Circle of Friends Staff

Teachers

Julia Gardella-Fortier has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education from Fordham University.  Julia is a certified teacher with a bachelors degree in Psychology.  Prior to joining the team in 2011 she worked as a Special Education Preschool teacher in Manhattan for three years.

Sue Morgan is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Special Education. Prior to joining the team in 1999, Sue worked as an Early Intervention Teacher for the State of Connecticut and as a special education preschool teacher in Watertown, CT.

Lisa Vance is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. Prior to joining the team in 2007, Lisa worked as an Early Intervention Teacher for the State of Connecticut and as a special education preschool/kindergarten teacher in Region 15.

Kristine Vichiola is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. Kristine has recently finished her second degree in Education with a focus on Autism Spectrum and Developmental Delays.

Karen Wilson is a certified teacher with a Masters Degree in Special Education. Prior to joining the team in September 2004, Karen taught at the preschool level for eight years.

Related Staff

Liz DiBiase - Supervisor of Special Education
Danielle Legnard - Principal
Susan Budris - Director of Special Education
Lois Brockmann  - Physical Therapist
Lisa Notti - Occupational Therapist
Melissa Salierno - Speech Language Pathologist
Katherine Coffey - School Social Worker 
Robin  Lamontagne - School Nurse
Ada Kristofak - Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Bernadette Bryant - Special Education Secretary
Barbara Barese  - School Secretary