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Faculty Update
Posted 07/12/2018 07:29PM

Welcome New LS Faculty

This is the third in a series of articles introducing new faculty and staff that will be joining Carrollwood Day School this year.

The 2018-2019 school year brings a lot of exciting changes to the Lower School! We are adding a fourth kindergarten at the ECC for the first time in our school's history along with a number of new positions. We extend a warm welcome to the talented faculty joining the Lower School in 2018. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and we are delighted to have them on board.

Danielle Earle

Danielle Earle
5th Grade Teacher

Danielle Earle is a Tampa native who earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida for Varying Exceptionalities in Special Education. Her professional experience includes over sixteen years of successful outcomes in elementary education, all grades. She has great enthusiasm for empowering student’s love of learning and has a deep passion for fostering student leadership in the classroom, and beyond. She has previously worked as a peer evaluator, serving over one hundred teachers in Hillsborough County. Most recently she has worked as an Exceptional Student Education Specialist, lending her classroom expertise school wide. She is a natural leader who has presented to a variety of professional audiences and educators throughout her career. Her professional experiences also include partnering with the Harvard Graduate Program for a two year practicum study, Data Wise. Additionally, she is a mom of two wonderful boys and is married to her high school sweetheart. She is eager to bring her expertise to Carrollwood Day School by returning to the classroom, and is looking forward to many great years to come.

Jennifer Gochoco

Jennifer Gochoco
1st Grade Teacher

Jennifer Gochoco holds a Certification in Early Childhood Education from the College of St. Elizabeth and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art/Art History from Santa Clara University. Since moving to Florida in 2014, Jennifer has taught Head Start/VPK and First Grade for Hillsborough County. She is married with two sons, Jason (7) and Jaxon (8 months). Jennifer has been a proud CDS parent for 4 years and is excited to join the team as an educator!

Caroline Messmer

Caroline Messmer
Prekindergarten 4 Teacher

Caroline Messmer earned her B.A. in Elementary Education in 2003 from Roger Williams University. Caroline taught kindergarten in Hillsborough County for many years before transitioning to being a stay-at-home mom. In 2015, she returned to teaching at a local preschool, where she taught both pre-K-3 and VPK. Caroline is married and has two children; Ryan, 7, and Olivia, 5. The Messmers are all excited to be joining the CDS family.

Katharine Mosher

Katharine Mosher
2nd Grade Teacher

Katharine Mosher graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She then earned her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She worked in the Hillsborough County Public School system at Twin Lakes Elementary School where she taught second grade for three years. She was also a Team Leader and the Math Lead for her school. Katharine attended Carrollwood Day School through eighth grade and is incredibly happy to return as a teacher!

 Stephanie Mullarkey

Stephanie Mullarkey
3rd Grade Teacher

Stephanie Mullarkey has taught grades K-6 over the past 20 years with the last nine years in third grade. She earned her B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Education from the University of Florida and has a M.S. in Specific Learning Disabilities from Nova Southeastern.

At previous schools, she has been a mentor teacher and the Lower Division Team Leader. Stephanie is passionate about instilling a love of learning, specifically in reading and writing. It is her priority to create a safe atmosphere for children to take risks and have fun doing it!

Sandya Nuthalapati

Sandya Nuthalapati
Mathematics Coach and Computer Teacher

Sandya Nuthalapati received her Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After completing her Master’s, she taught 2nd grade and mathematics for a year at an Indus IB School in Hyderabad, India. Most recently she taught 1st grade and preschool at New Horizon Islamic School in Pasadena, CA.

Sandya is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who emphasizes the importance of maximizing individual student performance, meeting the needs of all students and inspiring student’s interest in STEM within the classroom. Born in a traditional Hindu home, she has a profound appreciation for the common humanity of all peoples and strives to teach her students the importance of respect within a diverse community.

Outside of teaching, Sandya is involved in numerous community service activities such as: organizing social activities and fun events at school and community, cooking and serving meals at nursing homes, teaching computer skills to students and senior citizens, and Indian dancing to young children. She loves spending time with her husband and almost three year old son who will be attending CDS at the ECC Campus this fall! She is ecstatic to be part of the CDS Family and she looks forward in teaching your child and watching them grow.

 Lindsey Santi

Lindsey Santi
Prekindergarten 3 Teacher

Lindsey Santi graduated from the University of South Florida with B.S. in elementary education. She has experience teaching in Hillsborough County with a focus in early elementary.  Lindsey and her husband, Ryan, have three children; Ava, Emelia and Graeme that attend CDS. She is thrilled to return to CDS this year as a parent and educator.



 Tracy Sweet

Tracy Sweet
Elementary Learning Specialist

Tracy Sweet received a BA in Education from University of South Florida. Her postgraduate work was completed at University of South Florida (St. Petersburg) and University of Colorado, earning an Educational Leadership Certification. Over the last 18 years, she has worked for elementary schools in New York City, Denver and Tampa. She has taught grades kindergarten through fifth grade and spent three years as a Curriculum Specialist.

“It's my passion to work with students and teachers to create curriculum and strategies that promote academic success for all learners. My goal is to create a nurturing environment, which encourages a life long love of learning.”

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children, traveling, reading, yoga and seeking out extraordinary trees.

Danielle Theriault

Danielle Theriault
5th Grade Teacher

Danielle Theriault comes to CDS from Pasco County with 16 years of teaching experience. Danielle has taught grades 3-5 in both Pasco and Pinellas counties. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida with an ESOL endorsement and has served as the ELA Lead Teacher at Veterans Elementary School.  Danielle has a passion for Language and Literature and she a great deal of experience with differentiated instruction, guided reading, writer's workshop and project focused learning.  Danielle is thrilled to be joining the team at Carrollwood Day School!

In addition to welcoming new faculty, several lower school teachers will be taking on exciting new responsibilities this year to continue to meet the needs of our growing school and keep CDS in the forefront of best practices.

  • Kindergarten News: For the first time in our school's history, we will have four kindergarten classes. We are delighted to announce that Stacy Slater, former CDS nursery teacher, will join the kindergarten team. Stacy earned her B.S. in elementary education from Stetson University and began her career teaching kindergarten, second grade, and third grade before teaching preschool. Her three younger children attend CDS:  Gabe, Addison, and Ellie. Jodi Wright, is delighted to return to the kindergarten classroom as the assistant teacher after being a first grade assistant teacher and the ECC Inquiry teacher for the past few years. Jodi's daughter, Charlotte, will be starting her first year at CDS in the Toddler class!
  • First Grade News: CDS has been a part of Rachel Paggio’s life since the age of three when she was a student, attending CDS through the eighth grade.  After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in early childhood education at USF, she worked as a PreK teacher at the ECC for five years. Rachel then took some time off to raise her children and became a parent at CDS. She recently returned to CDS as a teacher, and just completed her sixth year at the ECC. She is thrilled to be moving up to first grade and continuing as a teacher and parent at CDS. Rachel is a proud mama to Piper (1st Grade) and Tucker (PreK 3).
  • Fourth Grade News: During her 17 year tenure at CDS, Jennifer Flansburg has taught nearly every grade in the elementary school and next year she will join the 4th grade team. Jennifer earned her B.S. in elementary education from University of South Florida. Jennifer's son, Jake, graduated from CDS last year as valedictorian of his class and her daughter, Zoey will be entering 11th grade this year.
  • Fifth Grade News: After 8 years teaching 3rd grade at CDS and teaching 4th grade last year, Melissa Lisi will move on up to 5th grade this year. This will be an exciting year to be part of the 5th grade team as CDS departmentalizes several subject areas to better align the final year of PYP curriculum with the first year of the MYP curriculum in middle school. Melissa earned her M.S. in education preparation from Medaille College and her B.S in health and human services: early childhood from University at Buffalo. Melissa looks forward to having her son Anthony join her in the elementary school this year a he moves up to first grade from the ECC.
  • New Positions: Along with the addition of the LS Learning Specialist (Tracy Sweet) and Math Coach (Sandya Nuthalapati) several other positions have been established in the Lower School to support the faculty in utilization of resources and implementation of key programs. 
    • Hayley Architetto will move out of the classroom to become the LS Literacy Coach. She will work along with Sandya Nuthalapati, the Math Coach, to provide personalized support based on the goals and identified needs from individual teachers and collaborate with classroom teachers to support student learning and success.
    • In the newly created position of LS Innovation Specialist, Tanya Layton has been busy all summer redesigning the Elementary Learning Commons (library) into elementary's new DREAM Lab... Discover - Research - Explore - Act - Make a difference. The DREAM Lab will be an interactive learning space that will foster collaboration and understanding from a variety of sources. She will work closely with ECC and elementary teachers to use technology effectively to assess student learning, differentiate instruction, and plan and implement engaging technology-enriched learning experiences in the classroom.
  • Alumni News:  Mrs. Buscemi is delighted to have three of her former students as part of the Lower School faculty this year! Tanya Layton, Katharine Mosher, and Rachel Paggio are all 8th grade graduates of CDS!
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