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The two most important questions for any society are: Who will teach the children? And What will they teach them?”


Founding Team & Advisors

Significant Collective Team Experience

The team and advisors at Schoolhouse Academy are a diverse group of professionals, including educators, technologists, and business experts. The founders have extensive experience in creating, starting up, operating, and building successful schools. Additionally, the advisors contribute specific expertise in key components necessary for the development of a sustainable and successful school.

Carlo Schiattarella


Carlo Schiattarella has more than 34 years of experience in starting, operating, and developing facilities for charter and private schools. He has played a leading role in establishing several schools in New York with diverse themes such as project-based learning, STEM, and computer science. Carlo is the co-founder of Schoolhouse Project and is responsible for school development. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a B.A. from New York University. Currently, Carlo resides in Stamford, CT, with his wife and three young children.

Andrew McLaughlin


Andrew McLaughlin has more than 35 years of experience in facility construction and development, particularly in the areas of schools and hospitals. He co-founded the Schoolhouse Project and was responsible for operations and school facility development. Andrew studied Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology. Currently, he resides in Riverdale, NY with his wife and two young children.

Dr. John Kalaboukas


Dr. Kalaboukas has over 35 years experience in education including training and developing school leaders, teachers, and support staff. He led the successful turnaround of a Health Certification based Charter School; and led highly regarded private schools. Currently, Dr. Kalaboukas is a Professor at St. John’s University’s Graduate School of Education teaching aspiring teachers and administrators to become school district leaders. He earned a Doctorate of Education from St. John’s University.

Josh Moreau


Josh Moreau has 20 years of experience in school budgeting, finance, and accounting. He is CFO of BoostEd Finance supporting private and charter schools. Josh attended DePaul University and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. He currently lives in Westchester County with his 2 young children.

Matt Ainley

Chief Technology Officer

Matt Ainley has over 20 years of experience in the technology field with extensive experience in research, instructional, and enterprise computing. He is the founder and President of Edit Technology Support creating strategic IT visions for schools across the country. Matt has a PhD in Computational Physics from the University of York, UK.

Natasha Ulyanov

Art Program Advisor

Natasha Ulyanov has over 20 years of experience curating artist exhibitions in New York City. She is an accomplished artist, and her works can often be seen in local exhibitions. Natasha earned a master’s degree in art and business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and a bachelor's degree in Art from Parsons School of Design. She was raised in New Canaan and currently lives with her husband and 3 young child in Stamford, CT.


Jessica Zannikos

Lower School Educational Advisor

Jessica Zannikos has over a decade of experience in the field of education. She has held various roles including classroom teacher, instructional coach, dean of instruction, assistant principal, and Principal of the East Harlem Scholars Academy Elementary. Prior to her role at East Harlem Scholars, Jessica worked as a Pre-Kindergarten and 5th-grade teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts and Political Science from CUNY Hunter College, and a Master of Educational Leadership from NYU.

Amanda Ainley

Middle School Educational Advisor

Amanda Ainley has over 12 years of experience in middle school education as a 6th-grade science teacher. Presently, she is the Principal of New World Prep focusing on supporting teachers in improving instruction using the Marzano Model of Teaching Effectiveness. Ms. Ainley earned a BA in Childhood/Special Education and an MSEd in Teaching Literacy from Wagner College.

Debbie Moran

Early Childhood Education Advisor

Debbie Moran has nearly 30 years of teaching experience and taught Preschool and Kindergarten in Darien and New Canaan, CT. Debbie is presently the Director of Saint John Preschool in Darien and is an educational consultant for advising and creating academic programs and curricula. Ms. Moran earned a Master's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at New York University. Debbie with her husband raised 3 children in Darien and Norwalk and has lived in the area for 27 years.

Contact Schoolhouse Academy  to learn more about our educational program. We are currently enrolling children throughout Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, Westport, Norwalk, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport, Weston, Easton, Fairfield, CT, as well as South Salem, Pound Ridge, and Lewisboro, NY. 

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