Jacqueline Calica


BS, Human Ecology, Early Childhood Development, focus on Early Intervention, Ohio State University; MA, Teaching, New York University; Certificates: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education

From 2006-2010, Jacqueline taught in a special education public school in Harlem, serving students with severe emotional difficulties. When her core class moved on to middle school, Jacqueline joined the founding team of a charter school opening in Brooklyn.  She also received formal training in several literacy intervention approaches, including Leveled Literacy Intervention, Preventing Academic Failure, Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Reading Recovery. With the dual role of Special Services Coordinator and Literacy Intervention Leader, Jacqueline built a team to accommodate students with needs in academic, English language learning, speech and language, and counseling.

In the Fall of 2012, she chose to stay home and care for her newborn son. The Calica family joined the Green Meadow community in 2014 through Parent & Child classes. Jacqueline is delighted to contribute as a teacher, and in her spare time enjoys the GMWS Parent Handwork group and exploring New York with her family. 

Carissa Cottler

LS Reading Teacher

MS Literacy Education, The College of St. Rose; BS Childhood Education and BS Special Education, SUNY Geneseo; Certificates: Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities & Literacy Specialist.

Ever since Carissa was a child, she imagined becoming a teacher. She studied Education at SUNY Geneseo, where she became certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She went on to pursue a Master's degree in Literacy Education at the College of St. Rose. In 2006, Carissa began her teaching career by taking a temporary position as a Special Education teacher at Irvington Middle School. From 2007-2010, Carissa taught elementary education and special education at PS 42 in Manhattan. In the fall of 2010, when her son was born, she chose to become a full-time mother.  Carissa began working with the Bronxville Rotary Club in 2014 as a reading specialist serving the Yonkers community. In that role, she currently leads a family literacy class series each fall, along with monthly family book clubs. 

In the fall of 2016, Carissa and her family joined the Green Meadow community when her oldest child began Kindergarten. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and three children, reading, exercising, and cooking.

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Galilee Damiao

occupational therapist ms otr/l

BS, Russel Sage College; MS, Occupational Therapy, the Sage Colleges, 2002.  Trained in sensory integration (SI), neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT), Developmental Individual Differences

Galilee’s childhood in Canada was influenced by immersion in wilderness. She entered Green Meadow during middle school when her family moved to Chestnut Ridge, and her parents have been active in the community ever since.  Upon graduation, she spent time at Camphill Village in Portugal, where she both reconnected with her Portugese heritage and was inspired to her vocation through individuals with special needs. After receiving her master's in Occupational Therapy, she worked in a specialized sensory integration clinic in Rockland County, and worked at the Center for Discovery in the Catskills.  There, she was involved in developing pilot programs in sensory integration and fine arts for individuals with severe developmental challenges, and training professional staff. 

Galilee feels blessed to rejoin the community as an occupational therapist with Green Meadow and at the Otto Specht School.  Her husband, also an occupational therapist, and her two current Green Meadow students are thrilled to be in the neighborhood as well.

Jenna Lieberman

ls Educational Support

BA, Psychology, minor in Dance, SUNY Fredonia; MA, Special Education, George Washington University

Jenna graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor's in Psychology and Dance, then she worked in New York City as a para-professional and kindergarten teacher in schools that primarily served students with disabilities and learning differences.  In 2013, Jenna worked at Green Meadow Waldorf School as a Kindergarten assistant and at the Otto Specht School as an afternoon lead teacher.  She then enrolled in a one-year intensive program at George Washington University, where she received her master’s in Special Education, working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD), learning disabilities and autism. 

While getting her Master's, she worked as a lead teacher in a Baltimore school for students with EBD. Jenna is happy to be back in Chestnut Ridge and to share her skills and passion for the work she does.

Suzanne Lynn

LS/ms educational support COORDINATOR

MS Education, New York University; BS Elementary Education, Elmira College; AAS Early Childhood Education, Dutchess Community College

Suzanne has a Master’s degree in Education from New York University and is a fully certified NYS teacher. She has been an educator since 1982 with experience in lead teaching, team teaching, and administration. Suzanne holds a Waldorf Therapeutic Educator Certification through the Association for a Healing Education (AHE) and has additional training in Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and Orton Gillingham, and is a certified Health Coach and HANDLE screener. 

Suzanne lives in Chestnut Ridge with her husband and is a parent of a Green Meadow graduate and a current middle schooler.