About Us

Administration

Dr. Nicole G. Eschler
Executive Director of Regional School Success
607-257-1551, ext. 1004
neschler@tstboces.org

Alissa M. F. Elghazi
Administrative Assistant
607-257-1551, ext. 7203
aelghazi@tstboces.org

Heidi Bock
Administrative Assistant
607-257-1551, ext. 1048
hbock@tstboces.org

Lisa Bishop Oltz
Administrative Assistant
607-257-1551, ext. 1017
lbishopoltz@tstboces.org

Mary Lou Szabol
Senior Account Clerk Typist
607-257-1551, ext. 1030
mszabol@tstboces.org

Cooperative Enrichment

Sunshine Miller
Coordinator of Cooperative Enrichment
607-257-1551, ext. 1013
smiller@tstboces.org

Sunny is responsible for supporting Exploratory Enrichment, Arts in Education, and Environmental Education. Exploratory Enrichment focuses on supporting school-day opportunities for students in the areas of multicultural education, diversity education, and problem-based/project-based learning. This program also supports the TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest and All-County/NYSSMA music initiatives. Arts in Education focuses on supporting school-day opportunities for students in the area of the fine and performing arts. Environmental Education focuses on supporting school-day opportunities for students in the areas of environmental appreciation and awareness, sustainability, and other environmental issues or problems.

Model Schools

Justin DiMatteo
Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1018
jdimatteo@tstboces.org
T: @justin_dimatteo

Justin works with administrators, teachers, and students to effectively integrate technology for the benefit of all learners.  Justin’s focus is on strengthening student learning by integrating technology with quality instruction. This occurs via ongoing professional development and technical assistance that leads and supports districts in providing the best possible learning environment for every student.

Amy Drumluk
Literacy Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext 1029
adrumluk@tstboces.org
T: @AmyDrumluk

By empowering teachers and students across the region to effectively use technology in support of engaged, collaborative learning, students will develop lifelong problem solving skills in the area of technology and literacy. Amy’s focus is to provide professional development opportunities to educators by integrating technology with literacy curriculum and quality instructional practices.

Matt O’Donnell
Shared Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1064
modonnell@tstboces.org
T: @edtechmro

Matt’s goal is to help administrators, teachers, and students harness current educational technologies to make learning more engaging, accessible, collaborative, and efficient. Matt believes all students can become more empowered lifelong learners by practicing the responsible use of technology from a young age. These empowered learners will be the problem-solvers of the 21st century.

Brian VanGorder
Shared Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext.
bvangorder@tstboces.org
T: @mistervango

Paul Wiech
Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1012
pwiech@tstboces.org
T: @PaulWiech

Paul’s focus is on connecting teachers and students to technology tools that can help them become more engaged, collaborative and effective in their learning process. Paul’s goal is to assist teachers in helping students develop their 21st century skills in an individualized and relevant environment that truly creates college and career ready graduates.

Professional Development

Beth Dryer
Regional Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development
607-257-1551, ext. 1040
bdryer@tstboces.org

Our Regional Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development uses a wide range of student outcome data to coordinate regional curriculum and professional development efforts. This work focuses on organizational change, participants’ use of new knowledge and skills, and student learning.

Lauren Faessler
Shared Coordinator for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development
607-257-1551
lfaessler@tstboces.org

Lauren devotes 80% of her time facilitating curriculum and instructional improvement work with teacher leaders, district leaders, and school organizations in Lansing Central School District. She spends the other 20% of her time supporting program approval and academic integration efforts with the TST Career and Technical Education program.

Jennifer Gondek
Inclusive Education Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1045
jgondek@tstboces.org

Jennifer works with the TST BOCES component districts at the district, building, and classroom level to increase capacity to meet the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities. In addition, Jennifer supports the regional priorities in literacy at the K-5 level by working collaboratively with our team and districts. For more information on Inclusive Education, please visit her website!

Allison Peet
Mathematics Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1051
apeet@tstboces.org

Allison is responsible for planning and implementing a customized, professional development service for component school districts in the area of mathematics. Allison’s efforts are focused on the current transition to the Common Core Learning Standards, including curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

School Library System

Mary Kay Welgoss
Coordinator for School Library System
607-257-1555, ext. 1033
mwelgoss@tstboces.org

Mary Kay collaborates with the region’s school librarians to develop information literacy curricula, grow library collections and manage automation systems (Follett Destiny Union Catalog) located in each library. In addition, she works with technology staff both at BOCES and in the districts to ensure students, teachers, and parents are able to locate and access online databases, media, print, and non-print resources that support teaching and learning. She also provides professional development aligned to school library topics for teachers and librarians in our region.

Michelle Barr
Clerk for School Library System
607-257-1551, ext. 1039
mbarr@tstboces.org