School Staff

Administrative Team

Amy Warden, Director
B.A., William Smith College
M.S., M.S. Ed. Hunter College
Year Appointed: 2013
19 years of directing experience, 5 years of teaching experience

Elena Jaime, Associate Director
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., M.S. Ed. Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2019
4 years of directing experience, 14 years of teaching experience

Farley Whetzel Bills, Director of Admissions and Enrollment
B.S., Trinity College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2006
7 years of teaching experience
7 years of admissions experience

Susan Ely Johnson, Business Director 
B.A., Barnard College
M.B.A., UCLA
Year Appointed: 2018

Paula Rocca, Communications Administrator
B.S., M.A., Michigan State University
Year Appointed: 2008
11 years of teaching experience

Anne Schack, Administrator
A.S., Fashion Institute of Technology
Year Appointed: 2007
12 years of teaching experience

Whitney Schwartz, Director of Institutional Advancement
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., George Washington University
Year Appointed: 2018

Cristina Soto, Remote Learning Coordinator
B.A., Bucknell University
Year Appointed: 2013
7 years of teaching experience

Geraldine Walker, Administrator
B.A., City College, CUNY
Year Appointed: 2018
4 years of teaching experience

Asia Wilson, School Nurse
A.S.N., Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing, B.S.N. Candidate, July 2021
Year Appointed: 2020
12 years of experience

 

Program Specialists

Caren Shayne, Studio Teacher
B.A., Rider College
Year Appointed: 1999
24 years of teaching experience

Madyuri Lopez, Spanish Teacher
B.S. Politecnico Empresarial Colombiano
SUNY Child Care, Health and Safety Training
Year Appointed: 2013
13 years of teaching experience

Cristina Soto, Music Teacher
B.A., Bucknell University
Year Appointed: 2013
7 years of teaching experience

Angie Lobenhofer, Movement Teacher
Berkeley College; Professional Dancer; Gymnastics Safety Certified Instructor; Certified Fitness Instructor
Year Appointed: 2006
29 years of teaching experience

Katherine Gregory, Science Specialist
B.A., Kenyon College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2004
24 years of teaching experience

Arlene Hammer, Storytelling Specialist
B.S., Northwestern University; Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 1992
33 years of teaching experience

Gail King, Remote Learning Teacher
B.A., Goucher College
Year Appointed: 2005
15 years of teaching experience

 

Twos Program

Twos AM

Heidi Ong-Fong, Head Teacher
M.A., New York University
Year Appointed: 2018
8 years of teaching experience

Jasmine Schmidt, Associate Teacher
B.A., Brooklyn College
Year Appointed: 2020
3 years of teaching experience

Vanessa Nelson, Associate Teacher
B.S., Florida Institue of Technology
Year Appointed: 2020

Twos PM

Lauren Ferguson, Head Teacher
B.A., Syracuse University;
M.A., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2007
14 years of teaching experience

Jasmine Schmidt, Associate Teacher
B.A., Brooklyn College
Year Appointed: 2020
3 years of teaching experience

Vanessa Nelson, Associate Teacher
B.S., Florida Institue of Technology
Year Appointed: 2020

 

3s & Young 4s

Classroom 5 North

Betsy Schrade, Co-Head Teacher
B.A., SUNY Empire State, M.S. Pacific Oaks College
Year Appointed: 2005
25 years of teaching experience

Lauren Ferguson, Co-Head Teacher
B.A., Syracuse University;
M.A., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2007
14 years of teaching experience

Classroom 5 South

Nancy Trush, Head Teacher
B.S., City College
M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1993
32 years of teaching experience

Lucy Bukowska, Associate Teacher
M.A., Teachers’ University, Krakow, Poland
Year Appointed: 2004
20 years of teaching experience

Cinder White, Assistant Teacher
B.A., Boston University
Year Appointed: 2019
4 years of teaching experience

Classroom 2 West AM

Lucia Scholar, Head Teacher
B.S., Hofstra University; M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1999
20 years of teaching experience

Victoria Ortiz, Associate Teacher
B.A., Hunter College
Master’s candidate: The City College of New York
Year Appointed: 2018
4 years of teaching experience

Benjamin Martin, Assistant Teacher
B.A., George Washington University
Year Appointed: 2020
2 years of teaching experience

Classroom 2 West PM

Lucia Scholar, Head Teacher
B.S., Hofstra University; M.S., Hunter College
Year Appointed: 1999
20 years of teaching experience

Victoria Ortiz, Associate Teacher
B.A., Hunter College
Master’s candidate: The City College of New York
Year Appointed: 2018
4 years of teaching experience

Lucy Bukowska, Associate Teacher
M.A., Teachers’ University, Krakow, Poland
Year Appointed: 2004
20 years of teaching experience

Classroom 3 North PM

David Bedard, Head Teacher
B.A., Manhattanville College
M.A., New York University
Year appointed: 2011
11 years of teaching experience

Benjamin Martin, Assistant Teacher
B.A., George Washington University
Year Appointed: 2020
2 years of teaching experience

Cinder White, Assistant Teacher
B.A., Boston University
Year Appointed: 2019
4 years of teaching experience

Classroom 3 North AM

Megan Raelson, Head Teacher
B.A., Wheaton College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2010
10 years of teaching experience

Ranu Singh, Associate Teacher
B.A., Baruch College
B.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year appointed: 2020
20 years of teaching experience

Taylor Hamersley, Assistant Teacher
B.A., University of Wisconsin
Year Appointed: 2020
2 years of teaching experience

Classroom 2 North

Stacy Wender, Head Teacher
B.A., University of Maryland
M.A.T., Johns Hopkins University
Year Appointed: 2006
25 years of teaching experience

Kathryn Phillips, Associate Teacher
B.A., Colgate University
M.A., Tufts University
Year Appointed: 2012
18 years of teaching experience

Madhu Mirchandani, Assistant Teacher
Secondary School Certificate, The Sind Model High School, India
Year Appointed: 1990
30 years of teaching experience

 

4s & 5s

Classroom 4 North

Jennifer Gonçalves, Head Teacher
B.S., Molloy College
M.S., Queens College
Year appointed: 2010
12 years of teaching experience

Jyothi George, Assistant Teacher
BSN, Cherna College of Nursing, India
Year Appointed: 2016
9 years of teaching experience

Emily Abelson, Assistant Teacher
B.F.A, Rhode Island School of Design
Year Appointed: 2020
2 years of teaching experience

Classroom 4 South

Katherine Gregory, Head Teacher, Science Specialist
B.A., Kenyon College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Year Appointed: 2004
24 years of teaching experience

David Bedard, Associate Teacher
B.A., Manhattanville College
M.A., New York University
Year appointed: 2011
11 years of teaching experience

Molly Revenson, Assistant Teacher
B.F.A., New York University
Year appointed: 2020
2 years of teaching experience

Inzata Toure, Assistant Teacher
Year Appointed: 2018
6 years of teaching experience

Classroom 3 South

Bernisse Jalandoni Flores, Head Teacher
B.A., La Salle University, Philippines
M.S., Bank Street College of Education
Advanced Certificate, Severe and Multiple Disabilities
Year Appointed: 2014
19 years of teaching experience

Whitney Schofield, Assistant Teacher
B.A., Brown University
Year Appointed: 2001
20 years of teaching experience

Classroom 2 South

Margaret Najdzionek, Head Teacher
B.A., M.S., Fordham University
Nursery Nurse Certificate, Kilmarnock College, Scotland
Year Appointed: 1995
24 years of teaching experience

Susie Valk Woolworth, Associate Teacher
B.S., Boston University
Year Appointed: 2008
31 years of teaching experience

Isabel Goss, Associate Teacher
B.A., Syracuse University
Year Appointed: 2020