Thornton-Donovan Faculty


Kindergarten and First Grade

Ms. Michele M. Colangelo
BA Communications/PR, Iona College
MA Elementary Education, College of New Rochelle

Second Grade

Mr. Steven Schlitten
BS, Elementary Education, Iona College
MA Special Education, College of New Rochelle

Third Grade

Ms. Cynthia Elliott
BS Literacy Birth - 6th Grade, SUNY Oneonta, Childhood Education
MS Literacy Birth-12th grade, College of New Rochelle

Director of Lower School
Grade 4

Ms. Lynne Tirrell
BS Elementary Ed. C.C.S.U.

Middle School Director
Grade 5

Ms. Virginia Keating
BA Early Childhood Ed.,Psychology, Concordia College
MS Education K-9, Iona College,

4th - 12th Grade Spanish

Ms. Cecilia Madden
BA  University of Connecticut
MA Education, Manhattanville College

6 - 8th Grade English

Mr. Andrew F. Chapin
BA English (Journalism), Secondary Education, Fairfield University


6 - 12th Grade Science

Dr. Sabine Hellge
Diploma (BA) Chemistry, University of Hamburg, Germany
PhD Chemistry – Biodegradation of Dioxins, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany




6th-8th Grade Science, Math
Also, K-12 French, Architecture, Film, Digital Video

Mr. Benoit Van Lesberghe
BA Theology and Philosophy, Continental Theological Seminary, Belgium

6 - 12th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Eric B. Griffin
BS History Education, Mt. St. Mary's College

9 - 12th Grade Math and Physics

Mr. Donald Johnson
BA Mathematics SUNY Purchase
MS Mathematics, Long Island University
Further Studies at Polytechnic University and Western Connecticut State College in Math and Radar Technology

9 - 12th Grade English

Ms. Virginia Light

BS American History, SUNY Empire State College

MA, English,  Fordham University

M. Phil., English, Fordham University

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Adolescent Education, Pace University

Modern Languages and ESL K-12

Ms. Sandra Pilla
BA (Honours) History,University of London
MS Education, College of New Rochelle

Mathematics & Physics, Russian

Ms. Olena Vasendin
Masters Physics and Math, The Zaporozhye State Pedagogical University, Ukraine

Social Science and Art History

Ms. Cheri Coffin
BA History, Bard College
MA Art History, NYU Institute of Fine Arts

French, Italian
Also, History of Art and Architecture

Ms. Almira Bubesi
BA French & Italian, University of Tirana, Albania
MS Archival Studies, U of T, Albania
MS Foreign Language Education, Manhattanville College

Classics, Latin, Greek, Humanities

Dr. Nathaniel Kernell
BA Classics, University of New Mexico
MA and PhD Classics, University of Iowa


Dr. Robert Allen
BS Johnson C. Smith University
MD Howard University
Post Doctorate, Yale University


Mr. Liam Baum
BS Jazz Studies, SUNY New Paltz
MSed Music Education, Queens College


Joan Mino
BFA, MFA, Syracuse University