Deanna Marco, Founding Principal

About Deanna Marco

Deanna Marco, an educator and mother of three young boys, began her career as a teacher at PS 295—The Studio School of Arts and Culture in Brooklyn. Similar to PS 9, PS 295 began as a new school and Deanna had the extraordinary opportunity to be a part of the school’s growth through various roles. For seven years, she helped grow PS 295 as a teacher across different grade levels, supporting a diverse population of students.  As literacy coach for one year, Deanna specialized in creating and implementing a rigorous literacy curriculum with the staff while creating learning partnerships with families. Following this, Deanna served as the assistant principal for two years, continuing to infuse her passion for teaching and learning with the community. From 2006 – 2013, Deanna served as the school’s principal.

In partnership with the staff and parents of PS 295, Deanna helped it become one of the city’s top elementary schools. As a native and lifelong resident of Staten Island, Deanna is now bringing her vision and experience back home to help new generations of children learn, grow and thrive.


Lisa Bonello, Assistant Principal

Christina Mazza, School Secretary

JoAnn Gargiulo, School Aide

Lisa Calabrese, Parent Coordinator


Kristen Lanzisera, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Karin Molinelli, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher


Jessica Catalano, Kindergarten Teacher

Lisa Fiorillo, Kindergarten ASD NEST Teacher

Shay Van Name, SE Kindergarten ASD NEST Teacher

First Grade

Dana Colasuonno, First Grade GE ICT Teacher

Briana Saccomanno, First Grade SE ICT Teacher

Shannon McCormick, First Grade ASD NEST Teacher

Nicole DiRocca, First Grade SE ASD NEST Teacher

Second Grade

Christine Arce, Second Grade Teacher

Eileen Valles, Second Grade GE ICT Teacher

Nicole Venito, Second Grade SE ICT Teacher

Samantha Mann, Second Grade ASD Horizon Teacher

Third Grade

Lauren Stasio, Third Grade GE Teacher

Ashley Sinclair, Third Grade GE ICT Teacher

Julie Kaplan, Third Grade SE ICT Teacher

Andrea Fusaro, Third Grade ASD Horizon Teacher

Fourth Grade 

Angela Ciambrone, Fourth Grade Math & Science Teacher

Kimberly Molloy, Fourth Grade SE Teacher

Graziella Casale, Fourth Grade ELA & Social Studies Teacher

Nicole Graziano, Fourth Grade Teacher

Stephanie Swanson, Fourth Grade ASD Horizon Teacher

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Jodi Maltzman, Social Worker

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David Immiti, Musical Theatre Teacher

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Paula Canzoneri, Paraprofessional

Paula Cipriano, Paraprofessional

Deni Crowley, Paraprofessional

Michele Cucurullo, Paraprofessional

Idanes Font, Paraprofessional

Jessica Forni, Paraprofessional

Agnes Fox, Paraprofessional

Marie Gilsenan, Paraprofessional

Jeanmarie Lombardi, Paraprofessional

Claire McCormick, Paraprofessional

Emad Metry, Paraprofessional

Suzanne Pantano, Paraprofessional

Michele Pisani, Paraprofessional

Karina Smalls, Paraprofessional

Stefanie Tizio, Paraprofessional

Alexis Venezia, Paraprofessional