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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 the University of California-Santa Cruz in photochemistry and spectroscopy. Seven years of 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.

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.

Catherine Doyle - Music

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.

Catherine Doyle - Music

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.

Kenneth Marvulli - Physical Education

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!

Kenneth Marvulli

Molly Reynolds Kuribayashi - Art

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. 

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 a teacher, art historian, and professional collector.

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

Dr. Norma Lopez - Spanish

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 of 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.

Leo Zaccari - History, Literature, and Debate

Leo Zaccari teaches History, Literature, and Debate at SciCore. He has a B.A from Rowan University and an M.A. from Monmouth University. He has taught United States History and World History at Kean University, Georgian Court University, Brookdale Community College, Burlington County College, and Ocean County College. He is the author of the psychological thriller Arkhangel and is working on his second novel. He also spent fourteen years in radio. His classes provide an in depth look into historical events and encourage students to examine history in a way that makes it exciting as well as educational. He believes in supplementing classes with primary source materials to give a deeper understanding of history.

Leo Zaccari

Marie Scurato - English and Literature

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.

Jingzhe Zhou - Chinese

Ms. Zhou teaches Mandarin Chinese to Grade Three through Grade Twelve at SciCore. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Temple University, and a master’s degree in Education from Lasalle University with a certification of Chinese language instruction. Ms. Zhou has experience teaching Chinese to both native speakers and non-native speakers.

She engages her students in learning the Chinese language and culture with research-based pedagogy in foreign language acquisition. She is passionate about her teaching, and she is committed to bring to her students a meaningful and positive learning experience.

Jingzhe Zhou

Mrs. Sindhu Mundayat - Chess

Sindhu Mundayat

Mrs. Mundayat is a pharmacy graduate from India who completed her Modular Access to Higher Education degree from Kent and Canterbury University in the UK. She has been teaching for the last ten years and believes it has been a great opportunity to share what she knows and see them succeed. She teaches chess in a fun and interactive way, allowing for the children to enjoy learning the multi-faceted and mind-expanding game of chess.

Patty Niro - Administrative Assistant

Patty Niro graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University. She has over 17 years experience in the Hazardous Waste Industry as a Corporate Trainer for Veolia Environmental Services. She was responsible for curriculum development that met Local, State and Federal law as it pertained to the Environmental Industry. In addition to presenting 40-Hour OSHA HAZMAT certification training, she was responsible for the standardization of teaching methods throughout the organization. After taking a break from her career to raise her family, Patty was excited to return to the workforce and found a perfect fit at SciCore Academy.

She enjoys being around children having coached girl's soccer for over 10 years. When Patty is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Patty Niro