Meet the panel:
JOHN MANGANIELLO, MA, MSEd
John Manganiello joined the Beacon School in 2016. He specializes in independent school leadership, individualized education, curriculum development, teacher training, and learning differences.
Before joining Beacon, John served as Assistant Head of Middle School at the Masters School and spent fifteen years at the Windward School, where he worked as a master teacher, coach, team leader, and department chair. John completed his undergraduate degree at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, with a double major in history and religious studies and earned his master’s degree in education from the College of New Rochelle. He also earned a master’s degree in history from Iona College. John has always had a passion for helping students reach their potential by supporting their love of learning.
DIANE FERBER, MA, CAS, MBA
Diane Ferber, the Executive Director of Greenwich Education Group’s Collaborative Center for Learning and Development, is a certified school psychologist. She earned her master’s degree in school psychology from Fairfield University, with specific focus on executive functions and anxiety, and went on to earn her school psychology 6th year certificate in advanced studies with a focus on psychological assessment. For the past twenty years, Diane has worked directly with children, parents, schools, and educators to help students thrive academically, emotionally, and socially in both public and private school settings. Diane has run workshops and spoken to parent groups, students, and educators in the community on executive functions, student anxiety and stress, and child safety and empowerment.
Katherine Suss is a senior at the Beacon School. She is an active participant in musical theater and also studies voice. Katherine lives in Greenwich.
THE BEACON SCHOOL
Beacon is an individualized day school for intellectually curious students in grades 3-12. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Beacon’s mission is to provide an inspirational environment where students are free to be themselves, take risks, explore passions, master disciplines, and “find their own light”. Beacon’s core curriculum is aligned with elite standards, but its program is personalized, with a 4:1 student-teacher ratio and an individualized approach to both placement and instruction. Beyond the core curriculum, Beacon offers an array of elective opportunities for limitless learning in academic fields, technology, and the arts. Emphasis is placed on challenge, enrichment, support, and the development of higher order thinking skills. Through small-group instruction in a nurturing community, Beacon students achieve academic excellence while following their own unique paths. Learn more at www.beacon-ct.org.
GREENWICH EDUCATION GROUP
Greenwich Education Group is a multi-division educational organization focusing on every facet of a child’s development and success. Their academic services include tutoring, standardized test preparation, educational consulting, and college counseling; sessions take place in their centers, in home, and online. Specialized services are delivered at their award-winning Collaborative Center for Learning and Development, which provides a range of programs for all ages.
In addition to student and family services, Greenwich Education Group is also home to four accredited day schools. The Beacon School is an individualized school that offers challenge, enrichment, and support for intellectually curious students in grades 3-12. Integrating a health and wellness curriculum, the Spire School helps students in grades 6-12 realize their scholastic potential and overcome emotional difficulties. The Pinnacle School is a special education school serving students in grades 2-12 with a focus on academic, social, and executive function skills. And Links Academy provides customized, one-on-one instruction and support for transitional, short-term, or long-term placements in grades 6-12.
The GEG philosophy of individualized education targets each student’s strengths and needs. Learn more about GEG programs at www.greenwichedgroup.com.