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Lower School Faculty Directory

MPH's experienced faculty is recruited from both private and public institutions. In addition to being outstanding in their individual disciplines, each brings a distinct personality and a unique style of teaching to the classroom. Outside the classroom, faculty members wear many hats, acting as advisors, mentors, coaches, chaperones for school events, and above all, friends. Students and teachers share many experiences together.

Lower school faculty and staff are listed below in alphabetical order.

Amy Terpening Abdo
315-446-2452 Ext. 321
4th/5th Grade Humanities Teacher
B.A., University at Buffalo
M.A., New York University
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Bonnie Adams
315-446-2452 Ext. 127
Registered Nurse
B.A., Towson University
B.S., Old Dominion University
M.P.H., Walden University
Sylvia Angeli-Heer
315-446-2452 Ext. 316
Co-Director Extended Day Program
Certified Teacher's Assistant
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Leigh Bergman
315-446-2452 Ext. 163
Strings Instructor
B.M., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
Karen Brang
315-446-2452 Ext. 360
Instructional Support, Grades 1-5
B.A., SUNY Cortland
M.S., SUNY Cortland
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Margaret Clark
315-446-2452 Ext. 310
Lower School Librarian
B.A., Earlham College
M.L.S., Syracuse University
Joseph Colombo
315-446-2452 Ext. 152
Instrumental Music
B.A., SUNY Fredonia
M.S., Syracuse University
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Colleen Congel
315-446-2452 Ext. 197
Director of Academic Support
B.A., SUNY Fredonia
M.A.T., Goucher College
Level I, Wilson Reading Certified
Michael Copps
315-446-2452 Ext. 305
Vocal Music
B.M., SUNY Potsdam
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Mary Jo DiMento
315-446-2452 Ext. 307
B.S. , SUNY Oneonta
M.S., SUNY Oneonta
Richard Huyge
315-446-2452 Ext. 152
Band Instructor
B.A., Western Michigan University
M.A, University of St. Thomas
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Katharine Johnson
315-446-2452 Ext. 336
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.Ed., Xavier University
Melissa Kershner
315-446-2452 Ext. 323
B.S., Elmira College
M.S., Reading Education, SUNY Oswego
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Michele Koziara
315-446-2452 Ext. 168
Performing Arts Department Chair, Dance
B.F.A., Purchase College
Juhee LaHaye
315-446-2452 Ext. 121
Assistant to the Head of Lower School
B.S., Allegheny College
B.A., Allegheny College
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Saralyn Lawn
315-446-2452 Ext. 162
Head of Lower School
B.A., SUNY Potsdam
M.A., Nazareth College
Vicki Layhew
315-446-2452 Ext. 322
4th/5th Grade Science Teacher
B.S., SUNY Oswego
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Kathryn Lester
315-446-2452 Ext. 328
4th/5th Grade Humanities Teacher
B.S. , SUNY Fredonia
M.S., SUNY Fredonia
Linda McGinley
315-446-2452 Ext. 331
Lower School Art
B.S., College of St. Rose
M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
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Liza Morrison
315-446-2452 Ext. 114
Director of Information Services
B.S., Cornell University
M.L.S., Syracuse University
Bari Nardella
315-446-2452 Ext. 369
Director of Physical Education, Girls JV Tennis Coach
B.S., Rutgers University
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Mandi Neave
315-446-2452 Ext. 308
Second Grade
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S., Le Moyne College
Donald Ridall
315-446-2452 Ext. 128
Director of Athletics
Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
B.S. , SUNY Cortland
M.S., SUNY Cortland
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Beth Scott
315-446-2452 Ext. 363
SAA Registered Suzuki Teacher
B.A. , Colgate University
B.S. , Columbia University
M.S.Ed. , Binghamton University
Greg Sommer
315-446-2452 Ext. 171
4th/5th Grade Math Teacher
B.S., SUNY Fredonia
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Erica Stark
315-446-2452 Ext. 172
World Languages
Varsity Cross-Country Coach, Modified Track Coach
B.A., Elmira College
M.S., SUNY Cortland
Ryan Strader
315-446-2452 Ext. 161
Physical Education
Boys Modified Soccer Coach, Asst. Track Coach
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S. (in progress)
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Joy Strickland
315-446-2452 Ext. 125
Director of Counseling
B.A., Trinity College
M.A., Columbia University
M.S., Syracuse University
Becky Todd
315-446-2452 Ext. 135
Special Education Resource Teacher
B.A, Keuka College
M.S., SUNY Potsdam
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Mirielle Verley
315-446-2452 Ext. 357
Lower School Teaching Assistant
A.S., Cazenovia College
Kelly Wells
315-446-2452 Ext. 350
First Grade
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S., Le Moyne College
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Derek Wolfanger
315-446-2452 Ext. 151
Assistant Athletic Director
Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach and Modified Girls Volleyball Coach
B.S., Syracuse University

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Saralyn Lawn
Head of Lower School