Manhattan Country School will continue MCS En Casa, our distance learning program, for the remainder of the school year.
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New Faces at MCS and the Farm: Meet Dan, Caroline and Leila!

New Faces at MCS and the Farm: Meet Dan, Caroline and Leila!

Friday, January 25, 2019

This year Manhattan Country School welcomes three new faces to our staff and faculty: Dan Rubin – 5th Grade Teacher, Caroline Biggers – Admissions Associate, and Leila Jacobson – 2019 Farm Intern. Dan, Caroline and Leila all bring an exciting wealth of knowledge to Manhattan Country School and the MCS Farm. Please continue to welcome them with open arms and a warm school spirit.

Dan Rubins is thrilled to be teaching 5th Grade this winter at Manhattan Country School. He recently received his MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has worked in a number of educational settings and roles in New York City, New Haven, and London. He also holds an MA in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London and a BA in English from Yale University. Outside of teaching, Dan can often be found composing music, reviewing theatre productions, singing in choirs, and watching tennis. Read Dan’s Letters to 5th Grade Families from the MCS Farm here.


Caroline Biggers is an educator with over a decade of experience working with children, both in and out of the classroom. She previously taught at Williamsburg Northside Schools and Mary McDowell Friends School, and helps to run a sleep away summer camp in western Massachusetts. Caroline holds a BA from New York University and a Masters degree in General and Special Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Leila Jacobson is a native New Yorker and recently received her BA in Environmental Studies at Earlham College. During her time at college, she discovered her love of the outdoors. She went on to lead several backpacking trips where she taught participants how to engage safely and respectfully in nature. Additionally, she is an avid birder and can't wait to hear the bird songs in spring at the farm. Leila loves working with children of all ages and has 8 years of experience as a camp counselor at the Studio School.