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Close-knit,

inclusive community

Our Community

Community is at the center of The Long Ridge School. From the moment you step onto our campus, you feel the warmth, rich diversity, and joy that distinguishes our school.

Serving families throughout the Stamford, Greenwich and New Canaan, CT, and Pound Ridge, NY area, our faculty, staff, Trustees, and families work alongside each other to nurture and celebrate the successes and magic of childhood. We are a community of welcoming, passionate master teachers who understand early childhood’s intellectual and emotional needs and partner with our families to create the best, first educational experience possible. The families of our students come from many backgrounds and cultures and form a supportive, active group that builds a warm, inclusive, vibrant social life for children and families.

Here at The Long Ridge School, you will find caring, involved, and down-to-earth parents and families who want their children to explore and enjoy the early years. Not anxious for our students to rush through this formative period, our community creates an environment where they can have the freedom and the support to be the very best version of themselves. We celebrate and welcome diversity in our community and promote a wide variety of activities for our families, from book clubs, parent coffees, dad’s and mom’s nights out, playgroups for younger siblings, volunteer opportunities, and even exercise classes. Families meet on our campus for play dates on the playground and in the library. Our families also come to campus on the weekends to sled in the winter.

If you would like to learn more about our campus facilities or any of our comprehensive early childhood or elementary school  programs, we invite you to take a virtual tour of our campus. You can also contact us directly to schedule a visit and experience why our children know, “We are all friends here at Long Ridge.”

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Our Teachers & Staff

Our Long Ridge team is a committed group of individuals dedicated to developing a lifelong love of learning in all our students. Our Head of School, Carissa Lewis, brings energy, creativity, experience, and unwavering leadership. Our exemplary teachers use proven approaches and develop progressive education curricula based on the latest techniques. Our knowledgeable administrators ensure that the school’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. Our whole team works closely and cohesively to create The Long Ridge experience that many have come to know and love over the years.

18

average number of years teaching experience

13

average number of years teaching at Long Ridge

79%

Faculty & Staff having advanced degrees
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Carissa Lewis

Head of School

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Kelly Falco

Assistant Head of School; Grades 4–5

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Julian Shettler

Director of Admissions & Marketing

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Pam Chin

Director of Advancement

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Daniel Cepeda

Director of Facilities

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Adriana Sbardelotto

Director of Finance & Operations

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Patti Lesando

Secretary

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Susan Seiler

Beginners

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Elyse Gallagher

Nursery

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Davina Lilley

Nursery

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Kelly Sheehan

Grades K–1

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Sara Welter

Grades K–1

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Juliette La Greca

Grades 2–3

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Kelly Finland

Grades 2–3

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Rachel Wagle

Grades 4–5

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Elizabeth Joseph

Physical Education

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Faith Glassman

Music

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Leslie Hammond

Art: Beginners

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Marietta Morelli

Librarian

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Niina Armstrong

Science

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Vanessa Diaz

Spanish

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Katherine (Kit) Hughes

Learning Specialist

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Rebecca Fass

Learning Specialist

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Kris Bria

Alumni Relations

Our Board of Trustees

The Long Ridge School’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-term well-being of our school, and board members serve as guardians of our mission. Trustees oversee Long Ridge’s financial operations, and through strategic planning, they set the course for our future development. Trustees are not involved in the day-to-day running of school operations, nor are they involved in the admissions process. Each trustee gives a tremendous amount of their time on behalf of the school, and each considers it an honor to do so. Other than the gratitude of our school community, there is no form of compensation or tuition reimbursement.

Officers

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Chris Ferraro

President (3rd Term)

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Guy Bailey

Vice President (1st Term)

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Shanti Hageman

Secretary (1st Term)

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Anne Mengden

Treasurer (3rd Term)

Trustees

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Samantha Brown

Trustee

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Marc Campbell

Trustee

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Sopong Kim

Trustee

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William Knauer

Trustee

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Kisha Mitchell Richards

Trustee

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John Ora

Trustee

Ex-Officio

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Carissa Lewis

Head of School

Staff

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Kelly Falco

Assistant Head of School; Grades 4–5

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Julian Shettler

Director of Admissions & Marketing

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Pam Chin

Director of Advancement

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Adriana Sbardelotto

Director of Finance & Operations

Honorary Trustees

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Ronald Japha

Honorary Trustee

Parents Group

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Lisa Mitchell

Co-Chair

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Liz Keane

Co-Chair