Aimee Campbell, Special Education Teacher
Aimee Campbell has over eleven years of elementary and special education teaching experience. She possess a Master of Arts in both Elementary (PreK-6th) and Special Education (K-12th) from Manhattanville College and will be TESOL certified this fall. Prior to teaching at Greenport School, Aimee taught at elementary schools on the East End of Long Island, Connecticut and Louisiana. Interestingly, Aimee earned a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology from Washington State University and worked on many archaeological digs in the Northwest United States and the African Burial Ground Project in lower Manhattan. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Aimee is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire students to learn and reach their highest potential at Greenport School.
Karrieann Damon (Kolinek), Special Education Teacher
Growing up on the east end Karrieann is enthusiastic to be back. Her credits in education range from Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Special Ed and Dept. Chair. Other professional credits include theater, film and television. She has coached volleyball and softball. Mrs. Damon founded the Arts Centered Program (ACP) at Teachers Preparatory School and the Tech Arts & Physical Environment (TAPE) at Broome Street Academy. Through many partnerships with varying organizations she has provide a broader education to her students, and looks forward to bringing these partnerships to Greenport. When not with the “school family” she enjoys time with her family at the farm or the beach. http://kdamon.weebly.com/
Vanessa Lara, English as a New Language Teacher
Southold High School graduate; Class of 1994, who earned her BA degree in Spanish with a minor in German and International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For almost 20 years, Ms. Lara had resided between Heidelberg, Germany and Toledo, Spain; where she pursued her studies in German and Spanish, becoming internationally certified in TEFL/TESOL and started her family. While Ms. Lara lived in Toledo, Spain, she formed part of the Bilingual Education team both in public and parochial schools, as well as private English language academies (Pre-K thru 12). During this time, she also became an official teacher and Speaking Examiner for Cambridge ESOL/IELTS. Ms. Lara’s passion is focused on languages while providing cultural awareness for all students and the community.
Thomas O’Leary, English as a New Language Teacher
Thomas O’Leary is a graduate of Oceanside High School who earned a degree in Spanish Education/Special Education at Hartwick College. Mr.O’Leary recently graduated from Molloy College, where he earned a MS in TESOL. Mr. O’Leary began his teaching career at the Diocese of Rockville Centre, teaching Spanish for grades Pre-K to 8. This past year, he has been a Spanish leave replacement teacher in both the Massapequa and Hicksville School Districts and part time in Amagansett School District. When not teaching, Thomas enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends. Mr. O’Leary is very excited to join the Greenport School District.
Sara Palmer, Kindergarten Teacher
Sara Palmer is a William Floyd High School graduate, class of 2007. She attended York College of Pennsylvania, and in 2010 received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education. She pursued a Master of Science in Teaching Students with Disabilities at Long Island University which she received in 2013. Sara started her teaching career at a private preschool in Westhampton Beach where she fell in love with early childhood. For the last four years, Sara had the opportunity to work at both the elementary and middle school levels as a teacher in a diverse charter school in Queens. With her strong background in music, Sara has a unique teaching style which includes singing, movement and hands on opportunities to get students engaged in learning. She loves to attend live music events, especially those held outdoors. In addition, Sara enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two young daughters. She is extremely grateful to join the Greenport community this school year.
Brian Toussaint, Social Studies Teacher
Brian Toussaint is a lifelong resident of Long Island. He graduated from Elwood John Glenn High School and received his BA in History/Secondary Education from St. Joseph's College. He then went on to earn his MA in History from Long Island University-C.W. Post. For the past two years Brian has taught Social Studies in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This summer, Brian married his wife Colleen and the two relocated to the North Fork from Western Suffolk County. He is excited to begin teaching at Greenport and to become a part of the East End community. When not teaching Brian enjoys being active in sports and working on automobiles.