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Our Team

Committed to Excellence in Education

Each Instructor at WYSE truly loves working with middle school aged students.  Our team is full of energy, enthusiasm, warmth, and a willingness to go the extra mile for each WYSE student.

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Adele Falco

Program Director

Language Arts Instructor

Adele has a history of commitment to innovation in education, having founded and directed Curious-on-Hudson (2013 - 2020), a provider of pioneering enrichment programs for youth in grades K-8.  Adele is working to grow the WYSE program, create summer programs at Hunt Hill, and to teach our students language arts.  

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Theresa Ann McSpedon

Financial Director

Theresa, a master of paperwork, forms, and numbers, makes sure the business side of EWoW runs smoothly.  Theresa began her tenure as Director of Operations in 2016.

Columbia University

BS Economics

AS Accounting, AS Business Administration

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Aileen Rosa

Assistant Coordinator

French Instructor

Aileen is excited to bring her engergy, enthusiasm and passion for helping others to our students.

College Of Charleston

BA in Psychology

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Anthony DePoto

Improv/Acting Instructor

Anthony DePoto is a theatre educator, actor, and director. Some of his credits include performances off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

Western Connecticut State University

BA Theater Arts

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Leah Lalama

Math Instructor

Leah is thrilled to bring her passion for math to her students at WYSE!

Western Conn State University

BS in Secondary Education, Mathematics

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Tamara Vena

Science Instructor

Tamara's ten years of teaching experience and passion for education shine through when she works with our students in the field and in the classroom.

BS Social Science, Certified Herbalist, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab

Nature Education and Environmental Science, Native Plant Studies

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Sandy Ho

History and Latin Instructor

Sandy is a native Japanese speaker and a successful homeschool mother of two college graduates. Sandy has 13 years of teaching experience.  She brings a ready smile and easy nature to her classes.

BA Computer Science

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Joel Melendez

Circus Arts & Capoeira Instructor

Co-owner of Matica Arts, Joel brings years of teaching experience and a warm, easy manner to his work with our WYSE students.

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