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About the Director

Manhattan Country School Director Michele SolaMichèle Solá has been the director of Manhattan Country School since 1997. She joined the faculty in 1982, teaching Spanish and directing professional development and outreach projects. She believes that Manhattan Country School is a laboratory where educators can see the vitality of sharing multiple perspectives, finding common ground and applying learning to contemporary social justice challenges.

Michèle takes every opportunity to visit model schools locally and around the world. During her tenure, the school has been awarded the “Rising Star” Middle School Blackboard Award and has been cited for its groundbreaking youth activism projects. In addition, the school received the 2011 Alf Evers Award for Excellence for its commitment to sustainability from the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

Michèle Solá graduated from Cornell University (B.A.), Indiana University (M.A.T.), and Boston University (Ed.D.). She has received awards for intercultural research, curriculum in a second language and leadership projects in independent schools. She was selected as a visiting fellow at the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University in 2008, and is an emeritus member of the Progressive Education Network Board and a 2017 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.