Welcome to Sunshine!

Sunshine Developmental School has been our home for over 10 years. We both began working here as a teacher and school psychologist in 2002 and were excited to grow into the position of leading such a wonderful organization.


As co-Directors of the school, we have the privilege of working with an amazing group of highly qualified professionals, including seven Doctoral level clinicians and more than 70 Masters level teachers and clinicians, and dozens of dedicated, warm, and smart staff. Our truly multi-cultural staff bring a rich array of talents including multilingualism, allowing us to offer services in English, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Bengali. (Additional languages spoken include Malayalam, Gujarati, Ibo, and Creole to name a few.)


Since 1986, the talented staff at Sunshine have seamlessly woven their clinical and educational talents to provide rich and stimulating opportunities for our children in their PLAY – the best medium for enhancing young children’s development. We offer a broad range of programs including general education programs, integrated classes, and special classes. The children light up our lives here. Seeing, aiding and celebrating their progress with families is the central focus of our mission and our greatest joy!


We look forward to getting to know you!

Pauline Sfakianos MSEd, SAS & Amalia Athanasopoulos, PsyD, SAS


Pauline Sfakianos, MSEd - Co-Director


Pauline currently serves the Sunshine Developmental School as the Assistant Director and Educational Director. She has 12 years of experience in the field of Education, more specifically in the area of Early Childhood Special Education. Pauline earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology with a minor in Sociology, her Master of Science in Education and most recently her School Administration Supervision certification from Queens College, City University of New York. Pauline’s extensive experience at Sunshine Developmental School includes beginning as a Classroom Teacher of Self-Contained and Integrated classes and now overseeing the Curriculum and the fulfillment of the Educational Programming for our Preschool students with Special Needs. Pauline’s combination of professionalism, educational leadership and care for Sunshine’s families is invaluable.


Dr. Amalia Athanasopoulos, PsyD - Co-Director


Amalia received her Doctorate in School Psychology in 2005 from St. Johns University and her School Administration Supervision certification shortly after that. In 2002, she began serving the Special Education Preschool population as a School Psychologist at Sunshine Developmental School. She continues to serve the Sunshine community as the Clinical Director, ensuring that the children are given the highest quality related services as outlined in their Individual Education Plans. She oversees the Clinical Departments: Speech, OT, PT, Psychology and Social Work. Her goal is that each child receives the appropriate therapies in their school environment, which support attaining their goals on their IEPS and reaching their fullest individual potential. Amalia’s incredible clinical acumen and warmth ensure that children and their families receive the best and most appropriate services.


Brian Koffler - Executive Director


Brian is the Executive Director of Sunshine Developmental School. In this capacity, he oversees and supports the day-to-day management of the program, working side by side with the Co-Directors and Sunshine’s academic, clinical and administrative teams to ensure that programming is constantly at the highest level and staff have all the tools they need to deliver quality services to all our constituencies.


Daniel Koffler - Assistant Executive Director


Daniel is the Assistant Executive Director of Sunshine Developmental School. In this capacity, he oversees and supports the day-to-day management of the program, working side by side with the Co-Directors and Sunshine’s academic, clinical and administrative teams to ensure that programming is constantly at the highest level and staff have all the tools they need to deliver quality services to all our constituencies. Daniel’s specific focus relates to issues including but not limited to staff professional development, branding/identity management and transitional activities, such expansion/business development opportunities.