Larisa BersonLauralton welcomes new staff

Lauralton is proud to introduce and welcome a number of new staff and faculty members for the 2013-2014 school year! The additions to our family include four new faculty members, an interim Athletic Director, a new Guidance Counselor and a Systems Support Specialist. We believe each of these individuals brings a unique experience and expertise that is sure to provide Lauralton with even more ways to educate and empower our students for life.

Larisa Berson will serve as a Systems Support Specialist for our IT department. She received a Master’s degree in Computing & Education and went on to receive a second Master’s in Instructional Technology & Media from Columbia University Teachers College.

Judy Gallagher will be serving as Lauralton’s Athletic Director. She comes to us with a rich background in education that includes teaching math at Cheshire High School and Quinnipiac University. She was an assistant principal, associate principal and the principal of Cheshire High School until her retirement in 2009. Ms. Gallagher came to Lauralton last year as the external evaluator of the athletic program. Now in retirement, she supervises interns at the University of New Haven and has agreed to help us out as our interim Athletic Director.Mary Grenchus-Allen

Mary Grenchus-Allen has joined our Religion Department. She received her Master’s from the Boston College School of Theology and her undergraduate work was done in Human Development at Binghamton University.Carly Hanson

Carly Hanson has been appointed Guidance Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at University of Massachusetts – Amherst and a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology from Southern Connecticut. Mrs. Hanson has also just finished her Sixth Year program in School Counseling at Southern. She comes to us from Horizons Enrichment Program of New Canaan Country School where she served as an academic coach for high school students. She also worked at SCSU Counseling Services as a graduate intern helping to develop two workshop series for the student body focusing on well-being and mental health.

Marnory Hawes has joined the World Languages department and will be teaching Spanish. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and French from Southern Connecticut State University. Before coming to Lauralton, Mrs. Hawes was teaching part time at Clinton Avenue School in New Haven and St. Vincent de Paul in East Haven.

Danielle KratterDanielle Kratter will be teaching Math and Science. She has her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and went on to earn her Masters in Math Education from Western Connecticut State University. Ms. Kratter comes to us from a student teaching position at Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT.

Virginia Santos has joined the language department and will be teaching Spanish. She has earned her Ph.D. from New York University in Spanish Literature. Dr. Santos comes to us as a former adjunct professor at NYU, Yale and Southern Connecticut State University. 
Yvonne Fosse-PrevisIn addition, we are pleased to announce two new administrative changes within Lauralton:

Yvonne Fosse-Previs ’90 has moved from Guidance Counselor to Director of Guidance and College Planning. She follows Connie Tallman who celebrated her retirement this past June. Mrs. Fosse-Previs has her Bachelor’s from Manhattanville College and her Master of Education from Bank Street College of Education. She has been a counselor at Lauralton since 1999.

Meghan PiatakMeghan Piatak has been announced as Religion Department Chair. She earned her Bachelor’s from University of Scranton and her Master of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ms. Piatak taught at Archbishop Williams High School prior to coming to Lauralton in 2011 to teach religion.



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