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.
(Alphabetized by last name)
Chief Administrator, The Pinnacle School
Clinical Director of Behavior Services, GEG Schools
Dr. Alisa Dror joined Greenwich Education Group in 2011 as 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; performs oversight of 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 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 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.
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
Co-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 have attended Elon University. Her oldest son is now working in investment banking. 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 an associate member of the IECA and attended the 2013 SSATB conference.
Director, Academic Services
Prior to his position at GEG, Torsie spent 15 years in independent schools in a number of administrative and academic positions. He grew up in Durham, NC and graduated from Durham Academy. Torsie has a B.S. in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. He started his career in education at his alma mater, Durham Academy where he served as a middle school teacher, coach, advisor and eventually the Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Coordinator. After nine years at Durham Academy, Torsie relocated to the area to work at Rye Country Day School as the Director of Financial Aid and Assistant Director of Admissions. After four years at Rye Country Day, Torsie spent two years as the Director of Community and Diversity at The Town School, where he provided senior strategic leadership for diversity and service learning programs and ensured the academic, social and emotional needs of students were met.
Torsie has served on multiple non-profit boards, school accreditation teams for the New York Association of Independent Schools and completed the National Association of Independent School’s Fellowship for Aspiring Heads of School. He believes in the diversity of learners and strives to help every student reach his or her academic potential.
Director of Human Resources
Helen graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in English and Fine Arts having attended Milton Academy for high school. Following college, Helen began working at Bankers Trust Company and soon thereafter moved into the global search and selection business. In 1988 she founded her own recruiting company, Clifford & Co. which took her and the family to London in 1996. She and her husband lived in London for several years, and their children attended the American School in London, Frances Holland Girls School, St. Mary's Ascot School and Young England Kindergarten. In 2007 the family moved home to the States and Helen became actively involved in their Fairfield County community, serving as President of the Greens Farms Academy Parent Board, a member of the Greenwich Daffodil Society Board and as an active volunteer for The Hotchkiss School in several admissions and development capacities. She also worked in Admissions at Whitby School upon their move home, and then most recently in December 2015 joined GEG where she has the opportunity to combine her expertise in recruiting and human resources with her passion for education.
Director of Admissions, GEG Schools
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.
Head of Links Academy
Andrea manages all of the Links students' needs, including those who have special or differentiated learning styles. She works closely with the other GEG schools and The Collaborative Center to support students who need both academic and social/emotional support in our school setting.
Andrea received her master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Prior to joining Greenwich Education Group, she was the Clinical Director at 3LPlace, a residential transition program for young adults with developmental disabilities, where she continues to consult. Andrea has worked with a broad range of all age groups, including adolescents and young adults with autism and other neurodevelopment delays in schools and developmental settings. She helped develop the transitions program at Rebecca School in New York City, offering program support to students 14 to 21 years old, staff and parents. In addition, Andrea developed social skills groups and peer programs, provided students with individual and group counseling and led parent and sibling groups. She is certified in DIR Floortime™, and is a CPI certified instructor.
Head of Beacon School
John Manganiello has served as Beacon's head of school since 2016. He joined us from the Masters School, where he served as the assistant head of the middle school. Prior to working at Masters, John spent 15 years at the Windward School, where he spearheaded the development of their executive function and research skills programs. At the Windward School, John worked as a master teacher, coach, team leader, and department chair. He also mentored young teachers while working closely with the Windward Teacher Training Institute.
John completed his undergraduate degree at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he double majored in history and religious studies. John completed his graduate work and earned his master's degree in education, with a focus on learning differences, from the College of New Rochelle. He also earned a master's degree in History from Iona College. John has always had a passion for helping students reach their potential by supporting their love of learning. He specializes in independent school leadership, individualized education, curriculum development, teacher training, and twice-exceptional students. John resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife Joanne and their son, Chase. Some of the things that John enjoys doing outside of the school world are cooking for his family and friends, playing sports, biking, writing, and playing with his son.
Executive Director and Chief Administrator, The Spire School
Director of Clinical Services, Greenwich Education Group
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.
Founder & Executive Director, Greenwich Education Group
Co-Director, Day & Boarding School Advisory Services
Vicky founded Greenwich Education Group (GEG) in 2003 and is Executive Director of all GEG divisions. She is the Director of Day and Boarding School Advisory Services. She 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 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 for the King Annual Fund.
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, husband Peter, and two dogs.
Director of Marketing and Public Schools Outreach
Sue Moretti Rogers is Director of Marketing and Public Schools Outreach at Greenwich Education Group. Sue leverages her experience and network of relationships within the Greenwich Public Schools community to promote GEG's services and to assist parents and students navigate the school system.
Sue has held numerous Greenwich PTA leadership positions. A ten-year member of Greenwich PTA Council, she was PTA President at Glenville School, a member of the PTA Council Executive Board, and most recently, 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 13 year member of the Junior League of Greenwich, where she currently serves 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 for two years.
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).