James A. Dever Elementary School

585 North Corona Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580-2099

Phone: (516) 568-6120
Principal:Mr. Darren Gruen



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Principal’s Message:

Welcome to James A. Dever Elementary School!

At Dever, community and family are cornerstones of what makes our school so special. The faculty and staff, along with the administration, are intensely committed to working together with parents and caregivers, and the greater Valley Stream Thirteen community, to provide the children with nothing but the best we have to offer.The first thing that strikes you when you come to Dever is that our school is a happy place. You are greeted with a smile and everyone is ready and willing to lend a helping hand. The faculty and staff are intensely collegial, and each works diligently to foster this sense of community. Additionally, they take very personally the task at hand – to ensure that each and every child develops to their fullest potential; academically, socially, and emotionally. Ask any child, and they will tell you that they love their school, and more importantly, that they are excited and love to come to school. It is here that they find a challenging and nurturing environment in which to test their abilities, make explorations and discoveries, construct meaning, and to make achievements that they can be proud of and celebrate. Ask any parent, and they will tell you that Dever provides opportunities for everyone to participate in and to be a part of this special learning community. Our extremely active parents work cooperatively with the school to enrich our children’s educational experience, both during and after school. We encourage citizenship and courtesy, along with caring and sharing. That’s what makes our school so special. Together we work to monitor and further our progress toward extremely high, but realistic standards, seek out novel and creative ways to improve our instructional endeavors, and to constantly strive for excellence. That’s what makes Dever so special.

Directions to James A. Dever School

Cross Island Parkway South to Southern State Parkway East.
Get off at exit 15 South (Corona Avenue). Stay to right fork on exit ramp. Make left into parking lot at next traffic light. Enter building using right-hand set of doors as you face the building.

Staff List


Darren Gruen

Angela Lucente
Judy Szalyga

Faculty & Staff:


Michele DiScala
Megan Lupo
Megan Ross

Grade 1
Maria Francaviglia
Stacey LoBello
Debora O’Connor

Grade 2
Teresa Artuso
Denise DeMeo
Louise Marchesi

Grade 3
L. J. Butler
Anne O’Sullivan
Alison Sannella

Grade 4
Meredith Bennett
Noelle Rogers
Stephanie Lotito
Grace Wohlfahrt
Alyssa Bentz

Grade 5
Andrea DiMango
Sharon Kapitansky
Mary Ellen Kefalogiannis
J.J. Weiner

Grade 6
Jayne Hartten
Denise Phillips
Paula Scavelli

Janis Boremski

Building Aide
Joanna Lynch

Classroom Aides
Kristina Badome
Elaine Bringas
Diane Buitrago
Marie D’Ancona
Christine Davi
Ruthie Fields
Virginia Fontaine
Daisy Martin
Filomena Mascetti
Eileen Meyer
Debbie Nagler
Justine O’Connell
Lucia Peragino
Mimi Pinello
Linda Saporito
Patricia Sullivan
Debra Szabo

Custodial Staff
Jim Babst
Thomas Babst
James Centore

Marcella Capobianco
Josette Green

Gifted and Talented
Richard Rosenfeld

Instructional Coaches
Andrea DiMango (Math)
Laurie Salvatore (Literacy)

Roxanne MacDonald

Math Specialist
Kimberly Braga

Media Aide

Glenn Guidone
Johanna Land
Matthew Spinks

Noon-Hour Aides
Nisa Alam
Stephanie Cantanzaro
Andrea Colletti
Tyrell Coon
Tana Leonardi
Maria Luisi
Susan Parisi
Deanna Ventura

Noon-Hour Supervisor
Joseph Rasulo

Carolann Jaffe

Occupational Therapist
Sherley Fils-Aime

Physical Education
Carrie Lundgren
Peter Schwasnick

Physical Therapist
Shoshana Bazini

Dr. Susan Nissen

Annemarie Gunn
Kati Miano
Eileen Wallace

Safety Escort
Connie Pincus

Security Desk
Heather Lappe
Louanne Milone
Margaret Whydle

Social Worker
Debbie Kornfeld

Special Education
Alyssa Bentz
Thomas DiGiorgio
Bonney Goldberg
Michelle Johnson
Joan Seidl
Kim Spinner
Betsy Ullrich
Valerie Valinoti
Alyssa Ventura

Speech Therapists
Natalka Michaliszyn
Christy Taveira

Teaching Assistants
Patricia Sullivan