Student Support

Ms. Licia McKnight

Planning and Placement Team Chairperson

Licia McKnight is the Planning and Placement Team Chairperson and 7/8 grade special education teacher at Nathan Hale School.  Prior to teaching, she worked for Verizon Communications for over ten years and it was during this time that she decided to pursue a career in education. Licia received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Childhood Education with extensions in early childhood and special education from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  She holds certifications in Comprehensive Special Education Grades K-12 and Elementary Education Grades K-6.  This is Licia's fourth year teaching and she loves working at Nathan Hale.  "The staff at Nathan Hale really works hard to ensure that every child has what they need to be successful; children always come first."

Mrs. Nancy Dumark

School Social Worker/ Student Support Service Team Chairperson

Mr. Matthew Bortugno

School Psychologist

Ms. Fidelma Keogh

School Guidance Counselor/ 504 Team Coordinator

Ms. Katharine Liphardt

Math Coach


Ms. Krista Morgan

Literacy Coach

Mr. Darren Lerner

Special Education Teacher

Mr. Lerner has been a special education teacher in New Haven since 1988. He received his bachelor's and master's degree at Southern Connecticut State University. " I love my job because I believe that there is nothing more important than having a positive impact on children"

Ms. Cina Branco

Special Education Teacher

Lucas Northern

Speech and Language Pathologist

Aleshia James-Robinson

Developmental Reading Specialist

Danielle Santagata

Culture & Climate Specialist/ 504 Coordinator

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