Educators

 

Sharon Cook, Lower Primary Facilitator & Education Director. Sharon is an experienced educator, passionate about creating learning environments that are engaging, supportive, collaborative and creative. For 7 years she served as Lead teacher in 1st grade and as the Literacy Domain Coordinator for grades Pre-K through 4, at The Ross Lower School in Bridgehampton, NY. She holds a Master’s Degree and New York State Certification in Pre-K through 6th grade Education and has been either teaching students or mentoring other teachers for the past 16 years in all areas of elementary education.  In addition to teaching, Sharon has developed and written curriculum, test-piloted new programs in the classroom, worked with all special area teachers to create integrated units, and worked closely with and supported administrators and directors. As a devoted life-long learner, she has participated in professional development in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Columbia University's Teachers College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which have left profound impressions on her pedagogical practices.  Sharon lives in Sag Harbor, NY with her husband Chris and her three children: Hannah, Abigail and Addison. 

Eileen DeCecco, Guidance Counselor & Learning Specialist. Eileen is thrilled to be a part of the very special community at PCS and brings with her over twelve years of teaching experience.  She is NYS certified as a school counselor and has taught both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten as well as seventh and eighth grades.  She is a mother of two and believes that fostering a love of learning for all students is critical to their life-long journey.  Coming from the Ross Lower School in Bridgehampton, she has experience in the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches and a strong belief in a community-driven school.  She earned a BS in Business Administration from St. John’s University and MAEd in Educational Counseling.  Living on the North Fork of Long Island herself,  Eileen understands how meaningful a school like PCS is to this community of thoughtful, intelligent, caring parents. Collaborating with co-workers to form an integrated, fundamental, open-ended curriculum is the key to success for the future of our children.

Patricia Eckardt,  Learning Specialist

Ashley Russo, Middle Primary Facilitator.  Originally from Upstate New York, Ashley has six years of teaching experience.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s degree in literacy from Walden University.  Relatively new to the east end, Ashley is enjoying learning more about the area and forming strong connections within the community.  She is passionate about creating a learning environment that considers each student’s needs and allows students to explore their natural curiosity.  Growing up on a farm, Ashley learned about the importance of sustaining agriculture and natural resources from a young age, and she brings this hands-on experience to her teaching.  Ashley currently lives in Hampton Bays and enjoys fishing, going to the beach, reading, and working in her garden.

Miranda Milligan, Early Childhood Facilitator. Miranda is privileged and excited to be a part of the Peconic Community School family. Born and raised here on the East End, she attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and completed an Elementary Certification program. Upon returning to the East End after graduation, Miranda became a nanny for two young children and worked to receive her New York State Elementary Certification. Through nannying, Miranda realized her love for the early childhood age group and began as an Assistant Nursery Teacher at Ross Lower School. She continued to develop as a teacher and a learner as head Nursery Teacher at The Country School in Wainscott, before joining PCS. Miranda loves to play sports and be outside in nature. She is eager to teach and explore a curriculum keen on guiding children through the exploration of our natural world.

Shannon Timoney, Upper Primary FacilitatorShannon comes to PCS after working for 7 years at the Ross School in Bridgehampton, NY, where she taught and served as division coordinator of Early Childhood. During her time there, Shannon also taught grades 2 and 3. As a lead teacher at a progressive school, Shannon was very involved in writing, revising and editing curriculum. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Psychology and from Dowling College with a MEd in Childhood Education. She lives in Manorville and has two sons, Payton and Brody. Shannon is a passionate, community-minded individual who is always thinking of ways she and her students can serve their local community. Shannon recognizes the value of differentiating for her students and creating a stimulating classroom environment that showcases the learning process. She believes it is essential to build the classroom community together with her students. Shannon is a lifelong learner and is always open to new ideas and opportunities for continued growth.

 

In Memoriam, PCS educator and mentorAlison Aldredge, former Early Childhood Director & Kindegarten Facilitator. Alison came to Peconic Community School with over 15 years experience leading and teaching in early childhood programs.  She held a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She was the division coordinator and lead teacher for the early childhood program at the Ross School. Her teaching approach was suffused with the belief that children are natural researchers, observers, and capable problem solvers, who construct knowledge as they interact with the world around. She believed in creating learning experiences and structured opportunities for accountable discourse through creative, inviting and accessible experimentation. She possessed professional development training in Montessori and Reggio Emilia educational approaches, among others. As a mother of three, and long time resident of the East End, Alison was a vital  member of this nurturing learning community, and she will forever be a part of PCS.  

Executive & Administrative Staff

Maggie Kritsberg, Office Manager Maggie brings over 15 years experience working in non-profit school administration and child care to the Peconic Community School. As Education Coordinator at the East End Arts School she developed art and camp programming, implemented digital accounting procedures, and oversaw school staff and facilities. Her most recent position was as Registrar and Business Administrator in charge of student registrations, accounting and scholarship at East End Arts in Riverhead, NY. Additional experience includes teaching at pre- and after-school programs, practical knowledge of Montessori pedagogy, and planning and implementing of fundraising events. Born and raised in Sweden, she attended Lund University, Lund, Sweden with a concentration in Psychology and Swedish language. Maggie and her husband moved to the beautiful North Fork in 1996 to raise their two sons.

Kathryn Casey Quigley, Co-Executive Director

Liz Casey Searl, Co-Executive Director