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All Aboard for New Teachers, Administrators, and Staff Members


We are thrilled to welcome more than 30 new faculty members to the Brooklyn Friends School. Read about them below and be sure to welcome them into our community of friends.

New to our Administrative Team
Lisa Arrastia, Head of the Upper School
Lisa comes to BFS from University at Albany, State University at New York (formerly “SUNY Albany”) where she taught in the Program for Writing and Critical Inquiry for five years. For the last 25 years, she’s been a division head; curriculum designer; school designer, founder, and director; 6-12 teacher in English, social studies, and history, and an educational consultant to and curriculum designer for schools and nonprofit social change organizations.

Christine Schwegel, Chief Financial Officer
Christine Schwegel comes to Brooklyn Friends with a distinguished record of proven accomplishments in the not-for-profit and private sectors of public accounting auditing, corporate finance, and seven years of not-for-profit Chief Financial Officer experience including three years at Spence Chapin Services and three years at The Hewitt School in Manhattan. Christine earned an MBA at the Columbia University School of Business and was a summa cum laude graduate of Hofstra University, majoring in Accounting.

New to the Office of All School Enrollment

Katherine Corbin, Associate Director of Enrollment

Katherine joins us after serving Saint Ann’s School, Science, Language & Arts International School and Friends Seminary in their advancement, communications and admissions efforts, collectively. She received her BA in Sociology and a certificate in Markets & Management Studies at Duke University.

Nicolas Edwards, Admission Screener and Enrollment Coordinator
Nicolas rejoins the Brooklyn Friends School community after graduating from BFS in 2013. He received his BA in Sociology from Columbia University. From there, he worked at the Greenwich Country Day School as a Co-Kindergarten teacher. He enjoys playing squash, basketball, and chess. Nicolas is excited to be returning to Brooklyn Friends as an Admission Screener and Enrollment Coordinator.

Tina Putney Mackler, Enrollment Coordinator

Tina, a current 3rd and 7th grade BFS parent, joins us after a few years at home with her children. Prior to this she was an event planner at Parents and Traditional Home magazines. She received her BA in History from St. Lawrence University and a culinary arts degree from The French Culinary Institute. She is excited to be working with the Admissions team.

New to the Preschool
Read their bios, as well as bios of our returning Preschool faculty, here.

Dr. Jane Davidson, Developmental Specialist

Katy Haralson, Green Room Assistant Teacher

Sophie Laird, Blue Room Assistant Teacher

New to the Lower School
Read their bios, as well as bios of our returning Lower School faculty, here.

Caroline Bannan, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher

Chiara Cafiero, Third Grade Associate Teacher

Caroline Carr, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher

Vanessa De Riggs, 2nd Grade Associate Teacher

Megan Glionna, Kindergarten Associate Teacher

Natasha Harris, First Grade Associate Teacher

Christina Konnaris, First Grade Associate Teacher

Cory Meara-Bainbridge, Second Grade Associate Teacher

Hannah Munger, Second Grade Head Teacher

Ashley Okonma, Third Grade Associate Teacher

Isabel Rubin, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher

Eva Warren, 3rd Grade Associate Teacher

New to the Middle School

Read bios of our new Middle School faculty members here.

Michelle Babick, Middle School History Teacher (Grades 7&8)

Ithai Benjamin, Middle School Computer Science Teacher

Lucianna (Lucy) Greer, Middle School History Teacher (Grade 6)

Thomas Henson, Middle School Math Teacher/MS Department Chair

Jamara Taylor Hill, Middle School Physical Education Teacher

Rita Lee, Middle School Administrative Assistant

Yelena Remus, Middle School Counselor

Brian P. Sullivan, Middle School History Teacher/ MS Department Chair (Grades 7&8)

Thomas James Talty, Physical Education Teacher/P.E. Department Chair

New to the Upper School
Read bios of our new Upper School faculty members here.

Dan Ajerman, Biology

Patrice D’Orazio, Environmental Science

Fiara Sealy, US Administrative Assistant


Glen Water, Service Learning + Civic Engagement Assistant

Tom Casazza, Business Office Payroll Assistant

Familiar Faces in New Places

Kathleen Cann and Rachel Rowan, formerly PS Assistant Teachers are now Co-Head Teachers in the Preschool 4sPurple Room

Danielle Clarke is now Kindergarten Head Teacher after four years as a Head Teacher in the Preschool

Christopher Gollmar is now Kindergarten Head Teacher after working as a Lower School Associate Teacher for two years

Marna Herrity is now Quaker Life Coordinator after serving as Middle School Math Teacher

Ed Herzman returns to the history department after a year sabbatical with his family in Rome, Italy

Alex Guzchenko has taken on the position of Director of Facilities following Manny Narvaez’s retirement.