Faculty – Specialty
Susan joined the DDS faculty in 1992. She teaches music to grades two through eight. In addition, she administers the instrumental program, and facilitates students’ participation in a variety of music festivals including All County music festivals, NYSSMA solo evaluations and ACDA honor choirs. Susan directs the two upper school theater productions and leads both school choruses. She frequently accompanies students in their recitals.
Susan attended Vassar College where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in music. She received a master’s degree in music education at Manhattanville. In 2001-2002 she took a professional development leave of absence to serve as the inaugural intern conductor with the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
Before coming to DDS, Susan worked in the Webatuck Central Schools where she taught music to fourth through sixth grades and led choruses for fourth through eighth grades. At Marist College Susan taught music theory and sight reading and directed chapel choir. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, a community based auditioned youth choir based in Poughkeepsie. She also sings with the Cappella Festiva Adult Chamber Choir and currently serves as president of the Dutchess County Music Educators Association.
Laurie joined the faculty of Dutchess Day School in 1995. She teaches physical education for first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth grades, and coaches varsity volleyball and girls’ lacrosse. In addition, Laurie is a third grade writing assistant, as well as an eighth grade homeroom teacher and advisor. In the past she coached the school’s field hockey team and served as the athletic director.
Laurie attended SUNY Brockport where she obtained a bachelor of science degree in physical education and a teacher certification for kindergarten through twelve. She also was enrolled in the graduate program at East Stroudsburg University where she studied sports management and sports medicine.
Prior to coming to Dutchess Day School, Laurie taught preschool through eighth grade physical education at St. George’s School in Poughkeepsie, and taught kindergarten through sixth grade physical education at St. Mary’s School in Poughkeepsie. She has coached volleyball at Spackenkill High School and Van Wyck Jr. High School, and coached basketball at Van Wyck Jr. High.
Jean joined the DDS faculty in 1994. She is the director of technology and the media specialist. She advises the yearbook, runs the after school program and school store, teaches library skills to third and fifth graders and computer classes to grades kindergarten, three, five and eight. Jean also serves as the eighth grade homeroom teacher and advisor. Jean obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications at Simmons College and her master’s in educational psychology at Marist.
Prior to joining DDS, she co-owned a computer sales/services/training business where she taught computer classes for corporate and private clients. She also taught adult classes at Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Hyde Park Adult Education and BOCES.
Alison Howard Roland
Ali joined the DDS faculty in 1998. She is the art educator for grades kindergarten through eight, and the set design coordinator.
Ali attended SUNY Purchase where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture, drawing and set design.
Prior to joining the DDS faculty, Alison taught at several private schools including The Chapin School, The Dalton School, Brunswick School, and The Wooster School. Her art studio, The AliMac Studio, is in Red Hook, NY, where she works as a professional mixed media artist and teaches budding artists. She organizes many art exhibits in local banks, hospitals, libraries and galleries, to highlight the work of students at Dutchess Day. For example, the annual fall art exhibit at the Montgomery Row Art Exhibition Space in Rhinebeck.
Alison designed the Red Hook High School memorial garden project, “The Healing Garden,” which is a student involved project created with the support of the SADD Chapter of Red Hook High School. This project was built by students, family members and teachers to help students deal with their grief by creating a beautiful, tranquil garden, open to the public. The garden is an ongoing project for Alison, who will continue to work on new fundraisers and projects with the SADD Chapter director.
Nigel joined the faculty as the Dutchess Day School athletic director in 2004. In addition, Nigel teaches physical and health education. Nigel also coaches varsity soccer, squash and tennis and co-coordinates the school’s ski/skate program.
Nigel attended Keele University, in England, where he obtained a bachelors degree in education, and Madeley College of Education, also in England, where he received his teaching certificate in physical education.
In addition to DDS, Nigel has worked as the assistant director at Northern Westchester Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, the manager at the Millbrook Training Center & Spa, a lecturer in Leisure & Tourism at Loughton College of Further Education, in England, and was the head of physical education at Buckhursthill County High School, also in England.
Gwendelyn joined the faculty at Dutchess Day School in 2010. She teaches elementary music classes.
Gwendelyn attended Cedarville University where she obtained a bachelor's degree in music education, Ithaca College where she obtained a master's in music education, and Hofstra University where she obtained Level I and II Orff certification. Prior to coming to Dutchess Day, Gwendelyn worked as a vocal/general/instrumental music teacher in the Cornwall Central School District and she currently works at Tabernacle Christian Academy as a vocal/general music teacher.