Riley faculty ready the campus for 43rd year

Aug 29, 2014
Riley School faculty, front from left, Todd Martin, Rebecca Clapp, Head of School, Elizabeth Deliso, Kathleen Walker; and back, Sarah Ober, Steve Weston, Nohora Estes, Nan Sulin, Tracy Brixius, Tyler Brenton, Elizabeth Deliso.

Glen Cove — Faculty of the Riley School, gathered Aug. 27 in Glen Cove to reflect on the fundamental, sustaining practices that define the work of school. While welcoming several new faculty members in the comfortable setting of the couch filled library, faculty also reviewed the new research of Robert Pianata about developing appropriate beliefs and expectations. This new research based practice builds on the essential elements of Riley’s 43 years of experience with children. …. Watch, Listen, Engage, Experiment, Meet, Reach out and Reflect.

Joining the faculty this year are Steve Weston and Elizabeth Deliso.

Weston will lead the Performing Arts Program. He received his B.M.E. from the University of Maine and his M.M. in Choral Conducting from New Mexico State University. During and after his studies, he was a professional chorister for numerous years, singing and performing all over the world. He has taught choral studies, orchestration, vocal pedagogy and musicianship for ages 4 through 90-something. He has directed the Bangor children chorus and most recently, been the director of Music for the First Congregational Church of Camden.

Deliso has a B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic, and masters from Yale University. She attended Putney School and has a deep understanding of and commitment to Progressive Education. Her focus is to create a creative, interdisciplinary, academically vigorous and student centered curriculum as the Global Studies and History facilitator.

The Riley School is a progressive elementary school in Glen Cove based on the premise that all children deserve personalized enrichment at all levels and an education that is grounded in inspired, foundational growth. At Riley, children are engaged in meaningful learning that is reflective of their own interests, style and progression. Children work in in small, ungraded, classes, allowing the development of the skills and attitudes which will help them become lifelong learners and innovative, independent thinkers.

Applications are still being accepted for children ages 7-12. There is a wait pool for ages 4-7 and 12-14. Visitors are welcome by appointment and can be reached at 596-6405 or

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