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What MCS Faculty and Staff Are Looking Forward to This Year

Friday, September 11, 2015

The 2015-2016 school year is underway. As we head toward our 50th anniversary in 2016 and cherish our last year in our home on East 96th Street, Manhattan Country School faculty and staff share what they are looking forward to most this year.

“I am very much looking forward to having my son, Jamison, join the MCS community this year. He will be in the 4-5s! Also, as this will be my second year teaching, I am looking forward to exploring new aspects of the 7-8s curriculum and having a successful year.”—Nicole Joseph, 7-8s Co-Teacher

“I am excited to learn what activism topic the seventh and eighth graders will choose and to see what adventures and connections will grow out of that work. I am also looking forward to the Progressive Education Network conference we’ve been planning.”—Flannery Denny, Upper School Math Coordinator

“I am looking forward to many aspects of the new school year. One will be taking the 9-10s to see Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half at the Museum of the City of New York as part of our study of the Lower East Side.”—Julianna Trementozzi, 9-10s Teacher

“[I’m looking forward to] riding the waves of the changing seasons and society’s cycles with teachers and students delighting in the unexpected.”—Aimee Arandia Østensen, Farm/School Coordinator for Special Projects

“I’m most looking forward to seeing the students again and the PEN conference we are hosting in Brooklyn this October.”—Maiya Jackson, Upper School Director

“I am really looking forward to the 50th anniversary of MCS, this fall’s alumni party featuring [MCS alumnus] DJ Stretch Armstrong and the challenges we will face in preparing for the big move!”—Adam Isler, Development & Alumni Relations Associate

“This year I’m excited for PEN and continuing to innovate how we teach real-world math in the Upper School.”—Karen Zaidberg, Sixth Grade Teacher

“This year I’m looking forward to our students enjoying great classes in the Afterschool program. I’m looking forward to the Lower School and Upper School singing many songs together at assemblies.”—Susan Harris, Lower School Music Teacher and Afterschool Director

“I am looking forward to seeing who will be the first student to run into our crowded office in the mezzanine and give me a “welcome back” hug. And then seeing how all the sectors that make up our community bring their unique skills to the gargantuan task of our move across the park.”—Nancy Diekmann, Director of Finance