Wheeler Avenue Elementary School


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Principal’s Message

The Wheeler Avenue Elementary school has a unique and rich history in the Valley Stream community, founded upon a dedication to students. Our focus at Wheeler Avenue Elementary is to provide a diverse and equitable education through our curriculum, character-building opportunities, emphasizing social-emotional learning, and excellence for all.

Our team is deeply committed to the success of each of our scholars. Values, purpose, and excellence are foundational pillars that drive our work. Our instructional practices, assessments, and resources align with our vision and focus on creating successful and motivated learners through robust learning opportunities. The curriculum encourages students to explore the world around them through inquiry-based learning opportunities that empower students to take risks by developing questions that demonstrate their inquisitiveness. The various threads of our work are intended to create individuals who possess the critical skills necessary for success, wherever their journeys take them in the future.

We strive to provide the best for every child within a caring environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Our mascot, Chirpy the Blue Jay, embodies these values through the acronym CHIRP. CHIRP stands for courteous, honest, inspiring, respectful, and proud. At Wheeler Avenue, we focus on providing character-building and social-emotional learning opportunities through our mascot and themes of the month. Students engage with authentic literature where these values are taught. We hope these values can be applied throughout the community, not just in school.

A strong home-school connection will set the stage for a child to grow up with a love of learning. We pride ourselves on forging new and strong relationships with families, students, and the community to achieve our goals. We want our families to feel that we exist to provide quality education and enhance the community of Valley Stream. Together, we will continue to make Wheeler an exceptional school community. As your Principal, I am excited to partner with you to usher in this new generation of learners to the future.

Welcome to the Wheeler Avenue Elementary School!

John Frias




1 West Wheeler Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580


(516) 568-6140

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Faculty & Staff


John Frias


Grade 1

Jennifer Bello /  Fiona Hobbs
Annemarie Ciociano
AnneMarie Gershowitz
Kathleen Ianuale
Krystal  Rosado / Andrea Petersen
Laurie Salvatore


Grade 2

Brittany Bent
Donna Buehre
Dianna Corr / Kristine La Croix
Caroline Cullen
Alyssa Gress

Grade 3

Heather Cea / Emily Canzoneri
Maureen Morris / Natalie Gregorek
Jennifer Navarra
Christine Seaman




Grade 5

Robert D’Agostino
Pamela Gollin / Valerie Valinoti
Deborah Hastings
Maria L’Heureux
Lisa Smaldon



Grade 6

Craig Caputo / Amy Scolieri
Valerie Cassano
Rena Diasio
Dr. Ruth Peets-Butcher






Kelsey Schulz
Karen Martorana


Tereza Bolz
Lisa Geary


Mary Francis Scott
William Shelley
Amy Yencharis
Christie Mancuso

Physical Education

Janet Miller
Robert Primeggia
Lisa Asario


Jennifer Cymbler
Marcella Capobianco

Gifted & Talented

Math (AIS)

Anne-Marie Apollo
Kristen Lees
Kevin Mayer


Elizabeth Abballe
Jillian Descul
Stephanie Fleischer
Diane Gorman
Jacqueline Rocholl


Jessica Erario


Guidance Counselor

Ryan Boyle

Hearing Therapist

Christina DiPaolo

Occupational Therapy

Christina DelGals
Jaymie Matthew

Phyiscal Therapy

Shoshana Bazini



Dr. Jennifer Leest

Speech Therapy

Ewa Jedynak

Social Worker

Mimi Bass

Building Aide

Maria Mancini


Classroom Aides

Michelle Agueros
Linda Betz
Sherry Bipath
Lana Gerbino
Lisann Henry
Hemat Jagnanan
Saima Latif
Leigh Norris
Michelle Rivera
Brittany Scalli
Bibi Ullah

Lunch Hour Supervisor

Delayne Somma


Noon Hour Aides

Carmen Amato
Maude Boyajian
Michelle Chiarovano
Angela Ciullo
Melissa Clayton
Leah Cricholow
Denise Cona
Maria Fico
Barbara Johnson
Doris Mendoza
Lorraine Seminerio
Helen Vendome

Teaching Assistant – Tech 

Kim Latremore




Charles Messler
Dan Pesa
Adam Ray
Adam Sells
Michael Sensale


Mary Browne
Denise Riggio


Robert Stone Jr.
Zobia Rashid
Sal Sirchia