Marie Fabian Appointed as Brick’s Next Director

Dear Members of the Brick Community:

I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Marie Fabian as the next Director of the Brick Church School.

Culminating a thorough and inclusive search, the Director Nominating Committee voted unanimously to recommend Marie to the Day School Committee and Session, which voted, both unanimously, in favor of appointing her Director, effective July 1, 2023.

Marie’s experience at Brick runs deep: She has served ably as Interim Director and was previously a senior administrator. Marie cherishes time with students, has strong professional connections with faculty, and works tirelessly to build relationships with Brick families, ongoing schools, and church members. With her unparalleled knowledge of Brick, tireless work ethic, and warm presence at drop-off, pick-up, in classrooms, and at family and church meetings, Marie is well equipped to build on Brick’s success and lead Brick to a thriving future.

About Marie Fabian

Marie is devoted to early childhood education. While a student at Oberlin College, Marie spent summers at the Episcopal School in New York City. After graduation, Marie taught at Episcopal while earning graduate degrees in law and education at Fordham University. Ultimately Marie became the Curriculum and Program Coordinator at Episcopal.

In 2005 Marie joined Brick as the first Assistant Director, supporting and supervising faculty, overseeing professional development, managing teacher hiring, and coordinating services for students with special needs. Later becoming Director of Institutional Advancement and Co-business Manager, Marie was instrumental in professionalizing Brick’s senior leadership team. Additionally, Marie organized Brick’s self-study for a ten-year review and reaccreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.

After leaving Brick in 2012, Marie was Director and Head Teacher at the Circle School in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Marie lives in Montrose, NY with her wife Genie and has two children: Annie, in her first year at Wesleyan University, and Jimmy, a ninth grader at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Previously, Marie was Parent Association president and an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees at the Masters School. She also directed the Sunday school at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Beyond education, Marie is committed to animal welfare, adopting cats and dogs from animal rescues, most recently Kirby, a blind eleven-year-old dog. Additionally, Marie is an avid gardener, particularly passionate about tomatoes.

Support from the Brick Community

During the search, numerous members of the Brick community sent the Director Nominating Committee letters supporting Marie, a sample of which follow:

Marie is present at the school; she is outside every morning shaking students’ hands and making eye contact prior to welcoming them into the school…. Marie responds in a very timely manner to emails with clear, practical and concise answers. She welcomes and encourages in-person meetings and makes herself always available – it’s incredibly impressive…. She knows the families and KNOWS the children…. Even my child knows who she is. (Brick parent)

Her presence at school has created a calm and loving environment to all who enter the facility, as she greets everyone with her warm, genuine and kind nature. (Brick teacher)

She is constantly out speaking with the directors of ongoing schools and really advocating for each child. And she’s incredibly knowledgeable about the exmissions process and working hard to get to know each and every child in the school through time with them in the classroom. (Brick parent)

The Search Process

Marie’s appointment follows a comprehensive eight-month search. I am deeply thankful to my colleagues on the Director Nominating Committee who generously gave so much time and attention to the search. Additionally, I am grateful for the many Brick community members who participated, providing insights and helping articulate the issues and opportunities faced by the school and the qualities and qualifications needed in the next Director.

Once Amy Warden announced her departure in March 2022, the Director Nominating Committee began working with consultants from Carney, Sandoe & Associates, and is thankful for their assistance. The consultants interviewed school families, church members, faculty and staff, Day School Committee and Session members, trustees, and church ministers; gathered information through a survey of the entire Brick community; and relied on the perspectives of the Director Nominating Committee to craft a Position Description setting forth the essential qualities and qualifications sought in the next Director.

On Brick’s behalf, the consultants contacted nearly 100 prospective candidates and, from that pool, identified a dynamic and diverse group of eight outstanding school leaders. The Director Nominating Committee interviewed five semi-finalists, and then invited four finalists, including Marie, to interview at Brick in the fall. All finalists met with families, senior school administrators, teachers, church ministers, Session members, Day School Committee members, and the Director Nominating Committee; all participants were asked for feedback.

Although all four finalists are all highly qualified early childhood educators, a consensus emerged among the Director Nominating Committee that Marie is best suited to lead Brick forward and has done excellent work as Interim Director.

Please join me in congratulating Marie Fabian on her appointment as Brick’s next Director.

Sincerely yours,

Ted Clement

Chair, Director Nominating Committee and Day School Committee

Associate Director Announcement

Dear Brick Church School Community,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tara Mastin as the new Associate Director for Teaching & Learning at The Brick Church School. She will begin her role on July 1, 2022.

Tara is a passionate early childhood educator with significant school leadership and teaching experience. She shares Brick’s belief in the importance of cultivating a lifelong love of learning in a joyful, supportive, and inclusive environment. Tara is committed to furthering Brick’s mission to nourish children’s well-being and development in all areas through an educational program that balances project work and skill development in an atmosphere of warmth and mutual respect. 

Tara was most recently the Director at Riverdale Presbyterian Church Nursery School. She was previously the Associate Director at Chelsea Day School and the Head of Lower School at Williamsburg Northside School. She has also taught at The Greenwich Village School and Village Community School.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Westfield State College, MA., and from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, her M.A. Concentrated in Language & Literacy (Elementary/Early Childhood Education). She holds Permanent Teaching Certifications in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6.

We hope that you will all join us in welcoming Tara to the Brick community.


Amy Warden and Marie Fabian

A Letter to Brick Families, From Marie Fabian

Dear Brick Families,

I am delighted to return to The Brick Church School this spring and to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you. Brick has held a special place in my heart for many years, and it has been wonderful reconnecting with old friends in this incredible community. I look forward to getting to know all of you and your children this year.  

Early childhood education has been a true calling for me. Over the past 28 years, I have been a classroom teacher, a curriculum and program coordinator, a learning specialist, an associate director, and a director during the course of my career. In each role, I have found great joy working in partnership with parents, and I believe the home-school connection is a critical part of the foundation of a child’s school experience. This belief was strengthened further when I became a parent myself 18 years ago.  

When I served as Associate Director at Brick, I was thrilled to be a part of such an incredible professional community, with outstanding teachers who shared my passion for providing the best possible early childhood experience for their students. I also took great joy in being a part of the Brick Presbyterian Church community, with its spirit of love and compassion, and its commitment to providing a preschool program of the highest caliber to the greater community. It is a gift to find myself here again.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months, including on the evening of April 27 (invitation to follow). In the meantime, please come up and say hello if you see me outside at drop-off. I will be spending time in classrooms this spring getting to know all of the children, and I am eager to support them, and you, throughout their remaining tenure at Brick, as well as through the process of applying to kindergarten when the time comes.

I am thrilled to serve as The Brick Church School’s Interim Director and will ensure that its high standards of excellence are maintained, while the supportive and nurturing environment we all know and love at Brick continues to flourish.

With warm regards,

Marie Fabian

Update: Director Nominating Committee

Dear Members of the Brick Church School Community:

I write on behalf of the Day School Committee of the Brick Church School, the Session of the Brick Presbyterian Church, and the Director Nominating Committee to introduce you to the Director Nominating Committee and provide initial information about the search process for the next permanent Director of the Brick Church School. As you know, Marie Fabian will serve as Interim Director for the 2022-23 academic year.

The twelve-member Director Nominating Committee includes parents, faculty, church members, alumni, Day School Committee members, Church elders, Trustees, and school administrators, and is comprised of the following members:

· Ted Clement, Chair

· Farley Bills

· Thérèse Cruite

· Samantha Lasry-Fleisher

· Robbie Pennoyer

· Elizabeth Philipp

· Megan Raelson

· Tiffany Rafii

· Chris Robinson

· Chris Thorpe

· Rev. Tom Evans, ex officio

· Victor Wu, ex officio

The Director Nominating Committee will begin meeting later this month. Our work will be guided by the Brick Church School’s mission, vision, and values and informed by input that we seek from the school community. Ultimately, the Director Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to the Day School Committee of the Brick Church School and the Session of the Brick Presbyterian Church, which will make the final decision on our next Director. We expect the next Director’s term to begin at the start of the 2023-24 academic year.

Thank you for your interest and engagement in the search process.

Sincerely yours,

Ted Clement Chair, Director Nominating Committee