Staff Directory


Jenny Engel

Jenny Engel, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Director

We are excited to welcome Ms. Jenny Engel for another spirited year as Acting Director of The Maddux School after being a part of the greater Ivymount team for six years. Prior to her arrival at The Maddux School, Ms. Engel helped found Ivymount’s Early Childhood Clinic for young children recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, while concurrently serving as Division Director of the Elementary Autism Program. She has been an administrator, supervisor and teacher in the field of special education for nineteen years, working to support children across a wide range of ages and abilities, including those with executive function challenges, learning disorders, ADHD, social anxiety and more.

When Ms. Engel arrived at Ivymount’s Model Asperger’s Program in 2014, she worked collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team there to ensure all students received a welcoming and supportive but challenging environment through which to reach their highest potential.  At the highly-regarded New England Center for Children in Southborough, Massachusetts, Ms. Engel held a variety of positions, including consultant to local public school systems/programs to ensure students received the support they needed to succeed within their home schools.  She particularly enjoys working as part of a team providing all students the opportunity to shine.

Ms. Engel is a Board Certified & Licensed Behavior Analyst.  She earned her Master of Science in Special Education degree from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Art from Colby College.


Andrea MullinsAndrea Mullins, M.Ed., Director Emeritus

Ms. Mullins is the founding Director of The Maddux School and has over thirty years of professional experience working with students with learning and reading disabilities, ADHD, social challenges, autism spectrum disorders and a range of mild to moderate special needs of all kinds. Ms. Mullins served as a classroom teacher for seven years before advancing to increasingly-involved administrative roles. She served as Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs at The Ivymount School and Director of the Lower School at The Ivymount School for ten years and consulted to area preschools on building inclusive classrooms. In 2004, she developed a unique MSDE-approved curriculum and founded The Maddux School to fill a niche for students who need specialized instruction but do not necessarily require or qualify for special education.

In her current capacity, Ms. Mullins serves as Director Emeritus, consulting with the new administration’s transition to leadership of The Maddux School.  In the coming year, she will continue supporting the vision for the school’s progression and growth by providing guidance on topics of early childhood education and school leadership and administration.

Ms. Mullins earned a Master of Education in Special Education from Lesley College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University. She continues to maintain Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certification in Elementary Education and Middle School and Special Education in Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Lynn Cannon

Lynn Cannon, M.Ed., Social Learning Coordinator

Ms. Cannon leads The Maddux School’s social learning arm through the development and implementation of a unique curriculum across all classes, Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade.  As a special educator and administrator, Ms. Cannon has over fifteen years of teaching experience in settings including The Lab School of Washington, The Model Asperger Program at Ivymount School and Take 2, a specialized summer camp for highly verbal and intelligent children with social learning disorders.  Ms. Cannon is a nationally-recognized author with the publication of The Conversation Club, a curriculum designed to teach children how to engage in successful conversation with peers by teaching the “how” and “why” of conversation.  In addition, she is a co-author of Unstuck and On Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple Ways to Get Kids with Autism Unstuck and on Target, curricula designed to promote cognitive flexibility and goal-directed behavior in children.  Ms. Cannon earned a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology from the College of William and Mary.

Amanda Dennison

Amanda Dennison, M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction Coordinator

Ms. Dennison is so excited to embark on a new journey as Curriculum & Learning Coordinator for all of The Maddux School classes, following six years as Kindergarten Teacher.  She joined Maddux with extensive teaching, leadership and curriculum development experience in the United States and abroad.  She is passionate about nurturing students’ cognitive, social-emotional and physical development as part of a whole-child education. 

Ms. Dennison is currently working toward a Certificate in School Management and Leadership (CSML) from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She earned a Master of Arts in Education with a double concentration in Literacy and Special Education from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach, completed the Summer Institute at Columbia Teachers College, and holds teaching certification in Elementary K-6 and ESOL K-12.

Lisa ShawLisa Shaw, M.S.W., LCSW-C, Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Shaw is responsible for a variety of functions at The Maddux School including parent communication, licensing and compliance, knowledge management, event planning and supporting the functions of the Director.  Ms. Shaw earned a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical in the State of Maryland.  Prior to her arrival at The Maddux School in 2011, she served as Director of Treatment Foster Care for a private social service agency in Maryland and provided therapy and case management services as a Social Worker in the District of Columbia child welfare system.

Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan, M.S., Learning Resource Specialist

Ms. Sullivan is eager to begin her new role as Learning Resource Specialist at The Maddux School, following six years leading First/Second Grade and four in the Kindergarten classroom.  Ms. Sullivan holds a Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in General Special Education Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Miami University.  She holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in the State of Maryland with certification in Early Childhood Education Pre-K – 3, certification in the Orton Gillingham approach, and has served as teacher, teaching assistant and tutor in public and private settings for the last fourteen years.



Pre-Kindergarten Class

Jillian Martucci

Jillian Martucci, M.A., Co-Teacher

In 2017 Ms. Martucci joined The Maddux School team as a teacher serving all four classrooms and quickly found a special place in the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes.  Previously, she served as a behavior coach utilizing strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children and guiding parents on effective implementation.  As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she co-led executive function groups, conducted brief neuro-psychological evaluations, managed community recruitment and youth assessment, and coordinated family and professional meetings.  She earned a Master of Arts in Psychology with a Concentration in Children, Families and Cultures from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Studio Art from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bernina WoodsonBernina Woodson, B.S., Associate Teacher

Ms. Woodson is a professional Associate Teacher with over ten years of experience working in early-childhood settings, including seven at The Maddux School. This year, Ms. Woodson is eager to teach, motivate and support students in the Pre-Kindergarten class. She has extensive experience tutoring and coaching vulnerable children and adults and has a particular passion for guiding the development of play and social skills in young children. Ms. Woodson holds a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from George Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a concentration in special education, education and psychology from Liberty University. 

Kindergarten Class

Kara AquinoKara Aquino, B.A., Co-Teacher

Ms. Aquino is excited to co-lead the Kindergarten class following eleven years at The Maddux School and Multiple Learning Needs Program of The Ivymount School. With additional background as a family trainer, Ms. Aquino brings experience developing individual behavioral programs for young children, both at school and in the home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from American University and is certified in the Orton Gillingham approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling.  Ms. Aquino has also completed training in applied behavior analysis, management of disruptive behaviors, data collection and classroom management.
  In May of 2015, Ms. Aquino received specialized training to serve as a children’s yoga instructor and now directs a Yoginos Yoga for Youth business in addition to her work at The Maddux School. 

Gabrielle HavillandGabrielle Havilland, M.A., Co-Teacher

Ms. Havilland continues in her fifth year at The Maddux School following  over eleven years of classroom and management experience in the education of young children.  After serving as Director and Quality Analyst for a nationwide private preschool organization, she is excited to return to her passion of working directly with children to prepare for kindergarten and to establish the foundations for future academic and social experiences.  She has a strong background in reading and literacy education and served as a Team Leader in the development of an academic curriculum focused on performing arts for ages 2 to 5.  Ms. Havilland earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Towson University, as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. 

Jen Simpson

Jennifer Simpson, M.S., Associate Teacher

Ms. Simpson has been a dedicated employee of The Maddux School for fifteen years.  She has a Master of Science in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dickinson College.  Ms. Simpson currently serves as an Associate Teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes and enjoys supporting students, families and teachers wherever most needed.  She worked for five years in both the Autism Program and Lower School within Ivymount prior to joining The Maddux School team.

First Grade Class

Alyson StagnittoAlyson Stagnitto, M.A., Teacher

Ms. Stagnitto continues to lead the First Grade class at The Maddux School. She holds Standard Professional I certification in Elementary Education 1 – 6 and Generic Special Education Infant to adult.  Ms. Stagnitto earned a Master of Arts in Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tampa.  She has been teaching for over fifteen years, including seven at The Maddux School and three as Head Teacher in Ivymount School’s multiple learning needs program.  She is certified in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, writing and spelling and is routinely recognized for her work ethic and exceptional understanding of children’s needs. 

Carla KasunCarla Kasun, B.A., Associate Teacher

Ms. Kasun has over thirty-five years of experience in special education, behavioral intervention, residential counseling and therapeutic recreation with children and adults. As a certified yoga instructor, she has been instrumental in developing the yoga program at The Maddux School, as well as providing direct yoga instruction to young children. Now in her ninth year at The Maddux School, she is excited to serves in the PreK/Kindergarten classroom as an associate teacher, and teaches yoga weekly to kindergarten, first grade & second grade students.  Prior to her employment of over twenty years in The Ivymount Upper and Lower Schools, Ms. Kasun earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland and further studied biology at St. Mary’s College.

Julie LangJulie Lang, M.A., Associate Teacher

Ms. Lang is a professional Associate Teacher with over ten years of experience working with young children, including four at The Lab School of Washington and five at Kingsbury Day School. This year, Ms. Lang joins The Maddux School First Grade class with great creativity and enthusiasm for teaching reading and writing. She has specialized training in a variety of curricula and testing modalities including Wilson Reading Program, Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading, Multi-sensory Manipulatives in Mathematics and Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement.  Ms. Lang holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education:  Learning Disabilities from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature & Philosophy from Hampshire College.

Second Grade Class

Michelle MahonMichelle Mahon, M.S., Co-Teacher

Ms. Mahon co-leads the Second Grade class at The Maddux School and is earning a second Master’s degree in Special Education, Autism Program from West Virginia University.
  Ms. Mahon also holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State University).  She is certified to teach the Handwriting Without Tears® and Orton Gillingham Reading and Writing programs and has been a teacher for over eleven years, first in a nursery school setting, then at The Maddux School for the last ten. She completed specialized training in the Maddux School Social Learning Curriculum and demonstrates expertise in creative arts and curriculum integration.

Marissa MarekMarissa Marek, M.S., Co-Teacher

The Maddux School welcomes Ms. Marek and her breadth of experience teaching and inspiring young children with a variety of learning differences.   Prior to her relocation to the metro DC area, Ms. Marek served classes and individual children for six years in Baltimore, New York, Omaha and other areas throughout the country. She earned a Master of Science in Special Education from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Creighton University.

Tarrah CrooksTarrah Crooks, B.S., Associate Teacher

Ms. Crooks is excited to again join the Second Grade team with a range of experiences promoting academic success through special education, behavioral intervention, residential counseling and therapeutic recreation with children and adults. Prior to her employment at The Maddux School & Ivymount School, Ms. Crooks served as a paraeducator for Montgomery County Public Schools and an ABA Therapist with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.  She particularly enjoys creating innovative strategies to support student learning and is excited to share her love of science with her young students.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University.

Related Service Providers

Gabriella CameronGabriella Cameron, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist

Ms. Cameron is a Speech-Language Therapist currently working in the Second Grade class at The Maddux School and in the Multiple Learning Needs/Post High School Programs at Ivymount School. Ms. Cameron earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences both from Loyola University Maryland. She has worked in school and clinical settings with students of all ages to address expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, pragmatic deficits, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, ASD and developmental delays. Ms. Cameron particularly enjoys supporting young children in developing social language, play and self-advocacy skills across academic and social environments.

Brittany DavisBrittany Davis, M.A., CF-SLP, Speech Therapist

Ms. Davis joins The Maddux School and Ivymount School with a variety of clinical, administrative and research experiences supporting children and adults with speech, social communication and literacy disorders. Both in groups and in individual therapy, she has provided treatments addressing expressive, receptive, pragmatic language challenges, motor skills weaknesses, fluency and articulation obstacles, and social skills deficits in schools and clinical settings. Ms. Davis earned a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University, a Certificate in Early Intervention from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Services from the University of Maryland. 

Amy GreenbergAmy Greenberg, M.S., OT/L, Occupational Therapist

Ms. Greenberg, now in her twelfth year at The Maddux School, leads small and large occupational therapy groups in the First and Second Grade classes. She holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is licensed by the State of Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. Ms. Greenberg is trained in implementing the 
Handwriting without Tears and Keyboarding Without Tears programs and has special interest in supporting student playground success through a combination of sensory-motor and social-learning skill development.  Ms. Greenberg earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland.  In 2018, she obtained additional certification in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics through the Tourette’s Association of America.

Andrea HesterAndrea Hester, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist

Ms. Hester is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the State of Maryland. With over sixteen years of experience in public and private schools, as well as clinical settings, Ms. Hester enjoys working with students who have a variety of communication and learning challenges. She is in her eleventh year at The Maddux School, currently serving the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten  classes. She earned a Master of Education degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia.


Michele MortMichele Mort, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Ms. Mort provides group occupational therapy to the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes at The Maddux School. In her tenth year at The Maddux School and eleventh in Ivymount programs, Ms. Mort is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has completed extensive training in sensorimotor treatments, executive function and emotional regulation and is a 
Handwriting Without Tears®Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist. As the supervisor of graduate-level occupational therapy students, she guides interns in developing and implementing functional, evidence-based interventions to maximize student performance in social and academic settings. Ms. Mort earned a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly known as Virginia Tech.

Special Subjects

Lynda Cooper

Lynda Cooper, Ph.D., Art Teacher

Dr. Cooper is an art teacher, art historian, and artist currently working with students at both The Maddux School and Ivymount School.  She earned her doctorate in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University; two 
master’s degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from Syracuse University; and a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Pre-Museum Studies from Western Maryland College.  She has worked in numerous educational and cultural settings with students of all ages by designing and implementing classes which encourage artistic expression through a variety of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture.  One of her artworks was recently displayed in a juried exhibition in Laurel, Maryland.  In addition, she is a published scholar who has presented her research on C-SPAN.  Through her extensive knowledge of art and cultural institutions in and around Washington, DC, Dr. Cooper is particularly adept at using art as a platform for understanding academic, social, and historical influences throughout the ages.

Anthony MonescalchiAnthony Monescalchi, M.S.Ed., CAPE, Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Monescalchi is a certified Physical and Health Education Teacher in his fifth year at The Maddux and Ivymount Schools.  Mr. M., as he is called, brings experience in program planning and curriculum development, as well as an understanding of the relationship between learning differences and physical activity.  He enjoys modifying activities to make each student successful and build confidence.  He earned a Master of Education in Adapted Physical Education from The College at Brockport in New York 
and is a Red Cross-Certified instructor of First Aid, CPR and AED courses for adults and children. 

Carley SturgesCarley Sturges, M.S., Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Sturges attended graduate school at the University of Virginia where she earned her Master’s degree in Adapted Kinesiology. As a certified Health and Physical Education teacher in both Maryland and Virginia, Ms. Sturges started working at The Maddux School & Ivymount School in August of 2018. She enjoys being creative in the gym to help  every student stay engaged, moving and having fun while developing the skills needed to live healthy, physically-active lifestyles.

Ed TamulevichEd Tamulevich, M.A., M.S.L.S., Library & Media Specialist

. Tamulevich currently serves as the Library & Media Specialist at The Maddux and Ivymount Schools, providing library and media education along with management of a very diverse 24,000 item library collection. He holds a Master of Science in Library Sciences and a Master of Arts from Catholic and Georgetown Universities, along with a Special Education Certification earned at George Washington University. He has current teaching certificates in Special Education (K-12), Library Media Specialist (K-12), Secondary Social Studies and English in the State of Maryland and has over forty years of experience in special education, librarianship, various academic disciplines and theater.