Jonathan Chiaramonte is the Social and Emotional Chairperson for the Sachem Central School District. He has taught middle and high school Social Studies in the District since 2005. Jonathan’s call for more education on the whole child began in 2011 and garnered him a seat next to Ellen DeGeneres. In 2017, Jonathan was recognized by New York State Senator Phil Boyle at the “Teachers of Excellence” awards ceremony for his work with his “Humans of Sachem North” social media program that posts stories and pictures about students and staff giving insight into their lives. This program has garnered regional attention having been covered by Fox 5 News. In his spare time as the SEL chairperson, he hosts the “You Matter” podcast featuring Sachem students diving into real topics that affect students! Jonathan is eager to begin teaching fellow educators through WISE PD.
Joan F. Harney
Joan Harney taught in the Brentwood School District for 32 years, first as an elementary classroom teacher, and then as a Math Specialist for 22 years. She has been a frequent staff developer for mathematics in Brentwood and has designed and taught courses and workshops throughout Long Island. Joan is a past recipient of the ASSET (Association of Suffolk County Supervisors for Educational Technologies) Award, for “Outstanding Use of Technology in the Classroom” and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Brentwood Board of Education for “Significant and Sustained Contribution towards the Educational Development of Brentwood Students.”
Liz Sheehan earned her Educational Leadership Certificate (EDL) from Stony Brook University. She holds an MS in Special Education and a BS in Hearing and Speech Sciences. Liz has been teaching in the Brentwood School District since 2003 in a resource room, self-contained classroom for students with learning disabilities, as well as her current position in a self-contained classroom for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. Prior to her years in Brentwood, Liz worked in a Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP) at the University of Maryland. In addition to her NYS Teaching Certificates in General Education K-6 and Special Education N-12, Liz is certified in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has received CPI training for proper and safe restraint. Liz’s expertise regarding the RtI process, behavior management and her years of experience teaching children with a wide range of challenges, makes her a valuable asset to WISE.
Erica Stoller has been teaching in the Brentwood School District since 1995. She was a classroom teacher for many years and has been a Literacy Specialist since 2007. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading K-12 from Long Island University-CW Post. Erica was an Adjunct Instructor at Dowling College teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Literacy Education Program for K-12. Erica develops and implements professional development workshops at the building and district levels on topics including utilizing data collection to differentiate literacy instruction to meet the needs of all students, incorporating literacy strategies throughout content areas, and fostering vocabulary development for students including second language learners. Erica has created book clubs for students to become life long readers.
Laura Symons is a NYS Certified Reading Teacher in Grades K-12. She has been teaching in the Brentwood School District since 1992, and is currently a Reading Specialist. Laura was an adjunct instructor of Literacy Education at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, where she taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. Laura continues to develop and implement numerous workshops at the building and district levels on topics including using data from miscue analyses to drive reading instruction and fostering content-area vocabulary acquisition for second language learners. For several years, Laura was a teacher in a side-by-side bilingual class and a Dual Language Immersion program. These experiences have given Laura a unique perspective on the language acquisition process for second language learners.