Faculty & Staff


Linda Auffredou, Director of Finance: Linda is responsible for the financial oversight of the school, managing budget development and the day-to-day financial transactions, including managing accounts receivable and payable. Ms. Auffredou formerly worked as a CPA.  She is an integral member of the administrative team.




David Blair, Maintenance: Mr. Dave, as he’s known by the kids, takes care of our building and grounds. He repairs, builds, maintains, and  spruces up whatever we need. He is our favorite all-round handyman.





Colleen Fortune, Office Manager: Colleen offers administrative support to the directors with an emphasis on managing communications and record keeping related directly to the students, families, prospective families, summer campers and alumni. She also assists with operations, research, community contact and outreach, and program registration.




Alaina Howard, Before Care & Lunch Assistant: Ally is one of our early birds as she arrives every morning to manage our Before Care program. Afterwards she puts on a different hat to assist Jane in the Cafeteria helping to feed our hungry SIS students!





Pamela Howard, Director of Development: Pam is responsible for leading the School’s advancement program as adopted by the Board of Trustees.  In conjunction with the school leadership and trustees, she manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, and special events. Prior to joining Saratoga Independent School in 2016, Ms. Howard was Development Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and Membership Manager at the Albany Institute of History & Art. She has been a Board member at the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Jane Lampert, Lunch Program Coordinator: Jane creates and serves enticing and healthy lunches for our students daily.  Her warm personality makes lunchtime a favorite part of the students’ day!





Johanna Martin, Director of Business and Operations: Johanna is responsible for the business oversight of the school’s operations. She provides support to the administrative team, business planning, and human resources functions. She also oversees contract and vendor relationships and all physical assets of the campus. Previously, Ms. Martin was the Head of School at Score Academy, a private K-12 school in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.



Ana Paul, Office AssistantAna assists faculty and staff in our Main Office.






Sarah Ackroyd, Spanish Teacher: Seniora, as she’s known to the students, is our Spanish language expert and she teaches K-5






Paula Bachinsky, Music Teacher: has over 18 years of experience teaching music to students of all ages, including Kindermusik classes and private piano instruction. She is a formerly licensed Kindermusik and Musikgarten teacher, a member of the NYS Music Teachers Association, and the recipient of Kindermusik Maestro Award for Excellence in Teaching.




Dina Baker, Language Arts/Primary/Science Teacher: Ms. Baker joined Saratoga Independent School in 2013 as a teacher for our new Kindergarten class.  Prior to joining our school, she was the lead teacher in the primary program at Montessori School of Schenectady since 2009.  She also served as supervisor of her classroom staff and as an administrative assistant to the director.  Dina received her MS in Early Childhood from College of St. Rose and is presently completing her MS in Literacy 1-6 from Oneonta.  She holds her NYS certification in Birth-2 Early Childhood.


Kim Blystone, Pre-K Teacher: Miss Kim joined Saratoga Independent School in 2010, and serves as the lead teacher in our morning and afternoon class.  She previously was a head preschool teacher in the Discovery Preschool Program at KinderCare Learning Center in Niskayuna. She received a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and a MS from SUNY Plattsburgh.  She holds her NYS Childhood Education Certification in grades 1-6. Ms. Kim has completed Medication Administration training.



Ilena Corr, Language Arts/ Intermediate Science Teacher: Ms. Corr joined our school in 2004 as a Language Arts/Science teacher. In addition, she taught science and third grade at John Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton,NY.  She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and received her MS in Education from Long Island University.  She holds her certification for Nursery – 6th grade.



Theresa Ibbotson, Pre-K Teacher’s Assistant: Ms. Ibby joined Saratoga Independent School as Ms. Sharon’s afternoon assistant in January 2013 when we opened our fourth Pre-K class.  Prior to coming to Saratoga Independent School, Ms. Ibby taught at the Learning School in Hudson Falls, where she shared a class with Ms. Sharon.  She also taught at The Bluebird’s Nest in Glens Falls.  Ms. Ibby served on the Board of the North Country Association for the Education of Young Children.



Sharon Kelly, Pre-K Teacher: Miss Sharon serves as the lead teacher in our second morning Pre-K class. She previously taught a 3 and 4 year old multiage class at Warren County Head Start. She also taught eight years as a Pre-K teacher at Bluebird’s Nest Preschool, and as a classroom teacher at St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School. Ms. Sharon received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Centenary College, her BA and MS degrees in Education from College of St. Joseph, and her certificate in Literacy. Ms. Sharon joined Saratoga Independent School in 2012.


Jessica LaBounty, Wrap-Around Teacher’s Assistant: Miss Jessica joined our staff as an Assistant in September 2015.  She previously was the Children’s Ministry Director at Church Relevant, responsible for curriculum and lesson plans for four classes, and she was a home daycare provider.  Presently, in addition to her work at SIS,  Ms. Jessica manages and coaches  children’s baseball and soccer teams.



Michele LeChevet, Pre-K Teacher’s Assistant: Miss Michele joined Saratoga Independent School as a Pre-K Aide in September 2015.  Prior to coming here, she worked for seven years in the  Saratoga Springs School District as an aide for individual students. Ms. Michele was also a Preschool teacher’s Assistant at the Saratoga Springs, YMCA.




Teresa Mazzone, Language Arts /Primary Social Studies Teacher: Ms. Mazzone joined our team in 2016. Prior to coming to SIS, her experiences included teaching classes at Milton Terrace Elementary School in Ballston Spa, New York.  She holds her New York State Initial Certification in Childhood Education: Grades 1-6, and in Special Education: Grades 1-6. Ms. Mazzone received her Masters of Education in Childhood/Special Education from the College of Saint Rose.



Sarah Morris, Language Arts / Intermediate Math Teacher: Ms. Morris joined Saratoga Independent School full time in 2015, after a year at SIS as a substitute and an enrichment writing mentor.  Sarah received her BS in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire,  and her MS  in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Antioch University. She holds a New York Certification in Childhood Education 1-6.  She previously taught at Birches Academy of Academics and Art in Salem NH, Winchester Community School in NH, and at Warwick Community School in MA.


Gabi Moore, Art Teacher: Ms. Moore implements the art program for students in  Kindergarten through 6th grade.  She received her MFA at the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. She also teaches classes to children at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge and has led art projects and classes at several area schools.




Mackenzie Parrish, Differentiation Support Teacher: Ms. Parrish collaborates with all teachers to support student success.  She received her degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Oswego and her Masters in Special Education and Literacy at SUNY Albany.  Ms. Parrish has an appreciation of the uniqueness each student brings to the classroom and to the community as whole.




Shannon Post, Pre-K Wrap Around  & After Care AssistantMiss Shannon joined our school in August 2017. In Spring 2017, Miss Shannon worked with Ms. Randall to create and implement the Hudson River environmental science curriculum. She received a BA in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College with a focus in environmental education.





Jeny Randall, Language Arts/Upper Science Teacher/Senior Seminar Teacher, Middle School CoordinatorMs. Randall joined Saratoga Independent School in 2011, after serving as director of our Summer Environmental Program. She previously taught science at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, MA, and middle school science at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, KY. Ms. Randall received her MA in Environmental Education from Antioch University.  Ms. Randall conducts the Senior Seminar for our 6th grade students and guides them through their year long Senior Seminar project.  She is presently coordinating staffing and curriculum for our future Middle School.


Mary Sacks, Language Arts /Intermediate and Upper Social Studies Teacher: Ms. Sacks has been with Saratoga Independent School since 2007.  A graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a B.A. in history and minor in journalism, Ms. Sacks received her MS in Childhood Education from the College of Saint Rose. She holds her certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6. Prior to SIS, she served as a substitute teacher in several districts, ran workshops for elementary and middle school students with Girls Inc., and ran the GirlSummer Day Summer Program at the Emma Willard School. Ms. Sacks spent more than a dozen years in the marketing field prior to becoming a teacher. She has a deep commitment to the study of history and civics, and enjoys helping students make connections between their work in social studies and life today.

Annie Shah, Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Shah joined Saratoga Independent School full-time in 2017 after student teaching in out Kindergarten program the prior year. Ms. Shah received her Masters of Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University.  She also holds an MA in English Literature and a BA in Media Studies—Journalism. She previously taught first grade and Kindergarten in India.



Heather Shave, Physical Education Teacher: Coach Shave joined our faculty as a substitute teacher in 2016.  She is CPR and First Aid trained from birth to adult, and holds her State of New York Initial Teaching Certification K-6.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning with a Secondary Focus of Literacy. Prior to coming on staff, Ms. Shave held substitute positions in Saratoga Springs and Galway.



Vanessa Shea, Pre-K Wrap-Around Program TeacherMs. Vanessa’s goal for children in the Wrap-Around Program is to provide them with activities that encourage them to explore their environment, nurture their love of learning, and develop their social skills.   She received her BA from Boston College and her MS in Teaching in Elementary Education from Quinnipiac University.   She is a recipient of the Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching Award.  Prior to joining our faculty in 2015, she taught at Cold Spring School in New Haven, CT.  She is certified in CT for grades K-6.


Heather Swatling, Primary and Upper Math Teacher: Ms. Swatling has been teaching at Saratoga Independent School since 1999. She serves as the primary math teacher for all students and provides instruction and guidance in the Kindergarten learning centers.  Ms. Swatling also taught summers in the Skidmore College HEOP Math program for incoming students. She has a BA from Castleton State College in Vermont and a MS in Reading from SUNY Albany.



Shauna Swinimer, Kindergarten Teacher: Miss Shauna: has been a Saratoga Independent School Kindergarten teacher since 2001. She received her BA in Education degree from McGill University in Montreal. She also has an MS in Elementary Reading and Literacy and is NYS certified in English Grades 7-12.  Previously she served as Director/Teacher at the Montessori School of the Redwoods in Felton, CA.



Tammy Wagner, Pre-K Teacher’s AssistantMs. Tammy joined Saratoga Independent School as Ms. Sharon’s assistant in 2015.  Prior to coming to Saratoga Independent School, Ms. Tammy was the Preschool Director and Head Teacher for three and four year olds at Faith Lutheran Preschool in CT.   She holds a BA and an MA in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College and is certified in Birth – Grade 2 and Elementary  Grades 1-6.  Ms. Tammy has also completed CPR and AED Training.