Meet the Staff
Assistant Superintendent of Pupil and Family Services
Darlene Pianka: 594-4020

Secretary to Assistant Superintendent
Flo Jones: 594-4020

Special Education Financial Assistant
Laura Luchette: 594-4021

Special Education Administrators:

Special Education Administrator (PreK/Elementary)
Lenore Dweck: 594-4030

Special Education Administrator (Saxe)
Carole Pakkala: 594-4570

Special Education Administrator (NCHS)
Bill Tesbir: 594-4650

Student Supports Coordinator
Susan Bliss: 594-4655

District School Psychologist
Danielle Maslar: 594-4319

Special Education Staff by School:
New Canaan High School: 594-4600

Principal: Bill Egan

Special Education Administrator: Bill Tesbir

School Psychologists: Maria Calcagni, Sandra Warkentin

School Counselors: Lori Keen, Susan Lenci, Linda McGann, Jane Mitchell, Cindy Rivera, Kelly Tamborrino, Ann Vernon, Nick Willett

Special Education Teachers: Jennifer Bojonell, Scott Craig, Joe Ditolla, Joyce Didia, Nicole Hammond, Jackie Hauge, Katy Paige, Nikki Pivovar, Beth Skudzienski, Caryn Vita,

Social Workers: Rachel Alpert, Eileen Donellan

Speech and Language Pathologists: Hope Blair, Melissa Mahon

Occupational Therapist: Marianne Gorski

Physical Therapist: Cathy Cote

Special Education Secretary: Joanne Gerardi

Saxe Middle School: 594-4500

Principal: Greg Macedo

Special Education Administrator: Carole Pakkala

School Psychologists: Christopher Dykes, Erica Palumbo

Special Education Teachers: Shelby Cromwell, Jennifer Chard, Stefanie Goldschmidt, Patty Hines, Lindsay Murphy, Linda Margiotta, Caitlin Portanova-Buccarelli, Patty Potts, Karen Ryan, Sara Tiani, Kevin Wilkins

School Counselors: Sarah Beltran, Brad Lepisto, Liz Margewicz, Tammy Nettleton, Deb Owen, Christine Risoli 

Challenge Teachers: Jean Caffrey, Kim Demers

Social Workers: Meredith Coffey, Cristina Pesce

Speech and Language Pathologists: Lisa Dahlstrom, Susan Gress, Lauren Russell

Occupational Therapists: Marianne Gorski, Jennifer Perhamus

Special Education Secretary: Beth Calandrelli

East Elementary School: 594-4200

Principal: Kristine Woleck

Special Education Administrator: Lenore Dweck

School Psychologists: Whitney Buckley, Alison Philips

Special Education Teachers: Anne Kahl, Danielle Cummings, Christina Spano, Lauren Sprosta

Challenge Teacher: Kathy Crosby

Speech and Language Pathologists: Nancy Kiersh, Jenn Weber

Social Worker: Tara Whiteley

Occupational Therapist: Stephanie Bellino

Physical Therapist: Helen Nishi

Special Education Secretary: Sylvia Sylvester

South Elementary School: 594-4300

Principal: Joanne Rocco

Special Education Administrator: Lenore Dweck

School Psychologists: Aileen Doohan, Jennifer Pritt

Special Education Teachers: Patricia Chase, Heather Doneit, Carol Dacey, Mary Kate Ross

Challenge Teacher: Kathy Crosby

Speech and Language Pathologists: Nicole Alberico, Jenn Weber

Social Worker: Kim Staiti

Occupational Therapists: Stephanie Bellino, Allison LaRow

Physical Therapists: Cathy Cote, Helen Nishi

West Elementary School: 594-4400

Principal: Jan Murphy

Special Education Administrator: Lenore Dweck

School Psychologists: Don Siegel, Rena Silberman

Social Worker: Laura Craighead

Special Education Teachers: Colleen Bailey, Deborah Carney, Ann Fisher, Katherine Rupp, Sue Schoenig

Preschool Teachers: Meghan Habansky, Daniella Mini, Cathy McClure

Challenge Teacher: Kathy Crosby

Speech and Language Pathologists: Francine Gurtler, Alicia Sullivan

Preschool Speech and Language Pathologist: Alyson Schroeder

Occupational Therapists: Danielle Utman, Allison LaRow

Physical Therapist: Kelly Conte

Special Education Secretary: Sylvia Sylvester

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Parent suggestions?
• Do you have suggestions for improving our Special Education system in New Canaan? We welcome your input!
• Do you have ideas for seminar speakers? Additional publications? Let us know. 
• How can we improve our Special Education website? We welcome suggestions. 

How can I contribute?
• There are parent representatives from each school who serve on a Parent Advisory Council to the Director.
• Know who your building representatives are and stay in touch with them, or volunteer to be one. 
• Participate actively in your child's Special Education programming.