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The Willow Road School students, staff and families make our school a very special place. Throughout our building, one will always find a ready smile along with a spirit of kindness and collaboration. Our staff is committed to creating a learning environment that allows students to flourish and reach their maximum potential, through high quality instruction and support for social and emotional wellbeing. We are committed to developing lifelong learners, by providing students every opportunity to demonstrate creativity, while fostering an appreciation for individual differences. We believe every child is unique and capable of their highest potential being immersed in a positive, supportive, and innovative environment. It is our sincere ambition to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a very important member of the Willow Family. It is an honor to serve as the principal of the Willow Road School. I am grateful to be an integral component of a community where families, staff, and students truly care for one another through relationship building, academic growth and emotional wellbeing. As we very often say, “If someone hasn’t told you yet today, we are here to tell you; You are awesome!”

Welcome to the Willow Road School.

Rosalie Ambrosio




880 Catalpa Drive
Franklin Square, NY 11010


(516) 568-6640

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Faculty & Staff


Rosalie Ambrosio


Mary Danna / Ariann Tulloch
Hilary Rene
Emily Martino

Grade 1

Christine Coryell
Bryan Donovan
Jillian Mendes/Lisa Gimbel




Grade 2

Cynthia Ambadjes
Hanna Choi
Tristen Simmons / Caitlin Nelson
Antonella Sciscioli

Grade 3

Nanci Brochhagen / Lisa Gimbel
Susan Cirakoglu
Taylor Nisen
Melanie VanEron

Grade 4

Matthew Costantino
Michelle Lepe / Lisa Amato
Lauren Anglim
Alyssa Rivera


Grade 5

Deanna Cappello
Donna Gonzalez / Mario Romeo
Torianna Simpson-O’Neal
Greer White



Grade 6

Karen Higgins / Vanessa Morales
Sharon Marrione
Jeanette Walters



Soneya Bonetti
Christine Robinson

Gifted & Talented

Ashley Garry

Instructional Coaches

Denise Simone (Math)
Cindy Gervasi (Literacy)
Cindia Alvarado (Technology)


Carole Anne Weik


Math Specialist

Lauren Cassidy
Noele Villa

Occupational Therapist

Alyssa Scialabba

Physical Education

Elias Gaston
Peter Gatto

Physical Therapist

Shoshana Bazini



Leslie Gulkis
Karen Jason

Reading Specialists

Mairead Dorry
Ilona Goldstein
Heather Lanning

Social Worker

Jamey Schechter


Speech Therapists

Pamela Doodnauth
Kristina Dilauro
Kaitlyn Espina
Kalei Mills

Teaching Assistants

Jason Ambadjes
Deanna Gisonda
Dulfay Quintero
Patricia Sullivan

Building Aide

Catherine Kasiotis


Classroom Aides

Colleen Accardi
Nidia Andrikopoulos
Raadiya Billings
Elizabeth Cascio
Charlene Case
Deanna DiBartolomeo
Sandy Gagstetter
Samantha Gipson
Diane Gonzalez
Shahanera Hasan
Mahmoona Imtiaz
Haydee Jawad
JoAnn Karalis
Ann Lochan
Carol Lucente
Marianne McKinley
Doris Mendoza
Dawn Moreno
Shana Mulvey
Maria Napolitano
Abigail Ott
Lori Restivo
Gaetana Rigano
Julia Scala
Juanita Stern
Andrew Sutton
Peggy Tosca
Christina Vila

Custodial Staff

William Buchanan
Roberto Carreras
Lisa Centore
Dominick Natoli

Media Aide

Vidya Lochan

Noon-Hour Aides

Kaitlin Bustamante
Maria Guevara-Flores
Megan LaVoic
Christine Masotto
Susan Peluso
Tasneem Samad

Noon-Hour Supervisor

Grace Thompson



Audrey Carrott

School Counselor

Ryan Boyle


Janice Buontempo
Debbie McDougall

Security Officers

Sophie Kure
Rayan Khan


Security Desk

LoRae George