Karen Bishop, M.Ed.
Karen Bishop received a Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf from Boston University. She has worked with children for twenty years, the past 16 with Walden School as a teacher, supervisor, curriculum coordinator, assistant director and now the Director. In 1999, she was trained in the Second Step Violence Prevention Curriculum. Karen recently became re-certified as a Pro-ACT trainer, marking her tenth year as a Pro-ACT instructor.
Glennis Matthews, MA
Glennis passionately believes in the foundation of literacy and has focused her studies on early literacy intervention strategies for deaf and hard of hearing children with a career goal to advocate and implement an early literacy curriculum for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Glennis earner her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta after an Associate of Applied Science degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. She then obtained a Master of Arts degree in Middle Grade Math and Science from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta.
Her role as TLC Superintendent makes her the first Black Deaf woman and first HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) graduate to become a Superintendent of a Deaf School throughout the history of Deaf Education, joining the league consisting of a few Deaf BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Deaf School Superintendents in the United States.
Kyle Amber Clark, MA, LCPC, ACS
With a genuine passion for social justice, Kyle Amber brings extensive background in mental health, Deaf culture and education.
She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health from Gallaudet University, she is currently working on her dissertation to complete her Ph.D. in social justice, and has participated in numerous presentations and panel discussions on mental health counseling, Deaf culture, empathy and intersectionality. Most recently she has also served on the Faculty of Color Coalition Committee at Gallaudet. Kyle Amber has worked with organizations nationwide, including the Deaf Abused Women’s Network, CSD Unites, National Association of the Deaf, National Black Deaf Advocates and Maryland School for the Deaf.
Toni Ammirati, M.Ed
Toni received her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and has more than 30 years of experience working in the fields of nonprofit organizations, literacy, classroom management, education reform and lesson planning. She was an Elementary Principal for 25 years prior to moving into a senior leadership role in curriculum and instruction. Toni is also responsible for TLC’s Educational Compliance through DESE and is a MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Chris Kaftan, MA
With more than 17 years of experience working in the field of Deaf Education, Chris Kaftan is skilled in coaching and mentoring, program evaluation, policy development, curriculum and lesson planning, and educational technology. Christopher received his graduate certification with a focus on Special Education Administration & Supervision from John Hopkins University and a master's degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. He was a member of the first cohort of participants in the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) Leadership Academy in 2018. Previously, Christopher was the Secretary-General and Media Coordinator for the USA Deaf Sports Federation, focusing on international media and marketing for the USA Deaflympics teams for Pan-Am Games, Winter and Summer Deaflympics.
Mary Jane Huru, B.S.
Parent ASL Classes, TLCPA and PAC Group Liason
Mary Jane Huru has a deep, personal connection to TLC. She is the mother of a former PIP student, who went on to attend her entire schooling at TLC, graduating in 2010. Mary Jane received her bachelor's degree in Child and Family Services. She has worked at TLC for 25 years, 10 as Admission Director/Family Liaison. Prior, she was the Director of TLC’s Childcare Center.
Kasey Pendexter, M.Ed, LMFT, LMHC
Kasey Pendexter is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor. Kasey completed her master’s degree in education at Springfield College before joining a non-profit mental health organization that provided special education and treatment for trauma-impacted youth in a residential setting. More recently, she has worked as Director of Clinical Services for Deaf youth and families that have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder with a variety of needs. Kasey has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults, specializing in trauma-informed care as well as alternative therapeutic approaches, including Neurofeedback and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment.
Jessica is originally from Ohio but has lived in Massachusetts for the last 25 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Boston University, is a certified teacher and special education administrator, and is a nationally certified ASL interpreter.
Since assuming Interim Principal for Secondary, Jessica has driven the effort to make the Secondary Department more stable. She strives to make the staff and students in her department feel seen, supported, and valued.
When Jessica is not on campus cheering for the Galloping Ghosts basketball team, supporting student organizations, or subbing at Walden School, she is a proud mom to a 4th grader and a 1st grader whom she hopes are learning to embody Jewish, feminist, and antiracist values.
With a passion to end injustice and ensure equal accessibility, Milmaglyn holds a certification in Connecticut as an Integrated Early Childhood Education (*N-Grade 3) and Special Education in K-12, as well as certification as a Birth to Three Program Service Coordinator. Milmaglyn served on Council De Manos as a Board Member from 2005-2007 and is Bylaws Chair for the Connecticut Association of the Deaf, as well as NAD Region 1 Representative for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).