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James Dawson

Head of School
B.S., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
APPOINTED 1995
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James Dawson

Head of School
B.S., Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
APPOINTED 1995
jdawson@pcs-nyc.org
Dr. James Dawson has served as Head of School since 1995.  He received his Ph.D. in Behavior and his B.S. in Biology at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Dawson is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).  He is a past trustee of The Brearley School and The Spence School.  Prior to his appointment at PCS, Dr. Dawson served as Head of Upper School at The Spence School  from 1988-1995.
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Alex Shaurette

Associate Head of Academic Affairs
Indiana University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2018 (PCS SINCE 2013)
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Alex Shaurette

Associate Head of Academic Affairs
Indiana University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2018 (PCS SINCE 2013)
ashaurette@pcs-nyc.org
Alex Shaurette was appointed in 2018.  He joined PCS as Upper School Head in 2013.  Alex earned a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College.  He attended the something at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.  He has over 15 years teaching experience, most recently at the Dwight-Engelwood School where he served as Learning Specialist  and Class Dean.
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Loryn Evanoff

Head of Upper School
Clarkson University, B.S.
University of North Carolina, M.F.A.
APPOINTED 2018
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
dnauholnyk@pcs-nyc.org
Dania Nauholnyk was appointed Dean of Middle School Student Life in 2016.   A native New Yorker, she received both her B.S. and her M.A. from New York University.   She has taught middle school science at Professional Children's School since 1992.
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Shari Honig

Director of Admissions
US Advisor
Hunter College, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2013 (PCS SINCE 2002)
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Shari Honig

Director of Admissions
US Advisor
Hunter College, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2013 (PCS SINCE 2002)
shonig@pcs-nyc.org
Admissions Director Shari Honig attended Professional Children's School while pursuing her dance training.  She earned her B.A. from Hunter College as well as a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.  In 2002, she joined the faculty at Professional Children's School and was appointed Admissions Director in 2013.  As an alumna, former PCS teacher, academic advisor and member of our administrative team, Shari is able to discuss PCS from multiple perspectives.
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Victoria Mancuso

Business Manager
Hunter College, B.A.
APPOINTED 2005
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
ljohnson@pcs-nyc.org
Lizbeth Johnson was appointed Director of Technology in 2014, serving as Director of Academic Technology from 2011-2014.  Before joining Professional Children's School she was Upper School Technology Coordinator at for 5 years at the Durham Academy in Durham, NC.  Her experience in industry includes an engineering position at Sikorsky Aircraft.  Ms. Johnson earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Master's degree in Education from North Carolina State University.
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Chris Haley

Director of Institutional Advancement
University of Tennessee State University, B.A.
University of Tennessee, M.S.S.W.
APPOINTED 2013
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John Tucker

Director of Public Relations
Assistant to the Head, Assistant to the Board of Trustees
APPOINTED 2012 (PCS SINCE 1988)
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John Tucker

Director of Public Relations
Assistant to the Head, Assistant to the Board of Trustees
APPOINTED 2012 (PCS SINCE 1988)
jtucker@pcs-nyc.org
John joined PCS in 1988 as Assistant to the Head and Assistant to the Director of Development.   In addition, he has served as assistant to the Board of Trustees since 1992.  John was appointed Director of Public Relations in 2012 and is responsible for maintaining the website, advertising and press relations.   In addition, he edits the monthly digital parent newsletter,  Glance online  and the semi-annual printed publication, Student News.   

ENGLISH

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Catherine Henry

English & History
US Advisor
Fairfield University, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 2013
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Jeff Laguzza

English
US Advisor
Binghamton University, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2004
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Sarah Murphy

Librarian, English 6/7
Drew University, B.A.
MILS, Palmer School of Long Island University
APPOINTED 2018
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Thomas Orefice

US English
US Advisor
Fordham University, B.A.
New York Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 1986
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Shellie Sclan

US English
US Advisor
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 1979

HISTORY

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Sean Fedeli

Middle School Social Studies
Yale University, B.A.
Fordham University, M.S., St. John's University, M.S.
APPOINTED 2016
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Catherine Henry

English & History
US Advisor
Fairfield University, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 2013
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Bill Hirt

Upper School History
College Advisor
University of Minnesota, B.A., B.S.
Columbia University, M.S.
APPOINTED 1989
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Bill Hirt

Upper School History
College Advisor
University of Minnesota, B.A., B.S.
Columbia University, M.S.
APPOINTED 1989
whirt@pcs-nyc.org
William Hirt was appointed College Advisor in 2010.   Mr. Hirt earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.  He spent a year as a Peace Corps member in Cameroon before earning an M.A. in Education from Columbia University.  He joined the Professional Children's School History Dept. in 1989.
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Nick Kurian

Upper School Math & History
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Erika Petersen

Upper School History
Hunter College, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2003
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Mark Savage

Upper School History
Butler University, B.A.
Columbia University, Ph.D.
APPOINTED 1985

LANGUAGE

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Maureen Darcy

Upper School & Middle School French & Spanish
Middle School Advisor
New York University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Ruben Gonzalez

Upper School & Middle School Spanish
Upper School Advisor
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, B.A.
State University of Stony Brook, Ph.D.
APPOINTED 2014
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Dalila Hannouche

Upper School French
Upper School Advisor
Ecole Nationale d'Administration, L.D.
University of Illinois, M.A., A.B.D.
APPOINTED 2001
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Renata Nikolayev

English as a Second Language
International Student Advisor Yearbook Advisor
Northwestern University, B.A.
New York University, Paris, M.A.
APPOINTED 2013

LEARNING SPECIALIST

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Meghan Shann

Learning Specialist
Valdosta State University, B.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A., M.S.Ed., Fordham University, M.S.Ed.
APPOINTED 2016

MATHEMATICS

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Nick Kurian

Upper School Math & History
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Guthrie Porter

Upper School & Middle School Mathematics
Upper School Advisor
Fordham University, B.A.
New York University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2003
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Alissa Wall

Upper School Mathematics
Harvard University, A.B.
APPOINTED 2010
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Jason Wofsey

U.S. & M.S. Mathematics
Whitman College, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A., St. John's University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2013

SCIENCE

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Evie Alexander

Upper School & Middle School Science
Middle School Advisor
Cornell University, B.S.
Nazareth College, M.S., Keuka College, M.S.
APPOINTED 2013
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Ernestine Byer-Tyre

Upper School Science
Upper School Advisor
University of North Carolina, B.S.
B.S., Life College, Dr. of Chiropractic
APPOINTED 2001
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
dnauholnyk@pcs-nyc.org
Dania Nauholnyk was appointed Dean of Middle School Student Life in 2016.   A native New Yorker, she received both her B.S. and her M.A. from New York University.   She has taught middle school science at Professional Children's School since 1992.
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Kevin Rodd

Upper School Science
Regents College, B.S.
New York University, M.S.
APPOINTED 2002

TECHNOLOGY

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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
ljohnson@pcs-nyc.org
Lizbeth Johnson was appointed Director of Technology in 2014, serving as Director of Academic Technology from 2011-2014.  Before joining Professional Children's School she was Upper School Technology Coordinator at for 5 years at the Durham Academy in Durham, NC.  Her experience in industry includes an engineering position at Sikorsky Aircraft.  Ms. Johnson earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Master's degree in Education from North Carolina State University.
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AJ McGuire

Technology Integration Support Specialist
Ithaca College, B.S.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

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Vincent Sagona

Upper School & Middle School Drama, Health
Upper School Advisor
Seton Hall University, B.A., M.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A.
APPOINTED 2000
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Caroline Holder

Upper School & Middle School Art
York University, B.F.A.
NSCAD University, M.F.A., McGill University, Diploma of Education
APPOINTED 1993
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Laura Inman

Upper School & Middle School Music
University of Louisville, B.M.
Arizona State University, D.M.A., M.M.
APPOINTED 2018

STAFF

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Christine Dziegielewski

Receptionist
Medical Records Coordinator
APPOINTED 2009
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Raquel Martinez

Controller
Human Resources Coordinator
B.S.
APPOINTED 2009
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Ayana Pena-Espinal

Assistant to the Associate Head & Head of Upper School
Attendance Officer
APPOINTED 2016 (PCS SINCE 2010)
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Angela Perozo-Jackson

Middle School Administrative Assistant
A.A.
APPOINTED 2016
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Jean Scales

Admissions & Business Office Coordinator
APPOINTED 1986
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Noel Soisson

Assistant to the Director of Institutional Advancement
APPOINTED 2015

CAFETERIA STAFF

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Tony Rodriquez

Food Service Assistant
Cashier
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Joseph Mayes

Food Service Assistant
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Luz Fernandez

Custodian
Cafeteria Assistant
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Debra Alago

Food Service Manager

MAINTENANCE STAFF

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Bernardo Belloso

Custodian
Luz Fernandez's picture

Luz Fernandez

Custodian
Cafeteria Assistant
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Rocio Izurieta

Custodian
APPOINTED 2008
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Altagracia Ramos

Custodian
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Alejandrina Santos

Custodian
APPOINTED 2013
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Fred Wilson

Custodian
APPOINTED 2017

UPPER SCHOOL

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Evie Alexander

Upper School & Middle School Science
Middle School Advisor
Cornell University, B.S.
Nazareth College, M.S., Keuka College, M.S.
APPOINTED 2013
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Ernestine Byer-Tyre

Upper School Science
Upper School Advisor
University of North Carolina, B.S.
B.S., Life College, Dr. of Chiropractic
APPOINTED 2001
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Kevin Casey

Physical Education
US Advisor
B.A.
M.S.
APPOINTED 2001
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Maureen Darcy

Upper School & Middle School French & Spanish
Middle School Advisor
New York University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Loryn Evanoff

Head of Upper School
Clarkson University, B.S.
University of North Carolina, M.F.A.
APPOINTED 2018
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Ruben Gonzalez

Upper School & Middle School Spanish
Upper School Advisor
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, B.A.
State University of Stony Brook, Ph.D.
APPOINTED 2014
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Dalila Hannouche

Upper School French
Upper School Advisor
Ecole Nationale d'Administration, L.D.
University of Illinois, M.A., A.B.D.
APPOINTED 2001
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Catherine Henry

English & History
US Advisor
Fairfield University, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 2013
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Bill Hirt

Upper School History
College Advisor
University of Minnesota, B.A., B.S.
Columbia University, M.S.
APPOINTED 1989
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Bill Hirt

Upper School History
College Advisor
University of Minnesota, B.A., B.S.
Columbia University, M.S.
APPOINTED 1989
whirt@pcs-nyc.org
William Hirt was appointed College Advisor in 2010.   Mr. Hirt earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.  He spent a year as a Peace Corps member in Cameroon before earning an M.A. in Education from Columbia University.  He joined the Professional Children's School History Dept. in 1989.
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Caroline Holder

Upper School & Middle School Art
York University, B.F.A.
NSCAD University, M.F.A., McGill University, Diploma of Education
APPOINTED 1993
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Laura Inman

Upper School & Middle School Music
University of Louisville, B.M.
Arizona State University, D.M.A., M.M.
APPOINTED 2018
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
ljohnson@pcs-nyc.org
Lizbeth Johnson was appointed Director of Technology in 2014, serving as Director of Academic Technology from 2011-2014.  Before joining Professional Children's School she was Upper School Technology Coordinator at for 5 years at the Durham Academy in Durham, NC.  Her experience in industry includes an engineering position at Sikorsky Aircraft.  Ms. Johnson earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Master's degree in Education from North Carolina State University.
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Nick Kurian

Upper School Math & History
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Jeff Laguzza

English
US Advisor
Binghamton University, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2004
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Sarah Murphy

Librarian, English 6/7
Drew University, B.A.
MILS, Palmer School of Long Island University
APPOINTED 2018
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Renata Nikolayev

English as a Second Language
International Student Advisor Yearbook Advisor
Northwestern University, B.A.
New York University, Paris, M.A.
APPOINTED 2013
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Thomas Orefice

US English
US Advisor
Fordham University, B.A.
New York Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 1986
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Erika Petersen

Upper School History
Hunter College, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2003
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Guthrie Porter

Upper School & Middle School Mathematics
Upper School Advisor
Fordham University, B.A.
New York University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2003
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Kevin Rodd

Upper School Science
Regents College, B.S.
New York University, M.S.
APPOINTED 2002
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Vincent Sagona

Upper School & Middle School Drama, Health
Upper School Advisor
Seton Hall University, B.A., M.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A.
APPOINTED 2000
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Shellie Sclan

US English
US Advisor
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 1979
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Meghan Shann

Learning Specialist
Valdosta State University, B.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A., M.S.Ed., Fordham University, M.S.Ed.
APPOINTED 2016
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Alex Shaurette

Associate Head of Academic Affairs
Indiana University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2018 (PCS SINCE 2013)
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Alex Shaurette

Associate Head of Academic Affairs
Indiana University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2018 (PCS SINCE 2013)
ashaurette@pcs-nyc.org
Alex Shaurette was appointed in 2018.  He joined PCS as Upper School Head in 2013.  Alex earned a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College.  He attended the something at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.  He has over 15 years teaching experience, most recently at the Dwight-Engelwood School where he served as Learning Specialist  and Class Dean.
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Jason Wofsey

U.S. & M.S. Mathematics
Whitman College, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A., St. John's University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2013

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Maureen Darcy

Upper School & Middle School French & Spanish
Middle School Advisor
New York University, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2014
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Sean Fedeli

Middle School Social Studies
Yale University, B.A.
Fordham University, M.S., St. John's University, M.S.
APPOINTED 2016
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Ruben Gonzalez

Upper School & Middle School Spanish
Upper School Advisor
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, B.A.
State University of Stony Brook, Ph.D.
APPOINTED 2014
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Catherine Henry

English & History
US Advisor
Fairfield University, B.A.
Boston College Law School, J.D.
APPOINTED 2013
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Caroline Holder

Upper School & Middle School Art
York University, B.F.A.
NSCAD University, M.F.A., McGill University, Diploma of Education
APPOINTED 1993
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Laura Inman

Upper School & Middle School Music
University of Louisville, B.M.
Arizona State University, D.M.A., M.M.
APPOINTED 2018
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
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Lizbeth Johnson

Director of Technology
US Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Spelman College, B.S.
North Caroline State University, M.Ed.
APPOINTED 2011
ljohnson@pcs-nyc.org
Lizbeth Johnson was appointed Director of Technology in 2014, serving as Director of Academic Technology from 2011-2014.  Before joining Professional Children's School she was Upper School Technology Coordinator at for 5 years at the Durham Academy in Durham, NC.  Her experience in industry includes an engineering position at Sikorsky Aircraft.  Ms. Johnson earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Master's degree in Education from North Carolina State University.
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Jeff Laguzza

English
US Advisor
Binghamton University, B.A., M.A.
APPOINTED 2004
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Sarah Murphy

Librarian, English 6/7
Drew University, B.A.
MILS, Palmer School of Long Island University
APPOINTED 2018
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
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Dania Nauholnyk

Dean of Middle School Life
Alumni Liaison Middle School Science
New York University, B.S., M.A.
APPOINTED 1992
dnauholnyk@pcs-nyc.org
Dania Nauholnyk was appointed Dean of Middle School Student Life in 2016.   A native New Yorker, she received both her B.S. and her M.A. from New York University.   She has taught middle school science at Professional Children's School since 1992.
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Guthrie Porter

Upper School & Middle School Mathematics
Upper School Advisor
Fordham University, B.A.
New York University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2003
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Vincent Sagona

Upper School & Middle School Drama, Health
Upper School Advisor
Seton Hall University, B.A., M.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A.
APPOINTED 2000
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Meghan Shann

Learning Specialist
Valdosta State University, B.A.
Brooklyn College, M.F.A., M.S.Ed., Fordham University, M.S.Ed.
APPOINTED 2016
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Jason Wofsey

U.S. & M.S. Mathematics
Whitman College, B.A.
Columbia University, M.A., St. John's University, M.A.
APPOINTED 2013