Our Team

One of our school’s priorities is to provide time and opportunities to enable staff to personally excel in their craft and most importantly inspire and energize your children, our students. Teachers and staff are given strong clinical supervision, and plenty of time to plan meaningful lessons. Our staff use evidenced-based modalities and regularly partake in professional development. Team meetings, staff development workshops, regular school-wide and department-specific meetings all help to develop our staff into a dynamic and cooperative team. 

Every classroom is staffed by a teacher with a Masters in Special Education and licensed speech therapists.
They each bring specific training, skills, experience and expertise to the task of creating an interdisciplinary and integrated plan for your child in the our school. 

Our Leaders

 

DR. CECELIA MCCARTON, M.D. • FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Cecelia McCarton is the Founder and Executive Director of The Children’s Academy, as well the Founder and President of The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics (1998) and The McCarton Foundation for Developmental Disabilities (2002). Prior to undertaking these projects, Dr. McCarton served as the clinical pediatric director of the Center for Communicative Disorders.

 

SARA DAUM, M.A. & CCC-SLP • HEAD OF SCHOOL

Sara Daum is one of the most respected speech-language pathologists in New York City, specializing in treating children with developmental disabilities and speech and language delays. As Head of School for the Children’s Academy, Ms. Daum developed the school's rigorous, language-based learning program which utilizes an integrative teaching model in small classrooms with low student-to-teacher ratio (6:2:1) and a dedicated licensed Speech & Language Pathologists in every classroom.

She also serves as the Clinical Director and Director of Speech and Language for the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics where she oversees the clinical and speech programs and provides speech and language evaluations and therapeutic sessions.

She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from Queens College, City University of New York; and holds a certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

DEBORAH BLENMAN-Green, M.S. ED • EDUCATION DIRECTOR 

Deborah's mission as Educational Director at Children's Academy is to understand the individual needs of each unique student with the goal of maximizing each child's development and personal achievement. Her approach is to formulate curriculum which supports the acquisition of language and communication skills and helps children gain a strong sense of self while forming and recognizing their strengths.

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CARLY SEIBALD, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD • DIRECTOR OF SPEECH & LANGUAGE & ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Carly Seibald is the Coordinator of Speech & Language Services as well as Coordinator of the Admissions Department. She worked as a speech-pathologist at Children's Academy prior to transitioning into her administrative role. Having been part of the Children's Academy staff since it's first year, she is excited to facilitate program development and help the students continue to achieve. 

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LELY LI, MS, OTR/L • DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Lely Li's role is to develop & organize the occupational therapy programs and supervise the occupational therapy team. She focuses on utilizing creative individualized intervention strategies to target increasing independence and performance during functional activities. She loves working at Children’s Academy because she is able to witness the great impact of how a collaborative multidisciplinary team can positively impact the children at this school.

JORDAN WISHER, LMSW • DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Jordan started his career as a New York City special education teacher, then over time moved into social work, and ultimately into the world of admissions and administration.  He brings each of these skill sets to his current work at Children's Academy. Jordan loves working with current and prospective student families.