FACULTY & STAFF

Sister Kelly Quinn

Principal

Sister Kelly Quinn has been Principal of Our Lady of Grace Montessori School since 1996. She was a teacher at OLG for 7 years before returning to Scranton to study School Administration, while teaching in a local school. She then returned to OLG as Principal. As a Montessori-trained teacher, Sister Kelly believes that there is no other way to teach young children if we truly want them to love learning.

Anne Kaja

Administrative Assistant

Anne Kaja earned her BS in Accounting from St. John’s University. She resigned her position as Comptroller of the Health and Welfare Funds for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York to raise her children. She worked as a substitute Teacher’s Assistant in the Roslyn School District from 2004 until 2011. Anne joined Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in December 2011, where she was welcomed by faculty, students and families alike.

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Additional Resources & Support
School Nurse

A school nurse is provided by the Manhasset School District for four hours each day. The nurse is responsible for the maintenance of health records, routine health checks, parent contact regarding health problems, care of minor injuries, and vision and hearing screenings. Parents must contact the nurse if a child is absent due to a communicable disease. When a student has recovered from a communicable disease, he/she must bring a release to return to school from the doctor. If it is absolutely necessary for a student to receive medication while in school the parent may either come to the school and personally administer the medication, or have a doctor complete and sign an Authorization to Administer Medication Form. The nurse will then administer the medication provided that the medication is in the original pharmacy-labeled container.

 

Special Education Services

If a child is suspected of needing special education services, the District is required by State regulation to send evaluators to our school to observe and evaluate children individually. The evaluative staff include a speech therapist, psychologist, special education teacher, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and others as needed. Students who qualify for services are provided these services on our premises by the Manhasset School District for school aged children and local school districts for pre-kindergarten and nursery aged children.

Cate McGinley

Cate McGinley has been a teacher at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware and her Montessori certification from the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Prior to moving back to New York, Cate taught in a Montessori School in Delaware. When looking for a Montessori school on Long Island, Cate called her former Principal who was, at that time, the President of the American Montessori Society in Manhattan. Thanks to her recommendation, she found this incredible school. Cate feels truly blessed every day to be a part of the OLG family and to have been able to give her two children this amazing education.

Liz Benn

Liz Benn was lucky to begin her teaching career at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in September of 1998. After a fun, inspiring first year, she attended the College of New Rochelle in the summer of 1999, where she completed her Montessori training. She spent the next 13 years meeting many wonderful families and becoming a part of the Our Lady of Grace community. In 2012, Liz was blessed with twin boys and decided to take a three year hiatus from teaching to focus on being a new mom. In September of 2015, she returned to Our Lady of Grace as both a teacher and as a parent. She is happy to be back and excited for her children to continue their educational experience at OLG.

Marian Taverna

Marian Taverna is married with two sons, one of whom is an Our Lady of Grace Montessori School alumnus. She has been teaching at OLG since 1990.  She feels truly blessed to be part of the OLG family.

Brigid McGann

Brigid McGann is a proud Manhasset resident who started her career at Our Lady of Grace in 2017. Brigid graduated in 2014 from Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva, New York. Brigid spent three years working in New York City before returning to Manhasset to pursue her career as a teacher at OLG. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and feels truly blessed to be a part of the OLG community!

Lisa Grippo

Lisa Grippo has been a member of the Our Lady of Grace Montessori School staff since the early 1990's. She obtained an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Arts in education from Adelphi University. She has held a variety of teaching positions including several of the 3-6 year old classrooms and Kindergarten. Lisa is the co-creator of the Full Fours program. She feels extremely blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.

Kimberly Ottomanelli

Kimberly Ottomanelli has been part of the Our Lady of Grace Montessori School faculty since 2005. She has taught in both the 3-6 primary classroom and the Full Fours program. Prior to returning to NY, Kimberly taught at a Montessori school in Columbus, Ohio for several years after graduating from The Ohio State University. She feels truly blessed to be part of the Our Lady of Grace family.

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson has her New York State certification in Pre-K to 6th grade, and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education grades Pre-K to 3rd. She has been married since 1990 and has three children, all of whom have graduated from Our Lady of Grace Montessori School. Lauren, her youngest, is in 4th grade at James Boyd Intermediate School.  Her son, Connor, is a freshman at SUNY Geneseo and her daughter, Taylor, is in 10th grade at John Glenn High School. Jennifer is currently teaching Kindergarten and has been teaching at OLG for since 1995.

Jennifer Schulz

Elementary Upstairs

Jennifer Schulz has been teaching at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School since September 2001. She taught for four years in the South Wing, and has been happily working in the Elementary Program since September 2005. Jennifer received her Bachelor's Degree in elementary education from SUNY New Paltz and her Master's Degree in reading and special education from Hofstra University. In her younger years, she taught religious education and helped create a daycare program in her high school. Teaching has always been in her heart, and she is so happy to be part of the Our Lady of Grace family.

Mary Stark

Elementary Upstairs
Mary Stark came to Our Lady of Grace Montessori School on a one year leave of absence from her job as Assistant Principal in a large, inner-city school in Glasgow, Scotland. That was in 2001! Mr. Tom Freeman, one of the school's former parents, told her at her first Christmas Cocktail Party, "We don’t choose Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of Grace chooses us." How true! At OLG, Mary has found her bliss, so we are “stuck with her until we wheel her out!"

Cecilia Rohan

Elementary Downstairs

Cecilia Rohan has been teaching at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School since 1999. She has a BA degree in English from SUNY Albany and an MS degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College. Miss Cecilia completed Montessori training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, and is certified by the American Montessori Society to teach children ages 6-9.

Geraldine Rosario

Elementary Downstairs

Geraldine Rosario has been teaching at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School since September, 2018. She received a Bachelors degree in Childhood Education in 2013 and a dual Masters degree in TESOL K-12 and Literacy B-6 in 2017 from St. John's University. Prior to OLG, Geraldine taught Kindergarten and Nursery in a Childcare Center.

Susan Krugman

Elementary French

Nancy Albanese, RN

School Nurse

Nancy Albanese is a 1988 graduate of Fairfield University. She started her nursing career at Memorial Sloan Kettering on the pediatric oncology unit. Nancy moved to Manhasset in 1998 and began working at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn as a pediatric nurse in the PICU. She started her family in 2000 and briefly put her career on hold. Nancy spent several summers as the camp nurse for Buckley Country Day School. This led her to pursue school nursing. She has worked as a substitute nurse for the Manhasset School District since 2014. Nancy has been at OLG since November 2018. She considers herself very fortunate and loves coming to work every day!

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