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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at Saratoga Independent School are dedicated and passionate about teaching. They believe that how they teach is as important as what they teach. They are committed to creating a rigorous learning environment in which all students have the opportunity to succeed. Our teaching structure allows faculty to teach to their strengths and passions rather than teaching all subjects within a contained classroom. At Saratoga Independent School, we view all members of our faculty and staff as educators, and value and honor the connections adults make with students. Our commitment to theme-based learning, inspires teachers to collaborate as they help students forge connections across disciplines. In addition, as a team of teachers, faculty and staff communicate regularly to celebrate student successes and brainstorm ways to provide support when needed. This student-centered approach ensures that we meet the needs of students in our care each day.

We are always available to answer any questions that you have about Saratoga Independent School.  If you do have a specific question, please refer to the list below for the best staff member to assist you.
Juanita Maffetore, Office Manager
Juanita will be your contact if you are running late or have a change in dismissal. She is also the conduit to connect you to the right person if you are unsure of who to contact.
Jen Kmen, School Nurse
Nurse Jen can answer any medical questions that you may have. For example, you may have questions about COVID, allergies, immunizations, medical forms, etc.
Colleen Fortune, Admissions Liaison
Colleen can answer any questions you have regarding tours, enrollment, and everything else relating to admissions.
Juan Ocampo-Valle, Director of Business & Operations
Please contact Juan if you have any questions about our campus and facility, technology, etc.
Jon Kluth, Director of Finance
Jon will be able to help you with any questions relating to finances such as tuition, clubs, school lunches, etc.
Dina Baker, Director of Lower School
Dina will be your first point of contact for families with students in PreK to 5th Grade. Dina can answer questions about our teachers, curriculum, classroom activities, and student services.
Jeny Randall, Director of Middle School
Jeny will be your first point of contact for families with students in Middle School. Jeny can answer questions about our teachers, curriculum, classroom activities, and student services.
  Name Title
Lisa Renee Ackermann Ackermann, Lisa Renee Spanish Teacher
Robert Ahrens Ahrens, Robert Head of School
Bruce Altimar Altimar, Bruce
Dina Baker Baker, Dina Director of Lower School
Katherine Bakken Bakken, Katherine PreKindergarten Assistant
Chelsea Baratto Baratto, Chelsea
Trish Bendon Bendon, Trish PE Teacher
Dave Blair Blair, Dave Maintenance and Grounds Manager
Allison Brancato Brancato, Allison PreKindergarten Lead Teacher
Tracy Davis Davis, Tracy PreKindergarten Assistant
Jane DiMeglio DiMeglio, Jane After Care Director
Zachary DiMeglio DiMeglio, Zachary Music Teacher
Colleen Fortune Fortune, Colleen Admissions Coordinator
Miles Hamilton Hamilton, Miles Middle School Faculty
Kyle Haviland Haviland, Kyle Chef
Erica Hoover Hoover, Erica Fifth Grade Teacher
Kathleen Johansson Johansson, Kathleen Primary Teacher
Jon Kluth Kluth, Jon Director of Finance
Jennifer Kmen Kmen, Jennifer Nurse
Briana Kuruzovich Kuruzovich, Briana Lower School Spanish Teacher
Jessica Labounty Labounty, Jessica PreKindergarten Lead Teacher
Michele Lechevet Lechevet, Michele PreKindergarten Lead Teacher
Juanita Maffetore Maffetore, Juanita Office Manager
Skye Malik Malik, Skye Lower School Math Teacher
Michelle Mazur Mazur, Michelle Lower and Middle School Math Teacher
Chelsea Merrill Merrill, Chelsea Literacy Specialist
Gabi Moore Moore, Gabi Art Teacher
Rachel Morgan Morgan, Rachel Middle School Teacher
Juan Ocampo-Valle Ocampo-Valle, Juan Director of Business and Operations
Jeny Randall Randall, Jeny Director of Middle School, Middle School Teacher
Nell Reis-Jones Reis-Jones, Nell Intermediate Teacher
Lynn Schonberg Schonberg, Lynn Middle School Teacher
Jessica Schwerd Schwerd, Jessica Intermediate Teacher
Shauna Swinimer Swinimer, Shauna Kindergarten Teacher
Patti Veneziano Veneziano, Patti PreKindergarten Lead Teacher
Tammy Wagner Wagner, Tammy PreKindergarten Lead Teacher
Holly Weatherill Weatherill, Holly PreKindergarten Assistant
Kerri Williams Williams, Kerri Primary Teacher