New Head of School Tim Lear made his first official appearance in front of the student body, as this year’s speakers offered their perspectives on “investing in the community.”
With the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, it's time to meet the talented employees who have joined the Pingry community (including those who assumed their positions during the past school year). Read more about their backgrounds in Pingry's Directory.
Kimberly Ady, Middle and Upper School German Teacher, has taught combinations of French, German, Spanish, and Yorùbá at various high schools across the country. She received a B.A. in French from Carleton College, an M.A. in African Studies/Anthropology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and an M.A. in French from the University of California Santa Barbara. Ms. Ady also has an A.B.D. in Doctoral Research from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Gabe Behringer, Upper School English Teacher, has taught Upper School English and coached at Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Princeton Day School. He received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master's degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.
Maribel Blas-Rangel, Assistant Director of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging), has worked at Cranbrook Schools in Michigan as a French and Spanish teacher and DEI Coordinator Prior to Cranbrook, she worked in a similar capacity at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut. Ms. Blas-Rangel double majored in Psychology and French at Kalamazoo College and received an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Hope Coppinger, Assistant Director of Communications, Internal Strategy, has worked in communications at College of Saint Elizabeth (now Saint Elizabeth University), Stevens Institute of Technology, and Drew University. Ms. Coppinger received a B.A. in English from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Education from Tufts University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
John DiGiorgio, Big Blue Summer Camp Director, currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Fair Lawn Public Schools. At Fair Lawn, he was also Principal of the Extended School Year Program, as well as a football and lacrosse coach. Mr. DiGiorgio received a degree in American History from Ramapo College, a degree in Special Education from William Paterson University, and a Master's in Administration from Seton Hall University.
Dr. Thomas L. Dimitry, School Counselor, previously worked as a School Psychologist for the Hackensack Board of Education; an Outpatient Clinician for Newton Memorial Hospital; Director of an NCAA Division I Sport Psychology Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Clinical Supervisor at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Center for Psychological Services; and a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, specializing in work with children and adolescents. Dr. Dimitry received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ryan Dolan, Facilities Technician, worked in warehouse operations and logistics for WorldPAC, a distributor of original equipment automotive parts, and Carrick Harvest, LLC, as well as customer service for Good Chemistry, quality assurance for Digital Precision Imaging, Inc., and distribution for Dish Network. He attended the Lee County Adult Education Center.
Breanna Feith, Lower School Nurse, is a Registered Nurse who has served as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad since 2012. She has also worked at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in the Neuro-Surgical/Seizure-Epilepsy and Intensive Care Units, and as Director of Critical Care for the Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Critical Care. She attended Seton Hall University's College of Nursing and received a Master's of Nursing in Nurse Executive Leadership and Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Naomi François, Upper School English Teacher, has developed a reputation for using storytelling to illuminate concepts. Prior to Pingry, she was a High School Faculty Fellow at Wesleyan School in Georgia, and she has held other positions that involved coaching and creating lesson plans for the SAT. Ms. François received a B.A. in Religion and Africana Studies from Williams College and an M.A. in Religion from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Sandhya Ghanta, Lower School Math Specialist, joins Pingry after serving for three years as a math specialist and coach at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School in Washington, D.C. Miss Ghanta received a B.A. in Mathematics Statistics, with minors in Secondary Education and Sociology, from Wake Forest University. She later earned a Dual Masters of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education from Lesley University.
Katie Gillette, Individual Philanthropic Advisor, spent five years with the Institutional Advancement team at Cardozo School of Law (the law school of Yeshiva University). She majored in Art History, with a concentration in Arts Administration and a minor in Theater, at Fairfield University.
Megan Hilliard, Upper School English Teacher, joins Pingry from the Bentley School in California, where she taught high school English and served as Assistant Dean of Student Life, Faculty Advisor to Student Government and the yearbook, School Photographer, and 10th Grade English curriculum Team Lead. Ms. Hilliard earned a B.F.A. in Photography, with honors, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and later received a master's degree in English Literature, with Merit, from the University of Warwick.
Dr. Lisa Ievers, Upper School Math Teacher, has taught high school math and college philosophy courses. She comes to Pingry from Morristown Beard School, where she taught Upper School math for four years. Previously, Dr. Ievers taught in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University and Auburn University. She received a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Bucknell University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.
Maritza Irizarry, Assistant Director of Data Services, comes to Pingry with experience in finance and education. Prior to her role as Assistant Vice President at Bank of America Merrill, she served as Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Regis High School and Assistant to the Admissions & Advancement Directors at All Saints Episcopal Day School. Ms. Irizarry graduated with honors from Saint John's University, receiving a B.S. and an M.B.A. in Finance.
Jonathan Kelly, Upper School English Teacher, was a teacher, the Library Director, and an Admissions Officer at Delbarton School. Mr. Kelly received a bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and master's degrees in Library Science and English from Rutgers University and Arizona State University, respectively. He is pursuing a Doctor of Letters in Creative Writing at Drew University.
Joe Kinney P '15, '18, Middle and Upper School Permanent Substitute Teacher and Coach, has spent most of his career coaching baseball, first as Assistant Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for seven years and then as Head Coach at Lafayette College for 21 years. Most recently, he worked as Program Coordinator and Facility Manager for 3STEP Sports. He is married to Sue Kinney, who returns to Pingry as Co-Director of College Counseling, and their daughters Annelise and Alexis graduated from Pingry in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Mr. Kinney received a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Secondary Education and Teaching from Lehigh University.
Dr. Sterling Kouri, Middle and Upper School French Teacher, served as a French Lecturer for four years at the University of Pennsylvania, a French teacher for three years at Loomis Chaffee School, and a Middle and Upper School French Teacher at The Brearley School. He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Kulesza, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, comes to Pingry from Saint Joseph's High School, where he served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2017–2020. Prior to that, he worked for Monmouth University's Strength and Conditioning Program. Mr. Kulesza received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University.
Barbara Lynch, Lower School Administrative Assistant, comes to Pingry after serving as Executive Assistant to the Head of School at Allen-Stevenson, and she has served as an executive assistant for other companies. Ms. Lynch received a B.A. in English from Hunter College.
Josh Lyons, Middle School Math Teacher, has been teaching for over 20 years and previously taught middle school math and served as Curricular Chair at The Willow School. His additional background in middle school math includes positions at schools in New Jersey and Hawaii. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College (now University) and an M.A. from NYU's Steinhardt School of Education.
Coleen Martin, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, joins Pingry after nine years as Director of Communications and a social studies teacher at Oratory Prep in Summit. Mrs. Martin received a B.A. in History from St. Elizabeth University and an M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix.
Kelly Mauger, Upper School Math Teacher, worked for 12 years at Morristown Beard School (MBS), where she also helped develop the integrated math curriculum. She also co-authored, with another member of the MBS Math Department, the internal Integrated Math 3 textbook. She received a B.A. in Mathematics from Drew University and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from NYU.
Amrita Minhas, Individual Philanthropic Advisor, has worked for JBWS (formerly Jersey Battered Women's Services), the Greater Somerset County YMCA, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, and Amnesty International USA. She received a B.A. in Psychology, with concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security from the University of Baltimore.
Ahmad Nicholson, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Success, brings to Pingry advanced training in NCAA Division I Compliance, Sports Leadership, and Restorative Practices. He previously worked as Student Athlete Services/Compliance Coordinator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Dean of Students at Universal Companies/YouthBuild Philadelphia. He received a B.S. from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and an M.B.A. with honors from Wilmington University.
Edwin Núñez, Director of Enrollment Management, has managed enrollment growth, developed strategic programs, and identified new enrollment sources in his previous positions. He comes to Pingry from Hebron Academy in Maine, where he has worked twice, most recently as Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management. Prior to his work at Hebron, Mr. Núñez was Assistant Director of Admissions at Thornton Academy, and first worked at Hebron as Associate Director of International Admissions. He received an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, was a CET Academic Program Scholar (C.V. Starr-Middlebury Language School in China) at Zhejiang University of Technology, and double majored in Economics and Chinese Language and Literature at Middlebury College.
Tatiana Oliveira '15 returns to Pingry as a Grade 4 Social Studies Teacher. Most recently, she was a research assistant at the University of Virginia, analyzing higher education institutions across the country to understand how they educate different audiences about issues of democracy, civics, citizen rights and responsibilities, and more. Prior to that experience, Miss Oliveira taught Grade 4 in South Carolina. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Furman University and an M.Ed. in Social Foundations from the University of Virginia.
Taylor Pennell, Assistant Director of Development, Alumni Engagement, has been Interim Head Lacrosse Coach at Columbia University, and Assistant Lacrosse Coach at both College of the Holy Cross and Bucknell University. She is proudest of establishing a partnership between the Columbia University Women's Lacrosse program and Team IMPACT, which connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with a college athletics team. Ms. Pennell received a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies, with a concentration in Sport Management, from Rutgers University.
Akeem Pridgen, Assistant Director of Communications, Multimedia, joins Pingry after working as the Assistant Director of Memberships and Promotions at American University and as a Marketing Specialist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is a graduate of Delaware State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a concentration in Television Production.
Maddy Randall, School-Wide Initiatives Coordinator, began her career with the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and later joined the President's Office at Drew University. Ms. Randall graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management from Kansas State University.
Jeff Roberts, Upper School French and Spanish Teacher, returns to the classroom after spending 11 years with the Educational Testing Service as Director of Arts & Languages and working in assessment development for French and Spanish. He has also coordinated the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at The Village School and Westchester Academy for International Studies. Mr. Roberts received a B.A. in French / Secondary Education from Central College, an M.A. in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Governors State University, along with other degrees and certifications in various disciplines.
Stephanie Sa, Experiential Educator, has taught math and science at the middle and high school levels at urban schools in New York City and Boston, and she enjoyed creating an open-door classroom community. Ms. Sa received a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Dartmouth College, and an M.Ed. from the Sposato Graduate School of Education.
Mary Anne Sacco, Grade 2 Teacher, comes to Pingry with over 20 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, coach, and administrator. She spent four years at The Hewitt School in New York City, as Literacy Specialist for three years and Interim Head of the Lower School for one year, and has co-authored Significant Studies for Second Grade: Reading and Writing Investigations for Children (Heinemann, 2004). Ms. Sacco received a B.A. from Gettysburg College and an MS Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Giovanni Scolaro, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, previously worked for the UPS, and prior to that he worked as a Head Physical Therapy Aide at SportsMed Physical Therapy, LLC.
Lily Siegel, Upper School History Teacher, received a B.A. in History, with a minor in English, from Tufts University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received a departmental award for Excellence in European History. While at Tufts, she worked with DREAM, a non-profit mentoring organization for underprivileged students in the New England area.
Deanna Smith, Auxiliary Programs Registrar, spent 12 years in nonprofit work before joining Pingry, most recently as Childcare Director at the YMCA, overseeing a preschool program, before and aftercare, and a summer camp in Middlesex County. Ms. Smith received a bachelor's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Michael Snock, Facilities Technician, is a versatile carpenter-handyman with over 30 years of experience in various phases of remodeling and construction. He spent two decades as a carpenter with Mike's Hammer and, prior to that position, 13 years as a carpenter with Sinkiewicz Construction. He attended the Ocean County Vocational-Technical School, specializing in Building Trades.
Erin Strong, Lower School Performing Arts Teacher, is a devoted arts and wellness educator who believes strongly in the power of the arts to ignite and build community. She previously served as Director of Dance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center School of the Arts, and spent 16 years at Phillips Academy as Instructor in Theatre and Dance and Department Chair of Theatre and Dance. She received a B.S. in Dance, with a minor in Business, Magna Cum Laude, from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Dance Education from NYU's Steinhardt School of Education.
Christy Welborne, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, has years of experience in K–12 schools and at Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to Pingry, she spent seven years at the Chapin School in Princeton, first as Associate Director of Admission and then Director of Enrollment Management. Prior to Chapin, she spent four years as Associate Director of Admissions at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. Passionate about education, equity, and inclusion, she received a B.A. in Economics from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Education Leadership from Seton Hall University.
Cristine Wilson, Operations Officer, previously worked as Director of Operations for the women's soccer team Sky Blue FC (now known as Gotham FC), where she also introduced and hosted the organization's first Pride Night and continued to grow the night year after year. Mrs. Wilson received a B.A. in Sport Promotion & Media, with a Minor in Communications, from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Maryann Woods-Murphy, Upper School Spanish Teacher, has served as World Language Coordinator and a founding educator at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack; Spanish Teacher at Northern Highlands Regional High School; and Co-Director of Teens Talk about Racism. She received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Humanities from Montclair State University; an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Montclair State University and Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos (M.A. Equivalent) from Universidad de Salamanca; and an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review