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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
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
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Michael Copps
315-446-2452 Ext. 305
Vocal Music
B.M., SUNY Potsdam
Mary Jo DiMento
315-446-2452 Ext. 307
B.S. , SUNY Oneonta
M.S., SUNY Oneonta
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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. 336
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
M.Ed., Xavier University
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Melissa Kershner
315-446-2452 Ext. 323
B.S., Elmira College
M.S., Reading Education, SUNY Oswego
Michele Koziara
315-446-2452 Ext. 168
Performing Arts Department Chair, Dance
B.F.A., Purchase College
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Juhee LaHaye
315-446-2452 Ext. 121
Assistant to the Head of Lower School
B.S., Allegheny College
B.A., Allegheny College
Saralyn Lawn
315-446-2452 Ext. 162
Head of Lower School
B.A., SUNY Potsdam
M.A., Nazareth College
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Vicki Layhew
315-446-2452 Ext. 322
4/5 Bridge Science
B.S., SUNY Oswego
Kathryn Lester
315-446-2452 Ext. 328
4/5 Bridge Humanities
B.S. , SUNY Fredonia
M.S., SUNY Fredonia
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Linda McGinley
315-446-2452 Ext. 331
Lower School Art
B.S., College of St. Rose
M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
Liza Morrison
315-446-2452 Ext. 114
Director of Information Services
B.S., Cornell University
M.L.S., Syracuse University
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Bari Nardella
315-446-2452 Ext. 369
Director of Physical Education, Girls JV Tennis Coach
B.S., Rutgers University
Mandi Neave
315-446-2452 Ext. 308
Second Grade
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S., Le Moyne College
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Donald Ridall
315-446-2452 Ext. 128
Director of Athletics
Boys Varsity Soccer Coach
B.S. , SUNY Cortland
M.S., SUNY Cortland
Beth Scott
315-446-2452 Ext. 363
SAA Registered Suzuki Teacher
B.A. , Colgate University
B.S. , Columbia University
M.S.Ed. , Binghamton University
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Greg Sommer
315-446-2452 Ext. 171
4/5 Bridge Math
B.S., SUNY Fredonia
M.S., SUNY Cortland
Erica Stark
315-446-2452 Ext. 172
World Languages
Varsity Cross-Country Coach, Modified Track Coach
B.A., Elmira College
M.S., SUNY Cortland
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Ryan Strader
315-446-2452 Ext. 161
Physical Education
Boys Modified Soccer Coach, Asst. Track Coach
B.S., SUNY Cortland
M.S. (in progress)
Joy Strickland
315-446-2452 Ext. 125
Director of Counseling
B.A., Trinity College
M.A., Columbia University
M.S., Syracuse University
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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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For more information, please contact:

Saralyn Lawn
Head of Lower School