Sarah Mallory, Principal
Kim Noivadhana, School Counselor
Jessica Folta, Administrative Assistant
Jane Glenn, Special Education
David Hinds, Spanish
Preston Hyer, Social Studies
Marcia LoRicco, Math
Randy Nokes, Math
Jacob Reilly Physical Education
Nina Shea, Social Worker
Stacy Vocasek, English
Rebecca Weir, Science
John Wetmore, Creative Writing
Sandra Evans-Abbott, Acting/Performance
Daniel Boisvert, Audio/Video
Christianne Glenn-Long, Technical Theater
Barbara Greenbaum, Writing/Poetry
Tiana Mancuso, Dance
Sarah Murphy, Costume Design
Kathrine Popovic, Music
SARAH ROBERTS MALLORY, PRINCIPAL
Sarah Mallory graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2008 earning a BS in Physical Education with cross endorsements in Health Education and Dance Education. During her time at Central, Sarah was the president of Dancentral, Central’s dance company. Sarah has had the opportunity to work with Paul Dennis of the Limon Company, Jennifer Muller, the Paul Taylor II Company, Hubbard Street, cast members of Broadway’s the Lion King, and the Albano Ballet. In the summer of 2010, Sarah earned her Master’s of Science in Special Education from CCSU. Mrs. Mallory served as Vice President of Dance for the Connecticut Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance from 2010-2012 and is currently serving as the secretary. Sarah is also in the process of planning Connecticut’s annual high school dance festival. Sarah has been teaching at ACT since the fall of 2008. She believes she has found her forever home in a place where she can share her passion for the arts with her students.
KIM NOIVADHANA, SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Kim Noivadhana is the School Counselor at ACT. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2010 with a Masters in Counselor Education and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 2005. While attending the University of Connecticut, she was also a part of the UConn Women’s Soccer Team. The 2009-10 school year, she interned in the Guidance Department at Norwalk High School. Prior to joining ACT, Kim worked as a School Counselor at Eastconn’s Quinebaug Middle College. As a fourth year Counselor, Kim enjoys being a part of ACT and always looks forward to assisting the students throughout high school and thereafter. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, going to the beach, and playing soccer.
Jessica Folta is the administrative assistant for the ACT Magnet High School and the Capitol Theater Arts Academy. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2010 with a bachelors of science in Business Administration. Jessica has gained experience in administrative support while working as an office assistant at a family-owned company for many years. She is excited and very much honored to be working for both ACT and CTAA.
SANDRA EVANS-ABBOTT, ACTING/PERFORMANCE
Sandra Evans-Abbott has been with ACT since its inception in 2003. She is a theatre artist with a wide and varied background in the Arts. She is an acting and vocal coach with extensive knowledge of dialects for the stage. She has performed in over 12 states as an actress and singer with companies such as the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, Hutchinson Repertory Theatre, Minnesota Repertory Theatre, Company One, and the Nutmeg Summer theatre. Sandra is a trained stage makeup artist whose makeup designs include a live recreation of the Thomas Hooker statue at the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut, done for the 1999 UConn Basketball team’s victory parade. She has also worked as a TV makeup artist for ABC news. Sandra served as an instructor of acting at Eastern Connecticut State University for over 17 years, where she directed many productions. She also served as a visiting assistant professor of Theatre at UCONN and URI.
Dan spent 13 years working for Northeast Utilities and Dominion Nuclear Energy as a creative specialist in charge of video production. He has been enhancing his video production skills since 1986, after graduating from Lyndon State College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. In 1988, Dan worked as a production assistant for Castle Rock Entertainment during the filming of Lord of the Flies. After moving back east, he was hired by Colony Cable in Rhode Island, where he was named director of photography and senior editor in the video production division.
JANE GLENN, SPECIAL EDUCATION
Raised in a household that combined the best of both her Chilean and American heritages, Jane Glenn is very proud to be working as a Special Educator of the full academic day student program at ACT. Jane holds a degree in Latin American Studies from The University of Connecticut, a Masters of Science in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University and a degree in Administration from Sacred Heart University. Jane worked as a bilingual special educator for the Windham Public Schools for seven years prior to her position at ACT. She has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain , and finds that unique experience of ACT is the culmination of her varied interests. Senorita Glenn feels privileged to work with young people who share her passion for the performing arts. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.
Nina Shea is the School Social Worker at ACT, where she provides mental health support services to students and their families. She received her MSW from UCONN in 1999. Prior to working as a Social Worker, Nina was a Broadcast Journalist. Her school social work experience includes working in a wide variety of settings, from parochial and public schools to clinical day treatment programs. Nina loves school social work for the chance to help young people grow emotionally and succeed in school and in the years after. She very much enjoys the creative energy at ACT and the passionate students she works with on a daily basis. When not working, Nina enjoys doing almost anything outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family, horses and dogs.
BARBARA PFISTER GREENBAUM
Barbara P. Greenbaum has taught creative writing at ACT since 2004. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Hartford, an M.A. in secondary education from St. Joseph College, and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine in fiction. Her poetry and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Alembic, Eclectica, Forge, Hog River Review, Pearl, Inscape, Verdad, The Willow and Underwood Review. In 2006, she was awarded second place for fiction in the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) annual writing contest for a short story. In 2012, she was awarded a Teaching Arts Fellowship by the Surdna Foundation, which allowed her to study memoir. She writes using the pen name B.P. Greenbaum. She in enormously proud of the award winning writers coming out of the program at ACT who have received recognition from such programs as Bread Loaf, Scholastics, Sunken Garden and Young Writer’s Trust, among others. She looks forward to working with new young artists now and in the future.
TIANA MANCUSO, DANCE
Tiana Mancuso is currently lecturing at the University of Connecticut in the School of Dramatic Arts. Since the fall of 2001, she has been teaching theater dance jazz technique as well as the fundamentals of concert choreography. Most recently, Ms. Mancuso contributed choreography and performed in a production involving the use of original and authentic jazz music entitled, Collaboration. Last fall, she was invited to work with the UConn Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, dancing to her own choreography. During the academic year of 2001-2002, Tiana was hired as the resident coach of the UConn Dance team. In addition to performing and choreographing, she is a staff member at the Community School of the Arts in Mansfield, where she offers workshops in various genres of dance. Working for CSA, Tiana has developed numerous after school programs focusing on the fundamentals of jazz and movement in Hebron and Coventry school systems. Tiana, a Fairfield County native, has studied Ballet, Modern Jazz, Character, Hip Hop and Tap throughout New England. Her passion for art of movement has influenced her in countless ways and she believes it is her purpose in life to share her knowledge and her love of dance with others.
Katherine Slepecki Popovic, originally from New York, holds a masters degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music, also in Piano Performance. She has performanced throughout the United States and Europe including venues in Hungary, Poland, England, Washington D.C., and New York City. In 2005, she became an Artists International Alumni and performed her Carnegie Solo Debut as an award winner for the Artists International competition. She has been a teaching artist at the ACT school since 2007. Before that time, she was a teaching artist for Education Through Music, in New York City, and a faculty member at the Brooklyn Conservatory.
Stacy Vocasek received a B.S. in English and Secondary Education with specializations in Creative Writing and Writing for Business and Industry from Southern Connecticut State University in 2004. For several years she has been teaching English at ACT, and enjoys incorporating the arts into her curriculum. Miss Vocasek recently led a student tour group across Italy, and looks forward to traveling internationally with more students. Currently living in Ellington, Miss Vocasek enjoys spending time with her newly rescued puppy, Weezie. When not teaching or writing, Miss Vocasek can be found hiking, kayaking, crafting or cooking.
Preston is pleased to be part of the creative and academic staff at ACT. Prior to joining the ACT staff as a Social Studies teacher, Preston received his BA in History and Social Science from Eastern Connecticut State University. Preston also worked for four years in local schools such as Parish Hill Middle/High School and Lyman Memorial High School as a long-term substitute teacher, paraprofessional, and tutor. He recently completed his MAT in Secondary Education at Sacred Heart University. In his free time, Preston enjoys playing music, attending concerts, finding great places to eat all over New England, as well as watching and studying films of all genres.
Prior to teaching David lived and served as a missionary in Guatemala Central America. David is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in Spanish and secondary education. In college David also completed study abroad programs in Madrid Spain and San Jose Costa Rica. During that time, David served as the Spanish club president and the student government roundtable coordinator. In these roles he was able to participate and manage many community service projects with the Spanish speaking community of Rochester NY. Since 2003 David has been working as a community college instructor, high school Spanish teacher, and has coached both soccer and wrestling.
Randy teaches math, and considers it a privilege to be a part of the ACT community. He chose teaching as a career while attending CCSU, where he earned a B.S. in History and Social Studies Secondary Education. Following his passion for archaeology, Randy pursued a master’s degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, which he earned in 2004. Upon returning to Connecticut, he began working as an archaeological technician at the Pequot Museum, where he excavated archaeological sites and conducted laboratory analysis of artifacts and vertebrate remains. Randy has been teaching in Connecticut middle and high schools since 2007, and in 2010 he fulfilled the requirements for teacher certification in mathematics. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, running, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Marcia LoRicco is a 1988 graduate of UCONN, with a B.S. in Mathematics. She started college with a Foreign Language major, but decided math was way too much fun. Pi Day, anyone? Marcia is excited to return to teaching after raising eight children with her husband, Gino. (Seven boys, one girl.) She has spent the last few years as a Math Instructional Assistant, Little League Coach, and JV Softball Coach at Coventry High School.
BETHANY GALLANT, SOCIAL STUDIES
Bethany Gallant loves being a Social Studies teacher at ACT. During the summer she teaches high school students at a jump-start program in Hartford. Bethany has received her B.A. in History and M.S. in Secondary Education with Certification in Social Studies from Eastern Connecticut State University. She was previously employed as a substitute teacher for Windham Public Schools. She also worked and volunteered at the Connecticut Historical Society for several years. Outside of the classroom, Bethany likes to spend time hiking, camping, and reading. She is greatly looking forward to teaching Social Studies this year at ACT!
Sarah Murphy first started making costumes out of necessity. No store seemed to carry Halloween costumes for obscure literary characters, and so she had no choice but to learn to sew and start making her own. Sarah studied history at Smith College, graduated in 2005, and earned Connecticut Social Studies teaching certificate in 2008. She has worked with kids in museum programs at Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, CT and at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. She taught history at 3 Connecticut high schools, and her costuming background includes several historical reproductions from the 18th century and the Victorian era. Sarah is looking forward to her first year at ACT.
Christianne AE Glenn-Long is delighted to begin working for ACT this year as the Technical Theater Instructor. She holds dual honors degrees in English and Theatre Studies at the bachelors level from the University of Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude for both. In her final semester, she was also awarded the Outstanding Senior Woman Academic Award for the School of Fine Arts. As a technician and artist, Christianne has been involved in theater productions as a carpenter, electrician, stage manager, director, and various backstage crew positions. Over the last five years, she has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Symphony Space in New York City, TheaterWorks in Hartford, and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre at UConn. She looks forward to working with the future actors, dancers, writers, audio-visual artists, and theater technicians that ACT is training.
Jacob Reilly is the Health and Physical Education teacher here at ACT. Jacob is new to the school, but is very excited for what lies ahead. He enjoys traveling, and has just returned from a yearlong adventure of traveling the world. In his spare time he enjoys biking, running, backpacking, and playing just about every sport. Surprise, surprise… He also likes to fish and cook when he has the time. He hopes to integrate lifelong fitness activities into his PE program, and provide his students with the necessary tools to be successful, both in and out of the classroom.
Rebecca is very excited to start her first year at ACT teaching science. Rebecca recently graduated from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island with a double major in Secondary Education and Biology. She has always loved science because she loves knowing and learning how things work. Rebecca also worked as a Mad Science instructor for three years going to schools and rec programs to do fun science experiments with kids. Rebecca looks forward to getting to know all of her students here at ACT.
JOHN WETMORE, CREATIVE WRITING
John Wetmore has taught creative writing and English at ACT since 2016. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in Secondary Education from UConn's TCPCG program. John is a teaching consultant for the Connecticut Writing Project, a chapter of the National Writing Project. While John enjoys writing poetry and non-fiction, his personal favorite genres to read and write in are science fiction and fantasy. He won first prize for fiction in the CWP's 2015 Teacher Writing Contest. His past students have also won awards in the Scholastic Writing Contest, been published in Connecticut Student Writers magazine. Additionally, he and his students have received Excellent and Superior recognition awards from the NCTE multiple years in a row for their work on the literary arts magazine at Rockville High School. He is excited to work amidst the creative community at ACT, and hopes to continue the legacy of producing award winning writers in the Creative Writing Program.