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Manhattan Country School faculty and staff may be reached by phone at (212) 348-0952. Email addresses are first initial last name at manhattancountryschool.org. (Ex. jsmith@manhattancountryschool.org)

Classroom Teachers and Specialists

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Hayley F. Andrews

7-8s Assistant
B.A. Boise State Univeristy
M.A. (c) Bank Street
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Hayley F. Andrews

7-8s Assistant
B.A. Boise State Univeristy
M.A. (c) Bank Street
Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: After School Teacher, Dalton; Assistant 5/6 Teacher, Bank Street School for Children

Hobbies: Anything and everything water and mountains

I work at MCS because...the community values the natural world, equity and activism.

 
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Callan Angrisani

4-5s Assistant
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Paulo Cesar Arango

4-5s Head Teacher
B.A. Universidad de Nariño
M.S.Ed. Sarah Lawrence College
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Paulo Cesar Arango

4-5s Head Teacher
B.A. Universidad de Nariño
M.S.Ed. Sarah Lawrence College
Hometown: Pasto-Nariño, Colombia

Joined MCS in 2010

Prior Work Experience: Director and Teacher, The Go Project at St. Luke’s and Saint Mary’s; Counselor, Camp Sunshine; Assistant Teacher, The Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center; Spanish Teacher, Dillard University; Counselor and Director, Camp Sloane

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, making art and exploring New York City.

I work at MCS because...guiding young children in non-traditional settings has been a lifetime goal.

 
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Robert Berkman

Math Coordinator
B.A. Brown University
M.S. Brookyln College
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Robert Berkman

Math Coordinator
B.A. Brown University
M.S. Brookyln College
Hometown: Jericho, New York

Joined MCS in 2010

Prior Work Experience: Math and Science Teacher, The Berkeley Carroll School; Math and Science Teacher, The Bank Street School for Children; Science Director, Mary McDowell Center for Learning; Chess and Math Teacher, M.S. 88: The Peter Rouget School; K-4 Mathematics Coordinator, Friends Seminary; Founder and Director, Better Living Through Mathematics

Hobbies: Cooking, open water long distance swimming and concertina.

I work at MCS because…it’s where innovation is thoughtful, and I work with colleagues and children who are stimulating and interesting.
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Shani Brignolle

Fifth Grade Teacher
B.A. State University of New York, Stony Brook
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Shani Brignolle

Fifth Grade Teacher
B.A. State University of New York, Stony Brook
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Children’s Museum of Manhattan School and Public Programs Educator; 7-8s Assistant Teacher, Bank Street School for Children; First Grade and 4th Grade Assistant Teacher, Brooklyn Friends

Hobbies: Camping and kickboxing.

I work at MCS because…it is the only place I’ve found that has policies in place to match the school mission.
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Alaina Autumn Daniels

Upper School Science Teacher
B.A. Amherst College
M.A. Smith College
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Alaina Autumn Daniels

Upper School Science Teacher
B.A. Amherst College
M.A. Smith College
Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

Joined MCS in 2012

Prior Work Experience: Assistant Instructor, Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program; Biology Substitute and Student Teacher, Amherst Regional High School; Robotics Instructor, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Hobbies: Swimming, sailing, biking, reading, cooking and computers.

I work at MCS because…I love that Manhattan Country School is committed to social justice, activism and equality for all; these ideals make MCS a wonderfully open and familial community. I really appreciate that these themes are woven into all aspects of the school especially the curriculum. I feel that science is an extremely powerful tool to use for activism and I love teaching young scientists to generate data and use their results to make the world a better place.
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Flannery Denny

Math Specialist
B.A. McGill University
M.S.Ed. St. John's University
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Flannery Denny

Math Specialist
B.A. McGill University
M.S.Ed. St. John's University
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, New York

Joined MCS in 2009

Prior Work Experience: Math teacher, Rondout Valley High School, I.S. 227 Q (Louis Armstrong Middle School); M.O.A.S. (model organization of American states) teacher, service learning coordinator, mentor and task force member of W. I. S. E. (wise individualized senior experience), chair of school improvement team, Rondout Valley High School

Hobbies: Playing music, dancing, biking, community gardening, learning about social and environmental justice issues and being an active member of the global community.

I work at MCS because…I love working in a community where I feel known and respected for my whole self, am surrounded by colleagues who inspire me, have the opportunity to know and learn from my students and their families, and have the freedom to tap into the moment and draw out the best in my students.
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Kerry Devine

7-8s Head Teacher
B.S. LeMoyne College
M.S. Bank Street
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Kerry Devine

7-8s Head Teacher
B.S. LeMoyne College
M.S. Bank Street
Hometown: Yonkers, New York

Joined MCS in 2013

Prior Work Experience: Educational Director, Eliza Corwin Frost Child Center; 7s Teacher, City and Country School; 2nd Grade Teacher, Elysian Charter School
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Carolina Drake

Upper School Spanish Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
M.A. Stonybrook University
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Carolina Drake

Upper School Spanish Teacher
B.A. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
M.A. Stonybrook University
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Freelance journalist; Middle school and high school Spanish teacher; Broadway dance extra

Hobbies: Dancing in crowded studios, ballet, writing, reading poetry and wandering around and getting lost in the city.

I work at MCS because…it is a place where my thinking and my teaching align, and I can bring every aspect of my human self into the classroom. It is also a space that allows me to teach and be taught by others. I am always learning new things at MCS.
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Maxwell Fletcher

6-7s Assistant
B.A. University of Southern California"
M.S. Sarah Lawrence College
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Maxwell Fletcher

6-7s Assistant
B.A. University of Southern California"
M.S. Sarah Lawrence College
Hometown: San Francisco, California

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Director of Programs at the Katherine Michiels School

Hobbies: camping, cooking, biking, swimming, music, movies and going to museums

I work at MCS because...of a sense of shared values by the whole community, with the goal of creating a more just society.

 
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Jay Fung

Librarian
B.A. California State University, Fresno
M.Ed. (c) Bank Street
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Jay Fung

Librarian
B.A. California State University, Fresno
M.Ed. (c) Bank Street
Hometown: Fresno, California

Joined MCS in 1998

Prior Work Experience: Associate Teacher, The Dalton School

Hobbies: Playing and listening to all genres of music, reading books, sports, watching movies of all kinds, eating and trying excellent foods.

I work at MCS because…I can’t imagine any other place where I get to do what I do with the amazing diversity of students, families and colleagues with whom I have been associated all these years.
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Laleña Garcia

5-6s Head Teacher
B.A. Yale University
M.S. Bank Street
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Laleña Garcia

5-6s Head Teacher
B.A. Yale University
M.S. Bank Street
Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Joined MCS in 2013

Prior Work Experience: Head Teacher, 5-8s, Brooklyn Free School; Head Teacher, 3-5s, Rockefeller University; Head Teacher, Kindergarten, Explore Charter School; Head Teacher, 4s, Riverside Weekday School; Assistant Teacher, 3s, 5-6s, Bank Street School for Children; New Haven Junior Counselor Resource Advisor, Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership

Hobbies: Surfing, biking, knitting, reading, activism (especially with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra) and sewing.

I work at MCS because…it’s inspiring to come to work every day in a place that not only speaks compassionately about diversity and progressive education, but lives, models and breathes these values in a myriad of ways. I want to work in a place where my activism is supported as a resource for my students, not something that I have to ignore. I love feeling challenged and inspired by my colleagues. I want to have the freedom to do what is best for each class, unencumbered by decisions made by politicians who have never met a five-year-old, much less my five-year-olds.
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Tom Grattan

Seventh & Eighth Grade English Teacher
B.A. Siena College
M.Ed. Teacher's College, Columbia University
M.F.A. Brooklyn College
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Tom Grattan

Seventh & Eighth Grade English Teacher
B.A. Siena College
M.Ed. Teacher's College, Columbia University
M.F.A. Brooklyn College
Hometown: Waterford, New York

Joined MCS in 2001

Prior Work Experience: Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn College; Academic Tutor, Various Locations; Teacher, Gotham Writers' Workshop

Hobbies: Writing, running, cooking and traveling.

I work at MCS because…it is a place that values and is committed to diversity, equity, activism and progressive education.
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Ilene Green

School Psychologist
B.A. Antioch College
M.A. and Ph.D. New York University
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Ilene Green

School Psychologist
B.A. Antioch College
M.A. and Ph.D. New York University
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2008

Prior  Work Experience: Director of Psychological Center, City University of New York; Associate Professor, Mental Health Counseling Program , Brooklyn College

Hobbies: Taking care of my kids, pets, and home, and guitar playing.

I work at MCS because…I believe in progressive education.
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Bonnie Greenwald

Learning Specialist
B.A. University of Massachusetts
M.S., Ed.M. Bank Street
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Bonnie Greenwald

Learning Specialist
B.A. University of Massachusetts
M.S., Ed.M. Bank Street
Hometown, Orangeburg, New York

Joined MCS in 2017

Prior Work Experience: Special Education Teacher: District 11, District 2; Inclusion Teacher: PS 89M; Learning Specialist: The Cathedral School; Literacy Liaison: The School at Columbia University

Hobbies: Travel and fitness (as both a trainer and trainee)
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Susan Harris

Lower School Music Teacher
B.A. Manhattan School of Music
M.Ed. Bank Street
Dalcroze License, Longy School of Music
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Susan Harris

Lower School Music Teacher
B.A. Manhattan School of Music
M.Ed. Bank Street
Dalcroze License, Longy School of Music
Hometown: Mount Vernon, New York

Joined MCS in 1981

Prior Work Experience: Music Theory Instructor, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Program; Eurhythmics Instructor, Metropolitan Music School; Music and Movement Instructor, The Dalton School, The Walden School, P.S. 158

Hobbies: Organizing teams to lop invasive vines in Westchester County.

I work at MCS because…for 35 years, it has been the place where I grew up as a progressive educator. It was here that I was mentored and nurtured and I feel MCS is my second home.
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Cosima Higham

8-9s Head Teacher
B.A. Bucknell University
M.S.Ed Bank Street College of Education
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Cosima Higham

8-9s Head Teacher
B.A. Bucknell University
M.S.Ed Bank Street College of Education
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Joined MCS in 2017

Prior Work Experience: Assistant Teacher at Brooklyn Friends School

Hobbies: Graphic design, trying new restaurants and going to the theater

I work at MCS because...I believe in providing a progressive education to all students.
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Lynne Iijima

Reading Specialist
B.A. Beloit College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Lynne Iijima

Reading Specialist
B.A. Beloit College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 1991

Prior Work Experience: Freelance Film Editor
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Amabel Theresa G. Japitana

6-7s Assistant
B.A. Ateneo de Manila University
M.S. Bank Street College
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Amabel Theresa G. Japitana

6-7s Assistant
B.A. Ateneo de Manila University
M.S. Bank Street College
Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Joined MCS in 2017

Prior Work Experience: Part-time 4-5s Teacher at Bank Street School for Children
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Nicole Joseph

7-8s Co-Head Teacher
B.A. Medgar Evers College
M.S. Bank Street
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Nicole Joseph

7-8s Co-Head Teacher
B.A. Medgar Evers College
M.S. Bank Street
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Joined MCS in 2012
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Lo Kartzman

Upper School Resource Teacher
B.A. University of the Pacific
M.S. Bank Street
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Lo Kartzman

Upper School Resource Teacher
B.A. University of the Pacific
M.S. Bank Street
Hometown: Guam and Fresno, California

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Head Green Arts Teacher at PS 20 Clinton Hill; Freelance Educator at The Whitney

Hobbies: Travel, hiking, art, live music

I work at MCS because...of the collaborative and supportive environment for both educators and students.
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Sarah Leibowits

4-5s Head Teacher
B.A. Denison University
M.Ed. Bank Street
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Sarah Leibowits

4-5s Head Teacher
B.A. Denison University
M.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 1991

Hobbies: Singing and watching Broadway musicals.

I work at MCS because…it is a community in which all children’s diverse voices can be heard, valued and respected.
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Jermaine Lloyd

9-10s Science and Lower School Sports Teacher
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College
B.S.Ed. City University of New York
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Jermaine Lloyd

9-10s Science and Lower School Sports Teacher
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College
B.S.Ed. City University of New York
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Joined MCS in 2002

Prior Work Experience: Founder/Director - Back 2 Basics Academy; Head Teacher 4-5s - Mott Haven Early Childhood Center; Founder/Director - Y.E.S. 2 LIfe; Mail Clerk/Marine Claims Assistance - Frenkel & Co., Inc

Hobbies: Sports, books, cars, poetry and films

I work at MCS because...the school believes in the development of the whole child and our responsibility to raise the bar as an institution.
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Nehemiah Luckett

Piano Accompanist
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
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Reese Mason

6-7s Head Teacher
B.A. University of California
J.D. New York University School of Law
M.S.Ed. (c) Bank Street
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Reese Mason

6-7s Head Teacher
B.A. University of California
J.D. New York University School of Law
M.S.Ed. (c) Bank Street
Hometown: Temple City, California

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Stay-at-Home Dad; Managing Director, Credit Suisse; Associate, Cadwalader

Hobbies: Playing guitar, bicycling, tree-house building and whatever my son Mason is into.

I work at MCS because…teaching here is my dream job.
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Janice Movson

Art Teacher
B.F.A. University of Whitwatersrand
M.F.A. School of Visual Arts
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Janice Movson

Art Teacher
B.F.A. University of Whitwatersrand
M.F.A. School of Visual Arts
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Joined MCS in 1991

Prior Work Experience: International Baccalaureate Art Teacher, United Nations International School

Hobbies: Working as an artist—my primary studio practice of late is ceramic sculpture.
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Christine Olszewski

4-5s Assistant
B.A. Boston College
M.Ed. Bank Street College of Education
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Christine Olszewski

4-5s Assistant
B.A. Boston College
M.Ed. Bank Street College of Education
Hometown: Deer Park, New York

Joined MCS in 2016
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Leo Reynoso

Shop Teacher
B.F.A. School of Visual Arts
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Leo Reynoso

Shop Teacher
B.F.A. School of Visual Arts
Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Joined MCS in 1987

Prior Work Experience: Artist

Hobbies: Tennis

I work at MCS because…of its tradition of social justice and progressive education.
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Lesly Rodriguez

5-6s Assistant
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College
B.A. (c) Brooklyn College
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Gregory Bowen Rubin

5-6s Assistant
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Ambreen Satia

7-8s Assistant
B.S. New York University
M.A. City University London
M.S.Ed. Hunter College
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Ambreen Satia

7-8s Assistant
B.S. New York University
M.A. City University London
M.S.Ed. Hunter College
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2017

Prior Work Experience: Substitute and Assistant Teacher at PS 290 and PS 166;  Volunteer English Teacher in Ecuador

Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, glass bead making, French, singing, dancing, adventuring, traveling, volunteering and gardening.

I work at MCS because...it's a wonderful environment where the staff is engaged in what they do, they are collaborative and all work together for the common goal and commendable mission of the school.
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Anna Sobel

5-6s Head Teacher
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Anna Sobel

5-6s Head Teacher
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, New York

Joined MCS in 2007

Prior Work Experience: Head Teacher, three-year-old class, Marin Country Schools; Head Teacher, 5-6s, Manhattan Country School; Teacher, Ready Set Go! Program for three- and four-year-olds; Transition Assistant, Manhattan Country School

Hobbies: Cooking, playing with my wonderful daughter Emma, dancing, knitting, being outside and soaking up the warmth of friends and family.

I work at MCS because…I am consistently inspired by the colleagues, students and families around me.
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Lee Solomon

Physical Education Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
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Lee Solomon

Physical Education Teacher
B.A. City College of New York
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Joined MCS in 1987

Prior Work Experience: Teacher, Boys & Girls Harbor

Hobbies: Watching movies.

I work at MCS because...of the diversity of its educational system.
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Donavon Soumas

Choral Director
B.M. Centenary College of Louisiana
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Laura Swindler

6-7s Head Teacher
B.A. Evergreen State College
M.A. Bank Street
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Laura Swindler

6-7s Head Teacher
B.A. Evergreen State College
M.A. Bank Street
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington

Joined MCS in 2000

Prior Work Experience: Head Start Teacher; Montessori Toddler Teacher 

Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, being with friends and playing the ukulele.

I work at MCS because…it allows me to be the teacher I want to be.
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MariiaTere Tapias-Avery

Lower School Spanish Teacher
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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MariiaTere Tapias-Avery

Lower School Spanish Teacher
B.A. Wesleyan University
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Joined MCS in 2003

Prior Work Experience: Spanish Teacher, Cypress Hills Community School, P.S. 89

Hobbies: I am a textile artist. In my grandmother’s creative tradition, I re-purpose materials in my sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting and patchwork quilts.

I work at MCS because…I want to continue the work that Gus and Marty Trowbridge began with a dream.
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Julianna Trementozzi

9-10s Head Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Julianna Trementozzi

9-10s Head Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: Norwich, Vermont

Joined MCS in 2003

Prior Work Experience: Bank Street Intern, City and Country School; Match Advocate and Development Associate, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

I work at MCS because…of the community created by our commitment to sliding-scale tuition, social justice and progressive education.
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Ian Weill

Lower School Science Teacher
B.A. Boston College
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Ian Weill

Lower School Science Teacher
B.A. Boston College
Hometown: Woodbridge, Connecticut

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Garden Educator, Campos Community Garden; Conversational English Teacher, Greenway China; Paraprofessional, Cambridgeport

Hobbies: Photography, piano, drums, gardening, skateboarding and basketball
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Paul Williams

Technology Instructor and IT & Educational Technology Manager
B.A. Albion College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Paul Williams

Technology Instructor and IT & Educational Technology Manager
B.A. Albion College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: Albion, Michigan

Joined MCS in 2010

Prior Work Experience: Head Teacher, The Browning School; Head Teacher, Washington Episcopal School, Washington, DC; Director of Technology, Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, Virginia; Technology Coordinator, Sandy Spring Friends School

Hobbies: Farming at Mobius Fields in Westchester, New York and massage therapy as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

I work at MCS because…of its long history of political and environmental activism. MCS encourages and empowers students at every developmental stage to make the world a better place for all.
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Karen Zaidberg

Sixth Grade Head Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.A. Simmons College
M.S.Ed. St. John's University
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Karen Zaidberg

Sixth Grade Head Teacher
B.A. Smith College
M.A. Simmons College
M.S.Ed. St. John's University
Hometown: Queens, New York

Joined MCS in 2011

Prior Work Experience: Founding Teacher, Lead ELA and Mathematics Teacher, 5th Grade Team Leader, Assessment Coordinator, Girls Prep Middle School ; Program Director, Humanities MS/HS Teach For America New York City; Classroom Teacher, CTT Co-Teacher (Generalist), P.S. 58Q; New York City Public School; Staff Writer and Assistant to Grants Committee, A.J. Muste Institute; Program Coordinator, Women's Studies Department, Colgate University

Hobbies: Cooking, kayaking, carpentry, puzzles and road tripping.

I work at MCS because…it makes me work hard to be a better teacher and to care about making a difference in the world.
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Nassim Zerriffi

Seventh & Eighth Grade History Teacher & Activism Coordiantor
B.A./B.F.A. The New School
M.A. Teacher's College, Columbia University
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Nassim Zerriffi

Seventh & Eighth Grade History Teacher & Activism Coordiantor
B.A./B.F.A. The New School
M.A. Teacher's College, Columbia University
Hometown: Mississauga, Canada

Joined MCS in 2013

Prior Work Experience: Assistant Director, Global Kids

Hobbies: Guitar, percussion and learning languages

I work at MCS because… I am able to teach honestly with a team of colleagues all dedicated to social justice. We can address the students as individuals while recognizing all the communities we belong to, the political realities we face as communities and our power to create change.
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Qing Zhuang

Lower School Resource Teacher

MCS Farm

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Garth Battista

Farmwork Teacher & Maintenance Supervisor
B.A. Wesleyan University
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Gregory Bednarsh

Farm-Based Education Intern
B.F.A. University of North Carolina
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Gregory Bednarsh

Farm-Based Education Intern
B.F.A. University of North Carolina
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Summer Editing Teacher, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Hobbies: Filmmaking, board games, technology, photography and videography

I work at MCS because...I want to make a change, a difference in the lives of people. I want students to have an education where they feel like their future is not distant, but in reach. It is our privilege and responsibility to provide the keys, serve as the catalysts and tend the talents of those who hold the promise of tomorrow.
 
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Cathy Cammer

Farm Work Teacher
A.A. SUNY Morrisville
B.A. Albany State University
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Cathy Cammer

Farm Work Teacher
A.A. SUNY Morrisville
B.A. Albany State University
Hometown: Roxbury, New York

Joined MCS in 1994

Prior Work Experience: Rural Carrier Associate, U.S. Postal Service; Plumber's Assistant, Kurt Flach's Plumbing and Heating; Greenskeeper, Shephard Hills Golf Course

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, photography, beekeeping and skiing

I work at MCS because...it has a farm where children have the opportunity to grow their own food, explore the natural world around them and where children's work helps the farm run on a daily basis.
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Ed Fersch

Farm Consultant & Garden Supervisor
B.A. Hartwick College
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Ed Fersch

Farm Consultant & Garden Supervisor
B.A. Hartwick College
Hometown: Rutherford, New Jersey

Joined MCS in 1982

Prior Work Experience: Volunteer Park Ranger, National Park Service; Outdoor Educator, Nature's Classroom; Dairy Farm Worker; Greenhouse Worker, Stamford Greenhouses
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Lynn Haroldson

Farm Textiles Teacher
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Lynn Haroldson

Farm Textiles Teacher
Hometown: Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

Joined MCS in 1982

Prior Work Experience: Assistant Director, Kirkside of Roxbury, Roxbury, New York; Self-Employed, Day Care

Hobbies: Spending time with my grandkids, traveling with my husband, weaving, hiking, gardening and hunting.

I work at MCS because…why not? Where else can a person work with children and share the love and knowledge she has in the fiber arts field while supporting the beliefs and values of Manhattan Country School?
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Donna McDaniel

Farm Cooking Teacher
A.A.S. State University of New York at Morrisville
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Donna McDaniel

Farm Cooking Teacher
A.A.S. State University of New York at Morrisville
Hometown: Walton, New York

Joined MCS in 1988

Prior Work Experience: Restaurant Manager

Hobbies: Knitting, rug hooking, reading, ping pong, walking with friends and learning new things

I work at MCS because...MCS provides a warm, nurturing environment. I have grown while working at MCS and value its mission.

 
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John McDaniel

Farm Director
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John McDaniel

Farm Director
Hometown: New Windsor, New York

Joined MCS in 1989

Prior Work Experience: First Delaware Land Development 

Hobbies: Skiing, travel, reading, gardening, hiking and photography.

I work at MCS because…it allows me to help children make lifelong connections to nature, their food and each other in an authentic, farm-based setting.
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Annie Pevear

Nature Teacher
B.A. Wheaton College
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Annie Pevear

Nature Teacher
B.A. Wheaton College
Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts

Joined MCS in 2015

Prior Work Experience: Practice Coordinator, Tufts Medical Center; Program Director, Altogether Outdoors

Hobbies: Running, hiking, film, reading and dancing

I work at MCS because...I want to help foster a place where students are able to explore their curiosities and realize their capabilities as global citizens, both as individuals and as a part of a community. The students have the opportunity to live and work together on the farm, learning both their role in the environment as well as in a close community with each other. They are able to blend their farm experience with their urban education, draw connections and engage in wider conversations.
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MaryAnn Todd

Farm Cooking Teacher
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Stacey Walker

Administrative Assistant
B.S. Concordia College

Administration, Finance & Human Resources

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Barbara Calamari

Business Assistant
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Nancy Diekmann

Director of Finance
B.A. Clark University
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Nancy Diekmann

Director of Finance
B.A. Clark University
Hometown: Cranford and Fanwood, New Jersey

Joined MCS in 2008

Prior Work Experience: Theatre Communications; Managing Director, New York Theatre Workshop; Director, Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation

Hobbies: Cooking, travel, writing and walking my dog.

I work at MCS because…the progressive educational philosophy and mission rooted in diversity, sustainability and the social values of the 1960s are very much in line with my background and beliefs.
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Anne Elliott

Afterschool Assistant
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Maiya Jackson

Upper School Director
B.A. Brown University
M.S. Teacher's College, Columbia University
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Maiya Jackson

Upper School Director
B.A. Brown University
M.S. Teacher's College, Columbia University
Hometown, Portland, Oregon

Joined MCS in 2005

Prior Work Experience: Co-Director, Breakthrough Long Island; High School English Teacher, Friends Academy

I work at MCS because...it is an amazing gift to work in a school that shares my values and embraces social justice and progressive education. I am inspired by MCS students and teachers every day.
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Chloe Morin

Assistant to the Lower and Upper School Directors
B.A. New College of Florida
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Ruben Ortiz

Finance and Human Resources Associate
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College
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Ruben Ortiz

Finance and Human Resources Associate
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Joined MCS in 2015

Prior Work Experience: Business Affairs Officer, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc.

Hobbies: Fishing, watching movies, team sports and working on cars.

I work at MCS because…of its rich history and belief in educational diversity and progressive learning.
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Katie Patterson

School Nurse
B.A. Wesleyan University
B.S.N. and M.S.N. Columbia University
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Katie Patterson

School Nurse
B.A. Wesleyan University
B.S.N. and M.S.N. Columbia University
Hometown: Northampton, Massachusetts

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Labor and Delivery Nurse,  The Childbirth Center; Family Planning Counselor; Planned Parenthood NYC

Hobbies: Running, walking my dog and paddle boarding

I work at MCS because...it is my community and I believe in its mission and values.
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Ellen Porter

Executive Assistant
B.A. Hunter College
J.D. New York Law School
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Ellen Porter

Executive Assistant
B.A. Hunter College
J.D. New York Law School
Hometown: Queens, New York

Joined MCS in 2011

Prior Work Experience: Curator/Producer, Fez under Time Café

Hobbies: Reading, cooking and watching movies.
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Cynthia Rogers

Director of High School Placement
B.S. Central Connecticut State University
M.Ed. Bank Street
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Cynthia Rogers

Director of High School Placement
B.S. Central Connecticut State University
M.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 1974

Prior Work Experience: First Grade Head Teacher, New Lincoln School

Hobbies: Travel, square dancing and gardening.

I work at MCS because…it is a place that has allowed me to explore many facets of who I am as an educator.
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Michele Sola

Director
B.A. Cornell University
M.A.T. Indiana University
Ed.D. Boston University
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Mary Trowbridge

Lower School Director
B.A. University of Colorado
M.Ed. Bank Street
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Mary Trowbridge

Lower School Director
B.A. University of Colorado
M.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 1985

Prior Work Experience: Head Teacher, Ethical Culture School
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Lorraine Walton

Administrative Assistant
A.A.S. State University of New York
Certified in Child Abuse and Child Care for New Professionals
Licensed Notary Public
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Chawon Williams

Afterschool Director/Program Associate
B.A. College of New Rochelle
M.S. Mercy College
Certificate in School Counseling
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Chawon Williams

Afterschool Director/Program Associate
B.A. College of New Rochelle
M.S. Mercy College
Certificate in School Counseling
Hometown: Bronx, New York

Joined MCS in 2008

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading and gardening.

I work at MCS because…of the strong sense of community and the beauty of its diversity.

Admissions

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Mónica Amaro

Director of Admissions
B.A. University of Texas
M.A. Arizona State University
M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University
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Mónica Amaro

Director of Admissions
B.A. University of Texas
M.A. Arizona State University
M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University
Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Joined MCS in 2013

Prior Work Experience: Teacher, The School at Columbia University; Curriculum Developer, Tucson Unified School District; Teacher, Phoenix Elementary school District; Youth Organizer, Austin City; Substitute Teacher, Austin Independent School District
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Vicki Kolomensky

B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Syracuse University
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Vicki Kolomensky

B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Syracuse University
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Teacher, JCC Manhattan and Buckley School; Adjunct Professor, William Paterson University; Tutor

Hobbies: Biking, bird watching, street photography, architecture and exploring the new music scene

I work at MCS because...this community is where the great social change of the future will be nurtured.

Advancement

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Matilde Gonzalez

Database and Advancement Coordinator
B.B.A. City College of New York
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Matilde Gonzalez

Database and Advancement Coordinator
B.B.A. City College of New York
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Development Support Analyst, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

I work at MCS because...it resonates with my soul.
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Nancy Hsu

MCS Fund and Special Events Manager
B.A. Barnard College
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Nancy Hsu

MCS Fund and Special Events Manager
B.A. Barnard College
Hometown: Queens, New York

Joined MCS in 2011

Prior Work Experience: Membership and Program Affairs Director, Network 20/20

Hobbies: Event planning, traveling, exploring the great outdoors, board games and eating

I work at MCS because...its values and very existence are vital to the thriving of New York City and our nation as a whole.
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Akemi Kochiyama

Director of Advancement
B.A. Spelman College
Ph.D. (c) City University of New York Graduate School
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Akemi Kochiyama

Director of Advancement
B.A. Spelman College
Ph.D. (c) City University of New York Graduate School
Hometown: New York, New York

Joined MCS in 2008

Prior Work Experience: Grant Writer, Japan Society; Researcher, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Civil Society; Paperback Marketing Coordinator, Scholastic Inc.

Hobbies: Bike riding

I work at MCS because...the program, community and educators here inspire me.
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Angela Johnson Meadows

Communications Director
B.S. Florida A&M University
M.A. New York University
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Angela Johnson Meadows

Communications Director
B.S. Florida A&M University
M.A. New York University
Hometown: Rochester, New York

Joined MCS in 2014

Prior Work Experience: Content Director, Diversity Best Practices; Manager of Diversity Programs, American Association of Advertising Agencies; Assistant Managing Editor, DiversityInc

Hobbies: Photography, cardio kickboxing, watching documentary films and exploring New York City with my husband and young son. 

I work at MCS because...its mission aligns with my personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion. It's the kind of school I wish I could have attended as a child. 

Facilities & Kitchen

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Celia Dominguez

Assistant Cook
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Emilie Esders

Cook
B.A. Lewis and Clark College
Natural Gourmet Institute, Chef's Training Certificate
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Emilie Esders

Cook
B.A. Lewis and Clark College
Natural Gourmet Institute, Chef's Training Certificate
Hometown: Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Joined MCS in 2016

Prior Work Experience: Lead Line Cook, Prune Restaurant; Preschool Teacher, Roots and Wings Preschool; Children’s Ski Instructor, Heavenly Valley Resort; Afterschool and Summer Camp Counselor, Douglas County Parks and Recreation; Assistant in Summer Program, Portland French School

Hobbies: Running, cycling, making art and traveling.

I work at MCS because…it’s exciting to feed and nourish a vibrant community with fresh and local food.
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Jamie Evans

Facilities Manager
B.A. San Jose State University
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Amanda Hallowell

Food Program Coordinator
B.A. Colby College
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Amanda Hallowell

Food Program Coordinator
B.A. Colby College
Hometown: North Haven, Maine

Joined MCS in 2015

Prior Work Experience: Chef and Manager, Nebo Lodge

Hobbies: Cooking, parenting, reading and food.

I work at MCS because…I believe in the mission of the school.
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Leonard Luca

Afternoon Maintenance
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Joe Paine

Assistant Cook
B.A. University of Maine
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George Popovic

Morning & Afternoon Maintenance
New York State Licensed Building Superintendent
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Elijah Robinson

Kitchen Assistant

Technology

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David Medina

IT System & Network Manager
MCSA, MCP
Security+ Certified, Network+ Certified
A+ Certified
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Paul Williams

Technology Instructor and IT & Educational Technology Manager
B.A. Albion College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
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Paul Williams

Technology Instructor and IT & Educational Technology Manager
B.A. Albion College
M.S.Ed. Bank Street
Hometown: Albion, Michigan

Joined MCS in 2010

Prior Work Experience: Head Teacher, The Browning School; Head Teacher, Washington Episcopal School, Washington, DC; Director of Technology, Alexandria Country Day School, Alexandria, Virginia; Technology Coordinator, Sandy Spring Friends School

Hobbies: Farming at Mobius Fields in Westchester, New York and massage therapy as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

I work at MCS because…of its long history of political and environmental activism. MCS encourages and empowers students at every developmental stage to make the world a better place for all.