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.


Staff List

Administration:

Principal
Darren Gruen

Faculty & Staff:

Kindergarten

Michele DiScala
Megan Lupo
Megan Ross and Joan Seidl

Grade 1
Maria Francaviglia and Alyssa Ventura
Stacey LoBello
Debora O’Connor

Grade 2
Teresa Artuso
Denise DeMeo
Louise Marchesi and Joan Seidl

Grade 3
L. J. Butler
Anne O’Sullivan and Bonney Goldberg
Alison Sannella
Kim Spinner

Grade 4
Stephanie Lotito
Noelle Rogers and Bonney Goldberg
Grace Wohlfahrt

Grade 5
Sharon Kapitansky
Mary Ellen Kefalogiannis and Michelle Johnson
J.J. Weiner and Betsy Ullrich
Alyssa Bentz
Meredith Bennett

Grade 6
Jayne Hartten and Tom DiGiorgio
Denise Phillips
Paula Scavelli and Betsy Ullrich

Art
Janis Boremski

ENL
Josette Green
Marcella Capobianco

Gifted and Talented
Richard Rosenfeld

Instructional Coaches
John Frias (Math)
Laurie Salvatore (Literacy)
Melissa O’Geary (Technology)

Librarian
Roxanne MacDonald

Math Specialist
Kimberly Braga

Music
Glenn Guidone
Johanna Land
Matthew Spinks

Occupational Therapist
Sherley Fils-Aime

Physical Education
Carrie Lundgren
Peter Schwasnick

Physical Therapist
Shoshana Bazini

Psychologist
Dr. Susan Nissen

Reading Specialists
Annemarie Gunn
Kati Miano
Eileen Wallace

Social Worker
Debbie Kornfeld

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

Speech Therapists
Natalka Michaliszyn
Christy Taveira

Building Aide
Joanna Lynch

Classroom Aides
Elaine Bringas
Marie D’Ancona
Christine Davi
Ruthie Fields
Virginia Fontaine
Daisy Martin
Filomena Mascetti
Eileen Meyer
Debbie Nagler
Justine O’Connell
Wanda Oree
Mimi Pinello
Linda Saporito
Debra Szabo

Custodial Staff
James Centore
Thomas Babst
Phil Jeannette
Rene Ramirez

Media Aide
Kimberly Latremore

Noon-Hour Aides
Stephanie Cantanzaro
Andrea Colletti
Tyrell Coon
JoRae Hafter
Maria Luisi
Deborah Saad
Deanna Ventura

Noon-Hour Supervisor
Joseph Rasulo

Nurse
Carolann Jaffe

Safety Escort
Margaret Whydle
TBD

Secretaries
Angela Lucente
Judy Szalyga

Security Desk
Heather Lappe
Louanne Milone
Margaret Whydle