Our Teachers

Debra Smorto Owner/Director/ Elementary/Middle Teacher

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Debra, better known as Miss Deb, is not only the school's founder and current director, but she also teaches all of the Elementary and Middle School students here at Fields of...

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Melissa Salzano - Head Teacher/Seedlings

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Melissa is a New Jersey resident since 1985.

She graduated school with an Electronic Engineering degree. She worked in the computer business for many years before she...

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Syndie Harrell - Sprouts Teacher

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Syndie has been working at Fields of Green for 15 years. She has often received Employee of the Year awards for her exemplary service and for working far above and beyond...

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Rachel Steinbach - Art Teacher

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Rachel has been teaching Art for Fields of Green for many years while at the same time formed her family of 3 children.

She originally earned her BA in Art Education...

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Vicki Botta - Music Teacher

Vicki lives in Goshen, New York with her husband and son who recently graduated college with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, focusing on ocean studies.

She studied viola...

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Caroline Bacon - Head Teacher/Sprouts

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After graduating from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Caroline worked in a NYC bank as a loan officer for five years. ...

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Pheona

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Pheona, aka "Phee," is our head guidance counselor and doggie diplomat. She came to us three months after our former dog, Seamus, passed away after 16 years of faithful...

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Griffin

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Griffin came to us on the last day of school on June 11, 2013. While at the beach with our Elementary class on their last day, Miss Deb received a call from her daughter-in-law...

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Lisa Schmidt - Sprouts Fine Arts Teacher

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Miss Lisa has lived in Vernon for over 29 years with her husband and three daughters, ages 26, 22 and 20.

She graduated from Cook College/Rutgers University in 1986 with a...

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Karen Hartmann - Home Arts Teacher

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Miss Karen has been involved in our school for many years, first as a parent to Maxx, who attended here from Kindergarten until the end of 6th grade. He now attends Middle...

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Ailish

To add to the fun, Miss Deb adopted a rescue pup a few years ago named Ailish. She looks so much like our forever friend, Seamus, who passed away a few years ago, that she just...

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Carla Arguelles

Originally from Valencia, Spain, Miss Carla joins us in September 2016 as our Spanish teacher. Her native language is Spanish.

Miss Carla holds a Bachelor's Degree in...

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Marissa Kelly

Miss Marissa began here last year as a parent of Teagan, who is currently a Sprout. We needed an assistant in the Seedlings room and Miss Marissa joined our team. She loves...

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Bethany Merner - Elementary Assistant

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Miss Bethany has two children who will be moving up to the Sprouts and Elementary classrooms. She worked as a substitute aid for the Sprouts classroom in 2017-18 and now is...

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Saoirse & Cieran

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Prounounced "Seer-sha" and "Seer-an," these two lovely sisters were adopted in the spring of 2018. Miss Deb went to adopt the sable one, Saoirse, but when she arrived, saw that...

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John Tirelli - STEAM Educator

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John Tirelli is an Industrial Designer, Web Developer and STEAM Educator from the Hudson Valley. He has taught Simple Electronics, Programming and Computer Aided Design in...

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Judy Conway

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We are happy to bring on Miss Judy as our new Sign Language teacher!! Judy comes with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University. She previously...

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Zoe Makofske

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Zoƫ Makofske came to teaching full circle after beginning her college career in 1997 as a music education major. During her undergraduate studies, she discovered her deep love...

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