Director of Student Services
Ms. Arons joined the McAuliffe staff in 2022. Michelle Arons appreciates the culture of collective efficacy at McAuliffe where all members of the school community believe that by working as a team they have an increased power to help students achieve more. She is inspired by witnessing students thrive at McAuliffe as a result of the meaningful connections they make with the adults as well as the true sense of belonging they feel. Additionally, Ms. Arons enjoys establishing strong partnerships with the parents and families she is so fortunate to work in collaboration with.
Special Education Coordinator/OT
Ms. Babcock joined the McAuliffe team in 2022. Ms. Babcock loves working with a great team to help all learners be successful. She loves how McAuliffe students are great scholars, but also exceptional community members. Students learn leadership skills while becoming an agent for their own learning. Seeing the growth in students as they journey through McAuliffe is awesome.
|Dr. Connie Flieger
Dr. Flieger joined the McAuliffe staff in 2022. Connie Flieger, Ph.D. joined McAuliffe in 2022. Her role as the first onsite school psychologist has allowed for additional and consistent social emotional support for the scholars of McAuliffe. As the school psychologist, Dr. Flieger provides counseling, crisis intervention, consultation/collaboration, and evaluation services to scholars. With over 25 years of experience, she believes that scholars are best served when they are provided with a safe, consistent, structured, inclusive, and connected environment to develop their identity, strengths, relationships, and emotional stamina. The improved mental health of McAuliffe students is essential not only for emotional wellbeing, but also necessary for navigating the social and academic realms. EL education provides unique opportunities for social and emotional growth in the McAuliffe community and beyond.
Ms. Lili joined the McAuliffe team in 2022. Ms. Lili has a genuine passion for helping young minds navigate the complexities of life and education. Ms. Lili’s background includes working with youth in the foster care system and from her experience working in child welfare she understands the profound impact a supportive adult can have on a scholar’s development. As the school adjustment counselor, Ms. Lili is dedicated to empowering students to achieve their goals and overcome challenges, fostering a positive and inclusive school environment.
Speech & Language Pathologist
Ms. Lewi joined the McAuliffe staff in 2019. Ms. Lewi is a highly qualified and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist committed to serving Middle School students with a variety of Communication disorders (Articulation/Speech Sound; Auditory/Language Processing; Executive Functioning; Fluency; Hearing; Receptive/Expressive Language & Vocabulary; Social/Pragmatic Skills; and Voice. Believes in a comprehensive assessment process, the development and implementation of high-quality Individualized Education Plans, and thorough documentation of progress. She enjoys collaborating with families and working as part of an interdisciplinary team to promote generalization of skills throughout the day. When not at school, Ms. Lewi enjoys tending to her plants, cooking, reading, and going to the beach to see the sunrise.
ELL Coordinator & Teacher
Mrs. Rish joined the McAuliffe team in 2017. Mrs. Rish first came to McAuliffe as a parent; two of her four children are McAuliffe alumni. When the opportunity was available, Mrs. Rish joined the staff as the ELE (English Learner Education) coordinator and teacher. She is passionate about the English language, writing, and helping students live up to their full potential. Mrs. Rish believes that the HOWLs and building a kind and empathetic community are the keys to student success.
Administrative Assistant for Student Services
Mrs. Wheeler joined the McAuliffe team in 2023. She taught high school Biology, Chemistry and Physics for ten years before taking some time to raise her three children. With all three of her children attending McAuliffe, Mrs. Wheeler is drawn to the sense of community and collaboration the school practices in all areas. She has seen first hand how powerful the EL education system is to develop into creative, open-minded, and collaborative human beings and is excited to be a part of it.
6th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Arena joined the McAuliffe team in 2023. Mrs. Arena was drawn to McAuliffe’s Mental Health Team due to its innovative, creative, and exploratory philosophy that teaches commitment to self and others in academic achievement. Furthermore, she believes that utilizing restorative disciplinary methods allows for every challenge to become an exciting opportunity for growth and so much shared joy!
7th Grade Counselor
Ms. Hines joined the McAuliffe team in 2019. Ms. Hines loves that this is her 5th year working at McAuliffe! She believes that McAuliffe’s model gives students and faculty opportunities to be creative, connect with the community, and find ways to find personal connections with the curriculum. Ms. Hines has worked at other public schools, and what makes McAuliffe so valuable is that she is able to meet and get to know not only students in her grade-level, but all students.
8th Grade Counselor
Mr. C joined the McAuliffe staff in 2023. Mr. C is thrilled to work with the McAuliffe community. His philosophy of education includes being a firm believer in children of the younger generations maturing with knowledge of their true heritage, their cultural background and embracing it. Mr. C’s students, hopefully, will be provided the opportunity to explore different cultures, visit historical sights and retrace their ancestry.
Understanding the true depth of their culture, Mr. C hopes will elicit curiosity to further educate themselves, and display leadership qualities by showing respect and compassion to others in need. Children with this breadth of knowledge tend to feel more confident in their identity and finding their purpose in life. A life driven by purpose, is best suited for those whom have had the development of great character.