SciCore Academy, Logo

Phone Icon (609) 448-8950
Faculty

Faculty


Arthur T. Poulos, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Mathematics


Arthur T. Poulos, Ph.D.

Ph.D. and M.S. in Physical Chemistry, Northwestern University. B.S. with distinction in Chemistry and Magna Cum Laude, Duke University. Post-doctoral studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz in photochemistry and spectroscopy. Seven years of experience teaching inorganic chemistry at Rutgers University.

President of Poulos Technical Services, a research and consulting firm specializing in real-time detection of chemical species in mixed media. Extensive contract research experience conducted for NASA, NSF, USAF, DOE, and EPA, small businesses, and universities.


Danette N. Poulos - Elementary Mathematics & English


Danette N. Poulos - Elementary Mathematics & English

Mrs. Poulos is a co-founder of SciCore Academy and serves as the Vice-Principal. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster Choir College.

After working as a product coordinator at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, she served as Vice-President of Poulos Technical Services, a research and consulting company in the field of real-time detection systems.

At SciCore, Mrs. Poulos is responsible for marketing, student discipline, and student activities. She also teaches elementary-level mathematics and English.


Goska Costello - Pre-K & Kindergarten Reading, Elementary Science


Goska Costello

Goska Costello is very passionate and deeply cares about quality instruction in science and mathematics. She is a big supporter of hands-on learning experiences. Her science classes are filled with extremely messy, fun, and inspiring projects, demonstrations, and experiments.

She holds a BS degree in chemistry from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She gained her teaching experience working alongside Mrs. Poulos during SciCore's Summer Reading Enrichment Programs.

She has years of experience in the business field, being the successful owner of a health food store in Ewing, NJ. Mrs. Costello enjoys being around young children and having a positive impact on their young lives. When not in the classroom, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her two sons.


Christopher Poulos - Admissions and Middle School Humanities


Christopher Poulos

Christopher Poulos teaches elementary and middle school humanities courses, which include English, World Geography, and World History. Mr. Poulos graduated from Duke University with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Markets and Managing.

He now serves as both an administrator and a teacher for the school, directing and advising for decisions on marketing, advertising, and admissions. Mr. Poulos believes in the Socratic Method, teaching students to gather their own research and complementing the class textbook with information from various sources to enhance historical knowledge.

In English class, he has the students combine practicing essay writing and reading comprehension in assignments to help them build skills in persuasive writing.


Leo Zaccari - History, Literature, and Debate


Leo Zaccari

Leo Zaccari teaches History, Literature, and Debate at SciCore. He has a B.A. from Rowan University and an M.A. from Monmouth University. He has taught United States History and World History at Kean University, Georgian Court University, Brookdale Community College, Burlington County College, and Ocean County College.

He is the author of the psychological thrillers Arkhangel and The Desolate Dreams of Dark Machines, and also a short story featured in Borderlands Press 7. He also spent fourteen years in radio. His classes provide an in-depth look into historical events and encourage students to examine history in a way that makes it exciting as well as educational. He believes in supplementing classes with primary source materials to give a deeper understanding of history.


Jingzhe Zhou - Chinese


Jingzhe Zhou

Ms. Zhou teaches Mandarin Chinese to Grade Three through Grade Twelve at SciCore. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Temple University and a master’s degree in Education from Lasalle University with a certification in Chinese language instruction. Ms. Zhou has experience teaching Chinese to both native speakers and non-native speakers.

She engages her students in learning the Chinese language and culture with research-based pedagogy in foreign language acquisition. She is passionate about her teaching, and she is committed to bring to her students a meaningful and positive learning experience.


Mrs. Sindhu Mundayat - Chess


Sindhu Mundayat

Mrs. Mundayat is a pharmacy graduate from India who completed her Modular Access to Higher Education degree from Kent and Canterbury University in the UK. She has been teaching for the last ten years and believes it has been a great opportunity to share what she knows and see them succeed.

She teaches chess in a fun and interactive way, allowing the children to enjoy learning the multi-faceted and mind-expanding game of chess.


Milana Grigoriev - Spanish and Vocabulary


Milana Grigoriev

I grew up reading, writing, and speaking Russian with my family. While I was immersed in the culture and food growing up, I decided that I wanted to pursue a third language. As a senior in high school, I went on a mission trip to Ukraine, where I was an interpreter at a camp designated for orphans.

After singing happy birthday and seeing the tears of joy from an orphan girl who never had a birthday celebration, I knew that I wanted to work in a field that involved making people feel special. Therefore, in 2014, I graduated from Wilkes University with a B.A. in Spanish Education.

I have been teaching languages for six years ever since. My students this year will be learning grammar, pronunciation, culture, and vocabulary with methods that apply to all types of learners. I am looking forward to beginning my seventh year of teaching at SciCore Academy.


Dr. Andrew Alaniz - High School Math


Dr. Andrew Alaniz

Dr. Alaniz holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Louisiana State University along with an M.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Texas-Pan American. His research interests lie in the intersection of geometry and arithmetic via the Langlands Program, to which he has contributed pioneering work in the study of wild ramifications.

Along with pure mathematics, Dr. Alaniz has also published work in Mathematics Education, dealing with the dynamics of math clubs and math circles in middle schools and high schools. He is also CEO and co-founder of CleverSolve LLC, a software development firm specializing in mobile technologies.

Dr. Alaniz strives to instill his passion for math and technology into all his students to better serve them in their future academic endeavors.


Dr. Clay Hunt - Calculus and Physics


Dr. Clay Hunt

Dr. Hunt holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Montana State University. Dr. Hunt's academic interests lie in mathematical modeling, where he has contributed to the understanding of the degradation of solid oxide fuel cell performance, the stabilization of solid oxide fuel cell microstructures, and the magnetic response of novel materials. The application of physical laws and mathematical relationships in a programming environment unites Dr. Hunt's efforts. His goal in teaching is to demonstrate and share this understanding with his students so that they have the tools to solve the novel problems of their generation.


Allen Park - Computer Programming


Allen Park - Computer Programming

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Allen Park moved with his family to Queens, NY, when he was 12 years old. While adapting to the urban environment, Allen’s deep interest in science and technology was met with the opportunity to attend Stuyvesant High School, a specialized public school in Manhattan that emphasizes science and math. From his negative experience at the large competitive school, however, Allen then sought a more personalized teaching environment for effective learning and chose to attend Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school located in upstate New York. At Hamilton, Allen was introduced to computational chemistry and progressed further to complete a Masters in computational chemistry with Professor Darrin York at Rutgers University. Allen joined Scicore Academy in 2021 and taught courses in Biology and Computer science. Above providing science instruction, Allen aims to foster in his students' high regard for interdisciplinary thinking, communicating science through speaking, writing, and a graphical representation, and working collaboratively as preparation for success in college and industry.


Kayla Celiberti - PK/K and Science


Kayla Celiberti


Kayla Celiberti obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Concentration in Advanced Chemistry at Monmouth University and graduated Top 5 in her class. Miss. Celiberti is a member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon, The National Chemistry Honors Society as well as the American Chemical Society. During her time as an undergraduate, Miss. Celiberti did research in Computational Chemistry and Education in Chemistry.

Miss Celiberti teaches Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Math, Science, History, as well as Science for 4th and 6th Grade, and lastly, 2nd-grade penmanship. As a teacher at Scicore, her goal is to provide each child with a solid foundation and understanding of course material to ensure they have the tools to succeed in the future.


Jaroslaw Radzimierski - Physical Education Teacher


Jaroslaw Radzimierski - Physical Education Teacher

Jaroslaw Radzimierski, the founder of Viva Ballroom Dance Fitness Studio, is an award-winning ballroom dance professional, choreographer, and independent dance coach based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. With an internationally recognized history in teaching, judging, and competing in International Style Standard ballroom dancing and a career that saw him reach the finals of many major U.S. competitions in the Professional Rising Star Standard division, Jaroslaw is now well known as a world-class dance instructor and DVIDA adjudicator specialized in International Style Standard, Latin, American Smooth and American Rhythm styles. He is also the main coach of Penn State University’s Competitive Ballroom Team. As a teacher, Jaroslaw’s prestigious international experience as a competitive dancer — combined with his kind personality and warm sense of humor — makes him a patient, experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic mentor. His student-centric approach to guiding dancers at all levels is underpinned by his remarkable gift for sharing his love of dance and inspiring students to reach their full potential as dancers and beyond, meanwhile motivating and coaching them for wider life success.


Denise Stearns - Art Teacher


Denise Stearns - Art Teacher

Mrs. Stearns is a Graduate of DuCret School of the Arts with extensive fine arts education. Having studied under a world-renown portrait artist, she acquired both the artistic skill and business sense to exhibit work in Sportsman Galleries with watercolors of antique fishing lures and equipment. She enjoyed a career in Graphic Design, working in the layout, creation, and production of printed material. Her teaching career began with an art program devoted to a central Jersey Homeschooling Association, which led to a request to teach at Metuchen Christian Academy. She taught grades 4 through 8 for 7 years while also teaching at Perth Amboy Assumption Catholic School grade Pre-K thru 8. Over the last year, Mr. Stearns has worked as a lead Pre-K teacher in East Brunswick. The arts provide a child with challenges and the ability to convey problem-solving skills.

It is my pleasure to provide the best artistic experience that compels a student to exceed through expression and build confidence in all that they do at SciCore. Mrs. Stearns is married, with two adult sons. She has also devoted much of her musical skills to singing in worship teams, playing piano, and working with Youth.