Staff Directory

Administration

Andrea Mullins, M.Ed., Director

Ms. Mullins is the founding Director of The Maddux School and has over thirty years of professional experience working with students with learning and reading disabilities, ADHD, social challenges, autism spectrum disorders and a range of mild to moderate special needs of all kinds. Ms. Mullins served as a classroom teacher for seven years before advancing to increasingly-involved administrative roles. She served as Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs at The Ivymount School and Director of the Lower School at The Ivymount School for ten years and consulted to area preschools on building inclusive classrooms. In 2004, she developed a unique MSDE-approved curriculum and founded The Maddux School to fill a niche for students who need specialized instruction but do not necessarily require or qualify for special education.

In her current capacity, Ms. Mullins serves as administrative and academic leader of The Maddux School, directing the vision for the school’s progression and growth, supervising eleven full-time and ten part-time staff members and presenting at area conferences on topics of inclusion, early childhood education and communication with parents and staff. In addition, she heads the Maddux Admissions Committee and serves on the executive team of Ivymount School, Inc. Ms. Mullins earned a Master of Education in Special Education from Lesley College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University. She maintains Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certification in Elementary Education and Middle School and Special Education in Kindergarten through 12th Grade and is a Certified Medication Technician through the State of Maryland Board of Nursing.


Lynn Cannon, M.Ed., Social Learning Coordinator

Ms. Cannon leads The Maddux School’s social learning arm through the development and implementation of a unique curriculum across all classes, Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade.  As a special educator and administrator, Ms. Cannon has fourteen years of teaching experience in settings including The Lab School of Washington, The Model Asperger Program at Ivymount School and Take 2, a specialized summer camp for highly verbal and intelligent children with social learning disorders.  Ms. Cannon became a nationally-recognized author with the publication of Unstuck and On Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple Ways to Get Kids with Autism Unstuck and on Target, curricula designed to promote cognitive flexibility and goal-directed behavior in children.  Ms. Cannon earned a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology from the College of William and Mary.


Brenna Haffner, M.Ed., Learning & Curriculum Specialist

Ms. Haffner consults with classroom teams and supports individual progress in her third year as Learning & Curriculum Specialist for The Maddux School. She has thirteen years of teaching experience, including at The Maddux School, the Ivymount School Model Asperger’s Program and at Take Two, a highly-regarded summer social skills camp in Washington, DC. She holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education PreK-3, Elementary Education 1-6 & Middle School; and Generic Special Education Infant to 3 and 1 to 8, with ancillary credits in Reading and social skills development coursework. She earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in Ohio.


Lisa Shaw, M.S.W., LCSW-C, Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Shaw is responsible for a variety of functions at The Maddux School including parent communication, licensing and compliance, knowledge management, event planning and supporting the functions of the Director.  Ms. Shaw earned a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical in the State of Maryland.  Prior to her arrival at The Maddux School in 2011, she served as Director of Treatment Foster Care for a private social service agency in Maryland and provided therapy and case management services as a Social Worker in the District of Columbia child welfare system.


Jennifer Simpson, M.S., Multi-Class Associate Teacher

Ms. Simpson has been a dedicated employee of The Maddux School for over ten years. She has a Master of Science in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dickinson College, and currently serves as a Multi-class Associate Teacher throughout all of the Maddux classrooms and administrative office, supporting students, families and teachers wherever most needed. She worked for five years in both the Autism Programs and Lower School within Ivymount School prior to joining the Maddux team.

 

Faculty

Pre-Kindergarten Class

Marcie Berul, M.A., Co-Teacher

Ms. Berul joins the Pre-Kindergarten team as Co-Teacher with nearly twenty years of early-childhood teaching and training experience.  With a particular interest in the development of social-emotional and play skills, she enjoys nurturing children's interests in science and poetry. In addition to leading classrooms, Ms. Berul brings her expertise as a teacher-instructor of curriculum methods, administrator of preschool programs and nationwide conference presenter.  Ms. Berul earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Pennsylvania State University.

Kara Breckstein, B.A., Co-Teacher

Ms. Breckstein is excited to co-lead the first full-day Pre-Kindergarten class following eight years at The Maddux School and Multiple Learning Needs Program of The Ivymount School. With additional background as a family trainer, Ms. Breckstein brings experience developing individual behavioral programs for young children, both at school and in the home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from American University and completed additional training in applied behavior analysis, management of disruptive behaviors, data collection and classroom management.  In May of 2015, Ms. Breckstein received specialized training to serve as a children’s yoga instructor and now directs a Yoginos Yoga for Youth business in addition to her work at The Maddux School.

Andrea Hester, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Ms. Hester is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the State of Maryland. With fifteen years of experience in public and private schools, as well as clinical settings, Ms. Hester enjoys working with students who have a variety of communication and learning challenges. She is in her seventh year at The Maddux School, currently serving the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Second Grade classes. She earned a Master of Education degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Washington and Lee University.


Michele Mort, MOT, OTR/L

Ms. Mort provides group occupational therapy to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes at The Maddux School. In her seventh year at The Maddux School and tenth in Ivymount programs, Ms. Mort is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has completed extensive training in sensory-motor treatments, executive function and emotional regulation and is a Handwriting Without Tears® Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist. As the supervisor of graduate-level occupational therapy students, she guides interns in developing and implementing functional, evidence-based interventions to maximize student performance in social and academic settings. Ms. Mort earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly known as Virginia Tech.

 

Kindergarten Class

Amanda Dennison, M.A., Co-Teacher

Ms. Dennison is so excited to return to The Maddux School as a Kindergarten Teacher.  She joined Maddux with extensive teaching, tutoring experience and curriculum development in the United States and abroad.  She is passionate about nurturing students’ cognitive, social-emotional and physical development as part of a whole-child education.  Ms. Dennison earned a Master of Arts in Education with a double concentration in Literacy and Special Education from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She completed the Summer Institute at Columbia Teachers College and holds teaching certification in Elementary K-6 and ESOL K-12.


Pamela Kennedy, M.A., Co-Teacher

In her fifth year at The Maddux School, Ms. Kennedy continues as Co-Teacher of the Kindergarten class.  She taught for five years in the Model Asperger’s Program at The Ivymount School and earned a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University Early Childhood Special Education Program and a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology from the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a Standard Professional I Certificate, Special Education Infant to 3, through the Maryland State Department of Education and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Bernina Woodson, B.S., Associate Teacher

Ms. Woodson is a professional Associate Teacher with over ten years of experience working in early-childhood settings, including five at The Maddux School. This year, Ms. Woodson is happily engaging, encouraging and teaching students in the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. She has extensive experience tutoring and coaching vulnerable children and adults and has a particular passion for guiding the development of play and social skills in young children. Ms. Woodson holds a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from George Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a concentration in special education, education and psychology from Liberty University. 

Andrea Hester, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Please see detailed biographical information under Pre-Kindergarten section.

Michele Mort, MOT, OTR/L

Please see detailed biographical information under Pre-Kindergarten section.

 

First Grade Class

Emily Gilbert, M.S., Co-Teacher

Ms. Gilbert is pleased to return to The Maddux School First Grade class. She brings a wealth of experience and talent with a differentiated background in teaching, law, music and art.  With her passion for and experience with music, she demonstrates her ability to access the unique strengths and interests of students who may learn differently.  Prior to her arrival at Maddux, Ms. Gilbert served as a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools.  Ms. Gilbert earned a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Alyson Stagnitto, M.S., Co-Teacher

Ms. Stagnitto currently co-leads the First Grade class at The Maddux School. She holds Standard Professional I certification in Elementary Education 1 – 6 and Generic Special Education Infant to adult.  Ms. Stagnitto earned a Master of Education degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tampa.  She has been teaching for fourteen years, including five at The Maddux School and three as Head Teacher in Ivymount School’s multiple learning needs program.  She is certified in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, writing and spelling and is routinely recognized for her work ethic and exceptional understanding of children’s needs.

Carla Kasun, B.A., Associate Teacher

Ms. Kasun has over thirty years of experience in special education, behavioral intervention, residential counseling and therapeutic recreation with children and adults. As a certified yoga instructor, she has been instrumental in developing the yoga program at The Maddux School, as well as providing direct yoga instruction to young children. Now in her sixth year at The Maddux School, she serves in the First/Second and Second Grade classes.  Prior to her employment of over twenty years in The Ivymount Upper and Lower Schools, Ms. Kasun earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland and further studied biology at St. Mary’s College.


Amy Greenberg, M.S., OT/L

Ms. Greenberg, now in her tenth year at The Maddux School, leads small occupational therapy groups in the First and Second Grade classes. She holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is licensed by the State of Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. Ms. Greenberg is trained in implementing the Handwriting without Tears and Keyboarding Without Tears programs and has special interest in supporting student playground success through a combination of sensory-motor and social-learning skill development.  Ms. Greenberg earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland.  She is currently working toward certification in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics through the Tourette’s Association of America.


Jillian Sikora, M.A., CF-SLP

Ms. Sikora is a Speech Language Therapist currently working in the First Grade class at The Maddux School and in The Model Asperger Program at Ivymount School.  She enjoys working with children of all ages with various speech, language, social and learning challenges.  Ms. Sikora earned a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Services, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Second Grade Class

Katie Sullivan, M.S., Co-Teacher

Ms. Sullivan (formerly Durham) is excited to be in her third year teaching the Second Grade class. Currently in her seventh year at The Maddux School, she previously taught Kindergarten and continues to co-lead Maddux in the Morning, a summer group designed to provide academic remediation, skill maintenance and enrichment to children ages four to eight.  Ms. Sullivan holds a Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in General Special Education Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Miami University.  She holds a Professional Eligibility Certificate in the State of Maryland with certification in Early Childhood Education Pre-K – 3, certification in the Orton Gillingham approach, and has served as teacher, teaching assistant and tutor in public and private settings for the last ten years.


Michelle Mahon, M.S., Co-Teacher

Ms. Mahon currently co-leads the Second Grade class at The Maddux School and recently earned a second Master’s degree in Special Education, Autism Program from West Virginia University.  Ms. Mahon also holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State University).  She is certified to teach the Handwriting Without Tears® and Orton Gillingham Reading and Writing programs and has been a teacher for over nine years, first in a nursery school setting, then at The Maddux School for the last nine. She completed specialized training in the Maddux School Social Learning Curriculum and demonstrates expertise in creative arts and curriculum integration.


Carla Kasun, B.A., Associate Teacher

Please see detailed biographical information under First Grade section.


Amy Greenberg, M.S., OT/L

Please see detailed biographical information under FirstGrade section.


Andrea Hester, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Please see detailed biographical information under Pre-Kindergarten section.


Additional

Timothy Busch, M.Ed., Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Busch is a physical education teacher certified by the Maryland State Department of Education and has worked with Maddux and Ivymount School students for three years. Mr. Busch excels in differentiating lessons based on individual student needs and making sports and physical activities fun and accessible to students of all skill levels.   Prior to his arrival at The Maddux School, he initiated and led camp programs emphasizing independence, inclusion and self-advocacy through sports.  He earned a Master of Education in Adapted Physical Education from The College at Brockport in New York.

Sophie Kohn, MT-BC, B.F.A., Music Therapist

Ms. Kohn is the newest member of The Maddux School team, bringing her comprehensive experience as a music therapist, educator and performer to affect positive growth in our students.  As a music therapist, she conducts structured classes aimed at enhancing self-esteem and improving students’ abilities to regulate emotions, attend to instruction and use music as a medium for learning and retaining information.  Ms. Kohn is an experienced music teacher and has conducted private and group lessons through a variety of her mastered instruments, which include piano, guitar, voice, bass guitar, ukulele, drums, harp and clarinet.  She earned a Post-Baccalaureate Equivalency degree in Music Therapy from the Berklee College of Music and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University.


Anthony Monescalchi, M.Ed., Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Monescalchi is a certified Physical and Health Education Teacher in his second year at The Maddux and Ivymount Schools.  Mr. M, as he is called, brings experience in program planning and curriculum development, as well as an understanding of the relationship between learning differences and physical activity.  He enjoys modifying activities to make each student successful and build confidence.  He earned a Master of Education in Adapted Physical Education from The College at Brockport in New York.

Kim Prati, M.S., Art Teacher

Ms. Prati, an award-winning art teacher and artist, joined The Maddux School staff in 2013 and teaches all classes, Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade, as well as in the afterschool enrichment program. She brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the environment, having previously taught for six years Carroll County Public Schools and served as Artist-in-Residence at several Montgomery County schools. Ms. Prati earned a Master of Science in Art Education with certification in Art (K-12) from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary. She successfully completed the Praxis and Praxis II in the areas of Special Education Core Knowledge and Application and Art Content Knowledge, respectively.

Ed Tamulevich, M.A., M.S.L.S., Librarian

Mr. Tamulevich currently serves as the Librarian at The Maddux and Ivymount Schools, providing library and media education along with management of a very diverse 24,000 item library collection. He holds a Master of Science in Library Sciences and a Master of Arts from Catholic and Georgetown Universities, along with a Special Education Certification earned at George Washington University. He has current teaching certificates in Special Education (K-12), Library Media Specialist (K-12), Secondary Social Studies and English in the State of Maryland and has over forty years of experience in special education, librarianship, various academic disciplines and theater.