Manhattan Country School will continue MCS En Casa, our distance learning program, for the remainder of the school year.
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New Faculty/Staff Members and Changes

New Faculty/Staff Members and Changes

Sunday, September 15, 2019

We welcomed new members to the Manhattan Country School faculty and staff this year. Among the existing faculty and staff, a few people have taken on new roles and responsibilities as well. We look forward to working together toward another successful school year. 

New Faculty/Staff

Ariella (Ari) Carle: 5-6s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.S. City College

AuDora (Dora) Vukaj: Kitchen Assistant 

Beth Sorrentino​: Lower School Music Teacher
Education: B.F.A. Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance, and Theatre​​; B.A. Empire State College; M.A. Teachers College Columbia;

Caroline Biggers: Admissions Associate
Education: B.A. New York University; M.S Teachers College, Columbia University

Diana Villafañe​: Learning Specialist
Education: B.A. State University of New York at Albany; M.S. State University of New York at Albany; Professional Studies in Literacy, Bank Street College of Education (c)

Jenny Eugenio​: Admissions Associate
Education: B.A. American University of Paris

Jennifer Katz: Upper School Resource and 9-10s Spanish Teacher
Education: B.S. Marywood University; M.A. New York University

Kimberly Jackson: Upper School Science Teacher
Education: B.A. Wellesley College; M.A. Stanford University

Lacey Stewart: Farm Nature Teacher
Education: B.S. SUNY Oneonta

Leila Jacobson: Farm Intern
Education: B.A. Earlham College

Lindsay Casale: 7-8s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.A. James Madison University; M.S. Bank Street College of Education 

Kerry Devine: Lower School Assistant Director
Education: B.S. LeMoyne College; M.S. Bank Street College of Education

Miryam Pinto: Upper School Spanish Teacher
Education: B.S. Manhattan College

Njeri Gachathi: 5-6s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.A. University of Virginia; M.S. Bank Street College

Rosi Surun Rivera: 4-5s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.A. Lehman College (c)

Ryann Supple: Communications Manager
Education: B.A. University of Tampa

Samantha (Sam) Miller: Lower School Resource Teacher
Education: B.A. University of Rochester, M.S. Columbia University

Susie Kahler: 4-5s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.A. Tufts University, M.S. Bank Street College

Tanya Espy-Disparti: Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Education: B.A. Hunter College; M.P.A. Baruch College

Will Tesdell: 7-8s Assistant Teacher
Education: B.A. Bard College, M.S. City College

Current Faculty/Staff Changes

With enrollment in the Lower School now doubled, the following faculty/staff members took on new roles this fall:


Sean Dolgin is now an Assistant Teacher in the 7-8s and Cece Fleury is now an Assistant Teacher in the 6-7s. 

Max Fletcher and Rosalinda Glennon (former co-head teachers in the 7-8s) each have their own 7-8s class. 

Amanda Hallowell, current Food Program Coordinator, is continuing her work on the Food Program and joins the Advancement Team as Events Manager. Nancy Hsu left MCS this summer to enter the corporate world. 

Nicole Joseph, former 7-8s head teacher is a  9-10s head teacher along with Julianna Trementozzi.

Lo Kartzman, Upper School Resource​ Teacher, is also teaching 5th and 6th grade Shop and 9-10s Science.

Jermaine Lloyd is teaching Lower School movement and running the Upper School Athletics program with Lee Solomon.

Chawon Williams, in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Auxiliary Programming, joins the Support Team as a counselor this year. Christine Olszewski, former 5-6s Assistant Teacher is the new Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs.