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Kim Barone


Kim came to Dutchess in the spring of 2014 to finish the year as 6th grade homeroom teacher, and then became 3rd grade teacher the following school year, in the fall of 2014. She attended Dominican College on an academic and athletic scholarship where she earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.  She also earned her master’s in education, with a focus in special education, at SUNY New Paltz. Prior to DDS, Kim worked as a teaching assistant, long term substitute, tutor, and softball coach in a local school district.  She lives in Wappingers Falls with her husband and son.

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Julia Loewenberg


Julia joined Dutchess Day School in 2014. She teaches preschool, is the assistant field hockey coach, and assists in preschool physical education. Julia obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany with a major in sociology and a double minor in history and education. She received her master’s degree in childhood education from Manhattanville College. Prior to arriving at DDS, Julia taught pre-K and coached field hockey. During summer months she taught soccer, basketball, and baseball to preschool through elementary grades and now directs a science camp.

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Debbie Colandrea


Debbie worked at Dutchess Day School as a receptionist, preschool assistant, and first grade assistant from 2001 until 2009. She returned in 2012 to assist in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
She lives in Lagrangeville with her husband and two children.

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Margaret Dreier


Margaret joined the DDS faculty in 1988. She is the reading and math specialist for the lower school.
Margaret attended Harvard University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology.
In addition to DDS, Margaret has worked at the Shady Hill School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a teaching apprentice for first through third grades. Before serving as the reading and math specialist at DDS, she taught third grade and upper school math.

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Emilie Dyson


Emilie teaches reading and writing in kindergarten, second and third grades. Emilie taught second grade at DDS from 2006-2008 and 2011-2012. She is also a former parent and board member. Emilie attended Elmira College and received a master of science degree in education from SUNY New Paltz. A state certified reading specialist, Emilie founded and operates The Reading Barn, an innovative summer program that offers individualized reading, math, and creative writing instruction. 

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Amanda Forbes


Lead teacher of the Lillian Goldman Preschool, Amanda attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995. She then earned an additional bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in education (curriculum and instruction) in 1997. After teaching both first grade and kindergarten, Amanda took a leave of absence to be home with her two young children. She joined the DDS faculty in 2014.

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Nancy Pelletier


Nancy joined the Dutchess Day School faculty in 1994. She teaches first grade, is head of the lower school and co-coordinates the ski program.

Nancy obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ and a master’s in education from SUNY New Paltz.

Prior to coming to Dutchess, Nancy worked as a long term sub in many local public elementary schools. She has also taught kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade writing at DDS.

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Michelle Stalteri


In 2013, Michelle joined the Dutchess Day School faculty as the second grade homeroom teacher.
Michelle attended the University of Buffalo where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on paralegal studies. She also attended Duquesne University where she received a master’s degree in elementary education.
Michelle began her teaching career in Virginia. She taught first grade for 8 years at Grafton Village Elementary before coming to New York.

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Tracey Timson


Tracey joined the Dutchess Day School faculty in 2001. She teaches kindergarten.
Tracey attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts in English. She obtained her master’s degree in early childhood education from University College of St. Martin in Lancaster, England.
She spent her first four years as an educator teaching kindergarten through second grade at Odessa Infant School in London, England before moving to the US. She has two children who attend Dutchess Day School.

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Lisa Stewart


Truly versatile, Lisa Stewart came to us originally in the fall of 2016 to cover a year’s leave as 4th grade homeroom teacher, currently is assisting in preschool and teaching several library classes, and will take over as 3rd grade homeroom teacher during a faculty maternity leave in January of 2018. Lisa attended SUNY New Paltz, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education with a concentration in history. She is currently completing her master’s in humanistic and multicultural education at SUNY New Paltz. Prior to DDS, Lisa worked as a preschool teaching assistant, and was a substitute teacher for local districts. She also coached various levels of swimming, rowing, and volleyball. Most recently, Lisa worked at San Miguel Academy in Newburgh as the Humanities teacher for grades 6-8, where she also developed and ran the school’s swimming program. She lives in Gardiner with her husband and enjoys spending time in the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains near her home.

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Kristen Pelletier


Kristen has worked at DDS while attending college since 2013, running the after school program. She attended Dutchess Community College where she received an associate’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in science. Kristen really enjoys working with children and plans to continue her education for certification at the elementary level.