STAFF

ALAN HIBBARD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BS/MBA in Finance and Consulting, Minor in Mathematics, University at Buffalo

If you’ve ever seen a baby – or a toddler – gaze at a novel sight, crawl to the furthest boundaries of a room, or whack or chew anything it can find, then you know how innately curious we humans are. And if you’ve ever been told to sit still, face forward, and keep your hands to yourself, then you know how badly our mainstream education system stifles that innate curiosity... READ MORE

MRS. KIMBERLY HIGGINS

MATHEMATICS TEACHER

B.S. Secondary Mathematics Education, Buffalo State College
Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Phoenix
khiggins@theacademybuffalo.org

My favorite subject growing up was always math. I excelled in this subject, and find it interesting to explore... READ MORE

MS. HOLLY KIRKPATRICK

TEACHER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING

BA (Hons) English Literature and Theater Studies, University of Leeds, UK
PGCE with outstanding, University of Warwick, UK
QTS, University of Warwick, UK and Lutterworth College, Leicestershire, UK
hkirkpatrick@theacademybuffalo.org

I am an English teacher from England! I arrived in Buffalo in September 2016 to work at the Academy of Scholars. Like most educators, I have a love of learning... READ MORE

MRS. JESSICA COTY

TEACHER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING

B.S. Secondary English Education, Buffalo State College
M.A. Differentiated Instruction, St. Bonaventure University
Certification in Special Education Grade 7-12
Certification in Gifted Education Grade K-12
jcoty@theacademybuffalo.org

Like most teachers, I have wanted to be a teacher ever since I was young. Throughout my time as a student, I realized... READ MORE

MRS. AUTUMN MAGLIOCCA

SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER

B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations
B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Legal Studies
M.A. in Secondary Education specializing in Social Studies Education
amagliocca@theacademybuffalo.org

Growing up in West Virginia, my family always had a deep love and appreciation for learning. I spent a lot of time traveling... READ MORE

MRS. ALYSSA PAULI

SCIENCE TEACHER

BS in Physics Education, Minor in Mathematics, Buffalo State College
MS in Physics Education, Buffalo State College
apauli@theacademybuffalo.org

I discovered my passion for science and teaching when I was a high school student.  Since that time, I have regularly participated in opportunities... READ MORE

MRS. VALERIE WARD

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, TEACHER OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, JAPANESE AND SPANISH

Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language, University of Rochester
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, University of Rochester
vmueller@theacademybuffalo.org

I have always loved learning about how different languages were structured, and how to properly say different phrases in other languages. In high school, I was... READ MORE

MR. MATTHEW LARDO

SCIENCE TEACHER

Bachelor of Science in Biology from Canisius College
Masters of Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University
Masters of Science Education from Buffalo State College (anticipated May 2017)
mlardo@theacademybuffalo.org

Growing up, I was fascinated with all things science and math. I have always had a yearning for exploring the unknown, and to understand... READ MORE