The staff at The Strong’s Woodbury School employs a Reggio Emilia-inspired, curriculum approach to learning that encourages students to delve deeply into topics that fascinate and stimulate learning. Collectively, the team has nearly 90 years of teaching experience and, in addition to educating Woodbury School’s preschool and early-kindergarten students, has developed or led hundreds of conferences, seminars, and individual training opportunities on playful learning.
Deborah McCoy, Assistant Vice President for Education
Debbie directs all museum education programs, and leads professional development training in playful learning and the play-based Reggio Emilia Approach for educators across the country. In 2013, she participated in a North American Study Tour of the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Debbie has been an early childhood teacher and administrator for more than 30 years. As a kindergarten and first grade teacher, she implemented the innovative Expeditionary Learning model and has presented national seminars for Expeditionary Learning Schools. Debbie holds a master’s degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Erin Cavellier, Teacher
Erin is a teacher in both preschool and early kindergarten programs at Woodbury School. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in studio art from Binghamton University. She has taught toddlers, as well as preschool- and school-age children in several programs in Asheville, North Carolina.
Andrea Serry, Teacher
Andrea is a teacher in both preschool and early kindergarten programs at Woodbury School. Andrea has prior teaching experience through St. John Early Childhood Program, Child Care Council of Rochester, and Action for a Better Community. She holds a master’s degree in education for childhood literacy from the State University of New York at Brockport.
Syble Martella, Teaching Assistant
Syble is a teaching host for school lessons and a teaching assistant in Woodbury School. She has contributed to several museum projects and programs outside of her teaching responsibilities, including interactive storytelling, Boy Scout and Girl Scout workshops, and Storytime Club.
Marilyn Guekguezian, Teaching Assistant
Marilyn is a teaching assistant in Woodbury School and a teaching host for school lessons at the museum. She has prior teaching experience in public schools in California and in various university English language programs throughout America, Canada, and the Middle East. Marilyn holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL.
Georgie Henry, Teaching Assistant
Georgie is both a teaching assistant in Woodbury School and a gallery host in the museum. She has earned an Associate of Arts and Science in Early Childhood Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education.