Meet The Staff!

Mrs. Michelle Figueiredo – Dinosaurs & Fossils

“My name is Michelle Figueiredo and I teach kindergarten at Mill Ridge Primary. This is my 7th year teaching. I live in Danbury with my husband and daughter, Isabella.  In the past, I taught at Camp Invention, an inquiry-based science summer camp. I look forward to being a part of this program!”

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Ms. Melinda Maher- Zoology

“I am a 2nd grade teacher in Danbury at Stadley Rough Elementary School with experience in K-3 classrooms and students with special needs.  Working with kids is my passion and I love teaching new concepts through creative and hands-on methods to allow for those “ah-ha” moments.  Science is a subject I enjoy teaching during the school year and look forward to the opportunity to work with children who share my excitement for experimenting and hands on activities this summer!”

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Mr. John Sincerbeaux- Science & Art

“Science has always been a passion of mine, as I enjoy studying the world around me. I am currently a K- 5 Math and Science Instructional Coach, which allows me to help students develop their enthusiasm for science, as they explore concepts, natural phenomenon and seek to answer questions.”

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Mr. Keith Coyne- Sound Phenomenon

“Hello!!!  All the kids call me Mr. Coyne, but you can call me Mr. Coyne.  I am an elementary art teacher for Danbury Public Schools.  My likes include things that are fun and interesting.  My dislikes are things that are not so fun or interesting.  Some things that fit on my fun and interesting list are figuring out how things work, building things, taking things apart, all things music related and unique puzzles and challenges.  Things that I dislike include things that require no inquiry and are just for show.  There is always some type of experiment or invention being built around my house, my daughters are just as interested in pulling things apart as I am!  I’m excited to investigate sound properties with some great hands on experiments with your children this summer!”

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Mr. Ian Wendel- Biology

“My name is Ian Wendel and I have been a fifth-grade teacher at South Street School for the past 6 years.  I received my Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University and have a cross-certification and Master’s degree in special education from Fairfield University.  While at CCSU I played lacrosse and have taken that love of the sport with me as I coach the Danbury boy’s Lightning Team.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy running Spartan races with my amazing coworkers at South Street as well as spending time hiking the trails of the tri-state area.  I am thrilled to have the chance to work with students in unlocking the complex systems that we use every day and the way we are connected to all life around us!”

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Ms. Stephanie Taylor- Chemistry

“My name is Stephanie Taylor and I am currently a 5th grade teacher at Meeting House Hill School in New Fairfield.  I have taught 5th grade for 6 years and love it! Throughout my 6 years I taught science for 4 years and enjoyed all the hands on activities and experiments. How cool is it to mix solutions that change color and create new things? I love to read in my spare time and play with my 2 dogs. I have a German Shepard named Jack and a Yellow Lab named Duke.”

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Mrs. Vanessa Maldonado- Forensic Science

“I started my teaching career in 2002 in New York City and have been teaching in Connecticut since we moved here in 2008. I have taught students in grades 2-7 over the years and am currently working in two elementary schools in Danbury as a literacy specialist. I love science and at one time wanted to work for the FBI as an analyst! I can’t wait to work with all of you.”

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