Professional Staff Announcement


Professional Staff Announcement
Rebecca Swanberg

We have some exciting personnel updates to share with our community for the 2022-2023 school year.

The following employees will be taking on new roles:

  • Monica Aldekaim has been promoted to Security Manager.

  • Peggy Chen will be our Chief Community Officer and oversee all areas affecting our community including advancement efforts, parent engagement including the PA, and human resources.

  • Regina Coyle has been appointed our Admissions and Event Manager.

  • Annie Huang has been Assistant Athletic Director for the past two years. This year, she will take over as the Athletic Director. 

  • Ana Morgado, formerly our comptroller, is now our Director of Finance.

  • Chiarna Morton has ably served us as our DEI Integrator. She is now our Chief Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Cate Pasquarelli has been appointed our Community Relations and Advancement Manager.

  • Rebecca Swanberg has been in charge of our communications for several years and is now our Director of Communications.

  • Dan Hyatt has been a very successful math teacher offering support to our learning resources team. He is now a full time learning resource specialist.

In addition, it is with great pride that we introduce these new professional staff members to you:

  • Nina Silverado has worked in several independent schools, most recently Grace Church School, and is eager to join the St. Luke’s community as an associate. Having received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and her master’s from Bank Street School of Education, she has both practical experience and specific training in supporting all types of learners.

  • Maggie Goldberger will join us as our Grades 5 and 6 Math Instructor. A teacher with nearly 30 years experience, most recently Maggie has taught middle and high school math at the Schechter School of Long Island. She has experience teaching basic math to Grades 5 and 6 as well as Grade 7 and 8 Algebra and pre-Algebra in addition to high school math. Maggie has also served as an advisor and coach for a variety of math clubs and enrichment activities. She is well positioned to support our students as they begin their Upper School math journey. Prior to transitioning to math instruction and receiving an MA in math education, she was a professional ballet dancer, including a stint as a principal dancer at The Israel Ballet.

  • Emily Hayes is excited to join St. Luke’s School as an associate teacher. With an undergraduate degree from Elon University and a master’s in education from Drew University, Emily also has an endorsement in special education. She is eager to join us to work to support all learners by building on their strengths and providing appropriate challenges.

  • Stephanie Rosser will join us as a JK - Grade 2 learning specialist. With an undergraduate degree in psychology and education from Marist College, a NY certification in General and Special Education, and a master’s in Special and Inclusive Education from the Institute of Education at UCL, Stephanie is uniquely positioned to strengthen our team. She has been working as the Associate Director of Curriculum and as a learning specialist for Grades K-2 at The Quad Preparatory School for the past three years. She’ll bring experience and passion for inclusive, rigorous, and differentiated education.

  • Tiffany Lawrence will join Tracy Thai as a Kindergarten co-lead teacher. With an undergraduate degree from Portland State University and a master’s from Lewis and Clark College, Tiffany brings a strong educational background to her teaching. She also comes with impressive teaching experience, having been a lead Kindergarten teacher in New York City charter schools for many years, where she also served as grade-level chair. She has experience as a Grade 2 teacher and a K-3 science teacher, and we look forward to her integrating her passion for science, expertise in differentiating instruction, and her mastery of social emotional learning into our Kindergarten program.

  • Timothy Magidson is familiar to many of us having served as a teaching assistant for the 2020-21 school year, an After School staff member, and a frequent substitute for this year. He will be joining us as an associate teacher in the coming year. A graduate of Vassar College with a major in theater arts and a minor in Native American studies, Timothy brings an interdisciplinary passion and creative perspective to all of his work. In addition, he models firm, fair, and fun classroom discipline.

  • Laura Montanari will join us as our Grades 7 and 8 Music Instructor. A native of Italy, Laura is working on her doctorate in music education at Teacher’s College at Columbia, having received her Master’s in music from New York University. While in New York City, she spent 10 years as a K - 8 music teacher at Growing Up Green Charter School where she was a founding faculty member. She has a particular interest in connecting music to cultural awareness and in the history of music in social justice and activism. She is a vocalist of some repute and developed the inaugural chorus and band at her last school.

  • Dana Riebe will be joining us from LREI where she was an associate teacher and dance and movement specialist. Having earned her master’s from New York University and her bachelor’s from Gustavus Adolphus College, she is excited to incorporate movement into learning strategies. She also has experience in individualizing instruction and assessment for all types of learners.


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