What sets apart Greenwich Education Group?
Without question, it's our dedicated, qualified professional staff of teachers, directors, and subject area specialists. We pride ourselves on the individualized attention we provide, along with our child-friendly environment and our strong communication links between you, your child's classroom teacher, and our instructors here at Greenwich Education Group.
Victoria Newman, MS Ed, CEP – Founder & Executive Director, Greenwich Education Group
Co-Director, Day & Boarding School Advisory Services
Vicky founded Greenwich Education Group (GEG) in 2003 and is the Executive Director and Operations Manager of all GEG divisions. She is also the Director of Day & Boarding School Advisory Services. Vicky began her career as a teacher in the Stamford Public Schools and went on to teach in the Greenwich Public Schools. She is deeply knowledgeable about the academic curriculum in both public and private school arenas.
Vicky has received a number of distinguished awards, notably the 2016 Small Business Association Award for Connecticut, The YWCA Greenwich 2015 BRAVA Award, as well as receiving her Certified Educational Planner designation in 2017.
Vicky graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. After earning her BS from Syracuse University School of Education, Vicky received her master’s degree and wrote a thesis on the differentiation of instruction at the elementary school level, while interning in the Stamford Public Schools. Vicky holds a Connecticut Professional Teachers’ Certificate and is a professional member of IECA, ERB, SSATB, TABS and SBSA. She serves on the board of the Arch Street Teen Center and the Distinguished Teacher Committee for the Greenwich Public Schools. Vicky also serves as an AVID mentor and is an active volunteer with the Greenwich High School PTA.
Vicky’s international sub-specialty designation is from IECA and she works with families that are moving to the US from abroad. Vicky has placed over 1,000 students in private day and boarding schools throughout the country. In her spare time, Vicky loves to travel, exercise, read, and watch TED conference videos. She lives in Greenwich with her two daughters and two dogs.
Peter Newman – Chief Executive Officer
Peter Newman is CEO of Greenwich Education Group, LLC. In that role, Peter is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company and is a key force behind its growth. Peter received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to taking on this role, Peter worked in various capacities in JP Morgan's (and its predecessors) Investment Bank, enjoying a 20 year career there. Peter has two beautiful daughters with whom he enjoys traveling to remote, and not so remote, corners of the earth. When he is not working, you might find Peter on the tennis courts, the slopes, or in the kitchen, cooking.
Peter Novins – Chief Financial Officer
Peter serves as Chief Financial Officer for Greenwich Education Group. In that role he oversees financial operations and reporting. Peter is responsible for assisting all the company’s leaders with financial and operational decisions.
Prior to joining GEG, Peter had over 30 years of international business management experience. His leadership experience encompasses everything from newly formed start-ups to multi-divisional international firms. Among his prior jobs are CEO of ZenCompliance and COO of Steele International Group. He spent a number of years at Ernst & Young where he launched their global Knowledge Management practice and was a national innovation partner. He was a Visiting fellow at the Center for Business Innovation. Peter’s passion is driving operational excellence and helping executive teams achieve far beyond what they thought was possible.
Peter has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has lived and worked in eight countries including Paraguay, Chile, and Egypt.
Robyn Whittingham – Chief Operating Officer
Robyn Whittingham joined GEG in 2011 as Director, Human Resource and has taken on additional responsibilities for operations management as the COO, reporting to Peter Newman, CEO.
Robyn brings over 20 years of HR and business experience in the field of Human Resources and has worked as an HR leader in both local and multinational companies, including start-ups and Fortune 50 companies, union and non-union, and profit and non-profit entities. Her clear focus on employee satisfaction has helped to stabilize employee retention and employee satisfaction at GEG in numerous tangible ways (i.e. enhanced benefits, streamlined processes, customized solutions to employee issues). Robyn holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from University of Pennsylvania.
She lives in Stamford with her husband, has one child (an adult now!) and dotes on her English Bulldog granddoggy. She also freelances as a part time writer and editor at Iworkwell.com (a Human Resources website that gives advice to HR practitioners).
Godfrey Azima – Head of School - Links Academy
Godfrey previously served as Director of Family Advocacy at Stamford Academy, a charter high school, where he oversaw student outreach and recruitment, as well as retention efforts aimed toward at-risk youth in the Stamford community. In that role, and in a prior role as Director of Family Advocacy with Stamford Public Schools, he implemented the Domus Family Advocacy Program and developed strong partnerships with social service organizations, including the Juvenile Probation Department and the Department of Children and Families. He also collaborated with a number of nonprofit agencies in Fairfield County that work with disconnected/ disengaged youth. His clear focus will continue to be on helping students to thrive academically and emotionally by establishing a strong academic foundation.
Godfrey’s prior experience working with students and families will enable him to smoothly transition into his new role as Head of School. He will be responsible for managing day-to-day activities, and for establishing a long-term strategic direction for the school.
Desiree DelGrosso, MsEd – Director of Academic Services
Desiree received her master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University, and has more than ten years of experience in education, in and out of the classroom. Prior to joining Links Academy, she was the Assistant Principal at Opportunity Charter School, a sixth- to twelfth-grade school that serves both students in general education and those with special needs. She supervised the behavioral support team and served as a mentor for new teachers. As a school counselor she is well versed in college counseling, essay writing, standardized testing, and curriculum design and implementation. Desiree’s lifelong love of learning has been the inspiration for her ongoing work with families, providing them with academic support and college counseling. Another of her passions is health and wellness: She is a certified yoga instructor, ballet barre teacher, and wellness coach, and is now pursuing certification in yoga for students with special needs.
Sue Moretti Bodson is Director of Special Marketing Projects at Greenwich Education Group. Sue leverages her experience and network of relationships within the local communities to promote GEG's services through special events.
Sue has held numerous Greenwich PTA leadership positions. A ten-year member of Greenwich PTA Council, she was PTA President of Glenville School, a member of the PTA Council Executive Board, and PTA Council President. She served on the Greenwich High School PTA Executive Board and on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut State PTA. Sue served as the Fundraising Chair for the Greenwich Alliance for Education and is a 16 year member of the Junior League of Greenwich, where she served as President. Sue received the League's Leadership Excellence Award and Alexandra Compton Award for her community involvement. In November 2010, she was the recipient of Moffly Media's Best Friend to Children award and in 2015 received the Greenwich YWCA Spirit of Greenwich Award.
Sue attended Gettysburg College and has a BA in English. Prior to joining GEG, she was the education contributor for Greenwich Patch.
Alisa Dror, PhD, BCBA – Chief Administrator, Head of School - The Pinnacle School
Dr. Alisa Dror joined Greenwich Education Group in 2011 as the Head of School and Chief Administrator of Pinnacle. She collaborates daily with her leadership team to ensure program individualization and customization for each student. Alisa has an MA and a PhD in Special Education and is a New York State-certified special education teacher, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) program-certified consultant.
At Pinnacle, Alisa participates in the admissions process, supervises the behavioral staff, and interacts with parents, community members, and school districts. She helps develop and implement Pinnacle’s academic, social, and therapeutic curricula and oversees student behavioral assessments and support plans.
Prior to joining GEG, Alisa worked for fourteen years developing curricula to meet the behavioral, educational, and social needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for Tri-State Learning Center in New Rochelle and five years with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) as a behavior therapist and clinical supervisor. In her extensive work with families of children with ASD, she has provided training and support to address behavioral and social development. She has conducted social groups, consulted with public and private schools, provided community and professional training, and currently serves on the board of a parent advocacy group. She is also an adjunct professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program at Manhattanville College.
In her leisure time, Alisa enjoys traveling, especially exploring new destinations with family and friends. She is an avid runner, hiker, and connoisseur of great food.
Amy Daniels – Director of Strategic Marketing
As the Director of Strategic Marketing for Greenwich Education Group, Amy Daniels oversees and implements all of the company’s integrated marketing initiatives, including branding, advertising, public relations, and community outreach campaigns for GEG’s schools and services.
Amy brings over twenty years of marketing experience to the role; she spent the past two years as the Director of Marketing for The Pinnacle School. Previously, Amy held senior marketing positions for companies and brands including: NYY Steak, the steakhouse of the New York Yankees; China Grill Management restaurant group; Westfield shopping centers; The Prudential Center in Boston; and the Back Bay Restaurant Group.
Amy is an active member (serving as Vice Chair) of the Tokeneke School PTO, and is also a member of the Council of Darien School Parents.
Amy attended Lafayette College, where she earned a BA in English and American Literature, and played on the Division I women’s soccer team. She lives in Darien with her husband and two children.
Diane Iris Ferber, MA, C.A.S., MBA – Executive Director, The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development
Diane is responsible for delivering skill-based student supports as well as developing and implementing programs and supports for students with learning differences, ensuring that our expertise is customized for your child. This includes Diagnostic Assessment and Specialized Evaluations, Executive Functions Coaching, Studying/Reading/Writing Skill Development, Anxiety and Social/Emotional Supports, Speech and Language Services, Dyslexia, LD, ASD and ADHD Related Services and Supports, Academic Supports and Educational Planning Advisory Services. Prior to joining GEG in 2013, Diane was the School Psychologist and Learning Support Specialist for Pear Tree Point School, where she worked with students, parents, teachers and administration to promote an optimal learning experience that focused on the strengths and needs of each individual child.
Diane has also conducted private psycho-educational and neuro-psychological assessments for students K through 12, helping identify strengths and areas requiring support. She believes strongly in providing scientifically based, customized and understandable assessment recommendations which are actionable by parents at home, and by teachers and service providers in both private and public settings.
Diane received her Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Fairfield University. Her internship and fieldwork were all completed in the Stamford Public School System, and featured assessment, IEP and 504 planning, individual and group counseling, teacher and parent consultation, and whole-class workshops on social/emotional skills, safety, and test anxiety. Diane earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from Brandeis University, and an MBA from The George Washington University. She lives in Stamford with her children, and approximately 30 varied orchid plants that bloom and grow when she figures out what each one needs.
Muffy Fox, MS Ed – Director, Day and Boarding School Advisory Services
Raised in Riverside, Muffy graduated from Greenwich Country Day and Choate Rosemary Hall. She received a BS in elementary education from Skidmore College and holds a Master's Degree in elementary education from Bank Street College of Education. Muffy taught at the Brearley, Buckley and Nightingale-Bamford Schools in New York City, and also assisted with the kindergarten admissions testing at Nightingale-Bamford. She also taught third grade at the Latin School of Chicago and Greenwich Country Day. Most recently, Muffy worked as a senior editor at Greenwich Magazine. Muffy lives in Greenwich with her husband Andy. They have three boys who attended a variety of public, private and boarding schools based on their individual educational needs and profiles. All three graduated from Elon University. Muffy has served on the boards of Arch Street Teen Center, the Boys and Girls Club Greenwich, Greenwich Adult Care’s River House, the Berkshire School Parents Committee and was Co-Chairman of the Parent’s Committee at Elon University. As an educational consultant, Muffy advises families on the most suitable match schools for their child, allowing them to work closer to their potential. Muffy is a professional member of the IECA.
Dede LeComte, AB – Director of Admission, The Spire School
Dede graduated from Sweet Briar College with a double major in Sociology and Anthropology. Following college, Dede held marketing and promotion positions at Mademoiselle Magazine and the Prince Matchabelli Division of Cheseborough-Ponds. Later, she teamed-up with her husband, helping to manage two family-owned business. Dede's passion for education, resulting from the journeys of her four children, led to her serving on several school boards, including Board Chair for the Northwest Greenwich Nursery School, Children's Day School and most recently, Oldfields School, an independent girls boarding school in Maryland. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Children's Day School and is a member and past President of the Junior League of Greenwich. Dede and her husband live in Greenwich and enjoy being outdoors in their vegetable or flower gardens as well as spending time with their four children and their menagerie of horses, dogs and cats.
Tammy Moscrip, PhD, LCSW –Executive Director and Chief Administrator, The Spire School
Tammy is the director of The Spire School and serves as the clinical services director at Greenwich Education Group. She holds a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, and is a licensed clinical social worker and certified school social worker who specializes in work with children & families.
Tammy was born and raised in Maine. She graduated magna cum laude from Bates College with pre-medical preparation and a double-major in biology and psychology. As a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Columbia University, she dedicated nearly a decade to exploring the evolution of cognition through her study of nonhuman primate learning and memory. Tammy is particularly interested in the intersection of the brain, cognition, and behavior. By integrating her knowledge of neuroscience and learning theory, she helps students develop cross-disciplinary skills and strategies that address short-term goals for academic success, as well as long-term goals that involve essential life skills such as effective interpersonal interactions and emotional regulation. In addition to teaching topics in psychology, statistics and research methodology, Tammy also serves as a life coach and executive function coach. Her approach utilizes a strengths-based instructional methodology and a combination of cognitive and dialectical behavior therapeutic techniques that complement the unique social-cognitive-behavioral profiles that shape individual students’ learning styles and academic success. Tammy has provided clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in medical and psychiatric hospitals and in school settings. She has published research articles on the neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory, given numerous lectures on teen brain development and executive functioning, and authored a book chapter on the impact of early trauma on psychological and physiological functioning.
In addition to her work with students, Tammy always enjoys time spent with her husband and two children, working with animals, SCUBA diving, traveling, and motorcycle riding.