Welcome to our newHead of School, Carrie Kries!
Meet with your child's teachers and learn about the classroom curriculum for the year.
5.30 - 6.15pm - Duane 4AM & 5AM,
5.30 - 6.15pm - Duane 2AM & 6AM.
5.30 - 7.00 p.m. - Hudson Gym
Location: Duane Music Loft. Time: 9.15 - 10.15 a.m..
Location: 55 Hudson St. Time: 1.15 - 2.15 p.m..
Location: Duane Music Loft. Time: 9.15 - 10.15am.
Our in-person book fair will be held at Duane Gym. More details to follow.
Movement & Drama
Librarian & Extended Day
Carmen was born and raised in New York City. She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from University of Hartford, her Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education, and is certified to teach in New York. Carmen lives in Queens with her husband, two children, and bulldog. She loves reading, photography, and spending time with her family. This is Carmen’s ninth year at The Washington Market School.
Odette was raised in Westport, Massachusetts. Her family is originally from the Azores, which are nine Portuguese Islands 900 miles off the coast of Portugal. Odette received dual BA’s in Education and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She also holds an MA in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. She is New York State certified and licensed to teach from birth to sixth grade. Odette completed her yoga training for children through Karma Kids in NY and is certified to teach yoga to ages 1-18. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She also loves traveling, hiking, being by the ocean, yoga and dancing. Odette is looking forward to beginning her 18th year at WMS.
Christine was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She later moved to Staten Island where she lives with her 10 year old son JJ and dog Maggie. After student teaching at WMS in high school, Christine attended Hunter College and graduated with her degree in English. After graduating she returned to WMS as a full-time teacher and has been part of the WMS family ever since. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, baking, and being her son’s biggest cheerleader during his basketball games. She is excited to begin her 18th year at WMS and her first year teaching with Lisa!
Nicole is from a small town in west central PA. She attended New York University, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education – she is certified by the State of New York in both fields. Nicole is an American Montessori Society trained educator for ages 3-6. She served as a field consultant to the West Side Montessori Teacher Education program, where she co-taught the student teaching course and is a past participant of the International Study Group in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As a child, Nicole often traveled to visit her father’s family in Hungary, and she continues to have a passion for travel and the arts. Nicole lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 4-year-old son, Enzo. This will be her 15th year at Washington Market School.
As a child growing up in San Francisco, Maxwell's favorite things to do were swimming in the ocean, watching movies with his family, and rooting for the Giants. He attended and later worked at a Reggio-inspired school in the Mission district, which he credits for his love of working with children. After earning a B.A. in Film from USC, he worked in Education and restaurants, did some traveling, and moved to New York to earn a M.S. in Education from Sarah Lawrence. He spent the past five years teaching at Manhattan Country School, and is excited to return to Early Childhood Education for his first year WMS.
Sonya was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where she studied Anthropology and Social Justice Education. This is Sonya's second year of teaching at Washington Market, and has worked at WMS Summer camp for 5 years. Sonya is passionate about art, music, and exploring nature. She is very excited to support her class both academically and emotionally during this very different school year.
Thomas was born and raised in Tribeca and is a Washington Market School Alumni. Thomas taught at the Hudson street location of WMS for four years before pursuing his masters degree and is excited for his first year at Duane . He has a B.S. in Biology and Philosophy from University of Wisconsin- Madison and an M.A. in early childhood education and early childhood special education from NYU Steinhardt. Thomas is an avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys woodworking and magical realism.
Janie was born and raised in Florida. She has a B.A. in Religion and Gender Studies from New College of Florida. Janie loves reading and exploring the city in her free time. She is very excited for her first year at WMS!
Molly joins us from the mountains of Colorado for her third year at The Washington Market School. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and is currently pursuing her early childhood Montessori credential at West Side Montessori School. Molly loves anything sweet and is always up for a class dance party. She is beyond excited for another year at WMS.
Deanna was born and raised in New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Hunter College. Deanna enjoys reading and drawing in her free time. She is very excited for her second year at WMS!
Catherine grew up in New York City. After graduating from the Horace Mann School, she received a BA in Writing and History from Johns Hopkins University. While she worked at the Park Children’s Day School, she received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education (ages birth through 2nd grade) at the Bank Street College of Education. Also, she has her New York State Teaching license. Before WMS, she taught kindergarten for two years at the Brooklyn Friends School. She currently serves on the Professional Development Teacher Advisory Council at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is looking forward to furthering their connection to the Washington Market School through educational programs. In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking, reading, and keeping in touch with her former students. This will be Catherine’s seventh year at WMS, and she is ready for a great year!
Marsha was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Bachelor's degree in Children Studies, a Masters degree in General and Special Early Childhood Education, and is Montessori trained. Marsha enjoys spending time with loved ones, decorating, singing, and traveling! She is excited to spend her fourteenth year at the Washington Market School!
Bridgitte grew up in sunny San Diego, CA. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MA in anthropology from The George Washington University. She spent a number of years in Washington, DC in museum education, after which she moved to Los Angeles and worked in fundraising for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Upon moving to NYC, she began working with kids at various schools in the metro area. Bridgitte has always enjoyed working with younger children and finds them fascinating to have conversations with. She is looking forward to getting to know the students in Classroom D and seeing them learn throughout the year.
Sana was raised in Singapore, and just moved to New York just last month! She is thrilled to be here, and is excited to experience winter (and snow) for the first time in her life. She graduated from Occidental College in 2017 and has spent the past few years teaching at an international preschool in Singapore. In her spare time, Sana enjoys reading, running, and Facetiming her dog back home. She is looking forward to beginning her first year at WMS!
Claudia grew up in Brooklyn. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education and Special Education at Hunter College. Before teaching at Washington Market, Claudia worked at Reading Partners, a literacy intervention nonprofit. This is her third year at WMS.
Hannah grew up in New Jersey. She received her B.S. from New York Institute of Technology in Behavioral Science. Hannah loves hiking and running in her spare time. This is Hannah's second year at Washington Market School. Before working at WMS she was a tutor and nanny.
Julie began life in Chicago where she grew up with a strong appreciation of the arts. In 1981 she moved to NYC to attend Pratt Institute and later worked in both the photography and film industries. Along the way, Julie’s interest in early childhood education became clear once she began teaching film and art workshops to kids. Later, she began teaching at a science center in Brooklyn, getting comfortable introducing kids to all kinds of wonderful animals, from a blue-tongued skink to Hazel the rat! Julie then headed up one of the Pre-K classes in a science-based preschool for many years. Julie has also spent time teaching in India where she used her background in art and science as a fun and engaging way to teach English to young children. Julie has had an active art practice throughout her life and continues to do so while balancing life as an early childhood educator. Julie adores teaching little humans and nurturing their natural sense of curiosity and wonder. She is excited to join The Washington Market School for her first year!
Jan is originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Jan has a BS in Elementary Education from City College and a Masters in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. Jan serves on the Early Childhood advisory board at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Jan loves to travel.
Monica was born and raised in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Colby College in Studio Art and Art History. Before arriving at Washington Market School, Monica completed three years as an assistant teacher in the Pre-K program at an ongoing private school in Manhattan. She has worked in hospital settings with Art Therapists and is currently taking classes to complete her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Bank Street College. Monica loves to create, learn, and laugh with children and especially loves a good classroom dance party. Monica can’t wait to begin her fourth year at WMS.
Molly Dore was born and raised in New York City. She received her BA in Music and Psychology from Bennington College. In her free time she loves to write music, spend time in Prospect Park and cook. Molly is very excited to start her second year at WMS!
Biancy Garcia was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to Harlem in NYC at the age of 4 where she still currently lives. She completed a B.A. in Black Studies from CUNY Lehman College. This will be Biancy's first year at the Washington Market School as an assistant teacher, and she is very excited to embark on a new journey. Prior to joining WMS she was a nanny in the neighborhood of TriBeCa for five years. Nannying enriched Biancy's experience with children by allowing her to build intimate connections with them as well as discovering the different ways in which children view the world. During her spare time, Biancy is an activist, loves to read and spend time with her friends.
Maria was born and raised in New York City. She began her career in media and communications before committing to her passion as an educator. She received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and has been happily teaching preschool for 6 years. Maria is an avid traveler and has spent a good amount of time in Latin America where she has volunteered and studied; she has also worked in Spain where she tutored English to children. In her free time, Maria enjoys taking photos and playing guitar. She is excited to be at Washington Market School for her second year, and to be back in Room 2!
Linda has been teaching in NYC for two decades. She holds a Ms.Ed from Queens College and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She also completed the Montessori accreditation program at West Side Montessori. She was born and raised in Queens, where she still lives with her husband and two children. She enjoys painting and drawing, reading biographies and visiting museums. Linda is looking forward to her fifth year at WMS.
Jeff Johnson moved to New York City from the Midwest in 2014. He holds a BA in Music and is currently pursuing an MA in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. Jeff loves seeing every bit of the greatest city in the world and getting to know the amazing people who call this city home. After teaching music and singing with kids all around NYC, he is thrilled to be joining the team at WMS.
Justine was born in Barbados and raised in Connecticut, but has considered herself a New Yorker since the first moment she arrived at NYU for her undergraduate degree. Since then, she has worked as a medical editor, earned an MA in art history at Hunter, married her husband, lived in Japan, had two wonderful children, and has completed her Master’s in Early Childhood Education (again, at Hunter). Justine believes that coffee is a food group, reading is a daily necessity, two-year-olds are amazing, and that you should always have
Kayleigh was raised in a military family and lived mainly in Virginia and California. She moved to NYC for college and received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education at New York University. She is dual certified in special education and early childhood education (birth through second grade) in the state of NY. She completed her master’s degree in the Infancy and Family Education/Early Intervention/Special Education program at Bank Street College of Education. In her free time she enjoys exploring the many parks and restaurants that the city has to offer. This will be her seventh year at WMS and she is very excited for the year.
Ava is super excited for her first year working at Washington Market School, which she attended as a child! Born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, Ava spent her evenings helping at her father's photography store on Chambers Street. Ava went to Beloit College, a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin where she received a double bachelor's in Psychology and Anthropology. Feel free to talk extensively about Primatology with her! Ava plans to get a masters degree in child psychology due to her love of working with children and adolescents. Ava wants to travel more and loves to try new restaurants; she is a big foodie. Ava is American-Iranian, and she loves sharing her culture with others and is open to all sorts of questions! She can't wait to work with the tiny humans in Room 2.
Noriko grew up in Tokyo and Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She lives on the UES with her husband, 14-year old son and rescued Chihuahua Brownie. She is very excited and happy to start her seventh year at WMS with Charelyse and Emma!
Sofia Schultz was born and raised in Brooklyn. She received her BA in sociology from Connecticut College. She is currently working on her masters in Early Childhood & Special Education at Fordham University. In her free time she enjoys being active, knitting and cooking with her friends and family! She is very excited for her first year at WMS.
Heather has a BA in Modern Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a MSEd in Early
Childhood and Elementary Education from Hunter College. She has taught dance,
creative movement and theater arts to children in diverse settings in Hong Kong and
New York. She was a classroom teacher at Hudson Street for 12 years and the Site
Director at Duane Street for two years. She was a professor of Early Childhood
Education at the Borough of Manhattan Community College for two years.
In 2004, she returned to the Washington Market School to create the Movement and
Drama program that incorporates art, music, light, color, puppetry and children’s
literature. She has been writing children’s books, (so far, a musical picture book about
chess and poetic board books on hand washing and vegetables), as another means to
promote play and learning. She loves modern dance, clogging, flat footing, square
dancing and yoga.
She has worked to support early childhood education and play-based learning through
collaborations with Gardens for Health International (Rwanda), TeachRwanda, and The
Liberty International School (Tanzania), the Wales Avenue Shelter Family Library
(Bronx, NY) and the advocacy group Defending the Early Years. She truly hopes to help
more children, have more fun.
Kate is beginning her eigth year with the beloved Washington Market Community. Each year she eagerly looks forward to guiding the children in their art explorations and material investigations. She loves the collaborative opportunities that Reggio Emilia provocations inspire between teachers, children, families and our greater Tribeca neighborhood. Kate was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI and Kansas. She is the third of eight dearly loved siblings. From a very early age Kate enjoyed drawing at her father’s drafting table. She went on to receive her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from Yale School of Art. She has spent time in Kansas, Chicago and New York City teaching and making art with children. Kate taught woodshop for three years at Village Community School, before arriving at Washington Market School. Her studio art practice includes drawing, painting and sculpture. Her work has a spare geometric quality that highlights a conscientious use of Line, Color and Shape. She loves to explore these very same art elements with the young artists at WMS.
Born and raised in South Florida, Evan moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Music Therapy from NYU. He began practicing as a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) in 2012 and earned his license in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) soon thereafter, working primarily with preschool-aged children with special needs. Early in his career, Evan studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion and continues to perform as the drummer in the Brooklyn-based band, Yotoco.
In 2016, Evan began his role as the music studio teacher at the Duane Street site, and quickly found himself right at home. Informed largely by his music therapy background, Evan believes passionately in music’s ability to enrich children’s lives, supporting their global development, while broadening their appreciation and awareness of our world’s many cultures. Evan begins by first focusing on the childrens’ innate musical strengths and interests, to build a baseline of self-confidence and excitement around music. And soon enough in their music studio classes, the children will begin to build a foundation of skills and awareness around melody, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics. This is Evan’s sixth year at The Washington Market School and he is so grateful for the opportunity to share in music-making with our entire school community this year.
This is Laurie’s eleventh year at the Washington Market School, and her twentieth year of teaching. She has taught fifth grade, pre-k, kindergarten, and art. Prior to teaching, Laurie worked in not-for-profit, television and theater production and as an actress and puppeteer.
Laurie earned her Masters in Teaching from Fordham University in Pre-K through 6th grade and has her Early Childhood Education certification in New York State Birth-Grade 2. Laurie is Montessori trained and has her Early Childhood certification from the American Montessori Society.
Laurie is passionate about teaching, science and animals. She feels fortunate that Washington Market School has sent her for her Montessori certification and to study the Reggio Emilia approach to learning at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Opal School at the Museum Center for Learning in the Portland Children’s Museum and The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Laurie is a seasoned traveler and scuba diver who has visited many continents and has dived with sharks and been on safari in Africa. She currently serves on the Professional Development Teacher Advisory Council at the Wildlife Conservation Society and is looking forward to furthering their connection to the Washington Market School through educational programs.
Stina Puotinen is originally from New York City, and spent her teen years in Baltimore, MD. She has been working in Museum Education since 2005, teaching at leading NYC arts institutions including the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among many others, as well in public and private school classrooms across the city! She is currently in her second year of the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program. She also holds an MFA in Collaborative Practice from Manchester School of Art, UK, and keeps up her own art-making practice. She loves approaching both teaching and learning creatively and collaboratively. She now lives in Brooklyn with her rescue chihuahua Paco, and they both love park walks, beach trips and making new friends.