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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. 159
5th Grade 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
Leigh Bergman
315-446-2452 Ext. 163
Strings Instructor
B.M., Syracuse University
M.A., Syracuse University
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Karen Brang
315-446-2452 Ext. 138
Instructional Support, Grades 1-5
B.A., SUNY Cortland
M.S., SUNY Cortland
Margot Clark
315-446-2452 Ext. 137
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Library
B.A., Earlham College
M.L.S. , Syracuse University
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Jana Clever
315-446-2452
1st Grade Teacher
Colleen Congel
315-446-2452 Ext. 174
Director of Academic Support
B.A., SUNY Fredonia
M.A.T., Goucher College
Level I, Wilson Reading Certified
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Richard Huyge
315-446-2452 Ext. 152
Band Instructor
B.A., Western Michigan University
M.A, University of St. Thomas
Katharine Johnson
315-446-2452 Ext. 204
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.Ed., Xavier University
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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 Division Heads
B.S., Allegheny College
B.A., Allegheny College
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Liza Morrison
315-446-2452 Ext. 114
Director of Information Services
Librarian
B.S., Cornell University
M.L.S., Syracuse University
Mandi Neave
315-446-2452 Ext. 170
Second Grade
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S., Le Moyne College
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Jennifer Neuner
315-446-2452 Ext. 116
Director of Events & Communications
Webmaster
B.A., SUNY Potsdam
Lori Ott
315-446-2452 Ext. 145
Third and Fourth Grade Teacher
B.A., East Stroudsburg University
M.F.A., Yale School of Drama
MST Inclusive Childhood Education 1-6, Le Moyne College
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Donald Ridall
315-446-2452 Ext. 128
Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair
Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
B.S. , SUNY Cortland
M.S., SUNY Cortland
Beth Scott
315-446-2452 Ext. 199
SAA Registered Suzuki Teacher
B.A. , Colgate University
B.S. , Columbia University
M.S.Ed. , Binghamton University
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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 Teacher
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
Mirielle Verley
315-446-2452 Ext. 204
Lower School Teaching Assistant
A.S., Cazenovia College
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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Kendall Hoekstra
Head of Lower and Middle Schools
315/446-2452, ext. 146
khoekstra@mph.net