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Colleague Directory

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Title

Email

Extension

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

He/Him/His Razi has taught at BFS for over a decade. Before arriving on Pearl Street, following earlier careers as an art handler, photographer, print shop manager, chef, and cooking instructor, Razi taught at a variety of public and private schools. Razi enjoys that every year he works with a new group of students and gets to discover and work with their individual learning styles. When he’s not in the classroom, Razi loves to play basketball, ride his bicycle through the crowded NYC streets, practice Mixed Martial Arts, and cook food for his family and friends. Razi holds a BA from Bard College and a M.Ed from Bank Street.

rarahman@brooklynfriends.org

Brittany Adkins-Williams

Assistant Director of Technology

badkinswilliams@brooklynfriends.org

Technology
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Brittany Adkins-Williams

Assistant Director of Technology

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

Idris Agbaje

Head Coach, Boys JV Basketball

BFSCoachIdrisA@gmail.com

Athletics
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Idris Agbaje

Head Coach, Boys JV Basketball

BFSCoachIdrisA@gmail.com

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, 1A

lalbuquerque@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Lia Albuquerque

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1A

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 Head Teacher, 4C

tali@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Tasfia Ali

Lower School Head Teacher, 4C

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 Spanish

kallen@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Kim Allen

Middle School Spanish

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

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

Custodian

sandrade@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Sobeira Andrade

Custodian

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

Custodian

carce@brooklynfriends.org

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Charitin Arce

Custodian

carce@brooklynfriends.org

Jose Arcila

Assistant Director of Facilities & Maintenance

jarcila@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Jose Arcila

Assistant Director of Facilities & Maintenance

jarcila@brooklynfriends.org

Samuel Ashmore

Lower School Head Teacher, 1B

sashmore@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Samuel Ashmore

Lower School Head Teacher, 1B

sashmore@brooklynfriends.org

Adam Atherton

All-School Systems Manager and Scheduler

aatherton@brooklynfriends.org

Technology
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Adam Atherton

All-School Systems Manager and Scheduler

he/him/his Before arriving at BFS, Adam was the Registrar and Assistant Head of Upper School at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island of Hawaii. He greatly enjoys being able to work with the entire school community in the charge of creating the best student experience possible. He loves to ride bikes and has a beautiful five year old boy named Aengus. He has a M.Ed from Trinity College in Dublin.

aatherton@brooklynfriends.org

Amadou Ba

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Lunch Helper

aba@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Amadou Ba

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Lunch Helper

aba@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

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Katie was a classroom teacher for 12 years. teaching English on a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan to 1st–6th graders. Following that, Katie taught 4th grade, 3rd grade, and 1st grade in independent schools in New York. When she is not at BFS, Katie enjoys baking and reading all sorts of books. She received her B.A. from Vassar College, her MSed from Bank Street College, and her M.A. from Teachers College.

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

Loreto Barranco

Lower School Spanish Teacher

lbarranco@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Loreto Barranco

Lower School Spanish Teacher

she/her Prior to arriving at BFS, Loreto taught English for more than 10 years in an independent school in Spain, as well as English for Business for different multinationals. Right before joining BFS, she worked as a Spanish instructor at Stony Brook University. In 2021, Loreto became the mother to a wonderful child named Justice. She says that the name is a reflection of all she lives and works for. She received degrees from Universidad de Almería and Stony Brook University.

lbarranco@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

Matt Batastini

General Counsel and Human Resources Director

MBatastini@brooklynfriends.org

Human Resources
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Matt Batastini

General Counsel and Human Resources Director

MBatastini@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 Performing Arts
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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

Anamaria Beard

BFX Teacher

abeard@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Anamaria Beard

BFX Teacher

abeard@brooklynfriends.org

Allen Boseman

Head Coach, Boys Middle School Basketball & Boys Varsity Baseball; Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Soccer

BFSCoachAllenB@gmail.com

Athletics
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Allen Boseman

Head Coach, Boys Middle School Basketball & Boys Varsity Baseball; Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Soccer

BFSCoachAllenB@gmail.com

Katie Bradley

Middle School Science Teacher

kbradley@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Science
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Katie Bradley

Middle School Science Teacher

she/her Before arriving at BFS, Katie taught high school math and science at an independent school in NYC. Before teaching, she taught and did research about sustainable and just food systems. More specifically, she spent over a year as a traveling faculty member for a multi-country study program for college students about food systems and food justice (International Honors Program). She especially loves when she gets to witness a spark going off, a new connection being made, or a student really making their learning their own, either through new inquiry/curiosity or integrating new learning in their life/way of being. When she is not at work, Katie loves the ocean! She as a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS from University of California/Davis, and a PhD from University of California/Davis.

kbradley@brooklynfriends.org

Christian Brown

Director of Athletic Program and Vision

crbrown@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics
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Christian Brown

Director of Athletic Program and Vision

crbrown@brooklynfriends.org

Tracy Bucci

Upper School World Languages Teacher

tbucci@brooklynfriends.org

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Upper School
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Tracy Bucci

Upper School World Languages Teacher

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 Choral Teacher

sbuck@brooklynfriends.org

Performing Arts
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Stephen Buck

Middle and Upper School Choral Teacher

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

Director of Dining Services

tbuckley@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Tom Buckley

Director of Dining Services

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

Latrina Buckner

Safety Officer

lbuckner@brooklynfriends.org

Security
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Latrina Buckner

Safety Officer

lbuckner@brooklynfriends.org

Mark Buenzle

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

mbuenzle@brooklynfriends.org

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Upper School
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Mark Buenzle

Upper School Visual Arts 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

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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

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Head of School's Office
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Crissy Caceres

Head of School

ccaceres@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #216

Michael Capers

Custodian

mcapers@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Michael Capers

Custodian

mcapers@brooklynfriends.org

Sharon Carter

Preschool Head Teacher, Red Room

scarter@brooklynfriends.org

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Preschool
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Sharon Carter

Preschool Head Teacher, Red Room

Sharon is an expert early childhood educator in her 30th year at Brooklyn Friends School. She particularly enjoys crafting nurturing and holistic curriculum ideas, mentoring new teachers, and working to support parents. Sharon is a graduate of Medgar Evers College (CUNY University) in Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about social justice and building communities in the classroom and beyond.

scarter@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #349

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

Maman Cisse

Upper School Learning Specialist

mcisse@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Maman Cisse

Upper School Learning Specialist

She/Her/Hers Prior to joining BFS, Maman worked at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School as a fifth and sixth grade Science and History Learning Specialist. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a linguist for immigration law firms and courts translating and interpreting documents. She loves having beautiful daily interactions, during which students share about their lives, hobbies, vacations, etc. She speaks five languages. She has degrees from City University and the Relay Graduate School of Education

mcisse@brooklynfriends.org

Catherine Clark

Upper School Theater Teacher

cclark@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Performing Arts
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Catherine Clark

Upper School Theater Teacher

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

Henry Clark

Middle School Humanities and English Teacher; Head Coach, Boys Middle School Soccer

hclark@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School English Athletics
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Henry Clark

Middle School Humanities and English Teacher; Head Coach, Boys Middle School Soccer

hclark@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

Preschool Associate Teacher, Blue Room

ccleckley@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Chantel Cleckley

Preschool Associate Teacher, Blue Room

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; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Basketball; Head Coach, Girls Middle School Softball

kclinchy@brooklynfriends.org

661

Middle School Athletics
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Kathleen Clinchy

Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Basketball; Head Coach, Girls Middle School Softball

kclinchy@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #661

Melanie Closs

BFX Teacher

mcloss@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Melanie Closs

BFX Teacher

mcloss@brooklynfriends.org

Katherine Coates

World Languages Teacher - Leave Replacement

kcoates@brooklynfriends.org

World Languages Upper School
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Katherine Coates

World Languages Teacher - Leave Replacement

kcoates@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

Brandon Colon

Head Coach, Girls Middle School Soccer & Basketball; Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity Softball

BFSCoachBrandonC@gmail.com

Athletics
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Brandon Colon

Head Coach, Girls Middle School Soccer & Basketball; Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity Softball

BFSCoachBrandonC@gmail.com

Guadalupe Concannon

Accountant

lconcannon@brooklynfriends.org

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Finance
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Guadalupe Concannon

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

In-House IT Specialist

dconrad@brooklynfriends.org

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David Conrad

In-House IT 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

Emma Cothren

Middle School Humanities and English Teacher

ecothren@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School English
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Emma Cothren

Middle School Humanities and English Teacher

she/her/hers Emma worked at five different independent schools across three states prior to coming to Brooklyn Friends. Most recently, she spent two years as a 3rd grade teacher at Avenues. Emma is a runner who has completed four marathons. She is very close with her parents and her entire family is very important to her. Emma received her BA from Barnard College.

ecothren@brooklynfriends.org

Emily Cowles

Associate Director - Communications, Community Engagement, and School Events

ecowles@brooklynfriends.org

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Advancement
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Emily Cowles

Associate Director - Communications, Community Engagement, and School Events

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

Cameron Crump

Lower School Associate Teacher, KB

ccrump@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Cameron Crump

Lower School Associate Teacher, KB

He/Him/His Before arriving at BFS, Cameron worked at several schools in the independent school community, including Ethical Culture Fieldston School and City & Country in associate roles. During the summers he has held director positions at sleepaway camps in New York, Pennsylvania, and California. He has also been the instructor, director, and creator of musical performance programs for Independent schools and summer camps. When he is not working, Cameron loves close-up and card magic. He has a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Developmental Psychology.

ccrump@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

Jon DeGraff, Ph.D.

Upper School History Teacher

jdegraff@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Jon DeGraff, 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

Elizabeth Deull

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

edeull@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Visual Arts
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Elizabeth Deull

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

She/Her/Hers After completing her Masters in painting, Elizabeth exhibited in various galleries as a professional artist. During this time, she also worked in two Chelsea galleries where she assisted in curating and running all aspects of artists' exhibitions. Additionally, she became an adjunct professor in the art department at NYU'S Steinhardt School of Education, which piqued her interest in going back to school to become a K-12 Art Educator. She then worked in a variety of educational settings, including many schools through the Studio in a School program. Elizabeth loves working with her IB students and helping to guide them on their artistic journeys. When not at BFS, creating is still a way of life for her, even if it is simply cooking a yummy meal or making a really cool fort "installation" with her kids at home. Elizabeth holds a BFA from School of The Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in Studio Arts from the NYU Steinhardt School of Education, and a Certificate from the Art Education MA program at Brooklyn College.

edeull@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

Keith Drysdale

Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball

keith.drysdale@gmail.com

Athletics
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Keith Drysdale

Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball

keith.drysdale@gmail.com

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

Custodian

qduran@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Quenia Duran

Custodian

qduran@brooklynfriends.org

Joyce Duverce

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Major Gifts

jduverce@brooklynfriends.org

Advancement
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Joyce Duverce

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Major Gifts

jduverce@brooklynfriends.org

Lauren Dwyer

Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Basketball

BFSCoachLaurenD@gmail.com

Athletics
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Lauren Dwyer

Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Basketball

BFSCoachLaurenD@gmail.com

Stephen Eckert

Middle School Drama Teacher and Productions Manager

seckert@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Performing Arts
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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 Institutional Advancement

kedelman@brooklynfriends.org

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Advancement
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Karen Edelman

Director of Institutional 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

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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

jedmonds@brooklynfriends.org

317

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Jonathan Edmonds

Lower School Math Specialist

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

Middle & Upper School World Languages Teacher

vehler@brooklynfriends.org

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Vanessa Ehler

Middle & 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 Associate Teacher, 3C

nemery@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Natalie Emery

Lower School Associate Teacher, 3C

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 dancing and nature, and to hike and camp with her husband, kids, and dog Rocket. She received her BA from UMass and her MSW from Fordham.

nemery@brooklynfriends.org

Hande Erkin-Guler

Preschool Head Teacher, Green Room

herkinguler@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Hande Erkin-Guler

Preschool Head Teacher, Green Room

herkinguler@brooklynfriends.org

Lisa Favata

Human Resources Manager

lfavata@brooklynfriends.org

x203

Human Resources
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Lisa Favata

Human Resources Manager

lfavata@brooklynfriends.org

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Jill Fiengo

Lower School Head Teacher, 1C

jfiengo@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Jill Fiengo

Lower School Head Teacher, 1C

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

Johnuel Fland

Assistant Coach, Boys JV Basketball

Johnuel83@gmail.com

Athletics
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Johnuel Fland

Assistant Coach, Boys JV Basketball

Johnuel83@gmail.com

Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and Director of Extended Day

cfobbs@brooklynfriends.org

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Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and 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

Safety Officer

cfoote@brooklynfriends.org

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Security
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Cheryl Foote

Safety Officer

cfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #200

Donna Foote

Safety Officer

dfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Security
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Donna Foote

Safety Officer

dfoote@brooklynfriends.org

Shari Franco

Head Coach, Middle School & Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track, Squash, and Track

BFSCoachShariF@gmail.com

Athletics
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Shari Franco

Head Coach, Middle School & Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track, Squash, and Track

BFSCoachShariF@gmail.com

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

Charles Fulco

Upper School Science Teacher

cfulco@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
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Charles Fulco

Upper School Science Teacher

cfulco@brooklynfriends.org

Alexa Galberth

Upper School Counselor

agalberth@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Alexa Galberth

Upper School Counselor

agalberth@brooklynfriends.org

Erika Garcia

Preschool Head Teacher, Blue Room

esanchez@brooklynfriends.org

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Erika Garcia

Preschool Head Teacher, Blue Room

she/her/hers Erika finds joy in engaging with the many different students, families, and colleagues at BFS each day. Erika holds a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education.

esanchez@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

Luis Garcia Filpo

Custodian

lgarciafilpo@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Luis Garcia Filpo

Custodian

lgarciafilpo@brooklynfriends.org

David Gardella

Director of Athletic Operations & Management; Head Coach, Girls Varsity Softball

dgardella@brooklynfriends.org

234

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David Gardella

Director of Athletic Operations & Management; Head Coach, Girls Varsity Softball

he/his David has been a key part of the BFS community for more than 25 years. This school year, he transitions into the role of Director of Athletic Operations & Management. In the past, he has been BFS’ Director of Athletics and Physical Education. He also coaches various teams at Brooklyn Friends. During his “free time” David is involved with Division 1 College Basketball and NBA games and serves as a volunteer for the Camp Friendship Youth Basketball Program in Brooklyn, which is one of his personal highlights. He has a B.S. from St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.

dgardella@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #234

Julie Gibson

Lower School Dance Teacher

jgibson@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Performing Arts
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Julie Gibson

Lower School Dance Teacher

she/her/hers Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends School, Julie taught dance full time for the NYC Department of Education. She spent 17 years teaching dance for grades 6-8 at Middle School 51, and 3 years teaching dance at P.S. 295 for grades Pre-K through 5. Julie has also performed professionally with several New York-based dance companies and choreographers. Sharing her love of dance and making meaningful connections with students and colleagues is extremely important to her. Julie lives spending time with her family and dogs! She has degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, and NYU Steinhardt School of Education.

jgibson@brooklynfriends.org

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 Head Teacher, Yellow Room

zgstewart@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Zoe Goldberg-Stewart

Preschool Head Teacher, Yellow Room

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

Joe Gordon

Head Coach, Girls Middle School Volleyball

gordonjm3@gmail.com

Athletics
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Joe Gordon

Head Coach, Girls Middle School Volleyball

gordonjm3@gmail.com

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

Oliver Gray

Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball

BFSCoachOliverG@gmail.com

Athletics
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Oliver Gray

Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball

BFSCoachOliverG@gmail.com

Millicent Green

Executive Assistant to the CFOO & Hiring Coordinator

mgreen@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Millicent Green

Executive Assistant to the CFOO & Hiring Coordinator

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

Alex Guzchenko

Director of Facilities

aguzchenko@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Alex Guzchenko

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

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

Courtney Hogue

Upper School Science Teacher

chogue@brooklynfriends.org

Science Upper School
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Courtney Hogue

Upper School Science Teacher

chogue@brooklynfriends.org

Tony Holder

Assistant Coach, Boys Middle School Basketball

TH0073@sunysullivan.edu

Athletics
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Tony Holder

Assistant Coach, Boys Middle School Basketball

TH0073@sunysullivan.edu

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

Admir Ivojevic

Physical Education Teacher; Head Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer; Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball

aivojevic@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics Middle School
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Admir Ivojevic

Physical Education Teacher; Head Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer; Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball

aivojevic@brooklynfriends.org

Amelia Jenison

Lower School Music Teacher

ajenison@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Performing Arts
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Amelia Jenison

Lower School Music Teacher

She/Her/Hers Amelia grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Before arriving at BFS, she taught K-8 General Music and Chorus in Massachusetts. She has experience in music directing children's theater productions, as well as serving as a professional cantor and choral singer. Her favorite part of teaching music is experiencing the joy that the children bring to music. Amelia holds a Post Baccalaureate License in Music Education from Gordon College, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from DePauw University.

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

she/her/hers Before arriving at BFS, Uniysha was a pre-kindergarten teacher and direct support professional for children with special needs. She shares that she views each day at school as an opportunity to teach as well as be taught in return by her students. Uniysha enjoys traveling, spa dates, and trying new restaurants. She holds an Associate’s Degree in educational studies with a concentration in grades 1-6, a Bachelor's Degree in psychology, and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

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. 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

Ellen Kahan

Middle & Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

ekahan@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School Visual Arts
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Ellen Kahan

Middle & Upper 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

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 Head Teacher, Orange Room

rkleinman@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Rachel Kleinman

Preschool Head Teacher, Orange Room

she/her/hers Before arriving on Pearl Street, Rachel taught preschool in Brookline, MA. She shares that she loves that each day in the Preschool is a new and exciting adventure. Rachel loves to read in her free time. Rachel holds a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College as well as an M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.

rkleinman@brooklynfriends.org

James Kotak

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2A

jkotak@brooklynfriends.org

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James Kotak

Lower School Associate Teacher, 2A

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
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Lucien Kouassi

Upper School Science Teacher

lkouassi@brooklynfriends.org

Kathryn Krase

Head Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach

BFSCoachKathrynK@gmail.com

Athletics
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Kathryn Krase

Head Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach

BFSCoachKathrynK@gmail.com

Joel Kwabi

Upper School Math Teacher

jkwabi@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Mathematics
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Joel Kwabi

Upper School Math Teacher

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

Zachary LaMalfa

BFX Teacher

zlamalfa@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Zachary LaMalfa

BFX Teacher

zlamalfa@brooklynfriends.org

Jaime Lassman

Educational Technology Teacher

jlassman@brooklynfriends.org

Technology Middle School
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Jaime Lassman

Educational Technology Teacher

he/him/his Jaime has worked as a third and fourth grader teacher, and has served as Director of Technology Integration and Curriculum Mapping, Director of Studies, and Head of Lower School at schools in Delaware, Kentucky, and Ohio. He loves designing curriculum and solving puzzles. He has degrees from the University of Delaware and the University of Kentucky.

jlassman@brooklynfriends.org

Rebecca Lawrence

Preschool Associate Teacher, Orange Room

rlawrence@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Rebecca Lawrence

Preschool Associate Teacher, Orange Room

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

Brandon Ledesma '13

Athletics Home Game Operations

BFSCoachBrandonL@gmail.com

Athletics
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Brandon Ledesma '13

Athletics Home Game Operations

BFSCoachBrandonL@gmail.com

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 Rita 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

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

silee@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Visual Arts
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Sinae Lee

Upper School Visual Arts Teacher

Prior to arriving at BFS, Sinae taught art at several different colleges in the tristate area, as well as in Denver and Philadelphia. Sinae is a practicing artist, and has exhibited widely, both domestically and abroad. In 2007, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to research and make artwork about gender and human rights issues in the Netherlands. Her favorite part of teaching art is creating a safe outlet for students to express themselves artistically. Sinae loves hiking, running, and swimming. She holds an M.F.A. from University of Pennsylvania, a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, and attended the Center for Art and Culture, American University, Aix-en-Provence, France.

silee@brooklynfriends.org

Luis Leon

Custodian

leon@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Luis Leon

Custodian

leon@brooklynfriends.org

Nick Lerangis

Lower School Associate Teacher, KA

nlerangis@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Nick Lerangis

Lower School Associate Teacher, KA

nlerangis@brooklynfriends.org

Amin Linder

Head Coach, Boys Middle School Baseball

BFSCoachAminL@gmail.com

Athletics
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Amin Linder

Head Coach, Boys Middle School Baseball

BFSCoachAminL@gmail.com

David Liu

Handyperson Helper

dliu@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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David Liu

Handyperson Helper

dliu@brooklynfriends.org

Kin Liu

Handyperson

kliu@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Kin Liu

Handyperson

kliu@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 & All School Well-Being Coordinator

rmaldonado@brooklynfriends.org

222

Lower School Health Services
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Rachel Maldonado

Lower School Psychologist & All School Well-Being Coordinator

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

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

Prep Person

amartinez@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Amarfi Martinez

Prep Person

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

Custodian

sMatthias@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Sean Matthias

Custodian

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

Kevin McDonald

Assistant Director of Dining Services

kmcdonald@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Kevin McDonald

Assistant Director of Dining Services

kmcdonald@brooklynfriends.org

Ruth A. McQuiggan

Preschool Associate Teacher, Yellow Room

rmcquiggan@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Ruth A. McQuiggan

Preschool Associate Teacher, Yellow Room

she/her/hers Ruth A. started her career after college working in theater. Soon after, she began working in commercial production as a producer and editor. She eventually directed a documentary about fertility and modern concepts of motherhood. However, Ruth A. shares that her richest experience learning about early childhood came when she stepped away from her professional life to raise her two children. Ruth A. shares that she takes April Fools Day very seriously and looks forward to it each year with much excitement. Ruth A. holds a B.A. in Film from Hampshire College.

rmcquiggan@brooklynfriends.org

Cory Meara-Bainbridge

Lower School Head Teacher, Leave Replacement, 2A

cmearabainbridge@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Cory Meara-Bainbridge

Lower School Head Teacher, Leave Replacement, 2A

cmearabainbridge@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

Olivier Miller

Head Girls JV Volleyball Coach; Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Volleyball

BFSCoachOlivierM@gmail.com

Athletics
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Olivier Miller

Head Girls JV Volleyball Coach; Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity Volleyball

BFSCoachOlivierM@gmail.com

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, Green Room

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher, Green Room

Jazz is a singer and dancer who loves to promote an environment of artistic and holistic exploration. She has worked in the Brooklyn Friends School Preschool, Afterschool, and Camps. A marathon runner, she organized the Brooklyn Friends School Community Running Team in 2014, in sponsorship of our Student Financial Aid Fund. Jazz is an anti-bias education leader and has worked as a facilitator for our Upper School Latinx and The Youth Action Project of WPC (White Privilege Conference) student groups. She is an alumna of Brooklyn Friends, graduating in the class of 1998.

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

Patrick Morris

Prep Person - Dining Services

emorris@brooklynfrieds.org

Dining Services
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Patrick Morris

Prep Person - Dining Services

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

Kevin Murungi

Director of Global Civic Engagement and Service Learning

kmurungi@brooklynfriends.org

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Kevin Murungi

Director of Global Civic Engagement and Service Learning

He/Him/His Before arriving at BFS, Kevin was the Director of Global Extensions at Avenues The World School. He deeply enjoys working with young people to activate their global citizenship and develop the core competencies that will enable them to actively, thoughtfully, critically, and ethically engage with the world around them and help make it a more just and sustainable place. He was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and encourages everyone to visit Kenya. He loves to travel and is a big fan of football (or what's referred to as soccer in these parts). He received his BA from Middlebury College and his MA from American University.

kmurungi@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; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Volleyball

anguyen@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics Middle School
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AJ Nguyen

Physical Education Teacher; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Volleyball

anguyen@brooklynfriends.org

Jason Novak

Head of Lower School

jnovak@brooklynfriends.org

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Lower School
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Jason Novak

Head of Lower School

he/him/his Prior to arriving at Brooklyn Friends School, Jason served as the Director of Primary School, K-5 at the Lowell School in Washington, D.C. He has served school populations in Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. in both public and independent school settings. In addition to his roles as school administrator, and formerly as music educator and choral director, Jason worked closely with educational and child advocacy groups, including the National Association for Independent Schools, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators, the Human Rights Campaign, the Friends Council on Education, and local and national chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Jason also has facilitated work in the areas of white identity, white affinity, diversity, and inclusion, and has served as a member of the faculty for the NAIS School Leadership Institute. Jason enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He received his BS in Music Education, K-12, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and his MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

jnovak@brooklynfriends.org

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Elena Novikova

First Cook - Dining Services

enovikova@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Elena Novikova

First Cook - Dining Services

enovikova@brooklynfriends.org

Megan Nuxoll

Chief of Staff to the Head of School

mnuxoll@brooklynfriends.org

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Megan Nuxoll

Chief of Staff to the Head of School

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

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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

Ana Oropeza-Parra

Preschool and Lower School Librarian

aoropeza-parra@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool Lower School Library
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Ana Oropeza-Parra

Preschool and Lower School Librarian

aoropeza-parra@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

Custodian

dOrtizContreras@brooklynfriends.org

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Dora Ortiz Contreras

Custodian

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

Custodian

MPaniaguaColas@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Mariano Paniagua Colas

Custodian

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

Danielle Perkins

Middle School English Teacher

dperkins@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Danielle Perkins

Middle School English Teacher

dperkins@brooklynfriends.org

Heather Phan

Upper School Science Teacher

hphan@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
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Heather Phan

Upper School Science Teacher

hphan@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

Custodian

jpimentel@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Joanna Pimentel

Custodian

jpimentel@brooklynfriends.org

Jamie Pine

Assistant Director of Admissions and Retention

jpine@brooklynfriends.org

Enrollment
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Jamie Pine

Assistant Director of Admissions and Retention

jpine@brooklynfriends.org

Mary Post

Preschool Dance Consultant

mpost@brooklynfriends.org

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Mary Post

Preschool Dance Consultant

Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Mary was the Pre K, Kindergarten and 1st grade dance teacher at The Berkeley Carroll School for 15 years. Mary currently also teaches dance to 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and Kindergarteners at The Riverside Church Weekday School where she’s worked for 12 years. Mary studied in the Teacher’s College Dance Education Master’s Degree program and approaches her work from the perspective of play-based learning. She uses Laban concepts and explores dance through the lense of space, time, energy and shape. Mary uses a great deal of literature in her work and loves helping children explore words kinesthetically.

mpost@brooklynfriends.org

Alyssa Postman Putzel

Lower School Learning Specialist

apostmanputzel@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Alyssa Postman Putzel

Lower School Learning Specialist

she/her/hers Prior to arriving at BFS, Alyssa taught elementary special education for 10 years, initially in charter schools and most recently for seven years at Mary McDowell Friends School. She greatly enjoys watching students grow, not only in academics, but in their confidence over the course of each year, and as they realize greater access to all the doors that literacy can open! Alyssa’s favorite places in NYC are the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Governor's Island. She has a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MAT from National Louis University.

apostmanputzel@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

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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

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Melissa Providence

Director of Enrollment Management

mprovidence@brooklynfriends.org

Enrollment
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Melissa Providence

Director of Enrollment Management

mprovidence@brooklynfriends.org

Michael Rae-Grant

Lower School Head Teacher, 1A

mraegrant@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Michael Rae-Grant

Lower School Head Teacher, 1A

he/him/his Before arriving on Pearl Street, Michael taught 1st and 2nd grade in Brooklyn for 11 years and then taught Master’s courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, worked as a staff developer supporting several schools in growing their K-2 literacy practices, and designed a line of "decodable" books for early readers. Michael shares that he loves helping students learn together, laugh together, and grow into the citizenry our democracy needs. He also enjoys learning about New York City history. Michael holds a BA in English from Yale University, an MSEd in Childhood Education from Hunter College, and is working toward an EdD in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.

mraegrant@brooklynfriends.org

Jay Rapp

Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives & Alumni Relations

jrapp@brooklynfriends.org

Advancement
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Jay Rapp

Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives & Alumni Relations

he/him/his Jay began his career teaching at-risk students in a public school, served as assistant principal for a large middle school for three years, and worked at a day and Fountain Valley boarding school in Colorado, where he started as Assistant Director of Admission and moved into Director of Residential Life and Director of Studies. Most recently, Jay was a consultant for Mission & Data and served as their Leadership Strategist and Executive Coach. He loves working with different constituency groups in support of education. In his time away from work, Jay loves to travel and have been to more than 25 different countries around the world. He has a BA from Kalamazoo College, an MA from Eastern Michigan University, and is a Certified Executive Coach, iPEC.

jrapp@brooklynfriends.org

Vanessa Reynolds

Dean of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Preschool Enrollment

vreynolds@brooklynfriends.org

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Enrollment
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Vanessa Reynolds

Dean of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Preschool Enrollment

vreynolds@brooklynfriends.org

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Michael Reynoso

Utility Person

mreynoso@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Michael Reynoso

Utility Person

mreynoso@brooklynfriends.org

Joy Roberts

Program Manager, Preschool and Extended Day

jroberts@brooklynfriends.org

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Preschool BFX Extended Day
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Joy Roberts

Program Manager, Preschool and Extended Day

she/her/hers Before coming to Brooklyn Friends in 2014, Joy spent many years as a health educator and advocate working with community organizations and non-profit groups. She has a deep interest in holistic and traditional healing and received a degree in Chinese medicine. From 2007 to 2017, Joy had an acupuncture practice in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Joy loves being surrounded each day by the wonderfully playful, curious, and observant children in the preschool. Joy holds a B.S. in Community Health Education from Hunter College as well as a B.S. in Health Science and an M.S. in Chinese Medicine from NY College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

jroberts@brooklynfriends.org

Ext. #213

Simone Robins

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1B

srobins@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School
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Simone Robins

Lower School Associate Teacher, 1B

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

Doris Rodriguez-Graber

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

drodriguezgrabe@brooklynfriends.org

Lower School Visual Arts
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Doris Rodriguez-Graber

Lower School Visual Arts Teacher

drodriguezgrabe@brooklynfriends.org

Veronica Rodriguez-Torres

Upper School World Languages Teacher

vrodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School World Languages
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Veronica Rodriguez-Torres

Upper School World Languages 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

Maegen J. Rose

Director of Library and Upper School Librarian

mjrose@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Library
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Maegen J. Rose

Director of Library and Upper School Librarian

mjrose@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

M'Balia Rubie - Miller

Middle School Learning Specialist & All School Learning Support Coordinator

mrubiemiller@brooklynfriends.org

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Middle School
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M'Balia Rubie - Miller

Middle School Learning Specialist & All School Learning Support Coordinator

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

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Charlie Russell

Revenue and Receivables Accountant

crussell@brooklynfriends.org

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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

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Katie Ryan

Lower & Middle School Librarian

kryan@brooklynfriends.org

Library Middle School
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Katie Ryan

Lower & Middle 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

Bianca Sanchez

BFX Teacher

bsanchez@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Bianca Sanchez

BFX Teacher

bsanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Maria Sanchez

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

mariasanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Mathematics
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Maria Sanchez

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

she/her/hers Maria loves working with middle school students, having taught 5th through 8th grade throughout her career. She is passionate about math. However, in addition to teaching content, she believes that students need to be empowered to view themselves as mathematicians. One of her goals in every class is to foster a growth mindset by encouraging students to take risks, embrace mistakes, and continue to challenge themselves. Maria lives in Queens with her son and enjoys reading, dancing, working out, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.Maria holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Mathematics Education from Brooklyn College.

mariasanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Rose Sanchez

Custodian

rsanchez@brooklynfriends.org

Facilities
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Rose Sanchez

Custodian

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

Tony Soll

Early Childhood Sing Teacher

tsoll@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool 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

Eliseo Sosa Rodriguez

Grill/Prep Cook - Dining Services

esosarodriguez@brooklynfriends.org

Dining Services
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Eliseo Sosa Rodriguez

Grill/Prep Cook - Dining Services

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

Michal Stobierski

Upper School Science Teacher

mstobierski@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School Science
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Michal Stobierski

Upper School Science Teacher

mstobierski@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

He/Him/His Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Brian taught at several independent schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He also spent years working with young people in summer camps as well as delivering pizza for Dominos (very well, he adds!) Brian holds an M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies and a B.A. in History and Political Science.

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 Athletics
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Thomas Talty

Physical Education Teacher and Middle and Upper School Extended Day Coordinator

he/him/his Before arriving at Brooklyn Friends, Tommy taught Kindergarten and 1st grade at KIPP: THRIVE Academy. Tommy loves getting to witness the growth of his students and student-athletes over time. In his free time, Tommy is an avid golf and softball player. He received a B.A. in Economics from The University of Connecticut and is currently enrolled in an M.Ed. program in Sports Administration at The University of Miami.

ttalty@brooklynfriends.org

Nancy Tanney

Preschool Music Consultant

ntanney@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool Performing Arts
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Nancy Tanney

Preschool Music Consultant

Nancy is the Preschool Music teacher and is in her 15th year teaching at Brooklyn Friends School. Once a week, Nancy teaches songs and rhythm instruments, and helps everyone move and groove to music! In past years Nancy has taught Music at the Family Center and to our Kindergarteners. She has also taught Science in the Kindergarten and First Grade.

ntanney@brooklynfriends.org

Sharesa Thomas

Athletic Trainer

sthomas@brooklynfriends.org

Athletics
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Sharesa Thomas

Athletic Trainer

sthomas@brooklynfriends.org

Stephen Thompson

BFX Teacher

sthompson@brooklynfriends.org

BFX Extended Day
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Stephen Thompson

BFX Teacher

sthompson@brooklynfriends.org

Brett Topel

Director of Marketing and Communications; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Softball

btopel@brooklynfriends.org

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Brett Topel

Director of Marketing and Communications; Assistant Coach, Girls Middle School Softball

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

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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

Naomi Varnis

Associate Director of College Counseling

nvarnis@brooklynfriends.org

College Counseling
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Naomi Varnis

Associate Director of College Counseling

she/her Before coming to Brooklyn Friends, Naomi worked in undergraduate admissions at Columbia University, where she got to travel to different cities and high schools around the country speaking about college, read applications and work to support students with QuestBridge and Academic Success Program. She loves working with students to imagine the many possibilities for their next steps after high school—not only are they learning about colleges and options, but they're also learning so much about themselves! Naomi loves reading, especially queer young adult fiction! She has received degrees from Brown University and Teachers College, Columbia University.

nvarnis@brooklynfriends.org

Linda E. Villamarin

Preschool Associate Teacher, Red Room

lvillamarin@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Linda E. Villamarin

Preschool Associate Teacher, Red Room

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

Isaiah Vogler

Custodian

ivogler@brooklynfriends.org

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Isaiah Vogler

Custodian

ivogler@brooklynfriends.org

Bina Vora

All Preschool & BFX Assistant Teacher

bvora@brooklynfriends.org

Preschool
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Bina Vora

All Preschool & BFX 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

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Kaila Warner-Haakmat

Middle School Counselor

kwarnerhaakmat@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School
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Kaila Warner-Haakmat

Middle School Counselor

she/her/hers Kaila began her career doing prison re-entry and bail reform work in Brooklyn. She has done extensive work connecting court-involved people to community resources and providing mental health support. Just before arriving at BFS, Kaila served as a middle school counselor at another independent school in Brooklyn and is passionate about working with people, understanding that everyone has unique and complex identities that impact how they interact with the world. She loves traveling, baking, organizing, and spending time with loved ones in her free time. Kaila received her BS from the University of Delaware & LMSW from Hunter College, Silberman School of Social Work.

kwarnerhaakmat@brooklynfriends.org

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

Shayna Wellington

Library Assistant

swellington@brooklynfriends.org

Library
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Shayna Wellington

Library Assistant

swellington@brooklynfriends.org

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

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Clarence Zachery

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

czachery@brooklynfriends.org

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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

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Maritza Zapata

Upper School Administrative Assistant

mzapata@brooklynfriends.org

Upper School
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Maritza Zapata

Upper School Administrative Assistant

mzapata@brooklynfriends.org

Jingyi Zhang

7th-12th Grade Mandarin Teacher & World Languages Department Chair

jzhang@brooklynfriends.org

Middle School Upper School World Languages
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Jingyi Zhang

7th-12th Grade Mandarin Teacher & World Languages Department Chair

she/her/hers 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 curriculum. She received her BA from Shaanxi Normal University in China and her MA in TESOL & Foreign Language Education from NYU.

jzhang@brooklynfriends.org

Colleague Spotlight

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 Director of Extended Day

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Camille Fobbs

All School Preschool Teacher Leader and 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, Green Room

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Jazelyn Montanez '98

Preschool Associate Teacher, Green Room

Jazz is a singer and dancer who loves to promote an environment of artistic and holistic exploration. She has worked in the Brooklyn Friends School Preschool, Afterschool, and Camps. A marathon runner, she organized the Brooklyn Friends School Community Running Team in 2014, in sponsorship of our Student Financial Aid Fund. Jazz is an anti-bias education leader and has worked as a facilitator for our Upper School Latinx and The Youth Action Project of WPC (White Privilege Conference) student groups. She is an alumna of Brooklyn Friends, graduating in the class of 1998.

jmontanez@brooklynfriends.org

Peter Mackie

Associate, Advancement & Design Services

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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

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``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