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Arthur T. Poulos, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Mathematics

Arthur T. Poulos, Ph. D.

Ph.D. and M.S. in Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University. B.S. with distinction in Chemistry and Magna Cum Laude, Duke University. Post-doctoral studies at University of California-Santa Cruz in photochemistry and spectroscopy. Seven years experience teaching inorganic chemistry at Rutgers University. President of Poulos Technical Services, a research and consulting firm specializing in real-time detection of chemical species in mixed media. Extensive contract research experience conducted for NASA, NSF, USAF, DOE, and EPA, small businesses, and universities.

Danette N. Poulos - Elementary Mathematics & English

Mrs. Poulos is a co-founder of SciCore Academy and serves as the Vice-Principal. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster Choir College.

After working as a product coordinator at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, she served as Vice-President of Poulos Technical Services, a research and consulting company in the field of real-time detection systems.

At SciCore, Mrs. Poulos is responsible for marketing, student discipline and student activities. She also teaches elementary level mathematics and English.

Danette N. Poulos - Elementary Mathematics & English

Sophia Stavrakis - Greek

Sophia Stavrakis

Sophia Stavrakis, a renowned teacher of contemporary Greek language, has been teaching at SciCore Academy for the past nine years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Jersey City State College and certifications in the Greek language from the Pedagogical Academy of Greece as well as from the Greek Archdiocese of North and South America. She has served as a principal and teacher for 18 years at St. George Greek School in Trenton NJ. Since 1973, Mrs. Stavrakis has taught at various Greek institutions across New Jersey, teaching all age groups ranging from early elementary to adult according to their levels and styles of learning.

Mrs. Stavrakis was a proud and honored recipient of the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award from the National Herald of Greece, representing the tri-state area in recognition of her dedicated service and excellence in teaching the Greek language. Mrs. Stavrakis also holds various awards of recognition throughout her career with regards to education, teaching and administration.
Aside from her educational background and her decades of teaching experience, her passion, love and desire to educate young people to excel and take pride in the Greek heritage is of utmost importance.

Robert T. Thick - High School Literature,
Drama, Comedies, & Speech

Mr. Thick has been a working performer and director for more than 30 years. He has performed thoughout the United States and Europe in theatres and opera houses. His diverse venues have included The Barn and True Grist Dinner Theatre in Michigan, Pheasant Run in Chicago, Chautauqua Opera-New York, and many appearances in New York City. In addition, he has been seen in some of the finest Opera Houses of Germany, England, France and Austria. He is the artistic director and co-founder of The Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell, NJ. 

Robert T. Thick
He has studied acting with Kenneth Kohn, Andrew Flemmer, Joseph Smith, Leonard Treash and Boris Goldolfski. He has studied voice with William Appel, Robert Barnes and Marlena Malas. Representative roles include Henry in "The Fantastics", Sancho Panza in "Man of LaMancha", Arthur in "Camelot", Rudolpho in "La Bohème", and Mastersinger in "Die Meistersinger."

Yangyang Fu - Chinese

Yangyang Fu

Yangyang Fu is a professional mandarin teacher with a qualified teacher certification and a Master Degree in Intercultural Communication. After taking one year Chinese teaching preparation program from William Paterson University, she started to teach at William Paterson University and BMCC in New York. She had been teaching there for three years before she joined SciCore Academy. She loves to make learning fun and tries to make complex elements of the Chinese language easier to comprehend. Her class helps to build students' understanding of the Chinese language and culture with themes and topics that are relevant to their daily lives.

Miguel Iniguez - Chess

Mr. Iniquez is a highly experienced chess instructor for elementary school students in several private and charter schools in the New York City and the Princeton, NJ areas. He has developed and implemented successful after-school and summer camp programs and mentors other teachers to teach chess. He has taught students scoring at the highest levels in several national championships. At SciCore, he led the third grade team to winning the State Championship contest in Lincroft, NJ, and Novice II first place winners at the annual Greater Princeton Area contest at the Princeton Day School. He is also director of, which uses technology such as Chess Base and Power Point to design chess graphics and develop programs to teach chess positions to his students.

Miguel Iniguez

Goska Costello - Pre-K & Kindergarten Reading, Elementary Science

Goska Costello

Goska Costello is very passionate and deeply cares about quality instruction of science and mathematics. She is a big supporter of hands-on learning experiences. Her science classes are filled with extremely messy, fun, and inspiring projects, demonstrations, and experiments. She holds a BS degree in chemistry from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She gained her teaching experience working alongside Mrs. Poulos during SciCore's Summer Reading Enrichment Programs. She has years of experience in the business field, being the successful owner of a health food store in Ewing, NJ. Mrs. Costello enjoys being around young children and having a positive impact on their young lives. When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her two sons.

Dr. Michael Angrosino - Writing & Literature, Anthropology

Michael Angrosino earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1972. He was a member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (Tampa) from 1972-2007. During his time at U.S.F., he served as department chair and as founding director of the university's honors program, in which capacity he developed a writing-across-the-curriculum program as well as a program to foster undergraduate participation in faculty research. In the course of his academic career, he authored more than a dozen books and several dozen peer-reviewed articles. He is a widely recognized expert on qualitative research methods and has conducted anthropological field research on topics ranging from substance abuse to developmental disabilities to the role of religion in secular society. 

Dr. Michael Angrosino
His fieldwork sites include Trinidad, Surinam, and Saba in the Caribbean area. He served as editor of Human Organization, the leading international journal of applied social science and as a book series editor for the University of Georgia Press. In 2011, he was awarded the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Prize by the Society for Applied Anthropology. He has earned postdoctoral certification in oral history, public policy studies, and gerontology and has earned a master's degree in theology. He is a board certified clinical chaplain who works in pastoral care at several hospitals, hospice programs, and nursing homes. He brings to SciCore the background of four decades as a teacher and research scholar and hopes to convey his passion for writing as the core of any student's ability to communicate the fruits of scholarship to a wider public.

Catherine Doyle - Music

 Catherine Doyle

Mrs. Doyle holds a B.S. in accounting with honors from Rutgers University and has taken graduate level classes at Montclair State University in music therapy and psychology. At SciCore, she teaches music, vocabulary, and reading for the elementary and middle schools. Mrs. Doyle creates an environment where students develop a love and understanding of music through action and rhythm songs, silly and nonsensical songs, and songs that teach educational facts. She is known for her capability in finding and teaching songs to students that will help them learn facts for just about anything, including The Periodic Table. Her career background includes being a choral director for the Contemporary Choir at St. Anthony of Padua and teaching flute and piano privately.

Sarah Lee - Math

Mrs. Lee teaches middle school and high school mathematics at the middle school at SciCore, from Algebra to Calculus I. She is a highly successful mathematics coach, with experience teaching in both South Korea and the United States. Mrs. Lee graduated from Kyunghee University and received bachelors and master's degrees in Mathematics. She then taught and coached at the Seoul Arts High School, South Korea. After moving to the United States she worked as a program coordinator and math teacher for Honors Review, a learning center, which specializes in tutoring for SAT and ACT standardized tests. She is now a full-time math teacher at SciCore and is known for her thorough instruction and high standards.

Sarah Lee

Luis G. Victorero - Physics

Luis G. Victorero - Physics

Luis G. Victorero teaches Physics, Physical science, and pre-Calculus at SciCore. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Astronomy from the Curtin University of Technology in Australia and a Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He has worked at the Mathnasium Learning Center as a mathematics instructor in each of their four locations around New Jersey. He has also served as laboratory supervisor in physics at the University of Western Ontario and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Victorero offers an enthusiastic and interactive learning experience that uses demonstrations and computer-based simulations to illustrate principles of physics and Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1.

Molly Reynolds Kuribayashi - Art

Mrs. Kuribayashi teaches Art for all grades at SciCore. She holds a Master's of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago and has done graduate work in printmaking and painting. Her bachelor's degree is in French language and literature, with three years undergraduate work in studio art. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor and Artist-in-Residence at Valparaiso University for Painting and Drawing in Design. In addition to teaching at SciCore Academy, Mrs. Kuribayashi is an instructor of painting and drawing at The Art Studio NY. She also serves as an investment consultant in the global marketplace, negotiating cross-cultural business between European, American and Japanese government/museums, academic institutions, and libraries. 

Molly Reynolds Kuribayashi - Art
Using her extensive knowledge of 19th-20th century Western Art history, Mrs. Kuribayashi assists institutions in the creation of world- renowned collections. Thus, Mrs. Kuribayashi brings to the classroom her experience as teacher, art historian, and professional collector.

Kenneth Marvulli - Physical Education

Kenneth Marvulli

Kenneth Marvulli is the physical education teacher for all grades at SciCore Academy. A helpful and energetic coach, Mr. Marvulli combines the various sports that students play during the season with creative games and exercises to keep the students interested and fit. Mr. Marvulli also helps out with the SciCore sports club during activity periods on Friday as well as with other school functions such as helping the bus drivers keep track of their boarding students at the beginning and ending of the school day. We are delighted to have Mr. Marvulli join us for the 2016-2017 SciCore school year!

Christopher Poulos - Humanities

Christopher Poulos teaches elementary and middle school humanities courses, which include English, World Geography, and World History. Mr. Poulos graduated from Duke University with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Markets and Managing. He now serves as both an administrator and a teacher for the school, directing and advising for decisions on marketing, advertising, and admissions. Mr. Poulos believes in the Socratic Method, teaching students in gathering their own research, and complementing the class textbook with information from various sources to enhance historical knowledge. In English class, he has the students combine practicing essay writing and reading comprehension in assignments to help them build skills in persuasive writing.

Christopher Poulos

Mary Cowen - Mathematics

Mary Cohen

Mary Cowen is the mathematics teacher for Algebra 1, Algebra 2 or Geometry, and 5th Grade Mathematics. She has a diverse set of teaching experiences from her time in Illinois, working in schools in and around Chicago. She also has served as a math tutor, grief counselor, and a leader for various educational programs for colleges. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Korea University and a master's degree in Statistics. Mrs. Cowen encourages academic excellence, class participation, and discipline in her classes for them to excel in their schoolwork.

Donnamarie Jones - Administrative Assistant and Registrar

Mrs. Jones is the administrative assistant and registrar of the school. A seasoned administrative assistant, Mrs. Jones has worked at various industries in New Jersey such as Coca Cola, Preferred Freezer Services, and Northrop Grumman. At SciCore, she is an efficient manager of many of the school's operations which include: registration, event scheduling, lunch orders, communication between teachers and parents, and organizing all paperwork pertaining to student transfers and health records. Mrs. Jones is both a friend and reliable assistant to staff and many students throughout the day.

Donnamarie Jones

Kayla Peterson - Pre-K and Kindergarten

Kayla Peterson

Kayla Peterson is a young, positive, and energetic teacher. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College, consisting of a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Exercise Science. She gained her teaching experience through working with students at summer camp and teaching Sunday school at her hometown church. Miss Peterson teaches Pre-K/Kindergarten Reading, Math, History, and Penmanship. She also teaches 2nd/3rd grade Penmanship classes. She is very passionate about teaching young children and aims to encourage her students to love learning by providing them with hands-on and individual learning experiences.

Dr. Norma Lopez - Spanish

Norma Lopez has more than 10 years experience training students and professionals, mainly in health-related matters and the Spanish language. She is innovative, creative, and passionate about education, and strongly believes that new technologies and methodologies significantly increase children’s ability to achieve higher standards. Dr. Lopez holds a degree in Medicine as a general practitioner in Mexico. Her professional experience includes medical practice, public speaking in the area public health, and education. She currently teaches Spanish at SciCore Academy, Mercer County Community College and Princeton Adult School. Dr. Lopez is also collaborating in Aprendamos Espanol ( and English Speed, an online educational platform designed to help children learn Spanish and ESL online. She loves traveling, dancing, and spending time with her loved ones.

Dr. Norma Lopez - Spanish

Nicholas Kethley - History, Debate, and Literature

Nicholas Kethley

Nicholas Kethley teaches the courses History, Great Books Literature, and Debate at SciCore. He received his B.A. in History at Kean University  Union and received his M.A. in History at Monmouth University West Long Branch.  He has spent most of his academic career teaching and substitute teaching Western Civilizatio and Contemporary US History courses at Strayer University, Rowan College, and Ocean County College.  He has also worked at Drew and Monmouth University on a Historical Burial Grounds of New Jersey workshop and an internship at Eatontown Historical Museum that involved maintaining the premises of the museum and gathering information for the exhibits.  Mr. Kethley encourages the Socratic method in his classes to help students think deeply on the significant time periods during which civilization evolved and expanded.   He also organizes projects to give students their own opportunity to research significant historical events and figures.

Marie Scurato - English and Literature

Marie Scurato is an English and Literature teacher for the middle and high school at SciCore. She received her B.A. in English with a Theater Arts minor from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Mrs. Scurato has both taught and worked in the arts within academic and career circles which include working as a news intern at WHYY, an editorial assistant for a textbook publisher at Visual Education Corporation, a museum shop manager at Grounds for Sculpture, and a classroom teacher at Lentz and Lentz SAT Prep. Mrs. Scurato combines literature with instruction in grammar and reading comprehension to prepare the students for the humanities in college.

Marie Scurato - English and Literature