As we prepare for the new year, we are excited to announce several new members to the Stuart community:
Sadasia Adams will be providing administrative support for the Lower School. Sadasia most recently worked as the Inventory Control Coordinator for the Foodbank for NYC.
Danielle Carter will be joining Stuart's Middle/Upper School math department. Danielle is a Middle School educator with over 11 years of experience having most recently taught at Mount Laurel Hartford School in South Jersey. Danielle has also taught Middle and Upper School students at Lawrenceville's Summer Scholars program for the last five years teaching math courses through Algebra I/Geometry and STEM courses. Danielle holds a bachelor's degree from TCNJ and a master's from Georgian Court.
Elaina Cifelli will be joining Stuart as a maternity leave replacement in the first grade. Elaina holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from TCNJ and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rider University. Last year, she taught first grade at Harker-Wylie Elementary School in Pemberton, NJ, and before that, was a second grade teacher at Saint Raphael School in Hamilton.
Melissa Cortina is joining the Lower School as a counselor and will be teaching AP Psychology in the Upper School. Melissa was a successful kindergarten teacher for thirteen years in Monroe Township before returning to school to get her graduate degree in school counseling. She will bring her tremendous enthusiasm and energy to support the girls mental well-being. Melissa holds a bachelor's in psychology from Monmouth University and a master's in school counseling from Seton Hall University.
Jill Hunt joins Stuart as our new fourth grade homeroom teacher. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master's of Education in Reading Specialization from Kent State where she was also a captain of the cross country and track and field teams. Jill had been a Lower School Homeroom teacher in Ohio and North Carolina for thirteen years before relocating to the area. She most recently has served as a substitute at Littlebrook Elementary in Princeton.
Nikema Missouri comes to Stuart as our new school counselor for Middle and Upper School. Hailing from her beloved undergraduate alma mater, Rutgers University/Douglass College, she went on to gain a greater understanding of the potential partnership between faith and psychology at Cairn University, where she received her master's in counseling. Beginning her career journey working with high school students, she has gone on to counsel many populations with diverse backgrounds and growth goals for over 20 years. In recent years, Nikema has worked at Cairn University, teaching psychology courses and helping individuals and families meet their counseling needs both at the university and in private practice. Nikema usually is reading about four books at once and batch cooking meals for her family, especially Italian or anything made by Gordon Ramsey! Nikema lives in Pennington, NJ with her husband of 20 years, 7 children, and two dogs.
Tonia Simone will be returning to Stuart to teach our new third grade section after serving as a maternity leave replacement for not one, but two Lower School teachers last year. Prior to coming to Stuart, Tonia served as a math coach and third grade teacher in the New York City public school system. Tonia holds bachelor's degrees in elementary education and psychology and a master's in special education from Wagner College. She also holds a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from CUNY-Staten Island.
Anthony Weinkopff joins the Upper School as a part-time biology teacher. Anthony graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in biomedical engineering and attended Stanford University Medical Center with a fellowship in cardiology. Prior to Stuart, Anthony taught biology, chemistry, physics, and math at The Pingry School in New Jersey and The Blue Ridge School in Virginia. He is also the founder and director of Embrace Tutoring and Educational Services, a company he founded and continues to operate to offer additional support to students.
Shuquin Windbush has joined Stuart as the Upper School administrative assistant. Prior to Stuart, she served as an administrative assistant at Firmenich/JLL, South Brunswick Board of Education Human Resources Department, and Westminster Choir College Office of Admission. Shuquin holds a bachelor's degree from Westminster and a master's degree from Rider University.
Bill Van Liew has joined Stuart as a new Middle and Upper School math teacher. Bill is a graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor's in industrial engineering and has been teaching mathematics from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus at Mount Joseph Academy in Vermont for the last eleven years. Bill is also a geometry teacher in Peddie's Summer School. During his free time, Bill enjoys numerous recreational activities. His favorite activities are surfing, snowboarding, and golf. For a period of time, Bill owned and operated his own Ben and Jerry's franchise in Vermont.
Cheng Yow comes to Stuart with 20 years of experience in finance and accounting as Director of Finance in the Business Office. A native of Malaysia, Cheng began her career with Sodexo in Buffalo. She relocated to New Jersey to join Educational Testing Service in Princeton where she spent the next 15 years supporting various parts of the organization. Most recently, Cheng was working with Hopewell Valley Children's Theatre and Supporting Strategies where she helped small to medium size organizations with their accounting and financials. Cheng earned her combined bachelor's and MBA degree (accounting, corporate finance) from the University at Buffalo School of Management. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant. Cheng and her husband have three young children: a daughter, Haylie, who is 9 and will be attending Stuart this fall, and twin boys who are 7.
Kristen Zosche joins Stuart as the new Upper School Dean of Students. She began her professional career in education as an English teacher at Mount St. Dominic Academy, specializing in rhetoric and composition, media studies, and recent American fiction. In 2013, she took over the Peer Leadership Program and began her extensive work with student life initiatives and school culture. She later served as a curriculum coordinator and most recently as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Kristen earned a B.A. in English from Rutgers College — Rutgers University and an M.A. in English from Montclair State University, in addition to various teaching credentials. Before pursuing a career in education she worked in journalism and communications.
We also want to announce that Jan Baldwin will be picking up the fall play and sixth grade drama this trimester and will be relinquishing her role as Middle School Dean of Students to do so. Sonia Dellas will move up from teaching Lower School French to take over the Middle School program. Jillian Wolf, who had served as Stuart's Director of Library Services, will be departing for New York, but we are excited that she and Dr. Annie Soler '02 will continue working with our faculty as SEED diversity trainers.
Photo: Faculty and staff are arranged in alphabetical order