Director of Early College Studies
Adam Scianna is a former Mathematics Teacher at Stamford High School and has served as the Director of the Early College Studies program at Stamford High School since 2018.
Mr. Scianna has a background in engineering and is a strong proponent of preparing students to be not only college but also career ready.
Mr. Scianna has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Bridgeport.
Workplace Learning I & II
Paula Yates has been teaching at Stamford High in the Career and Technical Education department since 2017. In that time, she has taught Marketing 1, Intro to Investing and the Stock Market, Information Technology, Personal Finance, Career Pathways, and Workplace Learning 1, 2, and 3.
Ms. Yates’ background is in Accounting, and after a career in both public and private accounting, she decided to make the switch to teaching. Her time working in the accounting field allows Ms. Yates to help students make the connection between school and work. Helping students prepare for the “real world” is a driving factor in the decision to change careers, and is the most gratifying part of working in education.
Ms. Yates holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Haven.
NCC/SHS Computer Science Courses
Workplace Learning III
Larry Keller started his career in education at SHS in 2002 as a Business and Technology Teacher. In 2008, he was transferred to AITE, where he continued teaching Business and Technology courses for 6 years; which included Microsoft Office Suite, Introduction to Programming, Database Design and Video Game Design. In 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Principal of AITE, where he spent the next 6 years, until returning to the classroom back at SHS, in 2020.
Mr. Keller enjoyed 20+ years of Software Development, Hardware Support and Database Design experience in the I/T Industry prior to entering the world of education. He spent many years at IBM and other Fortune 500 companies, as both an employee and independent contractor. Mr. Keller graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He earned his 2 Masters in Education from the University of Bridgeport. As a lifelong learner, Mr. Keller, imparts that passion to his students.
His knowledge of numerous software languages, operating system platforms, database languages, project management tools and professionalism allows him to create real life project based learning assignments to challenge students. His project based approach to instruction has provided many students with the ability to be self-starters and independent thinkers in creatively solving problems. Students are given opportunities to expand their knowledge and increase their confidence in problem solving skills through thoughtful and challenging projects.
NCC Graphic Design & 2-D Design
Module Downer is the Arts Department Head at Stamford High School and has taught several disciplines such as Digital Photography, Color and Design, Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting I and II for twenty years.
A native of Springfield, MA, Module was a Jessie Parks Scholar and earned a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Masters degree of Education from Springfield College. Today, Module is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Bridgeport.
An experienced Graphic Artist Module has a passion for art and technology and is proficient in Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop. A small business owner, Module has developed sports magazines, designed national campaigns for FedEx, and continues to share her knowledge with high school and adult education students.
NCC Composition & Literature
Melissa Hadsell, a former SHS Black Knight herself, has been teaching for thirteen years. She has taught grades 9-12, including AP Literature and Composition, UConn ECE English, and Creative Writing.
Ms. Hadsell has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction Writing from Manhattanville College.
NCC Computer Science Dept. Chair
Professor Tom Duffy is the Chair of the Computer Science Department and the Program Coordinator for the Computer Science degree as well as the Web Developer, Relational Database, and Smartphone App Development certificates. He teaches courses in Web Development, XML, Java, and Mobile Device Programming.
Professor Duffy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Master of Arts degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Western Connecticut State University. He is the owner of Bright Moments Software – a software company specializing in Web Technologies.