INSTRUCTORS

  • Our Instructors are New York State Certified Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Social Workers experienced in school districts as well as providing professional development courses both online and in the classroom.
  • We offer high quality and convenient professional development in diverse subject areas to help you expand your knowledge base and skills and provide additional strategies to use in a school setting. We work with many partners to provide you with tools that directly impact classroom and student outcomes.

Debbie Abrams

  • School District : Sayville UFSD
  • Education
    SUNY Stony Brook, Masters Degree MALS
    SUNY Oneonta, BS Elementary Education
  • Certification
    Certified Elementary Teacher
    District Elementary Math Facilitator
  • Courses
    Math Around The World
    Math: Beyond Basics
    Math Games

Barri Lynn Baltic

  • School District :  Central Islip UFSD (Retired)
  • Education :  New York University: Certified Teacher of Reading Recovery, C.W. Post College of Long Island University: MS Elementary Education, Southampton College of Long Island University: BA Psychology and Elementary Education. 
  • Certification : New York State Permanent Certification in Elementary Education N-6, Certified Teacher of Reading Recovery
  • Courses : Story Starters

Amy Buckley

  • School District 
  • Education
    New York University - MSW with Honors
    Northeastern University BS in Elementary Education/Special Education, Magna Cum Laude
  • Certification
    New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    New York State Provisional PreK-6
    Special Education Certification,
    New York State Permanent School Social Worker Certification.
  • Courses
    Engaging The "Hard To Reach" Parent
    Teaching Tolerance
    Preventing Teacher Burnout
    Understanding Tourette's Syndrome.

Linda Cassidy

  • School District : Eastport-South Manor CHSD
  • Education
    1978 Bard College with a major in English Literature and double minors in Art and Music.
    1986 SUNY Stony Brook: MALS  with a concentration in Art.
  • My thesis was on Robert Henri and Walt Whitman and their respective theories of Modernity.
  • Certification
    Bard College 1978 English Literature
    MALS from Stony Brook in 1986.
  • Courses
    Photography As A Classroom Tool
    Yoga Applications for Educators;
    The Art and Museums of New York City

Deirdre Cerrito

  • School District : North Babylon UFSD
  • Education : Master of Science in English and Secondary Education and BA English - Queens College
  • Certification : New York State Certification in Secondary Education, English
  • Courses
    Fun and Games:
    Motivational Learning in the Classroom; 
    Social and Emotional Considerations In The Classroom;
    Study Skills For Success.

Dr. Orly Cohen

  • School District : Metro Children, Early Intervention Evaluation
  • Education :  
    Walden University - MN (2012): PhD, Clinical Psychology
    Columbia University - NY (2000: M.A., Organizational Psychology
    Bridgeport University - CT (1998): M.S., Business Management
    Hakibutism College - Israel (1991): B.A., Education
  • Certification :  New York State Supervision and Administration (SAS) certificate.
  • Courses
    A Teacher's Roadmap to Differentiating Between Organic and Learned ADD/ADHD; 
    Bullying Part I: What We Need To Know;
    Bullying Part II: What we Need to Do  
    Obstacles To Learning;
    Powerful Words and Academic Success;
    Teaching Positive Self-talk to Students. 

Dawn DeStefano

  • School District : Longwood CSD
  • Education
    SUNY Oneonta, BA Psychology
    SUNY Stony Brook, Master of Social Work
  • Certification
    NYS- Permanent School Social Worker
    NYS- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Courses
    Helping Our Student Excel Through Behavioral Supports
    Identifying and Working with Resistant Behaviors


Jodi Failla

  • School District :  Central Islip UFSD
  • Education
    Dowling College: Master's Degree Special Education
    SUNY New Paltz: BA Elementary Education with concentration in English
  • Certification
    Proficient in Writer's Workshop
    Proficient in using a rubric system
  • Courses :
    Building Blocks To Creating A Writer's Workshop Program; 
    Rubrics: A Fair and Clear Assessment Tool;  
    Teaching Writing Responses In The Common Core Era.

Lisa Dimitri

  • School District : Levittown UFSD
  • Education
    1996 Adelphi University, Garden City, NY:  Master of Social Work
    1992 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Certification
    Permanent School Social Worker Certification: Levittown UFSD
    New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice
  • Courses
    Cyber-bullying, Sexting and Internet Safety: How schools can effectively address this growing concern
    School Violence: A Growing Epidemic?

Helen Flynn

  • School District : Smithtown CSD
  • Education
    Hofstra University: Master of Science in Physical Education K-12; 
    Master Teacher Concentration; 
    Dowling College: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology;
    Nassau Community College: Associate of Science in Liberal Arts.
  • Certification
    New York State Permanent Certification in Physical Education K-12; American Red Cross- First Aid, CPR, and AED Essentials;
    Certified Instructor of Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation
  • Courses :  Technology In Physical Education, Health and Athletics

Kristen Galligan

  • School District :  William Floyd UFSD
  • Education
    Hofstra University: Certificate In Deaf Studies (Sign Language);
    CW Post, Brentwood, NY:  Master's Degree in Literacy Education (Birth - Grade 6); Trained in Administration of Basic Reading Inventory (BRI).  Overall GPA: 4.0.

    St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY:  BA in Child Study, Concentration in Psychology and Sociology, Overall GPA: 3.8 (Dean's List),  Graduate with Honors in Child Study.

    SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY:  Major in Child Study, Overall GPA: 3.4 (Dean's List)
  • Certification
    Certificate in Deaf Studies (Sign Language);
    Certification in Studies with Disabilities, Grade 5 - 9;
    Early Childhood/Childhood Education, Birth  - Grade 6.
    Trained In Administration of Basic Reading Inventory (BRI)
  • Courses
    Blogging In The Classroom
    Disciplining Students with Dignity
    How To Common Core your Social Studies Classroom
    Motivivating Students through Blended Learning
    Working With Students With An Emotional Disability In The Mainstream Classroom

Maryanne McAuley

  • School District :  Commack UFSD
  • Education
    SUNY Stony Brook, NY:  M.A. 
    SUNY Oneonta: B.S. Education 
  • Certification
    Permanent New York State Certification
    Home Economics and Business Education
  • Courses
    Issues In Nutrition
    Teaching Choose My Plate


Nancy Nybergh

  • School District :  Teacher/Trainer, NYCID and City of New York
  • Education : New York University - Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology,  Four year Postgraduate work in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Certification :  
    NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst
    Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy: Certified Gestalt Practitioner New York Center for Interpersonal Development: Certified Mediator
    MBSR Training Certificate with Jon Kabat-Zinn
    EMDR Training Certificate
    Somatic Experiencing Training Certificate
  • Courses
    Anxiety in the Classroom and What Can I Do About it? 
    Bringing Mindfulness into Your School and Classroom
    Intrusive Thoughts, Images and Behaviors:
          All about Obsessive-Compulsive Propensity and Disorders


Michelle Rosenoff

  • School District :  Syosset CSD
  • Education
    MA Health Education -Adelphi University
    BS Business Economics -State University of New York, Oneonta
  • Certification :  
    NY State certified Health Education K-12
    NY State certified Business Education K-12

  • Courses
    A Guide to Preventing Lifestyle Diseases
    Can Resiliency be Taught?
    Health Issues Affecting Students

Julia Hannibal

  • School District :  William Floyd UFSD
  • Education :  
    Syracuse University: Masters in Library Science, School Media Specialty. May 2007

    Long Island University, Southampton, NY: Major in Psychology/Biology, Bachelor of Science, 1991.  GPA 3.6 Cum Laude
  • Certification
    Masters in Library Science
    Social Media Specialty
  • Courses
    Technology In Education
    Enrich Your Lessons with Free and Easy Internet Resources


Dr. Tom Mangano

  • School District : Principal, East Meadow UFSD  (Retired)
  • Education :
    Dowling College, Oakdale, New York:
    2000 Doctorate - Educational Administration and Technology

    Hofstra-Cornell University, Hempstead, NY:
    1980 Management Diploma
    1977 Professional Diploma, Educational Administration
    1974 Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Administration

    C.W. Post College, Greenvale, New York
    1972 Master of Science, Education/English

    The City College of New York, New York
    1968 Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts
  • Certification
    New York State Permanent
    Chief School Administrator
    Building Principle/Supervisor
    Teacher Secondary English 7-12
    Teacher Elementary N-8
  • Publications:

    Mangano, T. E. (2000). Taxonomy of Kindergarten Intervention Programs in New York State. Long Island Education Review 1 (1).

    Bernato, R., Fenter, R., Johanson, D., Mangano, T. E., (1998).  Teacher Competencies and Technology Integration. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED421965)

    Courses:  
    Good To Great: Building Professional Learning Communities
    Multicultural Education
    Multiple Intelligences


Mary Kate Snak

  • School District : Smithtown CSD
  • Education
    Dowling College: Master of Science in Elementary Education
    SUNY Stony Brook, NY:  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Certification :  
    New York State Permanent Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • Courses
    Incorporating Literature Circles Into Your Classroom;
    Improving Classroom Instruction and Assessment by Implementing Gardner's Theory of Interpersonal Intelligence;
    Creating A Successful Writers Workshop;
    Multiplication Mania: Getting Your Elementary Students To Memorize Their Multiplication Facts

Danielle Waitz

  • School District :  Smithtown CSD
  • Education
    Hofstra University:
    M.S. in MST
    B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology.
    NYS Certification in Elementary Education N-6
  • Certification :  
    NYS Certification in Elementary Education N-6 (Permanent: 2002)
  • Courses
    Integrating Literature and Technology Into Your K-6 Science Curriculum
    Loving Literature
    Making Math Meaningful

Brad Wochinger

  • School District :  Elmont UFSD
  • Education
    Dowling College: Bachelor of Science, Major -Special/Elementary Education
    Stony Brook University: Masters Degree, Major - Education/Reading
  • Certification
    New York State Permanent Certifications in Special/Elementary Education
  • Courses :  
    Interactive Online Elementary Learning Games In The Classroom; Understanding Collaborative Team Teaching.