Educators

Marta BaumillerArt Facilitator

Marta is a practicing artist and arts educator. After studying sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute and Maryland College of Art, she received her MFA from Stony Brook University. She has been a costume maker, milliner, fashion and lighting designer, and entrepreneur. Presently creating artworks across media with a focus on project-based installations, Marta’s interest lies in the environment and merging the functional object with process, form and politics. Her work can be found in galleries, hotels, and stores around the globe and locally from Oyster Bay to East End Arts, where she also teaches art classes.

Marta has taught arts across age groups at Stony Brook University, Aquebogue Elementary, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Virginia. She has led community workshops at the Jamesport Meeting House, and various Long Island elementary schools. She is passionate about the power of art and connecting with her students through making. Marta lives and works in a renovated barn on our beautiful North Fork, inspired by nature. She is excited to be joining the PCS community and thrilled to be able to ride her bike to work!

Molly BrownElementary Facilitator

莫莉是bec的激动ome a member of the PCS community. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from SUNY Purchase and a graduate degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Molly has taught in NYC independent schools for the past nine years, including Williamsburg Northside, Portfolio, and Spence. Molly believes that promoting students' social-emotional learning, providing them with opportunities for self-discovery, and celebrating their curiosity creates passionate lifelong learners.At a young age, Molly was exposed to project-based learning, and those experiences have guided her to become the teacher she is today. Molly grew up both in New York City and Long Island. She currently lives in Southold with her husband and infant daughter and enjoys watching documentaries, walking, and going to the beach.

Catherine Connelly
Learning Specialist and Program Director

A native North Forker, Catherine has held a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. Catherine graduated from Suffolk County Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Development and pursued her Children’s Program Administrative Credential from Hudson Valley Community College. She’s been working in the education field for over eight years as an Early Childhood educator, curriculum coordinator and, most recently, as Director of an East End preschool. Having spent several years studying the Reggio Emilia approach and the importance of learner-centered curriculum, Catherine is passionate about integrating developmentally appropriate practices, nature-based philosophy and the concept of learning through play. Outside of PCS, she loves spending time with her family and camping with her fiancé and two dogs.

Jenna Culbertson
Music Facilitator

Jenna is thrilled to expand her repertoire as the newly appointed Music Facilitator at PCS. Jenna is a familiar face on the PCS East campus, having lead the Early Childhood and Kindergarten music programs during the 2020-21 academic year, and is looking forward to sharing her passion for music and performance with students at PCS West.

Jenna is a certified Music Together specialist and holds a B.A. degree from Westminster Choir College. Her teaching philosophies are rooted in engaging students in experiential music education that incorporates movement, response and performance with rhythm and voice study. Originally from New Jersey, Jenna enjoys living on Long Island where she teaches voice in her private studio.

Eileen DeCecco
School Counselor

艾琳在2013年加入个人电脑美国vs苏格兰走地。一个多方面的educator, Eileen has served as Middle Primary Learning Specialist, Early Childhood Teacher Assistant, school Guidance Counselor, and a Special Education coordinator in her time at PCS. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has previously taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, as well as seventh and eighth grades. She is a mother of two and believes that fostering a love of learning for all students is critical to their life-long journey. She has experience in the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches and a strong belief in a community-driven school. She earned a BS in Business Administration from St. John’s University and MAEd in Educational Counseling. Living on the North Fork of Long Island herself, Eileen understands how meaningful a school like PCS is to this community of thoughtful, intelligent, caring parents. Collaborating with co-workers to form an integrated, fundamental, open-ended curriculum is the key to success for the future of our children.

Daniele Espinosa
Early Childhood Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Paola A. Flórez
KindergartenFacilitator

Before coming to PCS in 2016, Paola taught Spanish at the Southampton Montessori School for ten years. In that time, she also became the teacher’s assistant in the preschool classroom for two years. Paola has taught music and movement at various camps such as La Ronde, Southampton Bathing Corp. and the Quogue Field Club Junior Sports. She is also a certified Music Together teacher. Paola earned a B.A. in Communication from William Paterson University and a M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. She also earned her certification as an English-Spanish Translator from Adelphi University. Paola lives in Westhampton with her two children, Isabella and Dante.

Don Garside
Teaching Assistant

加入员工在电脑之前,美联社美国vs苏格兰走地ple orchard at Surrey Lane Farm in Southold. Prior to that he earned a BA in Elementary Education from Castleton State College in Vermont. Don is a local musician and artist specializing in artwork for children and the young at heart. You may have seen him at local markets, the PCS Maker Fair or other art shows by his tent that says “Every Picture Tells A Story”. Don assists within the classroom, and together with his guitar, harmonica and songs, is the PCS East weekly Sing-A-Long leader .

Amelia Gove
Teaching Assistant

Amelia grew up in Aquebgoue and realized from a young age that she had a passion for working with children. After falling in love with math during an AP Calculus class in high school, she decided to combine her interests and pursued a degree in Adolescent Education in Mathematics. Amelia recently graduated from SUNY Cortland, and after spending the summer working at PCS's Camp Wonder, she is pleased to join the school full time as a learning specialist and teaching assistant, concentrating in mathematics. Amelia enjoys reading and playing lacrosse, especially with her 8 year old Belgian Shepherd, Brina!

Stephanie Grundy
Early ChildhoodFacilitator

Originally from New York City, Stephanie has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from C. W. Post LIU, Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Brooklyn College and has experience working with children of all ages. Before joining PCS in 2020, Stephanie taught prekindergarten at a Reggio Emilia inspired/project-based school. Stephanie has a love for learning and inspiring others through kindness and developmentally appropriate practices focusing on strong social-emotional skills. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing on the beach, reading, and going on hikes with her dog.

Erika HeilmannEarly Childhood Facilitator & Yoga Facilitator

Erika is from East Setauket, New York, and spent most of her childhood playing with rocks and dirt. Her childhood experiences influenced her kinship to the natural world. While working towards her degrees, Erika became interested in farming and sustainability. She went on to receive a BA from Adelphi University in Art Education with a minor in Social Justice, and then received an MA from Stony Brook in STEM Integrated Education. Erika spent a short time teaching art in NYC public schools, but decided to return to farming where she stayed for eight years focusing on farm and nature based education programs. Erika also founded PlayLab, a children's yoga program for schools and families. She is proud and honored to be a part of the PCS family, where she can continue to explore the natural world with her students. Erika is passionate about fostering play, boldness, curiosity, and advocacy in her class. She enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, gardening, travelling, big belly laughs, and perfecting her coffee in the morning.

Meghan Hillen
Elementary Facilitator

Meghan taught for 10 years in third and fourth grade at Ross School in East Hampton, NY. While there she served as a team leader and Lower School math coordinator. Meghan wrote extensive math and Cultural History curriculum, with an emphasis on integrated project based learning. Before that, Meghan taught for 8 years in third and fourth grade at Hollfield Station Elementary School in Ellicott City, MD. While there she served as a team leader and a mentor teacher. She wrote math curriculum for the National Security Agency, and science curriculum for both Howard County Public Schools and Howard County Community College. She also spent a week at Space Camp for Educators in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Arts of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Meghan lives in Hampton Bays, with her husband, James, and son, JJ. She loves reading and learning more about the local community of eastern Long Island. Meghan feels that the most important aspect of a classroom is the relationships that are built there. Community building, collaboration, integration, and a continual sense of wonder are all important to her teaching.

Lisette LennonSpanish Facilitator

Lisette出生在哈瓦那,古巴。她移民to the United States via Spain at the age of 7 with her family. Lisette has 30 years of teaching experience. Her elementary education certification comes from Queens College. She is also certified by St. John’s University to teach Reading and Spanish. She hopes to use her love of Reading, Music, and Art to inspire our children to love Spanish. She also enjoys teaching children about Spanish speaking countries to promote an appreciation of cultural differences and similarities throughout the Spanish speaking world. She makes her home in Eastport, and enjoys interior design, reading, and traveling.

Brenna Leveille中学的主持人

Brenna grew up in southern New Hampshire. The rolling foothills, farms, waterways and wetlands of the Ashuelot Valley sparked her lifelong curiosity towards the natural world. She was fortunate to study with an inspiring teacher and mentor whose place-based practices instilled a love of learning and set her on an educational path less travelled. In college, Brenna pursued Environmental Science. She graduated with a Masters in Education with a focus in social justice. She has facilitated citizen-science education programs and outdoor science camps. With over 10 years of experience teaching elementary and middle school Science, she continues to develop her capacity for wonder, compassion, and commitment to opening diverse avenues of inquiry alongside her students. Brenna’s favorite place to be is anywhere in nature. Hiking, rock climbing and canoeing are long-time favorites, and she now shares these activities with her husband and young son.

Helen MaengElementary Facilitator

Helen was born and raised in Queens, NY, where her parents found a small Korean community after immigrating from Korea. Unsure of what to do after completing her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany, she packed her bags and booked a one-way ticket to Thailand where she taught English, volunteered, and travelled throughout
Southeast Asia. After discovering her passion to be an educator, she came back home and earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood, General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. With prior experience in NYC independent schools, she is thrilled to be joining PCS, where she will get to explore and learn alongside her students. As a new community member to Center Moriches, she loves spending her free time exploring Long Island and is currently on the quest to find the best pizza on Long Island!

Nicole MoodieLearning Specialist and DEIJ Coordinator

妮可是土生土长的岛民谁花了last 12 years teaching and learning in international schools overseas in Asia where she lead diverse teams of educators. Prior to her time overseas, Nicole taught in a bilingual school in Washington DC for 5 years. She has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction as well as an M.Ed in Educational Leadership. Nicole is passionate about bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to life within schools. When Nicole isn’t working you will find her teaching and practicing yoga at her family’s yoga studio in Holbrook or wandering around the woods in various parks on Long Island.

Whitney RobertsEarly Childhood Facilitator

Whitney joined PCS East this summer to be part of our natural learning environment and to explore, create, observe and guide our young learners through theirCamp Wonderexperiences. Whitney is a wise and passionate Reggio and Montessori influenced educator. She is dedicated to the learning process and educating children with integrated hands-on learning experiences where they can be confident, kind, playful, self engaged, and inquisitive school community learners. Before coming to PCS, Whitney taught Pre-K at The Academy in Shoreham for 16 years and has been a primary education teacher on Long Island for over 25 years. She studied social sciences and early childhood development at The State University of Stonybrook and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Dowling College and a Degree in Elementary Education. Whitney has three children who are spread around NY working on interesting projects, and a recent grandchild named Steele. She is inspired by a child’s sense of wonder, exploring natural sciences, children's literature, music, the arts, sunrises and sunsets, gardening, hiking, sports, fishing, cooking, traveling, and peace and kindness.

Ashley Russo
Elementary Facilitator

Originally from Upstate New York, Ashley has over 10 years of teaching experience. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s degree in literacy from Walden University. Ashley is passionate about creating a learning environment that considers each student’s needs and allows students to explore their natural curiosity. Growing up on a farm, she learned about the importance of sustaining agriculture and natural resources from a young age, and she brings this hands-on experience to her teaching. Ashley currently lives in Hampton Bays with her husband, young son and twin baby girls, and enjoys fishing, going to the beach, reading, and working in her garden.

Shannon Swanson
Elementary Facilitator

Shannon loves being part of the PCS community! Shannon has been teaching for seventeen years and has spent the last seven years at the Ross School, where she started as a Learning Specialist and then moved to teaching grade 5. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in General and Special Education and has just completed her Master’s degree in Special Education. Shannon has two boys, Wyatt-8 and Waylon-6 who keep her busy with all of their energy. Shannon is also a Cub Scout leader for her son Wyatt and his third-grade friends. Shannon enjoys going to the beach-especially for the sunsets and she loves reading. Shannon believes that the most important part of being a good educator is creating a sense of community. She does this by building respectful relationships with her students and their families and believing that together they can meet the goals of her students.

Shannon Timoney
Director of Teaching and Learning

Shannon began at PCS in 2015 after working for 7 years at the Ross School in Bridgehampton, NY, where she taught and served as division coordinator of Early Childhood. During her time there, Shannon also taught grades 2 and 3. As a lead teacher, Shannon was very involved in writing, revising and editing curriculum. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Psychology and from Dowling College with a MEd in Childhood Education. She lives in Manorville and has two sons, Payton and Brody. Shannon is a passionate, community-minded individual who is always thinking of ways she and her students can serve their local community. Shannon recognizes the value of differentiating for her students and creating a stimulating classroom environment that showcases the learning process. She believes it is essential to build the classroom community together with her students. Shannon is a lifelong learner and is always open to new ideas and opportunities for continued growth.

Will Towle
Wellness Facilitator

Will Towle, known as “Coach Will,” was born in England, UK, where he spent his school years before, graduating from Southampton University in 2012 with a BA Hons. in Football Studies. Coach Will came to the United States in 2013 where he started coaching soccer to kids of all ages up and down the East Coast, before landing on Long Island to work full time with Southampton Town United and North Fork United. Since becoming a part of the PCS family, Coach Will is thrilled to work with familiar faces from the soccer fields and be able to teach physical and mental health through a combination of traditional American sports, as well as European sports that are new to many PCS students. Coach Will enjoys spending his free time with his wife and young son.


In Memoriam, PCS educator and mentor:Alison Aldredge, former Early Childhood Director & Kindegarten Facilitator.Alison came to Peconic Community School with over 15 years experience leading and teaching in early childhood programs. She held a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She was the division coordinator and lead teacher for the early childhood program at the Ross School. Her teaching approach was suffused with the belief that children are natural researchers, observers, and capable problem solvers, who construct knowledge as they interact with the world around. She believed in creating learning experiences and structured opportunities for accountable discourse through creative, inviting and accessible experimentation. She possessed professional development training in Montessori and Reggio Emilia educational approaches, among others. As a mother of three, and long time resident of the East End, Alison was a vital member of this nurturing learning community, and she will forever be a part of PCS.

Administrative and Executive Staff

Executive Directors

Kathryn Casey Quigley
Co-Executive Director

Liz Casey Searl
Co-Executive Director

Administration

Megan Eilers
Communications Manager

Candace Hall
Office Administrator

Stephanie IsraelDevelopment Coordinator

Quincy MilliganIT/Facilities/Security

Board of Trustees

Cindy Armine-Klein
Chair

Elizabeth Casey Searl
Co-director and Co-founder

Kathryn Casey Quigley
Co-director andCo-founder

Lori Cohen
Trustee

Mary Crosby
Trustee

Patricia Eckardt
Secretary

Anita Haber
Trustee

Stephan Roussan
Vice Chair

Stephen Searl
Trustee

Jeff Zeiger
Treasurer