Instructors & Presenters

Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D. G. Emerson Dickman, J.D. Keri Levine, M.S.
Phyllis Bertin, M.S. Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed. Anne Margolis, LCSW
David Anderson, Ph.D. Jill Fedele, M.S.E. Danielle Patalano, M.S.
Mark Bertin, M.D. Char Forsten, M.B.A. Eileen Perlman, M.S. 
Ronnie Berish, M.S. Patricia Gay, M.A. Carol Siegel, M.A.
Laura Bottari, M.S. Ed. ToniAnn Hutchison, M.S. Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D.
Rachel Busman, Psy.D. Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. Lori Squillante, M.S.
Timothy Caccopola, M.S. Amy Linden, M.A. Alan B. Wachtel, M.D.


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Judith Hochman

Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D.

Dr. Judith C. Hochman, is the former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings on Hudson, New York and former Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York.  She is the founder and senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute.

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Phyllis Bertin, M.S.

Phyllis Bertin, M.S., a noted lecturer, teacher trainer and school consultant, is the Director of Reading at Windward Teacher Training Institute.

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David Anderson, Ph.D.

David Anderson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. He is devoted to ensuring that patients and their families receive innovative, evidence-based care, and he has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral parent training, school consultation and teacher training. 

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Mark Bertin, M.D.

Dr. Mark Bertin, a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, studied at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his training in general pediatrics at Oakland Children's Hospital in California. 

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Ronnie Berish, M.S.

Ronnie Berish, M.S., certified in both elementary and special education, has been teaching reading and training staff at The Windward School for more than thirty years.

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Laura Bottari, M.S. Ed.

Ms. Bottari has worked at The Windward School since 2009 as a middle school math teacher and math curriculum developer. In addition, she has presented direct instruction and classroom management strategies to Windward teachers. 

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Rachel Busman, Psy.D.

Dr. Rachel Busman is Co-Director of the Selective Mutism Program, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute.

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Timothy Caccopola, M.S.

Timothy Caccopola, M.S., has taught social studies and study skills for eight years at The Windward School.

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G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.

Emerson Dickman is an attorney who, for over thirty years, has specialized in the representation of children with disabilities.

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Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed.

Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed., is the Director of Language Arts at The Windward School and former Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Graham School in Hastings, New York. 

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Jill Fedele, M.S.E.

Ms. Fedele is currently the Coordinator of Middle School Language Arts at The Windward School.  She has worked for over 15 years at The Windward School as a Director of Reading and a classroom teacher.

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Char Forsten, M.B.A.

A former teacher and teaching principal for 18 years, Char is a popular presenter who now works frequently as a consultant in classrooms across the country.

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Patricia A. Gay, M.A.

Mrs. Gay has been a classroom teacher at The Windward School since 1998. She received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Manhattanville College.

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ToniAnn Hutchison, M.S.

Ms. Hutchison currently the Assistant Head of the Middle School at The Windward School. Ms. Hutchison had previously been The Windward School’s Middle School Math Coordinator since 2010. 

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Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.

Dr. Koplewicz is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and president and founder of the Child Mind Institute (CMI), an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. 

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Keri Levine, M.S.

Ms. Levine has been special educator in public schools for over 15 years.  Currently, she is a learning disabilities specialist in the White Plains Public School District, where she coordinates the program Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) curriculum to “at-risk” children in the general education setting. 

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Amy Linden, M.A.Amy Linded

Amy Linden, M.A., Supervisor of the Reading Program at The Windward School, is certified in both elementary and special education.

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Anne Margolis, LCSW

Anne Margolis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is presently employed at Familyhealth. Prior to that, she worked at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY and the Department of Psychiatry at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, NY.   

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Danielle Patalano, M.S.


Ms. Patalano is currently The Windward School’s Middle School Math Coordinator. As coordinator she designs and evaluates the Middle School’s math program, mentors teachers and presents workshops to faculty and parent groups

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Eileen Perlman, M.S.

Eileen Perlman, M.S., began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. For more than twenty-five years, she has been a learning disabilities specialist for the White Plains Public Schools. 

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Carol Siegel, M.A.

Carol Siegel, M.A., a master teacher with certification in Elementary and Special
Education and Multisensory Structured Language Education (IMSLEC), taught at
The Windward Lower School for 20 years. 

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Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D.

Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D., a language pathologist, has more than thirty-five years experience in clinical, private and university teaching and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences across the country.

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Lori Squillante, M.S.

Mrs. Squillante is currently the Coordinator of Lower School Math at The Windward School. 

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Alan B. Wachtel, M.D.Alan Wachtel

Alan B. Wachtel, M.D. is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates, a multi-disciplinary private group practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention, behavior, learning, and mood disorders.

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