At The Windward School, we seek to build and retain an outstanding and committed faculty and staff.
Windward's mission and core values influence everything we do - whether it is in the classroom, in the science lab or art studio, or on the field.
More than 400 part-time and full-time faculty and staff members across four divisions and three campuses, giving employees a small, tight-knit community at their campus while feeling part of a larger organization. Two Westchester campuses are located in White Plains, NY, and the Manhattan campus is located on the Upper East Side.
Additionally, two divisions support the School's mission—Windward Teaching Training Program and The Windward Institute.
- The renowned Windward Teacher Training Program recruits, hires, trains, mentors, and retains teachers at The Windward School. Teachers entering their second year or beyond of teaching at Windward have the opportunity to pursue a Master's degree program in Education Studies with a focus on Literacy at Manhattanville College. This program was designed exclusively for Windward. The Windward School and Manhattanville College have partnered to cover 70% of tuition costs for participating teachers.
- The Windward Institute offers professional development to all educators, forms partnerships with research and educational institutions, and advocates for students with language-based learning disabilities.
The Windward School truly transforms students' lives, and our faculty and staff all contribute daily to the School's mission. The friendly, hard-working, and collegial Windward community provides a supportive professional environment in which all members are encouraged to develop into outstanding education professionals.
- Chief Financial Officer
- Director of Educational Technology
- Facilities Director
- Assistant Director of Human Resources
- Part Time Non-Instructional School Aide
- Communications Associate
- Outreach Coordinator - The Windward Institute
- Content & Implementation Director - The Windward Institute
- Facilities Associate (Manhattan - Day Shift)
- Facilities Associate (Westchester Lower School - Night Shift)
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Educational Technology
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Part Time Non-Instructional School Aide
Outreach Coordinator - The Windward Institute
Content & Implementation Director - The Windward Institute
Facilities Associate (Manhattan - Day Shift)
Facilities Associate (Westchester Lower School - Night Shift)
Meet Our Faculty & Staff
Congratulations to Manhattan Middle School Assistant Teacher Tomas Endter for their award-winning play, Built on Bones.
Manhattan Coordinator of Social Studies and Student Council Advisor Laura Bellizzi gives back to her community in her free time as a volunteer for BUILD NYC.
Westchester Lower School Maintenance Supervisor
Westchester Middle School Teacher Pierce Yamaoka smashes conventions around classical music while raising funds for worthy causes as an activist musician and organizer for Protestra.
Manhattan Lower & Middle Schools Division Head
Director of Finance and Operations and Assistant Head of School
Coordinator of Special Services
Admissions and Westchester Lower School Administrative Assistant
Jessica Sorna is a fourth-grade teacher at The Windward School’s Westchester Lower School. She has a master’s degree in Literacy from Fordham University and is IMSLEC certified at the teaching level. Jessica was the 2018 recipient of the Sandi Galst Scholar Award, given annually to an outstanding Windward reading teacher.
Danielle Ngo is a third-grade teacher and Lower School Math Coordinator. She has been a teacher for ten years, she and works primarily with students who have language-based learning disabilities. She currently resides in New York with her husband and their four cats.
Ms. Katherine Kaneko shares tips on helping students learn about and use primary sources.
Megan Heaney is a sixth-grade language arts and math teacher at The Windward School, a school designed to give children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities the skills they need to achieve their potential. She attended Manhattan College for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary and special education with a concentration in mathematics. Her New York State certifications include Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6).
Hunter Burnard grew up in Binghamton, NY. He played college lacrosse at Rutgers University before choosing to pursue a career in education. Hunter and his wife are both teachers, and together they share a 1-year-old daughter, Shay.
Sarah Brown has been teaching sixth-grade Language Arts and Social Studies at The Windward School for four years. She has always been a book lover, so she enjoyed researching dyslexia and language and reading development in both college and graduate school at Columbia University Teachers College. When Ms. Brown is not teaching, she enjoys baking new recipes (which her students always taste-test), running, traveling, and exploring New York City where she lives.
Currently, Stephanie Dunn is the Supervisor of Library Services at The Windward School, a school serving students with language-based learning disabilities. In this role, she oversees the library collection as well as research curriculum, promoting lifelong readers and fostering 21st century research skills.
Paul Lennihan has been a teacher at The Windward School for seven years. He discovered his passion for science at a young age, and he enjoys bringing that enthusiasm to his students. An avid SCUBA diver, Mr. Lennihan loves to introduce his students to the wonders of the natural world.
WMS Language Arts teacher Ashley Di Salvo shares her tips for organizing her classroom and helping her students stay organized.
MLS and MMS Language Arts Coordinator Sarah Golden shares her approaches for teaching grammar to students.
WMS Language Arts teacher Alexandra Frelinghuysen shares her goal-oriented strategy for helping her students want to revise their writing.
MLS teacher Sarah Nordgren shares how to motivate students to want to revise their writing.
Betsy Duffy, Director of Language Arts and Instruction at The Windward School, shares why retrieval practice in the classroom is so important.
WMS Language Arts teacher and Isabel Greenbaum Stone Master Teacher Award recipient Roberta Plotycia shares her most effective instructional strategy for teaching writing.
MLS and MMS teacher Claudio Barbieri shares his most effective instructional strategy for teaching physical education.
Westchester Middle School teacher and Team Leader Dina DiGiacomo shares the best teaching advice she's ever received.
WLS teacher Alicia Kempin discusses the importance of motivating students to want to improve their own writing.
Listen to Mr. Williamson's guest appearance on the latest episode of the NAIS Member Voices podcast.
Manhattan Middle School Teacher and Coordinator of Language Arts Ms. Gottlieb shares her expertise on the single most effective writing instructional strategy for teaching students with learning challenges.
Westchester Middle School Teacher Ms. Di Capua shares her expertise on the single most effective inclusive instructional strategy for teaching students with learning challenges.
Director of Information Technology Dr. Kwamé LaBassiere shares how surfers' paddle out honors the Black Lives Matter movement.
Director of Development
Westchester Lower School Fourth Grade Teacher
As a panelist, Mr. Williamson discusses active efforts to expand candidate pools, how organizational processes have been rethought to promote diversity, and how he has engaged in―and led―conversations to enhance well-rounded awareness of social justice objectives.
Four faculty members were featured on edCircuit as they shared their perspectives on best practices for remote teaching.
Congratulations to our six faculty and staff award recipients for the 2019-20 school year!
Windward Welcomes Jamie Williamson as Head of School
Westchester Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Championing the Windward Way
Westchester Middle School Eighth Grade Teacher
Director of Admissions and Assistant Head of School
Director of Admissions
Coordinator of Science for Grades 1-9
Assistant Division Head of Manhattan Middle School
Assistant Division Head of Westchester Lower School
Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Health
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The Windward Way
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