Where Every Child is Known and Inspired to Excel, to Lead, to Care

School Leadership

I strongly believe the most authentic way to measure any school's success is by its graduates.

Jesse N. Dougherty, Ed.D.
Head of School
Meet Jesse

I am honored and excited to begin my 20th year in education at The Green Vale School.

Narinder Bhalla
Associate Head of School
 Meet Narinder

Young children learn best when they are actively engaged, socially integrated and able to build purposeful connections to their everyday world through exploration.

Kelly Flink 
Director of Early Childhood

Linda Gardiner 
Assistant Head of School & Director of Lower School
Meet Linda


Linda Gardiner has devoted her entire career to Green Vale. She has served as Lower School Director since 1997. In 2005 she was also appointed Assistant Head of School. Earlier, she fulfilled other teaching and administrative positions including fourth grade teacher, Director of Enrichment for accelerated students, Director of Admissions and Associate Director of Development. She is a member of the Board at Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, a member of the Matinecock Zoning Board of Appeals, and a member of the Alumni Board of NYC for the Woodberry Forest School. She and her husband, John, live in Locust Valley and have three sons, all Green Vale graduates.

Cathy Iannotta
Director of Upper School