The Harley School’s commitment to academic excellence is unparalleled, delivering a challenging environment and curriculum that creates a diverse and close-knit community while nurturing individual strengths.
The Harley experience encompasses more than top-flight academics. Our students enjoy access to extracurriculars, community service, athletics, summer programs and even cutting-edge sustainability programs
Education: Yale University - B.A.
Stanford University - Ph.D.
Bio: “JAM,” as he is known, teaches AP Calculus AB and BC, Topics, and AP Statistics. He serves as an advisor for the Acorn Press and is an accomplished flutist and opera enthusiast. He received his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Stanford.
Bio: "Miss B" has worked with young children at Harley for more than 20 years. She helps guide our youngest students through their daily journey of joy in learning, nurturing them to build independence and self-confidence.
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.M.Ed.
Eastman School of Music - M.A.
Bio: Mr. Burroughs is the chair of the Music Department and is a music teacher and choral director in both the Middle and Upper Schools. He also serves as music director for the Upper School musical theater productions. He was a John Motley Morehead scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he received his B.M.Ed; he is currently spending his summers pursuing a master’s in music education at the Eastman School of Music. Before coming to Rochester, he taught in rural North Carolina, New Orleans, LA, and Jackson, MS.
Bio: Mrs. Cusimano is an administrative assistant in the Middle School at Harley. She has extensive administrative experience working at RF Communications, Unity Health Systems, Harris Corporation, and Xerox.
Bio: After graduating from Harley in 2007, Mr. Cohn went on to advanced flameworking workshops at the Corning Museum of Glass before enrolling at RIT’s School for American Crafts. Since graduating from RIT, he has taught at the Horizons program, subbed at Harley, worked as Senior Flameworker in the studio of renowned artist Robin Lehman, and run his own studio.
Bio: Mrs. Foisy earned her M.S. and B.A. degrees from Suffolk University in Massachusetts. She previously worked in admission at Boston College and Stonehill College. Mrs. Foisy brings over a decade of experience in admission, student advising, marketing, and financial aid to Harley. Born in Portugal, she is also a native Portuguese speaker.
Bio: Mr. Frye earned his Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his B.A. from Hamilton College. Previously, he has held positions as Dean of Students and Boarding, Director of Communications, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid, English Teacher, College Counselor, and Dorm Parent at The Cambridge School of Weston. He also worked as Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Wheaton College and Assistant Dean of Admission at Hamilton College.
Bio: A Primary teacher in a team teaching situation, Mrs. Fenster works with a mixed aged grouping of kindergartners and first graders. Her goal is to create a safe, caring community of learners and friends where all children can make social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative growth. She is passionate about the teaching of writing and helping her students find their unique voices as writers. In the summer, she teaches in the Horizons Student Enrichment Program of The Harley School. In her nine years away from Harley, she worked in the Rochester community as a career/vocational counselor, and she still maintains a small private practice.
Bio: Ms. Fitzpatrick earned her B.S. degree in education from SUNY Geneseo and her M.S. from Nazareth. She has taught kindergarten, second and third grade, and has been a math specialist for grades 2-7. At Harley, she now teaches Primary (K-1). Ms. Fitzpatrick strives for teaching excellence and enjoys implementing innovative ideas.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles
San Francisco State University
Bio: Mrs. Foster is the Middle School drama teacher. Mrs. Foster is well known in the Rochester community and has more than 15 years of performing arts experience as an actress, director, producer, and voice teacher/coach. Her work has been featured at the Rochester’s Children Theater, GeVa Theater, Jewish Community Center, Hochstein, Brighton High School, and Nazareth College. She has studied at UCLA and San Francisco State University and has trained with renowned coaches of the San Francisco Opera and other dance and language instructors.
Bio: Mr. Foster teaches U.S. History, APUS, Speech and Debate, U.S. Political Process, and Page to Stage to Upper School students. He also runs the Harley Forensics Team that competes in speech and debate in local and national tournaments.
Lower School Creative Arts Teacher
Education: M.A. and Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bio: Dr. Ghory joined Harley in 2013 as its thirteenth Head of School and brings a national reputation as a distinguished educator. He served as Head of School at the University School of Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, from 2000-2011. There he led the school through two collaboratively developed strategic plans, remodeling 80 percent of the campus through a successful $44 million campaign for endowment and facilities. Dr. Ghory’s impressive experience also includes a dozen years as Director of the Upper School at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Additionally, he spent 13 years in the Cincinnati Public Schools as a high school teacher, founder of a desegregation magnet alternative school, and the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction of a college preparatory high school. Following undergraduate work at Yale University, Dr. Ghory earned an M.A. and Ed.D. in curriculum studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published widely on curriculum and teaching, and has presented at many national conferences.
Education: University of Binghamton - B.A.
Harvard University - Ed.M.
Bio: Dr. Galvin teaches Spanish II, Spanish IV, Advanced Placement Spanish, and 7th grade Writing Workshop. Before coming to Harley, she taught Spanish for four years in Brighton Schools and wrote a children’s news program for WXXI-TV. She is the author of several children’s books and translates for the Ciudad Hermana Nicaragua Sister City group.
Education: Haverford College - B.A.
Binghamton University - M.A.
Binghamton University - M.A.T.
Bio: Mr. Gilbert graduated from Harley in 1987 and began teaching history in the Middle School in 1999. During his first six years at Harley he taught ancient civilizations in the 6th grade. He currently teaches American history in the 7th grade, and modern world history in the 8th grade. He has two sons in the Lower School at Harley.
Education: SUNY Plattsburgh - B.A,
University of Rochester - M.S.Ed.
Bio: Amy teachers third and fourth grade classroom teacher, as well as a teacher who creates and implements project-based learning experiences for our students. She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology (childhood development) from SUNY Plattsburgh, took additional graduate courses in psychology and human development at Syracuse University. She completed her master's of science in teaching and curriculum (childhood education) from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.She has valuable experience teaching K-12 classes.
Education: Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing - RN
University of Rochester - B.S.N.
Bio: Mrs. Houghtalen joined Harley in 2011 with the the summer Horizon's program. She is originally from Massachusetts and earned her RN from Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing and her B.S.N from the University of Rochester. Mrs. Houghtalen has worked in Maine and Vermont before moving to Rochester. Critical care nursing and cardiac rehab were her specialties before becoming a school nurse.
Education: University of Southern California - B.S.
University of Maryland - M.S.
Roberts Wesleyan College - M.S.
Vermont Law School - J.D.
Bio: Mr. Hentschke is an Upper School biology teacher. Mr. Hentschke went to the University of Southern California for undergrad study in biology, then on to University of Maryland for an M.S. in marine, estuarial, and environmental sciences. After a period of time doing laboratory research, he continued his education at Vermont Law School, earning a degree in law. Mr. Hentschke practiced environmental law for five years, then enrolled in Roberts Wesleyan’s Urban Teachers for Tomorrow program, where he earned a master’s of education. He has taught for the last five years in Rochester schools.
Education: University of Missouri - B.S.
University of Rochester - M.S.Ed.
Bio: Shannon earned her B.S. in mathematics from University of Missouri. She also earned TEFL certification while in Spain after college, and she received her M.S.Ed. from the Warner School at the University of Rochester. She teaches two sections of geometry and one of algebra II. In addition to eight years of experience teaching both college and secondary school level mathematics.
Education: SUNY Brockport - BS, MS
Canisius College - MS
Bio: Mr. Jones has more than two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. His particular area of expertise and interest is in literacy and instructional leadership. He holds an M.S. in educational administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, an M.S. in elementary education and a B.S. in history from SUNY Brockport. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. Mr. Jones is a life-long learner who is passionate about helping kids. He believes that the best schools are the ones where teachers, parents, and students work together to create a learning environment that allows students to reach their highest potential.
Bio: Mrs. Kettlehone joined Harley in May 2010. She has B.S. degrees in biology and nursing from SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Binghamton. She has experience in hospital critical care and community health nursing. She has two daughters and one son. In addition to her day job, Mrs. Kettlehone and her husband enjoy raising alpacas on their farm.
Education: Wells College - B.A.
St. John Fisher College - M.S.
Bio: Christina Kerr teaches fourth grade. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a focus on pre-med from Wells College. She earned a master’s degree in general education and special education from St. John Fisher College. Mrs. Kerr has taught in the Rochester, Fairport, and the East Irondequoit School Districts.
Lower School Supplementary Support Teacher
Education: Allegheny College - B.S.
Nazareth College - M.S.
Bio: Mr. Kindig is a resource teacher in the Lower School’s Supplementary Support Program (SSP) who helps students with reading, writing, spelling, and task approach skills. He also conducts Lower School admissions testing and tests Lower School students to help them find out how they learn best. Mr. Kindig is the author of Winning Learners, 60 posters of word families, and nine learning games. He also co-designed math fact learning software and a spelling practice program. He has run a summer reading program for the last 35 years and performs as “Mr. Nose-it” in Wednesday Assemblies. Visit his website at: www.deankindig.com.
Bio: Mrs. Lewis began at Harley in 2006, bringing with her more than a decade of higher education communications experience. She previously held positions in media relations, publications management and Web development at the University of Rochester, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the University of Tennessee, and Dickinson College. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, where she has served as President, Assembly Delegate, Ethics Chair, Secretary, Program Chair, and Web Chair. Mrs. Lewis has also served as an active member of the Greater Rochester Association of Private Schools, where she is treasurer, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where she serves a member of the executive team for the CASE District II Accolades Awards. Mrs. Lewis is as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees for Fairport Baptist Homes. Her work has been recognized on both local and national levels by CASE and PRSA.
Bio: Lisa Lange owned her own Rochester-based design business for 15 years before joining the Harley staff. She is a Harley alumna and former Harley parent. Lisa blends her passion for the school and her profession to create award-winning work that has been recognized nationally and locally. Lisa earned her B.A. in sociology from St. Lawrence University.
Extended Day Supervisor, Vacation Camp Director
Education: University of Massachusetts - B.S.
Harvard University - A.M., Ph.D.
Bio: Dr. Malone, originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, is an Upper School English teacher. Ms. Malone earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She continued her studies and received both a master’s and a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literature from Harvard. She won Harvard University Teaching Awards seven semesters in a row. Her dissertation was a study of a twelfth-century biography of a Welsh king who began his career as a Viking and seized power just as the effects of the Norman Conquest were beginning to be felt in Wales.
Education: SUNY Geneseo - B.S.
University of Houston - M.S.
Lower School Language Arts Teacher/Librarian
Language Arts, Library
Education: Wellesley College - B.A.
University of Rochester - M.S.
Bio: Mrs. Moss is the Lower School Librarian and Literature teacher. She introduced a literature program into the school’s curriculum more than 30 years ago and has continued to provide Lower School students with rich literary experiences that provide a context for literary and literacy instruction and learning. Mrs. Moss also teaches graduate students at the University of Rochester Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is the author of eight professional texts and numerous articles in professional journals and edited books. She and her husband are parents of three children and grandparents of nine children who all love to read.
Bio: Ken Motsenbocker has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions at Eastman Kodak Company. In his last assignment there, he was the Director of Corporate Business Development, located in Geneva Switzerland. He comes to Harley from Bryant Stratton College where he was the Business Office Director and he has taught Short Term Financial Management at SUNY Brockport. Mr. Motsenbocker earned his M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Cornell University.
MS & US Health Teacher, MS Social Curriculum Coord
Education: Hamilton College - B.A.
University of Rochester - M.A.
Bio: Seth O’Bryan is an Upper School math teacher. Hailing from Baldwinsville, N.Y. Mr. O’Bryan is a graduate of Hamilton College with a master’s in school administration from the Warner School at the University of Rochester. He has nearly a decade of teaching experience and taught at Darrow, a boarding school in New Lebanon, N.Y., before coming to Rochester. Prior to joining Harley, he taught at Allendale Columbia School and served as a coach for Harley Allendale-Columbia Athletics.
Education: Rutgers - B.A.
Alfred University - B.F.A.
Art Institute of Chicago - M.F.A.
National Institute for the Deaf - A.A.
Bio: Ms. Parsons has been a professional artist and teacher in Rochester for some 20 years, teaching and exhibiting all over the area. She has a B.A. from Rutgers, an A.A. from the National Institute for the Deaf, a B.F.A. from Alfred University, and an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Education: University of Aberdeen in Scotland - B.A.
SUNY Brockport - M.A.
Bio: Mrs. Reader is a 1990 graduate of Harley. She advises the Middle School student council and serves on the admissions committee as well as the curriculum committee. She loves to sing, act, paint furniture, hike, camp, bike read, watch movies, and write. Mrs. Reader and her husband Christopher have two children at The Harley School.
Bio: Mrs. Rebis is a Middle School Learning Specialist at The Harley School in the Supplementary Support Program (SSP). She attended Nazareth College where she earned both a bachelor's degree in English and a master’s degree in education, with a focus on inclusive childhood education. She has New York State certifications in adolescence education and teaching students with disabilities. Mrs. Rebis has taught in Rochester area schools and her experience includes enrichment/study skills, literacy enrichment, academic intervention services, and serving as an academic intervention coordinator.
Director of Information Technology
Education: Rochester Institute of Technology - B.S.
Physical Education Teacher/Department Chair
Education: SUNY Brockport - B.S.
Middle School Science Teacher Grades 7&8
Education: University of Rochester - B.S.; M.S.
Bio: Mrs. Rivers is 7/8 grade science teacher. She earned both a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester. She also received the University of Rochester Warner School of Education’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her experience includes work as an Instructor with STARS (students tackling Authentic and Relevant Science), and the Harley Horizon’s program as a Get Real Science Camp Instructor. Mrs. Rivers is determined to get all students excited about learning through doing science.
Bio: Mrs. Skiba began at Harley in 1984 as the School's Registrar and Admissions Secretary, and in 1990, added College Office Assistant. Today, with the highest enrollment in Harley's history, admissions is a full-time job. Mrs. Skiba became Assistant Director of Admissions in 2006.
Bio: Ms. Saludo joined The Harley School staff in 2004. She has served in the Development Office in the areas of the annual fund and alumni relations. Her experience also includes prospect research as the database manager at Rochester General Hospital Foundation. Ms. Saludo began her career in fundraising at the Belmont Hill School, outside of Boston, where she was a development and campaign assistant. She has a B.S. in Communications from SUNY Geneseo.
History Department Chair, Upper School History Teacher
Education: University of Wisconsin - B.A., M.A.
University of Wisconsin at Madison - Ph.D.
Education: University of Rochester - B.A., M.S.
Nazareth College - M.S.
Head of Lower School/Commons Coordinator
Education: Western Washington University - B.M.
Cincinnati Conservatory - M.M.
Eastman School of Music - M.M. and D.M.A.
Bio: Dr. Smith has degrees in music from Western Washington University and the University of Cincinnati and a D.M.A. in music education from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to becoming Head of the Lower School, she taught general/instrumental music and Preschool Creative Arts at Harley, in addition to coordinating the early childhood music program at the Eastman School. Dr. Smith has worked in all divisions at Harley and her expertise is in early childhood development. Dr. Smith also serves in a leadership role for The Commons.
Lower School Performing Arts Teacher
Education: Eastman School of Music - B.M., M.A.
Bio: Jay teaches a combined program of performing arts—music, dance, and theater. In this exciting program where children experience firsthand the process of music composition, choreography, and production design, they craft all of their own songs, dances, and stage productions from the children’s creative imaginations. In addition, the material is drawn directly from the grade level curricula, which serves to connect the arts to the classroom. Every December, He directs the all-school production, “Pageant,” where all children from Nursery through grade 4 perform on the theater stage. Each week he hosts the Wednesday Assemblies.
Education: Wellesley College - B.A.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst - M.F.A.
Bio: Ms. Shah is a teacher, poet, fiction writer, and essayist. A native of Rochester, she is a graduate of Brighton High School, Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review online; The Massachusetts Review; Brevity; Web Conjunctions; Denver Quarterly; The Asian American Literary Review, Wellesley; and Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press). Her poems are included in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Writing (University of Arkansas Press). Prior to coming to Harley, she taught literature and creative writing at Twelve Corners Middle School, Brighton High School, Mount Holyoke College, Luther College, and Marymount Manhattan College, and Writers & Books in Rochester. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and artist residencies or fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation. Visit Ms. Shah's website at www.sejal-shah.com.
Education: SUNY Geneseo - B.A.
Nazareth College - M.A.
Bio: Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Geneseo and her master’s degree in music education from Nazareth College. Prior to coming to Harley, she taught and directed string music in the Rush-Henrietta school district. Kelly comes from a large family of teachers. Kelly believes music is meant to be “played and not worked.” She plays multiple string instruments, but prefers the violin. Kelly was first introduced to Harley life through her volunteer work in helping to arrange music for our Harriet Bentley strings group.
Bio: Prior to Harley, Maria coordinated the Collaborative for Intergenerational Service Learning facilitating college courses attended by both students and elders at Nazareth College. At the University of Rochester Maria served as assistant director of the University Leaders Initiative, a pre-campaign office. In addition, during seven years at Hickey-Freeman, Maria coordinated dress furnishings and two sportswear divisions as Buyer. Maria is a Harley parent.
Director of Academic Technology
Education: Nazareth College - B.S.
St. John Fisher College - M.S.
Bio: Mrs. Townsend has been a member of the Harley community for 20 years, as a parent, volunteer and staff member. With her elegant style and attention to detail, she has worked her magic to put on some of the most amazing special events over the years at Harley—including the annual BLAST and other fundraisers. In addition to working with the Development team, she oversees the Harley archives, working with volunteers to carefully preserve Harley’s historical documents and photos. Mrs. Townsend earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Skidmore College.
Education: SUNY Oswego - B.S.
Nazareth College - M.S.
Bio: Mrs. Turiano has cared for children in Harley's Nursery program for more than 20 years. She helps children learn independence and self-discovery while experiencing their education. If she's not with the children in the Nursery classroom, you can often find her baking with them in the Green Kitchen, or showing off their latest climber skills in the Big Room.
Education: Union College - B.S.
University of Virginia - Ph.D.
Bio: Dr. Vinton teaches Upper School Math courses, including Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST) and all advanced algebra courses. When she’s not teaching at math, she helps with community service projects and the Scottish Exchange program. Dr. Vinton spearheaded the Harley House initiative and was once a Captain in the US Air Force. She received a B.S. from Union College and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Molecular Biology.
Alumni/Development, Public Relations/Communications
Bio: Mrs. Wainwright has been a member of the Harley community as a parent and volunteer and joined the staff as a member of the Development Office in 2010. Before joining Harley, she taught English for BOCES 1 and the Rochester City School district. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education at SUNY Geneseo and her master’s in education from the College at Brockport.
Bio: Mrs. Walker returns to The Harley School as Director of Development. She has more than a decade of development experience. Mrs. Walker completed her undergraduate degree and master’s in public administration at SUNY Brockport. She has served on local boards and committees including Greece Chamber of Commerce, Greece Education Foundation, and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Lower School World Languages Teacher
Education: Washington University - B.A.
University of Rochester - M.A.
Bio: Senior Blanc--or Monsieur Blanc--as he is known, is fluent in Spanish and French and has extensive experience teaching languages to all grade levels. He teachers world languages to Nursery students through Grade 4. His creative approach includes hands-on experiences, such as the use of puppets and songs for our youngest students, and a French cafe for older students.
Education: Hobart College - B.A.
Rochester Institute of Technology - M.S.
Bio: Len teaches Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry (FST), Pre Calculus and Greek at Harley. He is the coach of the Chess Club and has served as the AP Computer Science teacher in past years. Len is the father of two Harley graduates. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hobart College and RIT. He is also a self-described bibliophile.
Education: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Physics
Universidad de Luján, Computer Science
Escuela Superior Latinoamericana de Informática
Bio: Mariana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the USA in 1994.
She worked many years in computers in public and private sectors and taught for computer and exact sciences for 10 years at college level in Argentina.
She joined Harley as a part time Spanish teacher for 8th grade.
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