Faculty and Staff
Academics plays a central role at John Dewey, and most of our faculty have doctorates and college teaching experience. They are passionate about their mission and they transmit this passion, along with their maturity and stability, to their students. They also bring into their classes varied life experiences that ground their academic focus in real-world challenges. Members of the clinical and administrative staff frequently teach classes in their particular areas of interest and expertise. When necessary, we hire part-time adjunct faculty, and on occasion, qualified parents act as guest lecturers.
Clinical and Administrative
Andrea E. Lein
Head of School, Primary Clinician.
Ph.D., Clinical & School Psychology, and M.Ed., Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented track), University of Virginia; B.S., Old Dominion University. Over 15 years of clinical experience including psychological assessment; crisis management; and individual, group, and family treatment with children, adolescents, and adults. Provided mental health services in outpatient, inpatient, and school settings. Research experience: National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented. Specialties: meeting the needs of gifted, creative, and “twice-exceptional” learners; talent development; positive psychology; mindfulness-based approaches including DBT. Previously served as Clinician, Dean of Students & Dean of Academics at the John Dewey Academy 2007-2014. Since 2016.
Executive Director, Admissions, Parent Liaison.
B.A., University of Rhode Island, M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, M.S., Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University. Previous experience: Mt. Sinai Hospital Harford, Ct. Child and Adolescent Service, Danbury Hospital Psychological Assessment Service. Current private practice in Danbury, Connecticut. Over 20 years direct, clinical experience in psychological assessment, individual and family treatment with children, adolescents and adults. Specialty in child psychology, divorce and blended family issues, divorce mediation, and autistic spectrum disorders. Since 2013.
LCSW, M.S.W., University of North Carolina and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University. B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Human Development and Family Studies, Specializing in Children and Families at Risk, Minor in Religious Studies. 10 years experience in various settings including group homes, hospitals, in-home, schools, and a community-based clinic. Previous experience includes four years as clinician at a Therapeutic Boarding School in North Carolina, individual, group, and family therapy, clinical assessment and crisis intervention. Certified in the Teaching Family Model. The Satir Growth Model, and Family Centered Therapy. Since 2017.
Dean of Studies, Primary Clinician.
B.M.A, New School, Mannes College of Music (classical music performance); M.S.W. from University at Albany. Previous experience: Green County Mental Health Children’s Division, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties. Director of adolescent development programs providing educational support and advocacy, social and emotional development for under-served youth at Grand Street Settlement, Children’s Aid Society, and Harlem Children’s Zone. Teaching/academic experience: classroom instruction, high school and college admissions counseling, private tutoring, teaching artist in dance and music. Since 2014.
A.B., Princeton University. M.D. University of Texas Medical Branch. Internship and Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Fellowship and Chief Fellowship in Psychiatric Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Previous experience: private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in NYC, adjunct faculty at Cornell University Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Numerous publications and presentations. Parent of JDA alumnus, Class of 2005. Since 2005.
Faculty in Math and Physics.
B.A., Queens College. M.Ed., Lesley College. Previous experience: CEO and consultant in petroleum transport and storage industry, math and science teacher at Monument Mountain High School and Valleyhead School. Since 1999.
Faculty in History.
B.A. University of Dallas, PhD Yale University in Renaissance History. Previous experience: Gallatin College of New York University; Skidmore College (Dept. of History); Union College (Dept. of History); The Remnant Trust (scholar-in-residence); American University in Iraq – Sulaimani (Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences); West Texas A&M University (Humanities Dept.) and Tempe Preparatory Academy (Headmaster). Since 2015.
Faculty in Spanish.
B.A. Spanish, University of Connecticut. M.A. Hispanic Literature and Languages, SUNY Stony Brook. Previous experience: Teaching Assistant, SUNY Stony Brook; Instructor in Spanish & Coordinator of Watson Media Lab, Hotchkiss School.Since 2016.
Dean and Chair,
Humanities and English Departments.
B.A., St. John's College Annapolis. M.Phil. Oxford University. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University. Rhodes Scholar. Previous experience: teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall (Connecticut), faculty at Stanford University and Middlebury, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke Colleges. Since 1999.
Faculty in French and Italian Language and Literature and History, House Parent.
B.A. Saint John’s College, Annapolis. S.T.B. Gregorian University, Rome. S.S.L. Biblical Institute, Rome. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Emory University. Previous experience: faculty at Monastery of Chevetogne, Belgium, Emory University, St. John’s College. Since 2009.
Faculty in Fine Arts and Studio Arts.
B.A., School of Visual Arts. Previous experience: gallery owner, publisher of an arts newsletter, art teacher, practicing artist. Since 1989. www.sherrysteiner.com.
Chair, Math and Science Departments.
B.S. & Ph.D., S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. Previous experience: faculty at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Numerous presentations and publications in professional chemistry journals. Since 2001.
Co-Founder and Owner.
B.A., Newcomb College, Tulane University (Phi Beta Kappa). M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University. Previous experience: internship in guidance and counseling, substitute teacher, travel agent, Vice President, Westchester Region of Hadassah. Since 1985.
B.B.A. Marketing and Human Resource Management, Temple University. Previous experience: business consultant to COHC since 1999, home educator, administrative assistant, bank teller. Since 2011.
B.A. journalism and public relations, University of Southern California, MA education, Sunbridge College/Waldorf Institute. Harvard credits for ecology and international relations field work in Nepal, Europe and the Middle East. Previous experience: legal secretary, teacher of bank account reconciliation at College Internship Program, Riverbrook Residence fire and medical emergency house parent and mental health clinician. First aid and CPR certification. Since 2006.
Thomas Bratter (1939-2012)
B.A., Columbia College. M.A. Columbia University. Ed.M., Ed.D. (Counseling Psychology), Teachers College, Columbia University. Previous experience: private practice of psychotherapy, adjunct faculty at Columbia University for twenty years, founder/director of six community-based programs, author of more than 150 articles and four books on the treatment and education of bright, oppositional, self-destructive, and often drug-dependent adolescents.