MEET OUR TEAM
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Co-Owner of Middlesex Educational Services
Kelli attended Northeastern University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Kelli began her career working with high school students, then continued on to work with middle school students, and is now currently employed as a school psychologist servicing students in grades K-12 in Glastonbury, CT. Kelli has developed educational programming within public school settings that support students with social/emotional and behavioral challenges. She has several years of experiencing supporting pre-teens and teens who are school avoidant, struggle socially, and experience emotional challenges.
Kelli serves as an educational consultant, social skill coach, teen life coach, behavior coach, and teaches executive functioning skills.
Certified School Psychologist
Co-Owner of Middlesex Educational Services
Silvana earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. She earned her Masters Degree and 6th Year Certificate in School Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University.
Silvana began her career in an alternative school setting where she provided behavioral support to students with special needs. Upon completion of her 6th year certification, she worked for the Department of Children and Families, Long Lane School, as Pupil Services Specialist and Chairperson of Planning and Placement Team meetings. She then began working within the public school setting as a school psychologist for elementary students for sixteen years, and is currently employed as a school psychologist working with middle school aged students.
Silvana is passionate about learning. She believes education is the key to success and with hard work and support all children can reach any goal they set for themselves. She coaches students in academic, social, emotional and behavioral strategies. She focuses on understanding student’s complex academic and social difficulties. She serves as a consultant to parents, providing educational and behavioral support.
Beth Green, M.Ed
Beth is a 5th grade teacher who graduated from the University of Hartford with a masters degree in Elementary Education. However, her love of math led her in a different direction to start. She earned her bachelor degree from Bryant University in Business Administration with a major in finance. For ten years, she worked in the insurance industry, but after doing volunteer work with Junior Achievement, knew her real interest was working with children.
Her experience with children began in 1992 when she started volunteering through the Rhode Island chapter of Junior Achievement teaching Business Basics to fourth grade. While pursuing her masters degree, she provided academic support to third grade in Newington. Since earning her degree, she has worked as a Special Education Tutor for grades 5-8 in Newington; 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher in Newington; 5th Grade Teacher in Portland; and most recently, 5th Grade Teacher in Hebron, where she has been since 2005.
Knowing your content is not enough. Teaching from the heart creates a successful learning environment. Beth strives to build caring relationships with her students which in turn facilitates the exchange of information. Connecting with students and seeing their joy as they learn new skills they may have thought were impossible is what inspires her.
Passion is infectious, and Beth’s love for math can be the same. She believes that when you truly love the subject matter, it encourages you to dig deeper and think harder about it, inspiring more substantial learning. However, she knows that not everybody feels that same passion for math. Therefore, she works to create meaningful experiences that students can relate to in their everyday lives. Her past career and experiences allow her to do just that. In the end, the best teachers are those who love their subjects and pass that passion and desire to learn more on to their students; and Beth strives to do just that.
Fylliccia D’Angelo, M.S.
Fylliccia attended University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University. She earned her Bachelor degree in Education, with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. She continued her education and achieved her Masters Degree in Educational Technology and Educational Leadership.
Fylliccia began her career at Cromwell High School and worked with an array of students varying in grade level; from 10th graders to a selective Advanced Placement class of 12th graders. She is now employed at Portland Middle School as an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.
Fylliccia is also a professor at Central Connecticut State University; she teaches an undergraduate class in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Instructional Technology program.
Fylliccia admires the students she teaches. Throughout her experience in education, she has learned how to connect with the reluctant learners, the disconnected students, the students who seek a challenge and the ones who need teachers the most. Her reason for becoming a teacher is because of the true connections and impacts she has with her students.
Fylliccia will utilize her public education experience, her teaching skills, her knowledge in various academic areas as well as her technological skills to prepare students for their future endeavors.
Tess Buechele, M.Ed.
Tess attended Quinnipiac University’s 5-year Master of Arts in Teaching program where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education a year later. Currently, she is pursuing a second Masters Degree in Special Education-Inclusion and Transition at Central Connecticut State University.
Tess has been teaching at Silas Deane Middle School in Wethersfield, CT since she graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2015. This year, she will be entering her sixth year of teaching 7th grade math. During her teaching career, she has taught students in Grade 7 Math, Pre-Algebra, co-taught settings, and intervention-based classes. Her student teaching took place in a high school, where she taught Algebra and Pre-Calculus classes. Tess’s goal is to instill a love of math in each and every one of her students by increasing their confidence and fostering a sense of encouragement and positivity. No matter a student’s preconceived notions about his/her ability in math, Tess believes that all students can be successful and that no student is simply “bad at math”.
Tess has tutored students in various math classes ranging from middle school to college level for the past ten years. When she is not in the classroom, Tess enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and their three dogs. Tess looks forward to sharing her love for math with all MES students and providing individualized instruction to ensure that all reach their fullest potential!
Gina Pitruzzello, B.S.
Gina graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English. She has worked in diverse school districts, with children in varying grade levels, ranging from 1st through 6th grade.
Gina enjoys teaching all subject areas but is especially passionate about building students’ reading and writing skills. She loves working with her students to help build their motivation and confidence, in a subject area they may not be too comfortable with.
When not working with students, Gina often spends time with her family, especially her young nephew.
Erin Chester, M.S.
Erin is a literacy coach in Madison, Connecticut specializing in Grades K-4. She has worked for the Madison Public Schools for 21 years and last year she received the District Teacher of the Year award. Erin goes above and beyond helping teachers, staff, and students in and out of the classroom.
Erin has been an active member of several district committees including the district’s curriculum and student development committee. Currently, she helps to write and revise curriculum for both in the classroom and distant learning opportunities. She provides support and guidance to elementary teachers in the area of English Language Arts, helping them build creative and engaging lesson plans. But what Erin loves most is the opportunity to work with children, sharing her passion for reading and encouraging even the most resistant learners to read!
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English from Central Connecticut State University. She then continued on to get her Masters Degree in Remedial Reading K-12.
When Erin is out of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two high school aged children, her dog, and two cats.
Dawn Nelligan, OTR/L
Dawn earned her BS in Therapeutic Recreation in 1995 while pursuing an advanced certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor in order to support a community of children with physical and cognitive challenges. The families she worked with inspired her to complete her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path College.
While pursuing her continuing education she volunteered at a local shelter with teenage mothers where she developed and facilitated a group fostering relationships and expanding life skills. With almost 25 years of experience she has discovered her strength is in versatility and therapeutic listening. She considers herself a true generalist working with individuals across the life span and in a variety settings including community, public schools, local hospitals, behavioral health, and outpatient rehabilitation. Her approach is uniquely tailored to meet the desires and needs of each individual while engaging in meaningful activities.
Special Education Consultant and Advocate
Donna Schilke is a retired administrator with a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience. She has a warm and caring presence and families find comfort in her guidance. She is a positive influence during PPTs and in advocating for children. Donna began her educational leadership as a special education teacher in 1989 and in 2002 was appointed assistant principal for Glastonbury Public Schools. In 2005, she served as the districts Special Education Director and in 2006 principal Smith Middle School. She was awarded principal of the year in 2011. She was also the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Citation award, the associations highest honor, in 2012. Donna has been an active member of CAS since 2002, serving on seven diverse committees and boards. In 2014, she became the CAS President. Upon retiring, she she joined CAS full time as the Assistant Executive Director. Within her role at CAS, she proved to be a visionary leader and tirelessly advocated for Connecticut’s middle level schools. Donna in an independent consultant and available for parent support, consultation regarding 504 plans, review of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs), review of testing and assessments, advocacy during any and all school meetings including Planning and Placement Team meetings, 504s and team meetings. She serves as a liaison between school and parent, and much more.