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Title

Email

Extension

Rami Abdul-Karim

Middle School English and Humanities Teacher

rabdulkarim@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School English History
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Rami Abdul-Karim

Middle School English and Humanities Teacher

he/him/his Before coming to Brooklyn Friends, Rami taught literature and creative writing. He has also served as the Editorial and Education Director of the Dalloul Art Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon. The highlight of this career is working with extraordinary young scholars. Some of Rami’s passions include bicycling, pop music, and quality time with family and friends. He received his BA from Duke and MFA from Brooklyn College.

rabdulkarim@brooklynfriends.org

Razi Abdur-Rahman

Lower School Head Teacher, 4A

rarahman@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Razi Abdur-Rahman

Lower School Head Teacher, 4A

Lower/Preschool Teacher

rarahman@brooklynfriends.org

Sarah Adelman

Lower School Learning Specialist (2, 3, & 4)

sadelman@brooklynfriends.org

318

Lower School
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Sarah Adelman

Lower School Learning Specialist (2, 3, & 4)

she/her/hers Sarah comes to teaching as a second career after working at world-famous museums ICA Boston and SFMOMA. As a teacher, she has worked in both public and private schools for more than 20 years. Sarah loves reading and writing, being politically active, and working towards racial justice. She received a BA from Bard College and an MS from Hunter College.

sadelman@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #318

Brittany Adkins-Williams

Educational Technology Integrator & IT Specialist

badkinswilliams@brooklynfriends.org

Technology Upper School
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Brittany Adkins-Williams

Educational Technology Integrator & IT Specialist

she/her/hers Before coming to BFS, Brittany was an Educational Technology Specialist at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif., and a math and computer science teacher at St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif. She enjoys researching emerging technology and educational technology trends. In addition, Brittany is a huge basketball fan and has a Shih Tzu named Kobe, in tribute to Kobe Bryant, who was her favorite player. She has a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science.

badkinswilliams@brooklynfriends.org

Daniel Ajerman

Upper School Science Teacher

dajerman@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Daniel Ajerman

Upper School Science Teacher

he/him/his Dan is embarking on his 53rd year of science teaching, having taught in the NYC public school system for 34 years, in addition to independent schools in New York, Oklahoma, California, and Florida. He used to be a professional musician playing guitar, bass, saxophone, and clarinet—and also collects antique teapots. Dan received his ABD from Rutgers, and a BS and MS from LIU-Brooklyn.

dajerman@brooklynfriends.org

Felix Alberto

Middle School Spanish Teacher

falberto@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Felix Alberto

Middle School Spanish Teacher

he/him/his Felix moved to the United States with his family from the Dominican Republic in the early 1980s. Before arriving at BFS in 1997, Felix worked as a collegiate and club volleyball coach. He also enjoys cooking, especially discovering how to create his own recipes based on ingredients and seasonings he thinks might work well together.

falberto@brooklynfriends.org

Lia Albuquerque

Lower School Associate Teacher, KB

lalbuquerque@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Lia Albuquerque

Lower School Associate Teacher, KB

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Lia was a Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher at Hunter College Elementary School. Despite being from Brazil, she is proud to say that her favorite food is steamed dumplings! She has a BA in International Affairs.

lalbuquerque@brooklynfriends.org

Tasfia Ali

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1C

tali@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Tasfia Ali

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1C

she/her/hers Tasfia has always loved working with young people because the bring so much joy to the spaces they're in and she is thrilled that she is able to be a role model for them. Tasfia puts her heart in everything that she does and takes great pride in that quality. She has a BS from City College and an MSEd from Hunter College.

tali@brooklynfriends.org

Kim Allen

Middle School Humanities & History Teacher

kallen@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Kim Allen

Middle School Humanities & History Teacher

she/her/hers Known at BFS as ‘Señora Kim’, she is the daughter and granddaughter of teachers from the great state of Kansas. She adopted New York City as my home after spending four years as a history teacher at the American Overseas School of Rome. Kim was raised as a Quaker and has always been dedicated to human rights. She believes in the sanctity of each child I teach and recognizes the Light within all people. Kim has a BA from Wichita State and an MA from University of Kansas.

kallen@brooklynfriends.org

Valerie Alston

Student Systems Manager, Registrar, and Enrollment Coordinator

valston@brooklynfriends.org

354

Enrollment
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Valerie Alston

Student Systems Manager, Registrar, and Enrollment Coordinator

valston@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #354

Juan Alvarez

Sous Chef

jalvarez@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Juan Alvarez

Sous Chef

Before arriving at BFS, Juan worked in the food service industry in high schools throughout New York City. He loves having the opportunity at Brooklyn Friends to learn each and every day about this profession and also tries to give the best quality in every meal.

jalvarez@brooklynfriends.org

Gabriela Alvarez Castaneda

Lower School Spanish Teacher (K&1)

galvarez@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School World Languages
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Gabriela Alvarez Castaneda

Lower School Spanish Teacher (K&1)

galvarez@brooklynfriends.org

Andrew Andrade

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3A

aandrade@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Andrew Andrade

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3A

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Andrew was a substitute teacher in middle school at Poly Prep. His favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow both socially and academically. He is a very active person outside of work, and enjoys playing sports, working out, and being outside! He received a degree from Gettysburg College.

aandrade@brooklynfriends.org

Sobeira Andrade

Facilities Colleague

sandrade@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Sobeira Andrade

Facilities Colleague

sandrade@brooklynfriends.org

Magna Antoine

Lower School Collaborating Teacher (4th Grade) and Extended Day Coordinator

mantoine@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Magna Antoine

Lower School Collaborating Teacher (4th Grade) and Extended Day Coordinator

she/her/hers Magna has been a preschool educator in the past and thrives on being present with the children—learning with and from them. When she is not teaching at BFS, she is probably watching an old western movie! Magna has a BA and an MS.

mantoine@brooklynfriends.org

Charitin Arce

Facilities Colleague

carce@brooklynfriends.org

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Charitin Arce

Facilities Colleague

carce@brooklynfriends.org

Katie Banks

Assistant Head of Lower School for Academics

kbanks@brooklynfriends.org

245

Lower School
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Katie Banks

Assistant Head of Lower School for Academics

kbanks@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #245

Caroline Bannan

Lower School Head Teacher, 3C

cbannan@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Caroline Bannan

Lower School Head Teacher, 3C

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Caroline taught English at elementary schools in Marseille. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know the children and their families and watching students learn and grow. She loves collaborating with her colleagues and outside of school loves camping, hiking, and cooking. Caroline has a BA from Oberlin College and an MSEd from Bank Street College.

cbannan@brooklynfriends.org

Caitlin Barry

Upper School English Teacher

cbarry@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Caitlin Barry

Upper School English Teacher

she/her/hers Caitlin enjoys discussing texts and ideas with students and genuinely loves when students notice something I've never seen or change my interpretation. When she is not in the classroom, she loves roller disco on Friday nights in Prospect Park and spends much of her time upstate exploring, hiking, and swimming in creeks. Caitlin has a BA from Brown and an MA from Columbia.

cbarry@brooklynfriends.org

Maria Batista de Luna

Facilities Coordinator

mbatista@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Maria Batista de Luna

Facilities Coordinator

mbatista@brooklynfriends.org

Tyler Bauer

Middle School Music Teacher

tbauer@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Tyler Bauer

Middle School Music Teacher

he/him/his Prior to arriving at BFS, Tyler performed and taught as a professional musician in Arizona, Indiana, and New York. In addition, he has taught instrumental and music composition lessons as well as classes on softwares such as Soundtrap and Logic Pro X. He loves engaging students and colleagues in direct and authentic ways while playing and listening to music. Tyler has degrees from Arizona State and Indiana Universities.

tbauer@brooklynfriends.org

Winston Benons Jr.

Lower School Dance Teacher

wbenons@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Winston Benons Jr.

Lower School Dance Teacher

he/him/his Winston loves helping students go from ‘I can't dance’, to finding the security and joy in the way they dance in space. When he is not dancing or teaching dancing, he loves exploiting culinary arts shows and creating dinner menus with signature adult beverages. Winston has a BA in Dance Performance and Pedagogy.

wbenons@brooklynfriends.org

Karine Blemur-Chapman

Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

kbchapman@brooklynfriends.org

232

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Karine Blemur-Chapman

Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

kbchapman@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #232

Tracy Marie Bucci

Upper School World Languages Department Chair

tbucci@brooklynfriends.org

402

Upper School
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Tracy Marie Bucci

Upper School World Languages Department Chair

she/ her/ hers Tracy has permanent New York State teaching certifications in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. Before coming to BFS, she taught math, reading, and swimming at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos—an orphanage in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her favorite pastimes include swimming in the Mediterranean with snorkel and mask and generally exploring French and Italian life. Tracy has a BA from Notre Dame, an MA from NYU and another from Middlebury College.

tbucci@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #402

Stephen Buck

Middle and Upper School Chorus Teacher, All School Performing Arts Department Chair

sbuck@brooklynfriends.org

Performing Arts
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Stephen Buck

Middle and Upper School Chorus Teacher, All School Performing Arts Department Chair

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Stephen taught at The Fessenden School in Massachusetts as a vocal music teacher. Most of his personal and professional life involve singing in choirs and has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the past 11 years singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is passionate about traveling and making music, meeting new people and trying new foods. He has an MM from Boston University.

sbuck@brooklynfriends.org

Tom Buckley

Food Service Director

tbuckley@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Tom Buckley

Food Service Director

he/him/his Tom has worked in restaurants, catering halls, and corporate cafeterias. He loves to see the look on people's faces when they realize how good school food can be when prepared correctly. Tom is a bit of an outdoorsman, and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and fishing. He has a 17-foot canoe named ‘Ol' Scratch’, enjoys reading non-fiction books and loves to create his own hot sauces.

tbuckley@brooklynfriends.org

Mark Buenzle

Upper School Studio Art & Art History Teacher

mbuenzle@brooklynfriends.org

304

Upper School
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Mark Buenzle

Upper School Studio Art & Art History Teacher

he/him/his Mark has spent his entire career as an educator at BFS, while working as an artist, as well. He loves developing long-lasting relationships with his students and their families based on engagement, curiosity, and appreciation for one another and the world we share. Mark is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice and serves on the faculties of the New York Graduate School for Psychoanalysis and The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. He also loves spending time at the beach. Mark has degrees from Parsons School of Design, Bank Street, and Hunter College.

mbuenzle@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #304

Frank Cabrera

Director of College Counseling

fcabrera@brooklynfriends.org

518

College Counseling
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Frank Cabrera

Director of College Counseling

he/him/his Before joining BFS Frank spent five years as an Associate Director of College Counseling at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx. He loves helping students think about their future and the many ways in which they could become impactful and caring adults. Frank does not hide the fact that he has a deep appreciation for anyone who slips in a reference to ‘The Simpsons’ in any scenario. He has a BA from Skidmore College and an MSEd from Penn.

fcabrera@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #518

Crissy Caceres

Head of School

ccaceres@brooklynfriends.org

216

Head of School's Office
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Crissy Caceres

Head of School

ccaceres@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #216

Michael Capers

Facilities Colleague

mcapers@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Michael Capers

Facilities Colleague

mcapers@brooklynfriends.org

Sharon Carter

Preschool Red Room Head Teacher

scarter@brooklynfriends.org

349

Preschool
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Sharon Carter

Preschool Red Room Head Teacher

scarter@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #349

Nile Carter-Thorpe

Upper School Chemistry Teacher

ncarterthorpe@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
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Nile Carter-Thorpe

Upper School Chemistry Teacher

Before arriving at BFS, Nile was a Department of Education Special Education Paraprofessional. He enjoys inspiring students to want to know more and feel empowered to seek deeper understanding. When he is not teaching, Nile maintains orchids and loves to travel. Nile earned his degree from City College of New York.

ncarterthorpe@brooklynfriends.org

Lindsay Casale

Lower School Head Teacher, 1B

lcasale@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Lindsay Casale

Lower School Head Teacher, 1B

she/her/hers Prior to joining Brooklyn Friends School, Lindsay taught 2nd grade at Manhattan Country School. She also worked in the education departments of the Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Art and Design while finishing her Master's at Bank Street College of Education. Her favorite account to follow in Instagram is @aframedreams and regularly sends her husband photos of all the A-frame houses that they are going to buy someday.

lcasale@brooklynfriends.org

Lyman Casey

Middle and Upper School Math Teacher

lcasey@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Lyman Casey

Middle and Upper School Math Teacher

he/him/his Prior to arriving at BFS, Lyman taught math at The Heritage School, Brooklyn Prep, and The Mandell School. He was also an assistant men’s basketball coach at Columbia University. In addition to teaching math, he enjoys helping middle schoolers navigate the famously tough years with joy and a sense of accomplishment. Interesting fact: He is not the tallest person in his family. Lyman has a BS from Santa Clara University and an MA from Columbia Teachers College.

lcasey@brooklynfriends.org

Tyla Chedu

Facilities Colleague

tchedu@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Tyla Chedu

Facilities Colleague

Before arriving at BFS, Tyla worked at a community center as an activity specialist/homework help with students ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade. He enjoys everything about his job here at BFS, as building, fixing, and installing things is very enjoyable for him. When he is not working, Tyla loves to listen to music.

tchedu@brooklynfriends.org

Catherine Clark

Upper School Theater Teacher and All School Scheduler

cclark@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Performing Arts
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Catherine Clark

Upper School Theater Teacher and All School Scheduler

she/her/hers Catherine started out as a scenic and costume designer and her work has been seen at SoHo Rep, HERE, FringeNYC, NY Musical Theater Festival, and many off-off Broadway theaters around NYC. Catherine is also passionate about environmental issues, specifically around waste from the garment industry. Not only does she make many of her own clothes, but she loves to teach people to mend and care for their own garments. She received her BA from NYU.

cclark@brooklynfriends.org

Matt Cleary

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2C

mcleary@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Matt Cleary

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2C

mcleary@brooklynfriends.org

Chantel Cleckley

Family Center Assistant Teacher

ccleckley@brooklynfriends.org

Family Center
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Chantel Cleckley

Family Center Assistant Teacher

she/her/hers Chantel has been a preschool educator for more than a decade. She enjoys getting to watch young children find and gain their confidence for the first time. She has taken several culinary classes in pastry arts and enjoys listening to crime podcasts and reading fantasy novels.

ccleckley@brooklynfriends.org

Kathleen Clinchy

Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics

kclinchy@brooklynfriends.org

661

Middle School
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Kathleen Clinchy

Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics

kclinchy@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #661

Melanie Closs

BFX Extended Day

mcloss@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Melanie Closs

BFX Extended Day

mcloss@brooklynfriends.org

Michelle Cole

Middle and Upper School Dance Teacher

mcole@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School Performing Arts
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Michelle Cole

Middle and Upper School Dance Teacher

she/her/hers Michelle is an educator, choreographer, dancer, and administrator. In 2019, she began her own dance teaching company, Dance Culture LLC, to conduct independent dance residencies at universities, and public, private, and charter schools throughout NYC. Michelle’s two sons and husband are her heart. She received her MA from NYU and BA from Florida International University's Honors College.

mcole@brooklynfriends.org

Guadalupe Concannon

Senior Accountant

lconcannon@brooklynfriends.org

642

Finance
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Guadalupe Concannon

Senior Accountant

Guadalupe has worked in the accounting field since arriving in the United States in 1981. She worked for the Maritime Industry for almost 10 years and in the Private Educational Service Sector for 30 years. She enjoys being able to share her analytical skills with her Business Office Team and to read the story behind the numbers. Her passion is to be able to help people in any way she can. She has degrees from Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru, and from NYU.

lconcannon@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #642

David Conrad

Technical Support and Network Specialist

dconrad@brooklynfriends.org

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David Conrad

Technical Support and Network Specialist

dconrad@brooklynfriends.org

Kevin Cooney

Middle School Science Teacher

kcooney@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Kevin Cooney

Middle School Science Teacher

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Kevin taught at St. Bernard's School, showing young people new ways of exploring and understanding the natural world. He has his BA and MA from Columbia.

kcooney@brooklynfriends.org

Dr. AnaMaria Correa

Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

acorrea@brooklynfriends.org

Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
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Dr. AnaMaria Correa

Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, AnaMaria served as Miami City Ballet’s Chief Community Engagement Officer. In her role, AnaMaria bridged, deepened and cultivated relationships between MCB and the arts, culture, education and local communities ensuring that constituencies have access to, and claim a place for themselves, at MCB. In her role as a “bridge builder” she is also a “conscience raiser,” leading efforts of equity and inclusion practices and competencies for the organization. In her previous role as the director of community engagement and inclusion at Avenues: The World School, she spearheaded the practice of community engagement ethics and program partnerships as well as being the founding DEI practitioner establishing cultural competency strategies for an inclusive school community. At Ballet Hispanico she held a dual role as the senior director of community engagement and the director for their accredited school of dance. As director of community arts programs she conceptualized and implemented community dance education programs in partnership with communities, classrooms and universities. Having a small and mighty part in moving consciousness toward spaces where individuals belong. Being able to serve as a support for colleagues and a mirror for students and families. AnaMaria knows the NYC arts & culture landscape extremely well, and is the co-founder and artistic director of the Performance as Education: Las Memorias Program. When she is not at school, she can teach social dance and knows how to roller-skate. AnaMaria earned her Ph.D in Urban Education from City University of New York, her MFA from Brooklyn College, her BA from Hunter College, and her AA from Queensborough Community College.

acorrea@brooklynfriends.org

Phoebe Costello

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1B

pcostello@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Phoebe Costello

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1B

she/her/hers Prior to joining the BFS community, Phoebe held a variety of roles at Bank Street School for Children. She very much enjoys learning from and alongside children and reconnecting to the feelings of wonder and limitless possibility that are so central to the early-childhood years. She is a huge fan of Jeopardy! and rarely misses an episode. Phoebe has a BA from Harvard College and an MSEd from Bank Street.

pcostello@brooklynfriends.org

Emily Cowles

Associate Director of Communications and Community Engagement

ecowles@brooklynfriends.org

211

Advancement
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Emily Cowles

Associate Director of Communications and Community Engagement

Emily has worked at Brooklyn Friends since graduating from college. She enjoys getting to visit classrooms and documenting the daily life of our school and working with volunteers who are passionate about supporting our school. When she is not at BFS, Emily loves exploring the City with her husband and daughter, as well as watching movies! She received her BA from Kenyon College.

ecowles@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #211

Leigh Cross

Upper School English and History Teacher

lcross@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Leigh Cross

Upper School English and History Teacher

she/her/hers After graduate school, Leigh worked in hospitality for 10 years, and for the past two years she has taught 8th grade History at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn. She enjoys watching students discover something new and then nerd out about it! She is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Leigh received degrees from Notre Dame and Teachers College at Columbia.

lcross@brooklynfriends.org

Alaina Daniels

Middle School Science Teacher

adaniels@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Alaina Daniels

Middle School Science Teacher

they/she Before joining BFS, Alaina taught middle school science, activism, sex education, robotics, engineering, math, and queer media at New York City schools for more than 10 years—most recently at Bank Street School for Children and Manhattan Country School. Alaina's passion is educating for liberation. As a white, queer, neurodivergent, nonbinary, trans woman, she loves being both a mirror and a window for adolescents as they figure out their identities and find their voices in the world. She has a BA from Amherst College, an MAT from Smith College, and an MSEd from Bank Street.

adaniels@brooklynfriends.org

Jane Davidson

Preschool Developmental Specialist

jdavidson@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Jane Davidson

Preschool Developmental Specialist

she/her/hers Much of Jane’s professional life has been spent working with staff, students, and families in a variety of educational settings, most recently as the early childhood consultant at Rockefeller Universities Child and Family Center. When she is not at school, Jane loves being in nature and soaking in the wonder all around me. She received degrees from Brandeis University and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

jdavidson@brooklynfriends.org

Paisley Davidson

Upper School Learning Specialist

pdavidson@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Paisley Davidson

Upper School Learning Specialist

pdavidson@brooklynfriends.org

Jon De Graff, Ph.D.

Upper School History Teacher

jdegraff@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Jon De Graff, Ph.D.

Upper School History Teacher

he/him/his Throughout his career, Jon has taught students in grades 8 through the college level. He greatly enjoys learning about students' passions. Jon has a BA from Howard University, an MA from Fordham, and a PhD from Maryland.

jdegraff@brooklynfriends.org

Liz Deull

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

edeull@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Visual Arts
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Liz Deull

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

edeull@brooklynfriends.org

Niamh Dolan

Preschool Orange Room Head Teacher

ndolan@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Niamh Dolan

Preschool Orange Room Head Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Niamh has been a teacher of English as a second language and has done production work for an animation studio. She loves to share her favorite books and her excitement for learning. She loves stop-motion animation and is a big fan of Wallace and Gromit. Niamh has BA and MS degrees.

ndolan@brooklynfriends.org

Sophie Dougherty

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3B

sdougherty@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Sophie Dougherty

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3B

she/her/hers Before joining Brooklyn Friends, Sophie taught at Poly Prep Country Day School for four years—first in kindergarten and then in third grade. She loves that teaching is human-centered, process-oriented, and challenging, and is thankful that she is a part of a profession that requires continuous growth and transformation. One of her favorite things to do in this world is to research and give personalized book recommendations to children and grown-ups. Sophie has a BA from Columbia.

sdougherty@brooklynfriends.org

Jean Ducelus

Safety Officer

jducelus@brooklynfriends.org

Security
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Jean Ducelus

Safety Officer

jducelus@brooklynfriends.org

Beth Duffy

Middle School Learning Specialist

bduffy@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Beth Duffy

Middle School Learning Specialist

she/her/hers Beth has been teaching at Quaker middle schools since 2006, first at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia and then at Mary McDowell Friends School, before coming to Brooklyn Friends. She loves working alongside students to problem-solve and help them realize that they can accomplish more than they ever thought they could. She has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MSEd from Bank Street.

bduffy@brooklynfriends.org

Quenia Duran

Facilities Colleague

qduran@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Quenia Duran

Facilities Colleague

qduran@brooklynfriends.org

Stephen Eckert

Middle School Drama Teacher and Productions Manager

seckert@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Stephen Eckert

Middle School Drama Teacher and Productions Manager

he/him/they/them Stephen has been a theatre-maker for more than a decade, directing musical theatre, opera, and performance art throughout the U.S. and in London. He most recently founded a middle school Shakespeare program while teaching 8th grade Humanities in New York. When he is not teaching or directing, he is a big Dungeons & Dragons player. He received his BA and BFA degrees from Tulane and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

seckert@brooklynfriends.org

Karen Edelman

Director of Advancement

kedelman@brooklynfriends.org

206

Advancement
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Karen Edelman

Director of Advancement

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Karen worked in the Internet world helping clients adapt to digital platforms and e-commerce websites when they were a new thing. She loves having the opportunity to work closely with the BFS many families, alumni, and friends and share the wonderful ways in which the school has impacted them and their children. Every weekend she and her husband strive to take one exploration around New York City, either by bike or on foot. She received her BA from Brandeis University.

kedelman@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #206

Maura Eden

Head of Preschool

meden@brooklynfriends.org

212

Preschool
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Maura Eden

Head of Preschool

Maura holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. Prior to becoming Head of Preschool Maura was an early childhood classroom teacher and a dance specialist; teaching dance to children and adults. Maura was a professional modern dancer for 10 years and an early childhood educator for over 25 years.

meden@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #212

Jonathan Edmonds

Lower School Math Specialist (Grades K-2)

jedmonds@brooklynfriends.org

317

Lower School
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Jonathan Edmonds

Lower School Math Specialist (Grades K-2)

he/him/his Prior to arriving at BFS, Jonathan was a reading tutor in Nashville, an English teacher in Nanjing, China, and an elementary student teacher in NYC public schools. He greatly enjoys finding, creating, adapting, teaching, and playing mathematical games with young children. He is always interested in book recommendations! Jonathan received his BA from Oberlin College and MSEd from Bank Street College.

jedmonds@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #317

Vanessa Ehler

Upper School World Languages Teacher

vehler@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Vanessa Ehler

Upper School World Languages Teacher

Prior to arriving at BFS, Vanessa taught Spanish at a suburban public high school in Connecticut for eight years. Among her favorite parts of her job are lesson planning and storytelling! She received her BA from Indiana University and MA from Middlebury College.

vehler@brooklynfriends.org

Edson Elcock

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

edelcock@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Athletics
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Edson Elcock

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

he/him/his Edson came to Brooklyn Friends School following a professional soccer career. He enjoys watching his students succeed at something that they never thought they could have accomplished. One of his favorite things to do outside of work is listening to music, which he makes sure to do every single day!

edelcock@brooklynfriends.org

Natalie Emery

Lower School Leave Replacement & Long Term Substitute Teacher

nemery@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Natalie Emery

Lower School Leave Replacement & Long Term Substitute Teacher

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Natalie worked as a school social worker for the DOE, providing individual and group counseling in all five boroughs. She also tutored children in literacy for 718READ, a nonprofit literacy organization. Outside of school, Natalie loves nature and dancing! She received her BA UMass and her MSW from Fordham.

nemery@brooklynfriends.org

Lisa Favata

Compensation & Benefits Manager

lfavata@brooklynfriends.org

x203

Human Resources
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Lisa Favata

Compensation & Benefits Manager

lfavata@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #x203

Kirsten Ferdinand

Lower School Head Teacher, KA

kferdinand@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Kirsten Ferdinand

Lower School Head Teacher, KA

she/her/hers Previously, Kirsten taught Preschool at Brooklyn Friends School, as well as holding teaching positions at Grace Church School and at the Bank Street Family Center. Music holds a special place in her heart and she is always happy to engage in a classroom sing along. Outside of school she enjoys home decor and getting exercise through weekly bike rides. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University and a dual Masters degree in Early Childhood: General and Special Education from Bank Street.

kferdinand@brooklynfriends.org

Jill Fiengo

Lower School First Grade Head Teacher, 1A

jfiengo@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Jill Fiengo

Lower School First Grade Head Teacher, 1A

she/her/hers Before teaching first grade at BFS, Jill was a Preschool teacher, creating classroom communities each year and working with colleagues to create engaging learning for young children. When she is not in the classroom she likes to watch good movies. She has a BA from City College and an MS from Bank Street College.

jfiengo@brooklynfriends.org

Eric Fingerman

Upper School Math Teacher

efingerman@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Eric Fingerman

Upper School Math Teacher

he/him/his/they/them/theirs Before arriving at BFS, Eric taught middle-school math in Paramus, New Jersey for eight years. He greatly enjoys connecting with students and watching their abilities in math grow stronger and the lightbulb moments when they make discoveries. He received his BS from Northwestern University and is MA from Montclair State University.

efingerman@brooklynfriends.org

Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and Interim Director of Extended Day

cfobbs@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool BFX Extended Day
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Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and Interim Director of Extended Day

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Camille worked in Children's Theater. The favorite part of her job is nurturing the social emotional well being of the students. She is also a karaoke and cupcake enthusiast. She received undergrad and graduate degrees from NYU. I have my undergrad and Graduate Degree in Educational Theater- using drama as a teaching tool across subjects.

cfobbs@brooklynfriends.org

Cheryl Foote

Receptionist/Admininstrative Assistant

cfoote@brooklynfriends.org

200

Security
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Cheryl Foote

Receptionist/Admininstrative Assistant

cfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #200

Donna Foote

Safety Officer

dfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Security
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Donna Foote

Safety Officer

dfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Salvatore D. Fratto, Jr.

Business Manager

sfratto@brooklynfriends.org

602

Finance
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Salvatore D. Fratto, Jr.

Business Manager

sfratto@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #602

Lisa Gagliardo

Family Center Head Teacher

lgagliardo@brooklynfriends.org

Family Center
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Lisa Gagliardo

Family Center Head Teacher

she/her/hers Lisa has organized discussions and workshops on Islamophobia and building a positive self concept for youth in my religious community. She loves supporting young children's emotional intelligence and witnessing them become caring members of a classroom community. Lisa comes from a big Italian-American family and looks forward to helping her nonna prepare Sunday pasta, sauce, and meatballs whenever she visits her family home on Long Island. SHe received her BA from Saint Joseph's College.

lgagliardo@brooklynfriends.org

Laleña Garcia

Lower School Head Teacher, KC

lgarcia@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Laleña Garcia

Lower School Head Teacher, KC

she/her/hers Laleña has been teaching 3-6 year olds in New York City since 2000, most recently at Manhattan Country School. In the summer of 2020, she began teaching an online course for adults called Rooted, which offers contextual background and concrete strategies for anti-bias work in ECE. Laleña’s first children’s book, What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Activity Book, was published in 2020. She received her BA from Yale University and MS from Bank Street College of Education.

lgarcia@brooklynfriends.org

David Gardella

Director of Athletics, All School Physical Education Department Chair

dgardella@brooklynfriends.org

234

Athletics
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David Gardella

Director of Athletics, All School Physical Education Department Chair

dgardella@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #234

Megan Glionna

Lower School Head Teacher, 3B

meglionna@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Megan Glionna

Lower School Head Teacher, 3B

she/her/hers Growing up, Megan pursued a career in acting, moved to New York City after college, and acted in many productions. In her mid-twenties, she observed her mom teaching a 5th grade class, which inspired her to go back to school and become a teacher! She loves sharing laughs, stories, dance parties, and deep conversations with third graders. Dancing outside to live music brings her immeasurable joy! She received a BFA from East Carolina University and her MAT from Simmons College.

meglionna@brooklynfriends.org

Dana Goldberg

Associate Director of Enrollment

dgoldberg@brooklynfriends.org

483

Enrollment
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Dana Goldberg

Associate Director of Enrollment

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Dana was an Adjunct Professor in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness M.A. Program at New York University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the White Institute. She loves hearing our lower school applicants share aspects of their current school experiences. She received a Ph.D. and MA from New York University and a BA from Colgate University.

dgoldberg@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #483

Zoe Goldberg-Stewart

Preschool Yellow Room Head Teacher

zgstewart@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Zoe Goldberg-Stewart

Preschool Yellow Room Head Teacher

she/her/hers Zoe spent many years teaching children ages 2 -5 in the Boston Area and in New York City. She stepped away from teaching for 13 years to raise her own three children, before returning to Brooklyn Friends. She is passionate about child development and loves the opportunity to work with families to better understand and support their children's growth and learning. She received a double-major BA from Smith College and an MS from Bank Street College of Education.

zgstewart@brooklynfriends.org

Theodore Goodman Sr.

Director of Security

tgoodman@brooklynfriends.org

333

Security
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Theodore Goodman Sr.

Director of Security

he/him/his Goody has been a security and safety specialist for decades. He is an emergency medical technician and instructor, a fire safety director, and is an armed security supervisor in NYC. His first love is helping people and keeping everyone safe.

tgoodman@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #333

Gabe Gordon

Middle School History Teacher

ggordon@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Gabe Gordon

Middle School History Teacher

he/him/his For several years, Gabe worked with the Center for Urban Pedagogy—a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement—particularly among underrepresented communities. As a teaching artist and graphic designer, he got to collaborate on investigative projects, researched, illustrated, and designed with middle and high school students from across the city. He loves to witness students unlock new levels of confidence and curiosity and having lots of fun together along the way. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and is currently working toward his MA at Brooklyn College.

ggordon@brooklynfriends.org

Sarah Gordon

Lower School Head Teacher, 3A

sgordon@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Sarah Gordon

Lower School Head Teacher, 3A

she/her/hers Sarah has been teaching at BFS for 16 years. Before coming to BFS, she did fieldwork at Manhattan School for Children in first and fourth grades and in a literacy clinic. Her favorite part of teaching is helping foster a strong classroom community where kids become empowered learners and great friends. When she is not at BFS, she sings Yiddish music at festivals around the world. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from Bank Street College of Education.

sgordon@brooklynfriends.org

Millicent Green

Upper School Administrative Assistant

mgreen@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Millicent Green

Upper School Administrative Assistant

she/they Millicent started her career at a private school in Manhattan, before transitioning to almost six years working at SoulCycle. She enjoys interacting every day with students and getting to know them, as well as building trust and community. Millicent loves plants and even have had some of her plants since she was in college! She received her BA from Elon University.

mgreen@brooklynfriends.org

Susan Greenstein

Lower School Art Specialist

sgreenstein@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Visual Arts
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Susan Greenstein

Lower School Art Specialist

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Susan worked as a freelance illustrator for many years, providing editorial illustration for newspapers, magazines, and textbooks. She also illustrated several children’s books. She loves working with children and gets very excited to see how they think and how they find creative solutions. Susan loves the idea of sharing the artwork that I love to do with people. It makes her very happy to share that part of herself. She received her BA from Pratt Institute and MFA from Queens College.

sgreenstein@brooklynfriends.org

Alex Guzchenko

Interim Director of Facilities

aguzchenko@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Alex Guzchenko

Interim Director of Facilities

he/him/his Alex has degrees from multiple trade schools and also received his BA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. Before arriving at BFS, Alex spent many years serving in the military as a radio communications specialist back in his home country. He loves challenges and travel.

aguzchenko@brooklynfriends.org

Oluyai Haynes

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

ohaynes@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Oluyai Haynes

Upper School Mathematics Teacher

all pronouns Before coming to BFS, Oluyai taught in the Bronx at Wings Academy and in Dutchess County at Beacon High School. He loves developing the mathematical minds of his students through conversations and discovery. He is a huge football (Giants) fan and has himself played in a league for several years in NYC. He is also a big fan of RuPauls Drag Race. He received his BS and MS from City College.

ohaynes@brooklynfriends.org

Liz Heck

Upper School English Teacher

eheck@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Liz Heck

Upper School English Teacher

she/her/hers After graduating from law school, Liz worked in publishing in the Bay Area and then transitioned to teaching, before moving to Costa Rica to teach middle and high school students. She enjoys a wide range of literature and learning joyfully with students in the classroom. In addition to being a voracious reader, she is a huge fan of theater and museums and always wants to help chaperone everyone's field trips. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and JD from Fordham University School of Law.

eheck@brooklynfriends.org

Emily Henry

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1A

ehenry@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Emily Henry

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1A

she/they Emily was an associate teacher at Saint Ann's School before arriving at BFS. She has also been a learning specialist and enjoys witnessing the sparks of joy, whether it's from a student finally understanding a concept they've been struggling with, or simply excited to share a piece of art they made. She loves all things crafty, from origami, to drawing, to cross-stitching. She received her BA from Hunter College.

ehenry@brooklynfriends.org

Don Hovey

Athletic Trainer and Nurse's Assistant

dhovey@brooklynfriends.org

621

Athletics Health Services
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Don Hovey

Athletic Trainer and Nurse's Assistant

he/him Before arriving at BFS, Don worked in health care for professional hockey and in Division 1 collegiate sports. He still works part-time with Division 1 collegiate sports health care. He greatly enjoys getting people to understand their pain through evaluation and being able to help them through it with therapy work. Unrelated to work, Don has a fascination about all things in the world. He received his BA from New York University and his MS from Long Island University.

dhovey@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #621

Laurice Hwang

Middle School Science Teacher and Student Activities Coordinator

lhwang@brooklynfriends.org

396

Middle School
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Laurice Hwang

Middle School Science Teacher and Student Activities Coordinator

she/her/hers Laurice taught math and science at the Frederick Douglass Charter School in Boston, before coming to BFS in 2001. She loves helping students develop as whole people, not just intellectually, but also as artists and activists. She enjoys being outdoors and being active, and is an avid runner, swimmer, scuba diver, and martial artist. She received her BA from Brown University and M.Ed. from Lesley University.

lhwang@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #396

Amelia Jenison

Lower School Music Teacher

ajenison@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Performing Arts
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Amelia Jenison

Lower School Music Teacher

ajenison@brooklynfriends.org

Uniysha Jones

Lower School Head Teacher, 2C

ujones@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Uniysha Jones

Lower School Head Teacher, 2C

ujones@brooklynfriends.org

Heidie Joo-Burwell

Associate Director of Enrollment

hjooburwell@brooklynfriends.org

Enrollment
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Heidie Joo-Burwell

Associate Director of Enrollment

she/her/hers Between college and graduate school, Heidie served as a City Year Corps Member. After graduate school, she worked for more than 20 years in the community development field, working with nonprofit organizations that provide housing and social services to lower-income, immigrant communities of Meeting prospective students and their families, Unrelated to work, she loves sitting around a dinner table with family and friends, taking walks in Prospect Park, and planning her next vacation. She received her BA from Brown University and Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

hjooburwell@brooklynfriends.org

Myriam Juarbe

Lower School Spanish Teacher (Grades 2-4)

mjuarbe@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Myriam Juarbe

Lower School Spanish Teacher (Grades 2-4)

she/her/hers Myriam loves teaching her students about her native language and culture. Before coming to BFS she taught Spanish in Massachusetts, Ohio, and London. She has two children of her own. She received her BA from the University of Puerto Rico and her M.Ed. fro UMass.

mjuarbe@brooklynfriends.org

Ellen Kahan

Middle School Visual Arts Teacher

ekahan@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School Visual Arts
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Ellen Kahan

Middle School Visual Arts Teacher

she/her/hers Ellen greatly enjoys teaching students who have never touched clay and guiding them to become passionate about the material. Ellen loves sports and her father used to work for the Harlem Globetrotters. At one point of her life, Ellen lived in France for 19 years. She holds a MA of art education

ekahan@brooklynfriends.org

Christopher Kavanaugh

Lower School Educational Technology Integrator

ckavanaugh@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Technology
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Christopher Kavanaugh

Lower School Educational Technology Integrator

he/him/his Before coming to BFS, Chris worked at several schools, including Packer Collegiate and Trevor Day School. He enjoys helping teachers and students use technology in the classroom in new creative ways. Chris is also a classically trained pianist. He received his BA from Williams College and his MA from Middlebury College.

ckavanaugh@brooklynfriends.org

Thomas Keasling

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

tkeasling@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Visual Arts
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Thomas Keasling

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

he/him/his Thomas returned to teaching full-time in 2013 as a founding art and design teacher in a Brooklyn public charter school. Three years later, he started teaching and loved seeing the surprise and wonder on 5-year-old faces when they realize he is actually going to give them a saw, and trust them to learn to use it. He loves watching his students grow into confident, creative problem solvers. He received his BA from St. Olaf College and his MA from the University of Arizona.

tkeasling@brooklynfriends.org

Yvette Kennedy

Lower School Science Teacher

ykennedy@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Science
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Yvette Kennedy

Lower School Science Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to teaching at Brooklyn Friends, Yvette taught science at another independent school. Her favorite part of teaching LS Science is being able to work with—and getting to know—all of the students. Outside of work, she is married to fellow teacher and has two children. She received her BS from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and her MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.

ykennedy@brooklynfriends.org

Ramsey Khadija

All Family Center Assistant

rkhadija@brooklynfriends.org

×

Ramsey Khadija

All Family Center Assistant

rkhadija@brooklynfriends.org

Natalie Kirch

Lower School Head Teacher, KB

nkirch@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Natalie Kirch

Lower School Head Teacher, KB

she/her/hers Natalie has experience teaching preschool through 3rd grade, with a primary focus on pre-kindergarten through first grade. She has mostly taken on the role as a classroom teacher in both general and special education settings, but also has experience as an art teacher. Natalie is a self-taught musician. She received her BA from Skidmore College and her MS from Hunter College.

nkirch@brooklynfriends.org

Rachel Kleinman

Preschool Associate Teacher

rkleinman@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Rachel Kleinman

Preschool Associate Teacher

rkleinman@brooklynfriends.org

James Kotak

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3C

jkotak@brooklynfriends.org

×

James Kotak

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3C

he/him/his Before coming to Brooklyn Friends, James worked as a one-to-one aide in a kindergarten classroom, as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher in a preschool setting. His favorite part of teaching is being a positive and supportive role model for all students. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with friends and family hiking, camping, shopping, and playing board games. He received his BA from SUNY New Paltz and is currently working toward his Masters.

jkotak@brooklynfriends.org

Lucien Kouassi

Upper School Science Teacher

lkouassi@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
×

Lucien Kouassi

Upper School Science Teacher

lkouassi@brooklynfriends.org

Joel Kwabi

Upper School Math Department Chair

jkwabi@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Mathematics
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Joel Kwabi

Upper School Math Department Chair

Before arriving at BFS, Joel worked for seven years as a Math Teacher/Department Chair at EF Academy in Thornwood, NY. Before that, he worked for two years at Morgan Stanley as an Operations Analyst for their FX and derivatives trading desks. Solving hard math problems with students and experiencing their wonder (consternation, frustration, and satisfaction) at the process, is his real passion. He is a Christian, a husband to an amazing wife, and a father to two incredible kids. He received his BS from Haverford College and his MA from Teachers College Columbia University.

jkwabi@brooklynfriends.org

Samantha Laserson

Middle School English Teacher

slaserson@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School English
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Samantha Laserson

Middle School English Teacher

she/her/hers Before getting into teaching, Samantha worked in public relations and marketing in the music industry. She first started teaching for the NYC Department of Education, teaching ELA in public school in Bushwick, Brooklyn, before transitioning into an independent school setting. She loves understanding and connecting with teenagers. When she is not at school, she loves surfing. She received her BA and MA from Hunter College.

slaserson@brooklynfriends.org

Rebecca Lawrence

Family Center Assistant Teacher

rlawrence@brooklynfriends.org

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Rebecca Lawrence

Family Center Assistant Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Rebecca worked as a Pre-K Assistant Teacher at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota for three years. She received her BA from Oberlin College.

rlawrence@brooklynfriends.org

Auguste Leach

Middle School History Teacher

aleach@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School History
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Auguste Leach

Middle School History Teacher

he/him/his Auguste taught at a charter school in Bedford-Stuyvesant before coming to BFS in 2019. Creating honest spaces where people can be their whole selves is his true passion. Auguste is a third-generation history teacher. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Auguste is an avid baseball player who practices as often as possible. He received his BA from Wheaton College and his MA from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

aleach@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Learning Center

Upper School Learning Center

uslearningcenter@brooklynfriends.org

517

×

Upper School Learning Center

Upper School Learning Center

uslearningcenter@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #517

Rita Lee

Middle School Administrative Assistant

rlee@brooklynfriends.org

224

Middle School
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Rita Lee

Middle School Administrative Assistant

she/her/hers Rito first worked in publishing following college, but soon left to go to pastry school. After working mostly part-time in bakeries for a couple years, Rita found herself at Poly Prep as an assistant to the college counseling department. Five years later, she arrived at BFS. Her favorite part of Middle School is the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded friends and being an integral part of a student's Middle School experience.Rita is a born and bred Brooklynite and received her BA from Hunter College.

rlee@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #224

Sinae Lee

Visual Arts Teacher, All School Visual Arts Department Chair

silee@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Visual Arts
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Sinae Lee

Visual Arts Teacher, All School Visual Arts Department Chair

silee@brooklynfriends.org

Luis Leon

Facilities Colleague

leon@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Luis Leon

Facilities Colleague

leon@brooklynfriends.org

Kin Liu

Facilities Colleague

kliu@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Kin Liu

Facilities Colleague

kliu@brooklynfriends.org

Bill Livingston

Upper School Science Teacher and CAS Coordinator

blivingston@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
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Bill Livingston

Upper School Science Teacher and CAS Coordinator

he/him/his Bill has taught many different courses in the IB, as well as being the IB DP Coordinator at two schools internationally. He also founded an environmental education non-profit called ‘The BioBoat’ to bring students to the natural watery wildernesses of our city's rivers, lakes, and shores. He has two daughters who add light to his life. He received a BA from Middlebury College and a MA from Michigan State University.

blivingston@brooklynfriends.org

Peter Mackie

Associate, Advancement & Design Services

pmackie@brooklynfriends.org

479

Advancement
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Peter Mackie

Associate, Advancement & Design Services

Peter has seemingly been at BFS for most of his life, attending the school through Middle School and now having worked for various departments for nearly a decade. He attended SUNY Empire State College.

pmackie@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #479

Rachel Maldonado

Lower School Psychologist

rmaldonado@brooklynfriends.org

222

Lower School Health Services
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Rachel Maldonado

Lower School Psychologist

she/her/hers Prior to Rachel’s arrival at BFS in 2015, she worked with children, teens, and families in a variety of settings, including community mental health settings, schools, private practice, and hospitals. She believes in the validation of feelings and capacity for growth in all people—children and adults alike. She received her BS from Brown University, her MS from Yeshiva University, and her Psy.D. from Yeshiva University.

rmaldonado@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #222

Vlad Malukoff

Upper School History Teacher

vmalukoff@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School History
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Vlad Malukoff

Upper School History Teacher

vmalukoff@brooklynfriends.org

Rebecca Mariotti

Upper School Psychologist

rmariotti@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Health Services
×

Rebecca Mariotti

Upper School Psychologist

rmariotti@brooklynfriends.org

Edgar Marshall

Middle School Dean of Students

emarshall@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Edgar Marshall

Middle School Dean of Students

emarshall@brooklynfriends.org

Mariah Martens

Health and Human Development Teacher

mmartens@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Middle School
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Mariah Martens

Health and Human Development Teacher

she/her/hers Mariah has worked in NYC public schools for the past six years—most recently as a relationship abuse prevention educator at STEPS to End Family Violence. Her favorite thing about being a Health teacher is—everything! She lives in the East Village with her transmasculine partner and their two cats. She loves ice cream, the sound of playgrounds, and a good card game. She received her BFA from Cornish College of Arts and MA from NYU.

mmartens@brooklynfriends.org

Amarfi Martinez

Food Services Colleague

amartinez@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Amarfi Martinez

Food Services Colleague

amartinez@brooklynfriends.org

Suzie Matthews

Assistant Head of School

smatthews@brooklynfriends.org

201

Head of School's Office
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Suzie Matthews

Assistant Head of School

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Suzie was the Assistant Head of School/Upper School Head at Santa Fe Prep in New Mexico. Prior to that, Suzie was a High School Mathematics Teacher and Department Chair/Chair of Professional Growth and Evaluation at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about being part of a true learning community, believes that we are all learners at our core, and loves helping others. When not at school, Suzie loves to sing, hike, bake, and solve puzzles (not all at the same time!) She received her BA from Drew University and her MA and MEd from Teachers College Columbia University.

smatthews@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #201

Sean Matthias

Facilities Colleague

sMatthias@brooklynfriends.org

×

Sean Matthias

Facilities Colleague

sMatthias@brooklynfriends.org

Stephanie Mayer

Middle School Music Teacher

smayer@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Performing Arts
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Stephanie Mayer

Middle School Music Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Steph taught middle school general music at a public school in Far Rockaway. She feels that the best part of being a music teacher is when her students share their music with her! Whether it's music they listen to, beats they create, or a piece they've been practicing they would like to share—I love listening to all of it. Outside of work Steph loves to read, go running, and of course listen and play music! She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Ball State University, her Bachelors of Clarinet Performance from Ball State University, and is currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate for Reimagining Education from Columbia University.

smayer@brooklynfriends.org

Ruth McQuiggan

Preschool Yellow Room Associate Teacher

rmcquiggan@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Ruth McQuiggan

Preschool Yellow Room Associate Teacher

rmcquiggan@brooklynfriends.org

Caleb Miller

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

cmiller@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Visual Arts
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Caleb Miller

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

he/him/his Caleb has been working in education for 18 years, teaching many age ranges, from Pre-K at Alonzo Daughtry Daycare to high school students at the International Center of Photography. He was a founding teacher at Excellence Boys Charter school, where he taught art to students grades K through 7. At BFS, Caleb has taught many different classes, including: Woodworking, 6th grade Ceramics, 5th grade Art Studio, Digital Photography, Video Production, Sculpture, and US Studio Art. When he is not at school, Caleb enjoys spending time outdoors. He received his BA from Oberlin College and MA from Hunter College.

cmiller@brooklynfriends.org

Kate Minear

Lower School Math Specialist (Grades 3-4)

kminear@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Mathematics
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Kate Minear

Lower School Math Specialist (Grades 3-4)

she/her/hers After graduating from Swarthmore College, Kate spent one year teaching first and fourth graders at City and Country School. The following year, she started at Brooklyn Friends—and says that this is where she has really grown as a teacher. She loves listening to third and fourth graders talk about math and believes that everyone has important math ideas, and every year hears new, creative ideas. Kate grew up in Portland, Oregon and still considers the Pacific Northwest her second home. Reading and theater are two of her favorite hobbies. In addition to receiving her BA from Swarthmore, she earned her MS from Bank Street College of Education.

kminear@brooklynfriends.org

Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

Patrick Morris

Food Services Colleague

emorris@brooklynfrieds.org

Dining Services
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Patrick Morris

Food Services Colleague

emorris@brooklynfrieds.org

Hannah Munger

Lower School Head Teacher, 2A

hmunger@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Hannah Munger

Lower School Head Teacher, 2A

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Hannah enjoyed working for arts organizations and artists in New York, India, and Germany. She pursued a master's degree in museum education which happily led her to classroom teaching. Before Brooklyn Friends, she taught at two nearby Brooklyn elementary schools. When not at school, Hannah loves to eat, cook, and learn about food! She received her BA from Barnard College and her MS from Bank Street College of Education.

hmunger@brooklynfriends.org

Laura Murtula-Montanya

Middle School World Languages Department Chair

lmurtula@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School World Languages
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Laura Murtula-Montanya

Middle School World Languages Department Chair

lmurtula@brooklynfriends.org

Nicole Imboyo Ngokwey

Middle School World Languages Teacher

nngokwey@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School World Languages
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Nicole Imboyo Ngokwey

Middle School World Languages Teacher

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Nicole taught K-8 French and Spanish in an Independent School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. One of her favorite parts about being a teacher is to experience students' “a-ha!" moments. She received her BA from Temple University and her MS from Capella University.

nngokwey@brooklynfriends.org

AJ Nguyen

Physical Education Teacher

jnguyen@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics Middle School
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AJ Nguyen

Physical Education Teacher

jnguyen@brooklynfriends.org

Jason Novak

Head of Lower School

jnovak@brooklynfriends.org

225

Lower School
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Jason Novak

Head of Lower School

jnovak@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #225

Elena Novikova

Food Services Colleague

enovikova@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Elena Novikova

Food Services Colleague

enovikova@brooklynfriends.org

Megan Nuxoll

Chief of Staff

mnuxoll@brooklynfriends.org

210

Head of School's Office
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Megan Nuxoll

Chief of Staff

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Megan worked at The Field School in Washington, D.C., where she taught ninth grade English. She loves the opportunity to build bridges across people, departments, and divisions. Working at an independent school is a labor of love for Megan. Megan is a native Midwesterner whose family is regularly surprised she has found herself in Brooklyn. Her two enormous dogs feel similarly. She received her BA from Earlham College and earned her Masters in Private School Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.

mnuxoll@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #210

Ashley Okonma

Lower School Head Teacher, 4C

aokonma@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Ashley Okonma

Lower School Head Teacher, 4C

aokonma@brooklynfriends.org

Tiffany Olson

Nurse

tolson@brooklynfriends.org

Health Services
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Tiffany Olson

Nurse

she/her/hers Tiffany is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a hospital setting, in pediatrics, and in an asthma and allergy clinic. Nurse Tiffany is a refugee from Moldova (in 1996) and am still enjoying the abundance in this country, especially in regards to the HUGE amount of food options! She received her BS in Nursing, from LIU-Brooklyn.

tolson@brooklynfriends.org

Jacqueline Ortiz

All Preschool Assistant and Extended Day Teacher

jortiz@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Jacqueline Ortiz

All Preschool Assistant and Extended Day Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Jackie worked as a private tutor. She loves getting to know the children and watching them grow throughout the year—not only physically—but emotionally. When she is not at school, Jackie loves to snuggle with her kitties and to read a good book.

jortiz@brooklynfriends.org

Dora Ortiz Contreras

Facilities Colleague

dOrtizContreras@brooklynfriends.org

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Dora Ortiz Contreras

Facilities Colleague

dOrtizContreras@brooklynfriends.org

Daniel Paccione

Assistant Head of Upper School for Academics

dpaccione@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Daniel Paccione

Assistant Head of Upper School for Academics

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Daniel was the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Support at EF Academy New York. In this role, Daniel led a team of Counselors and University Advisors who were focused on providing the highest quality experience for every single student at our school. Daniel has traveled to 48 countries and looks forward to growing that list! He received his BA from Hunter College and MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

dpaccione@brooklynfriends.org

Mariano Paniagua Colas

Facilities Colleague

MPaniaguaColas@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Mariano Paniagua Colas

Facilities Colleague

MPaniaguaColas@brooklynfriends.org

Daniel Paul

Middle and Upper School World Languages Teacher

dpaul@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Middle School World Languages
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Daniel Paul

Middle and Upper School World Languages Teacher

he/him/his Prior to arriving at BFS, Daniel taught middle school and upper school in the United Kingdom for six years. He then taught at Fordham University. When he is not at school, Daniel loves to play the card game, Magic, The Gathering. He has degrees from Oxford University and Cambridge University and is pursuing his PhD at Fordham University.

dpaul@brooklynfriends.org

Katie Peck

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2A

kpeck@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Katie Peck

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2A

she/her/hers Prior to coming to BFS, Katie taught general music and band in public schools and other independent schools in New York City, including Packer Collegiate. She loves to help her students gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Outside of school, she is a competitive paddler (canoeing) and brews my own kombucha. She received degrees from Temple University and Teachers College Columbia University.

kpeck@brooklynfriends.org

Tina Piccolo

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

tpiccolo@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Visual Arts Upper School
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Tina Piccolo

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Tina was an art director and designed and manufactured electronic jewelry. She also previously worked at Roy H. Mann Middle School and The Heschel School. She loves being in the classroom with her students, while watching them gain confidence and joy in their art-making process. She loves birds, and has them as pets, Tina is also a “crow whisperer!” She received her BFA from Cooper Union and MA from Brooklyn College. She also has a Certification from Bank Street School of Education.

tpiccolo@brooklynfriends.org

Joanna Pimentel

Facilities Colleague

jpimentel@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Joanna Pimentel

Facilities Colleague

jpimentel@brooklynfriends.org

Mary Post

Preschool Dance Consultant

mpost@brooklynfriends.org

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Mary Post

Preschool Dance Consultant

mpost@brooklynfriends.org

Matthew Presto

Middle School Math Teacher

mpresto@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Mathematics
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Matthew Presto

Middle School Math Teacher

they/them Prior to coming to BFS, Matt worked as a baker and a cook. He enjoys imparting his passion for mathematics to children. Outside of work, he recently took up rock climbing and skateboarding and enjoys playing board games. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.

mpresto@brooklynfriends.org

Kamaya Prince Thompson

Head of Upper School

kprincethompson@brooklynfriends.org

517

Upper School
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Kamaya Prince Thompson

Head of Upper School

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Kamaya worked as an English Teacher and Grade Dean at Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C. and an English teacher and Dean of DEIJ for Faculty Development and Curriculum at Hawken School in Cleveland. She loves seeing students grow into the people and leaders they are destined to be. One important thing to note: Kamaya will travel all over the world for incredible food. She received a BA from Skidmore College a MA from American University.

kprincethompson@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #517

Lauren Pruitt

Middle School Educational Technology Integrator

lpruitt@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Technology
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Lauren Pruitt

Middle School Educational Technology Integrator

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Lauren began her teaching career in Maryland where she taught third grade and fourth grade Math and Science. The favorite part of her job is creating curriculum and other content that supports students and colleagues. She received her MS from the University of Michigan and her MS from the University of Pennsylvania.

lpruitt@brooklynfriends.org

Michael Rae-Grant

Lower School Head Teacher, 1C

mraegrant@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Michael Rae-Grant

Lower School Head Teacher, 1C

he/him/his

mraegrant@brooklynfriends.org

Yelena Remus

Middle School Counselor

yremus@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Health Services
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Yelena Remus

Middle School Counselor

she/her/hers The 2021-2022 school year is Yelena’s 15th year of working as a counselor in schools—12 of which have been dedicated to working in middle schools and with middle school students. Prior to starting at BFS, she worked in public and charter school spaces. Yelena feels that it is a privilege to be able to provide social-emotional support and guidance to students as they navigate this part of their development. When she is not at school, she loves to spend time outdoors. Yelena received her BBA from Temple University, her MS from Gwynedd Mercy University and is nearing completion of her Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from Hofstra University.

yremus@brooklynfriends.org

Vanessa Reynolds

Associate Director of Early Childhood Enrollment & Financial Aid Coordinator

vreynolds@brooklynfriends.org

526

Enrollment
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Vanessa Reynolds

Associate Director of Early Childhood Enrollment & Financial Aid Coordinator

vreynolds@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #526

Michael Reynoso

Facilities Colleague

mreynoso@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Michael Reynoso

Facilities Colleague

mreynoso@brooklynfriends.org

Joy Roberts

Program Manager, Preschool and Extended Day

jroberts@brooklynfriends.org

213

Preschool BFX Extended Day
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Joy Roberts

Program Manager, Preschool and Extended Day

BS, Hunter College Community Health Education MS, NY College for Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture & Health Sciences

jroberts@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #213

Simone Robins

Lower School Associate Teacher, KA

srobins@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Simone Robins

Lower School Associate Teacher, KA

she/her/hers Prior to coming to BFS, Simone was a Family Programs Facilitator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and a School Programs Educator at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn. She enjoys connecting with—and learning from—children, witnessing the growth that occurs in the classroom over the course of a year, listening to children's ideas, and seeing the work they create. When she is not in school she loves to cook and try new foods and recipes. Simone received her BA from The George Washington University, her MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, and an English Teaching Fulbright in The Netherlands.

srobins@brooklynfriends.org

Veronica Rodriguez-Torres

Upper School Spanish Teacher

vrodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School World Languages
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Veronica Rodriguez-Torres

Upper School Spanish Teacher

she/her/hers Before coming to Brooklyn Friends, Verónica taught beginners to advanced level college courses at both Columbia University and Lebanon Valley College. She feels that a well-planned language class can be a true lesson in intercultural and international awareness. That it exposes children not only to realities different than their own, but it can also lead them to evaluate how their lifestyle and points of view are just one way among many equally valid ones of approaching the world. She has an 8-year-old beagle named Ludovicus Maximus Josephus Rodríguez Romanov. Verónica received her BA from Universidad de Puerto Rico and her PhD from Columbia University.

vrodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Brandon Roth

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

broth@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Brandon Roth

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Brandon taught introductory philosophy courses at Stony Brook University and at William Paterson University. He also worked on an organic vegetable farm for two years. He enjoys when students express wonder at questions or perspectives they had never considered before. Outside of school, he likes to do Crossfit and to listen to the music of Bob Dylan—but not usually at the same time. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

broth@brooklynfriends.org

Rachel Rowan

Preschool Green Room Head Teacher

rrowan@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Rachel Rowan

Preschool Green Room Head Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at Brooklyn Friends School, Rachel taught at small Independent preschools and also worked as a kindergarten teacher. Her favorite part of being an Early Childhood teacher is watching young minds develop a passion. When Rachel is not in school, she loves cooking and all things food related. She received her BA from Temple University and her MS from Portland State.

rrowan@brooklynfriends.org

M'Balia Rubie - Miller

Middle School Learning Specialist

mrubiemiller@brooklynfriends.org

260

Middle School
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M'Balia Rubie - Miller

Middle School Learning Specialist

she/her/hers Prior to Brooklyn Friends, M'Balia worked at Charter and Public Schools, in both Middle and Elementary levels as a classroom teacher and as a coordinator of academic support. Learning Specialists often have the opportunity to work with students for more than one year and she finds it extremely rewarding to witness the progress and growth that happens over multiple years. She is a proud native New Yorker! She received a BA in Psychology and an MSEd in Special Education.

mrubiemiller@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #260

Charlie Russell

Revenue and Receivables Accountant

crussell@brooklynfriends.org

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Finance
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Charlie Russell

Revenue and Receivables Accountant

he/him/his Prior to arriving at BFS, Charlie worked in educational finances as the Business Manager of a preschool for several years. He also served as a Financial Consultant for a firm supporting Charter Schools in the New York City area. When he is not at school, Charlie loves basketball and has played in a Thursday night game religiously for at least 25 years. He received his BA from Drew University and his MA from Rutgers. He also has a Certificate in Accounting from City University of New York.

crussell@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #223

Katie Ryan

All School Librarian

kryan@brooklynfriends.org

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Katie Ryan

All School Librarian

she/her/hers Before coming to BFS, Katie worked for six years as an elementary and middle school librarian in Franklin Park, Illinois. The favorite part of her job is sharing books and stories with children and young people. Katie has an identical twin sister who also lives in Brooklyn. If you say hello to someone you think is me and they look confused, it's probably her! She received her BA from Elmhurst University and her MLIS from Dominican University.

kryan@brooklynfriends.org

Erika Sanchez

Family Center Head Teacher

esanchez@brooklynfriends.org

347-889-5055

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Erika Sanchez

Family Center Head Teacher

esanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #347-889-5055

Maria Sanchez

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

mariasanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Mathematics
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Maria Sanchez

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

mariasanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Rose Sanchez

Facilities Colleague

rsanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Rose Sanchez

Facilities Colleague

rsanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Isabel Savenor

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2B

isavenor@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Isabel Savenor

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2B

she/her/hers Prior to coming to BFS, Isabel was in the beauty industry as a public relations account executive. She worked most notably for brands such as CoverGirl and Herbal Essences. After three and a half years in the PR industry, she decided she had a desire to help others and a love of children, which could be combined in teaching! Isabel’s favorite part about being a teacher is the relationship formed between teachers and students. Outside of school, Isabel is a huge dog lover and has a rescue pup named Ernie. She received her BA from Elon University and her MA from Hunter College.

isavenor@brooklynfriends.org

Sara Soll

Director of the Family Center

ssoll@brooklynfriends.org

347-889-5055

Family Center
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Sara Soll

Director of the Family Center

Sara arrived at BFS in 1986 after spending her first five years of teaching as an Educational Therapist in the Childlife Program at Bellevue Hospital. She then taught at Beth Elohim Nursery as Head Teacher in the Threes class and in the Terrific Twos Program for two years. Just prior to arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Sara ran a Parent Co-Op Preschool Program for five years. The favorite part of Sara’s job is the children - being part of their experience as they enter a classroom community and begin to learn how they can make a difference and an impact in their world. She and her husband, Tony, are proud parents of two Brooklyn Friends School “Lifer” alums. She received her BS from City College and her MS from Bank Street College of Education.

ssoll@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #347-889-5055

Tony Soll

Early Childhood Sing Teacher

tsoll@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool Family Center Performing Arts
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Tony Soll

Early Childhood Sing Teacher

Tony has had many jobs in addition to being a music specialist at BFS, including in childrens’ book production, as a professional bass player, and as a teacher at Bank Street School for Children, the Brooklyn New School, and, of course BFS. He received his BA from City College and his MS from Bank Street College of Education.

tsoll@brooklynfriends.org

Vernessa Soo Kim

Family Center Head Teacher

vsookim@brooklynfriends.org

Family Center
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Vernessa Soo Kim

Family Center Head Teacher

vsookim@brooklynfriends.org

Eliseo Sosa Rodriguez

Food Services Colleague

esosarodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Eliseo Sosa Rodriguez

Food Services Colleague

esosarodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Elena Speridakos

Lower School Learning Specialist (K&1)

esperidakos@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Elena Speridakos

Lower School Learning Specialist (K&1)

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends School, Elena taught at independent schools for the past eight years in Seattle, Mumbai, and Washington, D.C. She especially loves working with early childhood learners. When she is not teaching, Elena loves doing Zumba, exploring new cities, making pottery, and spending time with her dogs. She received her BA from Denison University and her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

esperidakos@brooklynfriends.org

Brian Sullivan

Upper School Dean of Students

bsullivan@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Brian Sullivan

Upper School Dean of Students

bsullivan@brooklynfriends.org

Olivia Sweet

Lower School Associate Teacher, KC

osweet@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Olivia Sweet

Lower School Associate Teacher, KC

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Olivia worked as an arts educator in museums throughout the city, such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Guggenheim. She taught art workshops, led gallery visits, and facilitated family programs as well as storytimes and early literacy classes. She loves to make things that are a part of my everyday life, including sewing, cooking, and making pottery. Olivia received her BA from William & Mary and her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

osweet@brooklynfriends.org

Thomas Talty

Physical Education Teacher and Middle and Upper School Extended Day Coordinator

ttalty@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Thomas Talty

Physical Education Teacher and Middle and Upper School Extended Day Coordinator

ttalty@brooklynfriends.org

Nancy Tanney

Preschool Music Consultant

ntanney@brooklynfriends.org

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Nancy Tanney

Preschool Music Consultant

ntanney@brooklynfriends.org

Lisa Tondo

Family Center and Upper School Nurse

ltondo@brooklynfriends.org

805

Health Services
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Lisa Tondo

Family Center and Upper School Nurse

ltondo@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #805

Brett Topel

Director of Marketing and Communications

btopel@brooklynfriends.org

209

Advancement
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Brett Topel

Director of Marketing and Communications

he/him/his Prior to arriving at Brooklyn Friends School, Brett was the Director of Communications at Buckley Country Day School on Long Island for seven years. He enjoys being able to collaborate with many different people who all have the same goal—doing what's right for the students. He has written five books about baseball—four of which are about the New York Mets. He also loves Peking Duck and the Filet-o-Fish sandwich! He received his BA from Hofstra University.

btopel@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #209

Brian Tridgell

Upper School History Teacher

btridgell@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Brian Tridgell

Upper School History Teacher

he/him/his Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Brian taught IB economics, IGCSE Global Perspectives, and ESL Geography at an international boarding school in Westchester County, New York. Prior to that he taught IB economics and Social Studies at an international school in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Brian loves to share his passion for current events, economics, and history with his students. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an M.Ed in Teaching Social Studies.

btridgell@brooklynfriends.org

Eliza Van Rootselaar

Lower School Head Teacher, 2B

evanrootselaar@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Eliza Van Rootselaar

Lower School Head Teacher, 2B

she/her/hers For several years prior to teaching, Eliza waited tables and loved it! She worked at one restaurant in particular for five years and it became her family and her second home. It also afforded her the opportunity to travel the world. Eliza has lived in Amsterdam and has traveled to Indonesia, Japan, Colombia, and hiked the Inca trail that leads to Machu Picchu in Peru. One of her favorite things is laughing with second graders! She received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and her MS from Brooklyn College.

evanrootselaar@brooklynfriends.org

Linda E. Villamarin

Preschool Associate Teacher

lvillamarin@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Linda E. Villamarin

Preschool Associate Teacher

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Linda volunteered at PS 64. She loves observing children, asking questions, and developing relationships with them on a deeper level. When she is not at school, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, and listening to music. She received her BA from Brooklyn College, he AS from Borough Manhattan Community College and also attended the University of Guayaquil in Ecuador.

lvillamarin@brooklynfriends.org

Trevaron Vinson

Physical Education Teacher

tvinson@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics
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Trevaron Vinson

Physical Education Teacher

tvinson@brooklynfriends.org

Isaiah Vogler

Facilities Colleague

ivogler@brooklynfriends.org

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Isaiah Vogler

Facilities Colleague

ivogler@brooklynfriends.org

Bina Vora

Family Center Assistant Teacher

bvora@brooklynfriends.org

Family Center
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Bina Vora

Family Center Assistant Teacher

Before arriving at BFS, Bina worked with elementary age students with challenging behaviors and provided support for them to meet all curriculum learning. Working with young children brings Bina pure joy! She likes to enjoy all aspects of life, especially engaging in conversations of positivity and where she gets to learn something new. Bina also enjoys Indian vegetarian cooking! She received her B.A. in Psychology.

bvora@brooklynfriends.org

Trish Walkin

Lower School Administrative Assistant

twalkin@brooklynfriends.org

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Lower School
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Trish Walkin

Lower School Administrative Assistant

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Trish worked at the Plymouth Church School in Brooklyn Heights. She also worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She enjoys being a part of the BFS community and working with “inspiring, extraordinary, and committed colleagues.” Trish’s daughter, Sarah, was a BFS “Lifer” and a member of the Class of 2011. Her passions include cooking, sports, Fantasy Football, manatees, and music. She is an avid Bruce Springsteen fan, having seen him in concert well over 150 times! Trish received her AAS in Business Technology from Nassau Community College.

twalkin@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #226

Eva Warren

Lower School Head Teacher, 4B

ewarren@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Eva Warren

Lower School Head Teacher, 4B

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Eva taught third grade at a small progressive school in Red Hook, NJ, as well as at a special education school on the Upper West Side called Gateway. Her favorite part of teaching is making connections with students and learning from them. When she is not at school, Eva loves spending time outdoors with her puppy, Roo. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MSEd from Bank Street College of Education.

ewarren@brooklynfriends.org

Joanne Wright

Family Center Administrative Assistant

jwright@brooklynfriends.org

517

Family Center
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Joanne Wright

Family Center Administrative Assistant

she/her/hers Joanne started her career working at major business and consulting firms, installing phone and voicemail systems.Some of her favorite clients were the Bronx Zoo and the NY Aquarium, installing phones in all the behind-the-scenes areas where the animals are cared for. Joanne enjoys helping others, loves animals, reading, travel, and being outdoors. She received her AS from SUNY Farmingdale, her BS from NYIT, and MS from NYU Polytechnic.

jwright@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #517

Tiffany Wright

Middle School English Teacher

twright@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Tiffany Wright

Middle School English Teacher

she/her/hers Tiffany Wright arrived at BFS prior to the 2021–2022 school year and brings a great deal of experience to the role of Middle School English Teacher. When she is not working with students in the classroom, she loves to travel. Tiffany received her BA from SUNY Albany, an MS from the College of Saint Rose, and an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco.

twright@brooklynfriends.org

Nitya York

Head of Middle School

nyork@brooklynfriends.org

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Middle School
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Nitya York

Head of Middle School

she/her/hers The majority of Nitya’s professional years have been in education and administration. Before arriving at BFS, she was most recently the Dean of Students for 7th & 8th grades at The Packer Collegiate Institute. Nitya is an English teacher at heart and a huge fan of Young Adult Fiction. She is an avid biker and can be seen zipping around the streets of Brooklyn (and sometimes Manhattan) on her Surly—very often with her daughter, Harlow, in tow. She received her BS from SUNY Fredonia, her MS from SUNY Fredonia, and her MS.Ed from Teachers College Columbia University.

nyork@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #221

Clarence Zachery

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

czachery@brooklynfriends.org

656

Finance
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Clarence Zachery

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Clarence served as an Investment Banker, Private Equity Professional, University and Public School Finance and Operations Professional Supporting children in their pursuit of their educational and extra-curricular aspirations. He also coaches many sports and has served as a mentor. He received his BA from Yale University, his MBA from McDonough School, his JD from Georgetown University, and his LLM from the University of Arizona.

czachery@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #656

Jingyi Zhang

Middle and Upper School Mandarin Teacher

jzhang@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School World Languages
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Jingyi Zhang

Middle and Upper School Mandarin Teacher

she/her/hers Middle and Upper School Mandarin Teacher Jingyi grew up in Xi'an, China, which was the ancient capital of 13 dynasties in Chinese history. Before coming to Brooklyn Friends, she taught Mandarin to 6-8th grade students at Village Community School in Tribeca. She also taught AP mandarin courses in New York City Public High School, where she designed the Mandarin Chinese curriculum. She received her BA from Shaanxi Normal University in China and her MA in from NYU.

jzhang@brooklynfriends.org

Colleague Spotlight

Bill Livingston

Upper School Science Teacher and CAS Coordinator

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Bill Livingston

Upper School Science Teacher and CAS Coordinator

he/him/his Bill has taught many different courses in the IB, as well as being the IB DP Coordinator at two schools internationally. He also founded an environmental education non-profit called ‘The BioBoat’ to bring students to the natural watery wildernesses of our city's rivers, lakes, and shores. He has two daughters who add light to his life. He received a BA from Middlebury College and a MA from Michigan State University.

blivingston@brooklynfriends.org

Brian Tridgell

Upper School History Teacher

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Brian Tridgell

Upper School History Teacher

he/him/his Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Brian taught IB economics, IGCSE Global Perspectives, and ESL Geography at an international boarding school in Westchester County, New York. Prior to that he taught IB economics and Social Studies at an international school in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Brian loves to share his passion for current events, economics, and history with his students. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an M.Ed in Teaching Social Studies.

btridgell@brooklynfriends.org

Caroline Bannan

Lower School Head Teacher, 3C

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Caroline Bannan

Lower School Head Teacher, 3C

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Caroline taught English at elementary schools in Marseille. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know the children and their families and watching students learn and grow. She loves collaborating with her colleagues and outside of school loves camping, hiking, and cooking. Caroline has a BA from Oberlin College and an MSEd from Bank Street College.

cbannan@brooklynfriends.org

Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and Interim Director of Extended Day

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Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and Interim Director of Extended Day

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Camille worked in Children's Theater. The favorite part of her job is nurturing the social emotional well being of the students. She is also a karaoke and cupcake enthusiast. She received undergrad and graduate degrees from NYU. I have my undergrad and Graduate Degree in Educational Theater- using drama as a teaching tool across subjects.

cfobbs@brooklynfriends.org

Caleb Miller

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

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Caleb Miller

Middle and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

he/him/his Caleb has been working in education for 18 years, teaching many age ranges, from Pre-K at Alonzo Daughtry Daycare to high school students at the International Center of Photography. He was a founding teacher at Excellence Boys Charter school, where he taught art to students grades K through 7. At BFS, Caleb has taught many different classes, including: Woodworking, 6th grade Ceramics, 5th grade Art Studio, Digital Photography, Video Production, Sculpture, and US Studio Art. When he is not at school, Caleb enjoys spending time outdoors. He received his BA from Oberlin College and MA from Hunter College.

cmiller@brooklynfriends.org

Daniel Paccione

Assistant Head of Upper School for Academics

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Daniel Paccione

Assistant Head of Upper School for Academics

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Daniel was the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Support at EF Academy New York. In this role, Daniel led a team of Counselors and University Advisors who were focused on providing the highest quality experience for every single student at our school. Daniel has traveled to 48 countries and looks forward to growing that list! He received his BA from Hunter College and MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.

dpaccione@brooklynfriends.org

Hannah Munger

Lower School Head Teacher, 2A

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Hannah Munger

Lower School Head Teacher, 2A

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Hannah enjoyed working for arts organizations and artists in New York, India, and Germany. She pursued a master's degree in museum education which happily led her to classroom teaching. Before Brooklyn Friends, she taught at two nearby Brooklyn elementary schools. When not at school, Hannah loves to eat, cook, and learn about food! She received her BA from Barnard College and her MS from Bank Street College of Education.

hmunger@brooklynfriends.org

Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher

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Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

``The genuine relationships that BFS teachers create with the children speaks to how special and unique they are as people and professionals.”

Lower School Parent