THE QUAD PREP COMMUNITY

A SCHOOL FOR 2E STUDENTS 

Holding Medical Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, and Masters Degrees in Gifted Education, Special Education, Clinical Psychology and other related services, our faculty and staff have studied at some of the most prestigious programs in the country, including NYU’s School of Medicine, Columbia University’s Teachers College, Yale University, and MIT. Our staff come from a range of backgrounds and have diverse interests reflecting our strong commitment to integrating academic and psychosocial learning.  Most of all, all Quad Prep employees share a passion and vision about educating 2e learners and provide a successful learning experience for them.

 

LEADERSHIP

Kim Busi is the Founder and School Head of The Quad Preparatory School, a psychiatrist and former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan, from which the school evolved. In 2013, Dr. Busi led the formation of The Quad Preparatory School as a separate K-12 not-for-profit organization and has overseen its growth from 3-112 students. Dr. Busi received her medical degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1997. After completing a year’s training in pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Weill Medical Center, Dr. Busi finished her residency training in psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in 2001. At NYU, Dr. Busi designed curriculum, taught, and supervised residents. She served on the curriculum committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Director of Education for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary treatment center within the Bellevue Hospital Center. She is an endlessly fascinated fiction reader and most enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. She is the lucky mother of two teenage boys.

Founder and Head of School

Kimberly Busi, MD

Dr. Anna Christodoulou completed her doctoral studies in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of London where her thesis focused on how to support children’s social and emotional skills at school. She has worked for years in several school settings in Greece, England and the US, serving a diverse population of children as a school psychologist. As Dr. Christodoulou became increasingly fascinated by high functioning children with social and emotional difficulties, she decided to devote her career in advocating for 2e children at The Quad Prep. She is Greek by background, enjoys anything associated with the sea and sun, and is a proud mother of two girls.

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Anna Christodoulou, PhD

Francisco brings more than a decade of experience in education to his role as the Assistant Head of School. He joined The Quad Prep during its pilot year and was the Quad’s founding special education teacher. Francisco holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in special education from George Mason University. During his graduate work, he obtained a certification in behavior modification from GMU. Francisco also studied for two years at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Head of School

Francisco Cornejo

Upper School Clinical Director

Erica Miller, PhD

Rebecca Benghiat has spent over 20 years in nonprofit executive leadership positions, with a focus on nonprofit organizational growth and transition. Most recently, Rebecca was Chief Operating Officer at citiesRISE, a multi-million-dollar international youth mental health organization, where she supported citiesRISE's rapid scaling by fostering collaboration between multiple programmatic and administrative departments; implementing procedures and processes that strengthened internal capacity; and creating an environment that encouraged accountability, critical thinking, communication, and effective data driven project management and program evaluation. Rebecca has also spearheaded the launch of several multi-million-dollar philanthropic organizations, including the Child Mind Institute, the Seleni Institute, and the New Space for Women’s Health, from inception and launch to expansion and acquisition. Her responsibilities have included fundraising, finance, human resources, information technology, security, facilities, and operations. A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she is certified in alternative dispute resolution and has mediated a wide variety of claims in New York County civil and small claims courts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy, with a focus on organizational analysis, from The University of Chicago. Rebecca lives in Brooklyn with her husband and teenage daughter.

Chief Operating and Advancement Officer

Rebecca Hankin Benghiat, JD

Dr. Melissa Malakoff is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Duke University and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Malakoff began working at The Quad Preparatory School in 2014 as the Founding Psychologist, and she enjoys overseeing the intern training program. She has extensive experience in a variety of clinical, school based, and research settings. She is a bilingual clinician and is fluent in Spanish.

Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychology Education and Training

Melissa Malakoff, PhD

Debbie Meringolo, a special educator, clinician and developmental specialist, is the Co-Director of Early Childhood Division of Quad Preparatory School. She assumed this role in July 2018, after a 27-year history as the Associate Director of the Infant/Toddler Team and RELATE program at the Rose F. Kennedy Center Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Montefiore. Debbie has worked with our school since inception and continues to provide Social Thinking ™ training and professional development with our staff in all divisions. methodology and ongoing training to our staff. Debbie has a long history working in schools as a reading specialist, supervisor and program developer. She continues to practice and consult with families and schools privately in the social cognitive practice she co-founded with Nancy Tarshis . Debbie is an enthusiastic speaker who enjoys sharing her own clinical experiences with audiences across the country - speaking about social cognitive development, preschool play skill development, assessment and intervention, and developing social groups across the age range.

Early Childhood Program Director, The Quad Preparatory School

Debbie Meringolo, MA, MS

Dan is a veteran administrator and educator of gifted children. He joins the Quad Prep from the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, CA, where he served as the Lower School Director from 2011 to 2014 and the Middle School Director from 2014 to 2019. He was also the Interim Head of School at The Lippman School, an independent, K-8 school in Akron, OH with a strong emphasis in personalized instruction. Dan founded gifted programs at two independent schools, one in Pittsburgh, PA, and one in Baton Rouge, LA, and taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s center for gifted children for 15 years. Since 2000, Dan has taught at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels in four different states. Dan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Mathematics, and holds an MBA from The University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Education from Duquesne University.

Lower School Academic Director and Interim Director of Academic Affairs

Dan Rosenberg, MS, MBA

Jana Sanchez-Terry received her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies from Indiana University. In 2017, she joined The Quad Preparatory School as the Upper School Academic Coordinator and brought with her seven years of experience working with 2e and gifted children at a private school in Connecticut.

Interim Upper School Academic Director

Jana Sanchez-Terry, MA

Nancy Tarshis, is a speech-language pathologist and special educator with extensive experience working with children and their parents. For 27 years, she was a member of the professional team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, serving as Supervisor of Speech and Language Services for 21 of them. In that capacity, she trained more than 400 SLPs currently practicing throughout the nation. As Emeritus at CERC, she participates in ongoing research and lectures to pediatric fellows, medical residents, and psychology interns. In addition, she serves as adjunct clinical instructor at New York University, Teachers College - Columbia University, and Hunter and Lehman Colleges of City University of New York, and consults on social emotional learning to a variety of public and private schools. Nancy is deeply experienced in a wide variety of treatment methodologies, including Social Thinking ™ . She speaks frequently across the United States and internationally on its concepts and strategies, and is the co-author of We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers and We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers. Nancy’s continues to practice in the social cognitive practice she co-founded with Debbie Meringolo. Nancy is a member of the professional advisory boards of New York Zero to Three and Apraxia Kids (formerly the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America)”

Early Childhood Program Director, The Quad Preparatory School

Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS, CCC-SLP

 

FACULTY & STAFF

Abend-Tepper, Nora

PhD

Lower School Psychologist

Alexis, Briann

BA

Upper School Office Coordinator

Almario, Alyssa

BA

Psychosocial Teacher

Alpern, Jacqueline

Associate Teacher-Lower School

Amonzem-Anglesey, Paula

MS

Head Teacher - Early Childhood

Anthony, Moira

MS

Assistant Upper School Clinical Director

Auguste, Mirlet

Capoeira Teacher

Babiscko, Katelyn

MS Ed

Associate Teacher- Early Childhood Education

Baier, Stephanie

MS

Associate Teacher-Early Childhood

Banks, Jamie

MS

Head Teacher- Upper School Language

Barken, Frances

MS

Head Teacher- Upper School English

Barlow, David

BA

Head Teacher- Upper and Lower School Art

Bassi-Smith, Alberto

MS

Head Teacher- Italian

Begum, Yasmin

BS

Psychosocial Assistant

Belova, Victoria

MS

Makers Space Teacher-Upper School

Beltran, Nicholas

BS

Psychosocial Teacher

Bendell, Jamie

Music Therapist

Benghiat, Rebecca

JD

Chief Operating and Advancement Officer

Beynenson, Julie

MA, MS Ed

Psychosocial Teacher

Birnbaum, Kristen

MS, OTR/L

Supervising Occupational Therapist: Early Childhood and Lower School

Bojarski, Luke

Psychosocial Assistant

Brower, Hannah

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Buck, Melanie

MA

Psychosocial Teacher

Buckner, Michelle

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Busi, Kimberly

MD

Founder and Head of School

Butkarev, Petr

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Upper School Science

Caban, Leslie

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Cataldo, Amanda

MA

Psychosocial Teacher

Cavaliere, Nicole

BFA, MS Ed

Lower School Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Talent Development

Cherney, Madeline

MS

Lower School Occupational Therapist

Christodoulou, Anna

PsyD

Director of Admissions and Outreach

Cobham, Dwayne

BA

Tech Teacher

Consaga, Nicole

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School Humanities

Cornejo, Francisco

MA Special Ed

Assistant Head of School

Cruzado, Jeremy

AS

Computer Science Teacher-P/T

Dalzell, Andrea

RN

School Nurse

Detlor, Lawrence

BA

Head Teacher- Upper School Mathematics

Detrick, Bradley

MM

Head Teacher-Upper School Music

Donley, Eric

MA

Upper School History Department Head & History Teacher

Driansky, Alexandra

MS Ed

Reading Specialist

Dube, Danielle

BFA

Permanent Subsitute Teacher and Theatre Teacher- Lower School

Eames, Chloe

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Ellison, Cynthia

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Upper School Mathematics

Errabelli, Rhonda

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Forsberg, Simone

MA

Psychosocial Teacher

Franciosa, Danielle

MS Ed, Special Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Freesman, Gabrielle

MS

Lower School Occupational Therapist

Gamboa, Isaac

BA

Psychosocial Teacher

Harmon, Simone

BA

Associate Teacher

Hickey, Michelle

Senior Lower School Occupational Therapist

Hillman, Rebecca

PsyD

Post Doctoral Fellow in Psychology

Hoffmann, Allison

Associate Teacher

Johnson, Mark

BS

Psychosocial Assistant

Johnston, Jhonda

MA

Head Teacher- Upper School

Kapit, Dylan

BA

Math Learning Specialist

Kiger, Carmen

BA, RBT

Psychosocial Assistant

Kiley, John

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Kilponen, Stephanie

BA

Associate Teacher- Early Childhood

Koerner, Alissa

MA, MS Ed

Head Teacher-Upper School Humanities

Konopko, Izabela

Psychosocial Assistant

LaChapelle, Christopher

BA

Head Teacher- Upper School History

Landau, Alyssa

MS Ed

Special Education Teacher

Lawler, Caroline

MS Ed

Head Teacher - Lower School

Leon, Ana

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Li, Meiling

BA

Permanent Substitute Teacher - Lower School

Lin, Vivian

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Loeb, Allie

MSW

Psychosocial Teacher

MacFalter, Jamie

MS Ed

Special Education Teacher

MacNeil, John

BA

Associate Teacher

Mahon, Zaynah

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Manfredi, Gabrielle

MS

Occupational Therapist- Upper School

Marfleet, Lisa

MS Ed

Director of Upper School Talent Development

Matta, Katie

PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow in Psychology

Mauriello, Julianna

MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Maye, Megan

BS

Registrar & Testing Coordinator (Upper School)

McFarlane, Rhea

BS

Office Coordinator and External Affairs Administrator

McKeon, Kelsey

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Lower School

Mene, Kirby

BA

Psychosocial Teacher

Meringolo, Deborah

MS Ed

Director of Early Childhood

Miller, Erica

PhD

Upper School Clinical Director

Mittman, Tricia

MS Ed

Psychosocial Teacher

Morris, Laura

BS

Head Teacher- Lower School STEM

Murcek, Sarah

BA

Part Time Head Teacher- Upper and Lower School Music

Murray, Sarah

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Nance, Kevin

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Navarro, Philip

MS Special Ed

Learning Specialist

Nikolaidis, Alexandra

MS

Lower School Speech-Language Pathologist- Clinical Fellow

Norman, Julia

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

O'Grady, Meghan

MS

Staff Speech-Language Pathologist

Palatucci, Melissa

PsyD

Director of Psychology Education and Training

Peters Jones, Brianna

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Pradilla, Rachel

BA

Lower School Humanities Teacher

Reed, Maureen

MS, CCC-SLP

Upper School Speech-Language Pathologist

Reilly, Kacie

MS Ed

Early Childhood Master Teacher

Remmes, Cara

PhD

Chief Psychologist of the Lower School and Early Childhood Program

Richards, Lucy

BA

Development Associate

Riviere, Ashley

BS

Public Relations Manager

Rosenberg, Dan

Lower School Academic Director
and Interim Director of Academic Affairs

Rossman, Carly

MS

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist: Lower School

Salesin, Emma

BS

Associate Teacher- Early Childhood

Sanchez, Summer

BS

Psychosocial Teacher

Sanchez-Terry, Jana

MA

Upper School Academic Director

Santiago, Crystal

MS Ed

Head Teacher- Spanish

Sayegh, Samantha

MS Ed

Student Life Director and Upper School History Teacher

Schatz, Brittney

MS Ed

Associate Teacher- Lower School

Schindelbeck, Lucas

BA

Associate Teacher

Schoonmaker, Dylan

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Schwartz, Bari

PsyD

Senior Lower School Psychologist

Schwebel, Leah

BA

Psychosocial Assistant

Semlitz, Samantha

MS Ed

Lower School Director of Learning Support

Senra, Michelle

BA

Psychosocial Teacher

Serrano, Maria

MS

People and Culture M