Dr. Spirou received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, has her Gifted Endorsement in Florida, received a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University, and her Doctorate from Walden University in Teacher Leadership. She began her teaching career in the Stroudsburg Area School District in Pennsylvania. In 1999, Dr. Spirou began teaching for the Palm Beach County School District, and The Weiss School in 2000 where she taught Third Grade for six years. In 2006, she became the Administrator for Admissions and Public Relations and in 2008 became the Assistant Head of School. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the Head of School.
Due to her extensive knowledge and experience, Dr. Spirou is in demand as an instructor for gifted coursework and workshops. She has helped over 300 Independent School teachers receive their gifted endorsement in the State of Florida. Dr. Spirou has also served as a Chair of the Florida Council of Independent Schools Accreditation teams.
Dr. Spirou was the recipient of the North Palm Beach Teacher of the Year Award in 2004 for Excellence in the Field of Education, is a graduate of Leadership of Palm Beach County Class of 2011, served as the 2011/2012 President of the North Palm Beach Rotary and served as the Chairman of the Education Committee of the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce during the 2016/2017 school year. Most recently, she was awarded the 2017 Laura Joyner Award by Mensa, which recognizes outstanding work, theoretical or applied in the field of human intelligence and advocating for our gifted youth. We welcome Dr. Spirou as our founding Head of School.
Peter Valastro - Office Manager/Digital Media
Mr. Valastro joined The Greene School in July 2016 as the Digital Media Coordinator. He arrived equipped with a B.S. in Marketing, extensive prior exposure to the realm of gifted education, and over ten years of public relations experience.
Prior to The Greene School, Mr. Valastro was the Director of Communication and Camp Coordinator for a Gifted Early Childhood to Eighth-grade school in New England. His participation in education spans from PreK-8 to the collegiate level.
Mr. Valastro is an active member of the International Symposium on Educational Technology and has attended multiple seminars, including the recent Agents of Change Digital Marketing conference in Portland, Maine.
Brett Hannan - CIO/Computer Science
Mr. Hannan joined The Greene School community as our Engineering and Chief Innovation Officer in May 2016. His investment in education began in 2010, lecturing engineering students, part-time.
He is currently a student of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. His inquisitive nature and strong desire to ingrain the fundamental principles, as well as techniques of any subject of study, enabled him to achieve an excellent academic record; obtaining his B.S. in Software Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science. His current research (A.I. Health Advising) was recognized by the International Web Intelligence Conference in Warsaw, Poland and later published in the ACM Digital Library - Association for Computing Machinery. Recently, his research was published in a 2017 university textbook for medical students - Applying Big Data Analytics in Bioinformatics and Medicine.
Brett is both an IEEE and ISTE professional member. He's attended multiple educational conferences, including the World Maker Faire, and Future Educational Technology Coordinators. His interests include all things technology related, he is an avid reader, enjoys the outdoors and Indian cuisine.
Dawn DeRosa - Office Coordinator
A native of New Jersey, Ms. De Rosa has resided in Palm Beach County for six years. Arriving at The Greene School with extensive experience from Early Childhood to the collegiate level. She arrived equipped with over ten years of experience in the domain of marketing, event planning, and public relations.
Ms. De Rosa received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey and has since worked in the field of education for the past decade. Most recently, she has served as the Admissions and Events Coordinator at a charter school in Palm Beach Gardens and as Director of Marketing at a private school in Jupiter.