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Mamaroneck Schools Recognize 27 Teachers Receiving Tenure

Sophia Andrews is one of 27 Mamaroneck School District educators to receive tenure. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Zendra Llanos has been teaching seventh grade English Language Arts at the Hommocks Middle School since 2011. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Robert Shaps recognized 27 teachers receiving tenure at the school board meeting Tuesday night.

The Mamaroneck High School tiered classroom was packed with teachers and family as, one-by-one, Shaps called down those set to receive tenure and gave a summary of their work, teaching style and impact on students.

Sophie Andrews teaches science at Mamaroneck High School and has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Thomas Aquinas College and a master’s from Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching.

“Her style of teaching is not only effective but inspires students to pursue science in their future studies,” Shaps said. “While she has a quiet and serious demeanor, Sophie’s true love of teaching science sparkles at the start of every class.

Elyse Gellert teaches music at Mamaroneck High School Music and has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington and master’s from Stony Brook University.

She previously taught music at the Lindenhurst Public School District and, before that, was a discovery counselor at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.

“Elyse’s classes are fast moving, but due to the structure she has in place students do not get lost in the lesson but rather are invigorated by her energy,” Shaps said.

A total of seven high school educators were given tenure:

  • Sophia Andrews
  • Kristen DeRienzo
  • Elena Elmoznino
  • Elyse Gellert
  • Jigar Jadav – Mathematics
  • Zachary Moore – Theater, Music
  • Alejandro Victoria – Science

Hommocks Middle School

  • Kristen Arita -Pschologists
  • Kimberly Armogida - Reading
  • Nancy Capparelli – Reading
  • Tracy Coulson – Special Education
  • Zandra Llanos – English
  • Kristin Martin – Special Education
  • Stacy Peebles – English

Central School

  • Arnaldo Bencosme – Teaching Assistant
  • Tammy Fisch – Elementary Teacher
  • Elizabeth Johson – Elementary Teacher
  • Lauren Scharfstein – Elementary Teacher

Mamaroneck Avenue School

  • Sanda Sanzo – Reading AIS Teacher

Chatsworth Avenue School

  • Julia Aiello – Elementary Teacher
  • Anthony Forinito – Elementary Teacher
  • Michele Vestal – Art

Murray Avenue School:

  • Michelle O’Connell – Elementary Teacher

District Wide:

  • Frank LoCurto – Psychologist
  • Morgan Russell – Music

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