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: 31; Years at Cedarhurst 15
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

Mary E. "Betsy" Donovan, Director
B.S., M.S. and 6th Year, S.C.S.U.
Has held the roles of Teacher / Advisor and Head Teacher prior to becoming Director
Years at Cedarhurst: 30
Hobbies: Reading a good book, all music and sports, movies, dance and my favorite place to be is the beach.
Quote: "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." – William Arthur Ward

Kitty Clemens, Clinical Services Supervisor/Social Worker
B.A. in Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia Univ. & Master of Social Work, Smith College, School for Social Work
Years at Cedarhurst: 12 
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, Careers 3, Physical Education.
Hobbies: Laughing, Sports, Soccer, Traveling, Veterinary Medicine
Years at Cedarhurst: 17 
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, Life Skills, Careers & P.E.
Enjoys sports & football
Years at Cedarhurst: 8
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: 9
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: 7
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: 9
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
Years at Cedarhurst: 5
Hobbies: the beach, collecting seaglass
Quote: "Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice and need." – Voltaire

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, Contemporary Social Issues, History through Film (focusing on WWII).
Years at Cedarhurst: 21 
Hobbies: History, Movies, Certified Debt Consultant, Certified Ice Maker (Rita"s Ice), Hiking & Laughing!
Quote: "We can do no great things; only small things with great love." – Mother Teresa

Vic Cicchese, Support Staff
B.S., M.Ed, Springfield College, Special Education Certification, S.C.S.U.
Role at Cedarhurst: Senior Support Staff, Leadership Team, PBS Coach, Transition Coordinator to outside agencies.
About me: Director/Coach of Groton Special Recreation Program servicing individuals with mental retardation & developmental disabilities. Activities include arts & crafts, sports activities & Special Olympics
Years at Cedarhurst: 20 
Quote: "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem."

Lainie Elander, Teacher Assistant
B.A., Biola; M.A., Talbot School of Theology
Years at Cedarhurst: 7
Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, birding, natural history
Quote: "Find ecstacy in life; the sense of living is joy enough." – Emily Dickinson

Ian Guthrie, Support Staff
B.A., American Studies, Religious Studies, Stetson University
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Years at Cedarhurst: 4
Interests: Philosophy, Hip-Hop, The Middle East, Film, Running, Borges
Quote: "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." – Malcolm X

Kyle Jones
Education: Gateway Community College
Years at Cedarhurst: 1
Hobbies: Martial Arts, fitness, reading, learning and self-improvement
Quote: "The face is not given to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant, but time and chance happen to them all." Ecclesiastes 9:11

Ellen Kannatt
BA and MS from NYU - Rehabilitation Therapist
Years at Cedarhurst: 4

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, Careers I & II, Earth Science
Years at Cedarhurst: 28 
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: 13 
Currently teaching Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Functional Math, Algebra, Careers/Life Skills
Hobbies: Traveling, Water Skiing, Hiking & Reading

Teresa Macri-Meriam, Teacher/Advisor
B.S.& M.S., Special Education, S.C.S.U.
Currently teaching: English 11/12, Creative Writing, Computers, Spanish, Resource, Civics & Independent Studies.
Years at Cedarhurst: 29
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: 3
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
Years at Cedarhurst: 1
Hobbies: Music, exploring, photography, reading and fashion
Quote: "Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

Crystal Perachio, Teacher’s Assistant
B.A., Psychology, Columbia Southern University
Years at Cedarhurst: 5
Hobbies: Softball, fishing, traveling, boating at Cape Cod
Quote: "Strength of purpose achieves the impossible." – Unknown

Lisa Tabak, Assistant Manager
B.S., Physical Education, S.C.S.U.
M.A., Technology, Ashford University
Years at Cedarhurst: 21 
Hobbies: Sports & Photography
Quote: "Confidence is faith in oneself that can"t be given by another."

Olga Thompson, Teacher/Advisor
B.S. Special Education
Years at Cedarhurst: 7
Currently teaching all Middle School classes.
Hobbies: Camping, Crafts & Traveling.
Fun Fact: Born in the Ukraine.