As the 2017-2018 school year began, there were nine new faces among Manhattan Country School faculty and staff. We are happy to welcome the following people to the MCS community:
Callie Angrisani – Assistant Teacher, 4-5s Oeste
Callie is an early childhood educator and 2008 graduate of Manhattan Country School. Throughout her high school years, Callie worked as an afterschool assistant at MCS and also as a Farm Camp counselor during the summer of 2013. Over the fall of 2014, she studied abroad at the University of Capetown in South Africa, where she worked with children from low-income communities in an afterschool program. Callie graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2016 with a degree in early childhood education and a concentration in English.
Anne Elliott – Afterschool Assistant
Anne Elliott is an educator and administrator. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio and majored in marketing management. After years in various businesses, Anne moved to New York City and began a teaching career at the Rudolf Steiner School. She taught handwork and crafts in grades one through eight. She also held key administrative and leadership roles. Anne took a four-year hiatus from school life to help create costumes for Broadway shows and ballets. The call of a school brought Anne back to education. She has been teaching crafts and serving administrative roles at the New Amsterdam School, a new Waldorf school on the Lower East Side.
Jamie Evans – Facilities Manager
Jamie Evans has more than two decades of experience supervising building projects, including renovations and restorations of high-end townhouses, apartments and lofts. He has also worked as a finish carpenter and a technician for companies including General Electric and Ratheon Semiconductor. While Jamie is new to the MCS staff, he has been a member of the school community for many years as a parent (Ian '15), as a designer and photographer for the MCS Yearbook and as a volunteer carpenter. Jamie holds a B.A. in drama from San Jose State University and has worked as an actor, director and stand-up comic.
Bonnie Greenwald – Learning Specialist
Bonnie Greenwald is a special education teacher, tutor and learning specialist with more than two decades of experience. Bonnie’s career in education began after she earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S. in special education from Bank Street College of Education. For eight years, she worked for the New York City Department of Education as both a special education teacher and an inclusion teacher at public schools around the city. Toward the end of her time working for the DOE, Bonnie enrolled at Bank Street College once again to earn her Ed.M degree. She went on to work as a learning specialist at Cathedral School and an academic liaison at The School at Columbia University.
Cosima Higham – 8-9s Teacher
Cosima Higham is an educator with many years of experience working with children. After earning her B.A. in art history from Bucknell University, Cosima worked in IT and graphic design. During her time working as a freelance graphic designer, Cosima enrolled in the Bank Street College of Education, where she completed her M.S.Ed. degree in childhood general education. While working on her master’s degree, Cosima completed her student teaching in both public and independent New York City schools and worked as a teaching assistant at Bank Street College. For the past two years, she has been teaching at Brooklyn Friends School as both an assistant and head teacher for third and fourth grades.
Amabel Japitana – Assistant Teacher, 6-7s Oeste
Amabel Japitana is an educator with more than a decade of experience. After graduating from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Amabel began her career in education working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language first in the Philippines and then in Bahrain. After returning to the Philippines, she worked both as an assistant teacher and then as a head teacher at a progressive, Bank Street-inspired preschool in Manila. Subsequently, she enrolled at Bank Street Graduate School of Education and completed her M.S.Ed. degree. Prior to joining MCS, she worked as a 4-5s assistant teacher at the Bank Street School for Children.
Gregory Rubin – Assistant Teacher, 5-6s Sur
Gregory Rubin is an educator, tutor and musician with many years of experience working with children. Greg’s journey into the education world began at Brooklyn’s ConstructionKids, where he worked as a senior educator leading field trips, afterschool activities and summer programs. Following his time at ConstructionKids, he worked at Studio Creative Play as a teacher/facilitator for children ages 3 to 7 and as a private tutor. Prior to joining MCS, Greg was a kindergarten teaching assistant at PS 321 in Brooklyn, working with two different kindergarten classes on a rotating basis. Greg received a B.A. in English from Yale University and is currently working on his M.S.Ed. degree at Brooklyn College.
Ambreen Satia – Assistant Teacher, 7-8s Oeste
Ambreen is an early childhood educator and speech/language therapist with more than a decade of experience teaching children. After graduating from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders, she worked at summer camps, schools and hospitals in various places around the world, including Brooklyn, Maine, Ecuador and England. Once Ambreen returned to New York City, she worked as an assistant teacher at public and independent schools while earning her master’s in early childhood education from Hunter College.
Qing Zhuang - Resource Teacher, Lower School
Qing Zhuang is an educator, visual artist and children’s book illustrator with a wide range of experience. After earning her B.F.A. in illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art, Qing worked in media publishing and distribution. Her love for children’s literature, storytelling and illustration led her to enroll in the School of Visual Arts, where she earned a master of arts in teaching. A lover of all forms of storytelling, Qing often draws from her experiences as a young immigrant from China to enrich her work, both in the classroom and the studio. Before coming to MCS, she was the K-5 art teacher at Global Community Charter School in Harlem, where she introduced students to culturally diverse art traditions and led the production of costumes and props for the school’s spring musical.
Learn more about those who work at Manhattan Country School by viewing our Faculty/Staff Directory.