dan Bartlett (My Grandfather)

Maureen Broatch, Passage Program
B.A., Psychology, Curry College; M.A., Albertus Magnus
Years at Cedarhurst: 9
Hobbies: the beach, collecting seaglass
Quote: "Great things never come from comfort zones."

Diane Casella, Teacher/Advisor
B.S., History & Social Studies, Secondary Education, M.S. Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Currently teaching: U.S. & World History, Civics, Social Studies, History through Film, WWII, Civil Rights, Holocaust
Years at Cedarhurst: 25
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, baking, traveling, movies, gardening
Quote: "I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think." – Socrates

Emily Dooley, Teacher Assistant
B.A. Psychology and Human Services, Assumption College
Hobbies: Reading, hiking and spending time with family
Years at Cedarhurst: 4
Quote: "What defines us is how we rise after falling."

Ellen Kannatt
BA and MS from NYU - Rehabilitation Therapist
Years at Cedarhurst: 8

Worked 15 years at the YPI as a rehabilitation therapist
Currently runs her own business designing kitchens as well as selling real estate for Betsey Grauer Realty
Hobbies include reading and spending time with family

Regina Kitching Mongelluzzo, Teacher/Advisor
B.S./5th Year, Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Student Council Advisor, Sunshine Club Leader
Currently teaching: Exploring the Arts, Visual Art, Earth Science
Years at Cedarhurst: 32
Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, Art, Crafts
Quote: "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind, the second is to be kind and the third is to be kind." – Henry James

Beth Law, Teacher/Advisor
B.A., Psychology/Special Education/Elementary Education, Marist College
M.S., Social Emotional Disabilities and Learning Disabilities
Years at Cedarhurst: 17
Currently teaching Biology, Psychology, Chemistry
Hobbies: Traveling, Water Skiing, Hiking & Reading

Rachel Leja, Teacher/Advisor
B.A.Professional Writing, M.S. Special Education
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, camping, traveling, spinning, and hanging out with my cats.
Years at Cedarhurst: 4
Quote: "Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderfu.l"

Teresa Macri-Meriam, Teacher/Advisor
B.S.& M.S., Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Currently teaching: English 11/12, Creative Writing, Computers, Spanish, Independent Studies.
Years at Cedarhurst: 33
Hobbies: Enjoys Photography, Gardening & Shell Hunting
Quote: "This too shall pass."

Jim Munson, Teacher's Assistant
B.S. Mental Health & Human Services, University of Maine @ Augusta
Years at Cedarhurst: 7
Interests: Family life music, outdoor sports –especially hiking and fishing.
Favorite sandwich is a falafel pita with extra tahini.
Quote: "The days run away like wild horses over the hills." – Chinanski

Marchella Palumbo
Education: B.A., Psychology, Quinnipiac University; M.A., Special Education, University of St. Joseph's (Projected graduation December 2018)
Years at Cedarhurst: 5
Hobbies: Photogrraphy, traveling, thrifting, antiquing, music
Quote: "Inspiration is a fire taking over." – Vanina Sorrenti

Tracye Penn
Education: B.A., Journalism-Communications, City University of New York; Masters of Divinity, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Years at Cedarhurst: 4
Hobbies: Music, drawing, sports enthusiast
Quote: "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something special. – Nelson Mandela

Kenny Roberts, Support Staff

Lisa Tabak, Assistant Manager
B.S., Physical Education, S.C.S.U.
M.A., Technology, Ashford University
Years at Cedarhurst: 25
Hobbies: Sports & Photography
Quote: "Confidence is faith in oneself that can"t be given by another."

Olga Thompson, Teacher/Advisor
B.S. Special Education; M.S. Learning Disabilities
Years at Cedarhurst: 11
Currently teaching all Middle School classes.
Hobbies: Camping, Crafts & Traveling.
Fun Fact: Born in the Ukraine.