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


Darren Gruen

Faculty & Staff:

Michele DiScala
Megan Lupo
Megan Ross and Bonney Goldberg

Grade 1
Maria Francaviglia 
Stacey LoBello and Bonney Goldberg

Debora O’Connor

Grade 2
Teresa Artuso
Denise DeMeo
Louise Marchesi and Joan Seidl

Grade 3
Anne O’Sullivan and Alyssa Bentz
Alison Sannella
Laura Greene

Grade 4
Stephanie Lotito and Kim Pierson
Noelle Rogers and Betsy Ullrich
Grace Wohlfahrt
Stephani McNulty

Grade 5
Sharon Kapitansky
Mary Ellen Kefalogiannis and Michelle Johnson
Meredith Bennett

Grade 6
J.J. Weiner and Stephani Eso
Parita Domadia
Paula Scavelli and Betsy Ullrich


Janis Boremski

Josette Green
Soneya Bonetti

Gifted and Talented
Richard Rosenfeld

Instructional Coaches
Denise Simone (Math)
Laurie Salvatore (Literacy)
Cindia Alvarado (Technology)

Roxanne MacDonald

Math Specialist
Kimberly Ward

Glenn Guidone
Johanna Land
Matthew Spinks

Occupational Therapist 
Shirley Fils-Aime
Christina DelGais

Physical Education
Carrie Lundgren
Peter Schwasnick

Physical Therapist
Shoshana Bazini

Dr. Susan Nissen

Reading Specialists
Annemarie Gunn
Kati Miano
Eileen Wallace

Social Worker
Debbie Kornfeld

Speech Therapists
Natalka Michaliszyn
Christy Taveira

Building Aide
Joanna Lynch

Classroom Aides
Jennifer Avitabile
Elaine Bringas
Stephanie Cantanzaro
Marie D’Ancona
Christine Davi
Virginia Fontaine
Daisy Martin
Filomena Mascetti
Eileen Meyer
Sharon Miller
Justine O’Connell
Mimi Pinello
Linda Saporito
Debra Szabo

Custodial Staff
James Centore
Thomas Babst
Phil Jeannette
Rene Ramirez

Media Aide
Andrea Colletti

Noon-Hour Aides
Sadia Amir
JoRae Hafter
Maria Luisi
Lisa Jacobsen
Silvia Polizzi
Nusrat Parveen
Therese Ringle
Deanna Ventura

Noon-Hour Supervisor
Ellen Guzman

 Melikia Softleigh

Safety Escort
Rosa Rivera
JoRae Hafter

Angela Lucente
Judy Szalyga

Security Desk
Louanne Milone