Administration, Faculty & Leadership

Learn with purpose. Lead with character.


Francisco Ayala – Head of School
Leanne Bartushak – School Nurse
Gayle DiGioacchino – Assistant to the Head of School
James Gast – Director of Technology
Jay Gaussoin – Director of Facilities
Tina Mastrodomenico – Business Office & Development Associate
Tasha Odom – Director of Business and Finance
Kerri O’Malley – Director of Marketing and Communications
Daniel Pagaduan – Custodian
Melissa Sussex – School Nurse
Lisa VanderVeen – Director of Admissions
Sally Zeiner – Director of Outreach and Logistics


Britt Boynton – Fourth Grade Teacher
Emily Bulbulia – Middle School Math Teacher and Curriculum Chair
Meagan Coy – Librarian & Language Arts Specialist
Susan DeBue – Assistant Kindergarten Teacher

Karen Hilde – Handcraft and Architecture Teacher
Jessica Katchen – Preschool Teacher
Julie Kim – Kindergarten Teacher
Anna Kimtis – Middle School Science Teacher

Gina Lefferts – Performing Arts and Specials Coordinator
Liliana Lisbao – Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Katie Lombardo – First Grade Teacher
Catherine Luborsky – French Teacher

Suzzanne Mahoney – Assistant Teacher
Keith Mann – Second Grade Teacher
Sarah Miller – Latin Teacher and Middle School Co-Director
Marissa Mizeski – Science Teacher and Curriculum Chair

Sabina Molander – Spanish Teacher
Susan Palmer – Art Teacher
Chris Piccone – Language Arts Teacher and Middle School Co-Director
Andy Pruzick – Health and Wellness Teacher

Aneta Sakowski – Preschool Teacher
Denise Touhey – 5th Grade Teacher
Alicia Zurlo – Third Grade Teacher




Pearl Johnson & Mark Biedron

Pearl holds a B.A. in English and American literature from Brown University, and a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital. She taught at the Pennington School in New Jersey and at the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, California. Pearl has also worked as a private tutor, specializing in language and learning disabilities. Prior to enrolling at Brown, she attended Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, The Peck School in Morristown, and The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Mark earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and attended graduate school at the University of Colorado where he studied business administration. He began his business career in 1975, when he joined the family business, Con-Lux Coatings, Inc., a manufacturer of low VOC paints and coatings. After the company was sold to Sherwin Williams in 1995, he founded Solid Wood Construction, LLC, a general contracting company, specializing in green construction and historic renovation. Solid Wood Construction served as the general contractor/construction manager for both of Willow’s LEED certified classroom buildings and for the Living Building Certified Health Wellness and Nutrition Center. Mark also founded Sustainable Growth Technologies, a green building and design consulting company.

In 2011, Mark was appointed by Governor Christie to the New Jersey State Board of Education, serving six years on the board and as President of the Board, during his last three years. In November 2017, Mark was appointed by Governor Murphy to be Co-Chair of the Governor’s Education, Access and Opportunity Transition Committee and since 2015, has also served as the Co-Chair of the NJ Juvenile Justice School/Justice Partnership task Force.