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October 2020

Tue
27

6:30-8:00p: Ongoing Schools — Past Parents Speak

Mon
02

8:00-9:00p: Riding Emotional Waves with Calm & Clarity

Part Two of a Six Part Virtual Series with Rachel Henes, former Director of Hallways. Now more than ever, parents need support to create emotionally healthy and resilient home environments. This workshop series provides parents with practical and applicable tools to skillfully manage stress and anxiety, become aware of biases and judgements, and gain clarity on their core parenting values. Using research-based mindful parenting practices, these workshops help parents move from automatic pilot to intentional ways of showing up in their families during this challenging time. The Zoom links will be sent to those who RSVP. Please RSVP using the links in the latest newsletter.

Mon-Fri
09-13

Duane Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mon-Fri
09-13

Online Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mon-Sun
09-29

Virtual WMS Book Fair

Fri
13

Hudson Parent-Teacher Conferences — NO SCHOOL for Hudson Children

Thu-Fri
26-27

Thanksgiving Recess

School Closed

Mon-Fri
21-01

Winter Recess

School Closed

Mon
04

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Mon
18

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

School Closed

Mon
15

Presidents’ Day Holiday

School Closed

Tue
16

Staff Development Day

School Closed For Children

Mon-Fri
29-09

Spring Break

School Closed (Includes Good Friday & Passover)

Mon
12

School Reopens For Children And Staff

Mon
31

Memorial Day

School Closed

Fri
18

Last Day Of School For Children

Mon
28

First Day Of Summer Program

Mon
05

Independence Day Weekend

School Closed

Fri
06

Last Day Of Summer Program

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Meet Our Staff

Administration

Ronnie Moskowitz

Head of School

Maria Fraser

Site Director
(Hudson Street)

Heather Burchyns

Site Director
(Duane Street)

Emma Hatton

Online Site Director

Mike Saich

Director of Finance and Administration

Carrie Borows

Director of Operations

Rachael Macchiesi

Director of Enrollment and Communications

Cecilia Wong

Enrollment Associate

Julian Wright

Communications and Marketing Associate

Genna Scarano

Data Coordinator and Front Desk
(Hudson Street)

Jaya Blakeslee

Administrative Coordinator
(Duane Street)

Sarah Kahl

Assistant to the Head of School

Julia Austen-Brown

Community & Events Coordinator

Hudson Street

Carmen Andino

Odette Botelho

Christine Buono

Caroline Cutlip

Megan Daly

Nicole Draskoczy

Charlene Frankini

Sonya Goldman

Sarah Hargett

Janie Hepler

Laurie Keane

Molly Kendall

Deanna Khan

Dylan LaPointe

Marsha Neptune

Catherine Levenson

Lisa Lu

Claudia von Nostitz

Jan Wyllie

Duane Street

Monica Albu

Inez Gonzalez

Thomas Halley

Maria Henley

Jeff Johnson

Lizelle Lim

Shullen Lyu

Justine Manser

Kayleigh McAllister

Noriko Okamura

Emma Rothstein

Charlyse Williams

Online

Linda Incantalupo

Sunny Lawrence

Studios

Heather Lee

Kate Mangold

Caitlin Stellato

Evan Garfield

Support

Yuki Sahara

Bookkeeper

Ronnie Moskowitz

Head of School

Ronnie completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, receiving her MAT in Teaching in 1970. She received her Montessori Certification in 1972. She was appointed to Manhattan’s Community Planning Board #1 in 1979, and served on the Design Committees of both the Washington Market Park and P.S. 234. She has been a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). During her sabbatical in 1993-1994, Ronnie was the Head of the Lower School of the Bali International School. Ronnie has served on the Board of Directors for BMCC’s Daycare Center, as well as serving 18 years on the Board of Trustees for ISAAGNY where she was the early childhood head of its mentorship program and the strategic planning committee. Ronnie also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Baruch College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU. Ronnie has trained as a child and an adult psychoanalyst and is a member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Over the years, Ronnie has raised “thousands” of WMS kids (as well as three of her own)!

Since 1976, when she founded WMS with 6 children in her Greenwich Street loft, Ronnie has been responsible for ensuring that WMS lives up to its goal of providing an exemplary educational experience for each child. Ronnie is the often unseen eyes in every classroom, known to and familiar with each child (especially as Hudson Street’s “Lunch Monster”), and is always available to help teachers with challenging issues. She meets bi-weekly with the entire staff to discuss curriculum and child development issues, sits in on team meetings at both sites, and meets regularly with our Child Development Consultant. Together with the Site Directors, she plans professional development workshops for our staff. Ronnie also meets with parents to discuss their children’s progress and provides consultations regarding the ongoing schools selection process. She serves on the Board of Trustees for WMS. She is the school’s official liaison to all City and State licensing and regulatory agencies, as well as to several local community and educational organizations. Feel free to contact Ronnie with any questions you may have about our school’s history or educational philosophy.

Maria Fraser

Site Director
(Hudson Street)

Maria was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she received a BA in English Literature. After graduating, Maria moved to Brooklyn and began a brief career in fashion. Quickly realizing young children and their development were where her interests lay, Maria began working in a 3s/4s program in the West Village. She went on to receive a dual MA in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood at New York University. Maria started at WMS in 2011 as a classroom teacher and spent many wonderful years in Classroom D! Wanting to understand schools and the education of young children more holistically Maria transitioned into the Enrollment Team where she had the opportunity to work closely with Ronnie and Rachael building the WMS community. Maria now lives in NJ with her husband and 2-year-old son and is thrilled to be starting her 9th year at WMS and 3rd year as Site Director at Hudson Street.

Heather Burchyns

Site Director
(Duane Street)

Heather was raised in New Hampshire and still enjoys spending time there in the summer with her family. She attended the University of New Hampshire and received a B.S. in Family Studies. After taking a child development course Heather knew she wanted to pursue a career in early childhood education. Heather was particularly interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy and had the opportunity to spend many semesters at the UNH Child Study and Development Center, a Reggio inspired center. After graduating, Heather moved to Washington D.C. and began her teaching career in a Quaker preschool. After many years, she came to NYC and received a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Bank Street College. Heather continued to work in a Quaker School, this time a K-12 school for children with learning disabilities in Brooklyn. There she taught kindergarten, was head of the lower school and head of admissions. In addition, Heather was an adjunct professor at Bank Street College and Hunter College. She is delighted to be back in preschool as the Site Director at Duane Street. This is Heather’s fifth year with WMS.

Emma Hatton

Online Site Director

Emma was born in Silver Spring, MD and moved to New York in 2003. There, she attended Pace University where she received her BA in Childhood Education. She moved to Boston in 2012 to complete her M Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Lesley University. Emma then returned to her beloved New York City in 2014 and has been working at Washington Market ever since. Outside of work, Emma can be found hiking, drinking strong cups of coffee, or working on a quilt. This is her sixth year at Washington Market.

Mike Saich

Director of Finance and Administration

Mike grew up across the river in New Jersey where he attended Montclair State University and earned his BA in Business Administration. He started his career in corporate finance working in various roles, but primarily in forecasting and financial analysis. As Mike went on to earn his MBA at William Paterson University, he also transitioned into education administration. He has enjoyed gaining valuable experience in both the public and private education sectors and finally landed at Washington Market School in 2016. Mike is thrilled to be a part of the WMS community.

Carrie Borows

Director of Operations

Carrie is a native New Yorker who lives with her family in the West Village. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration and started her career in the banking industry. She left banking to pursue her own business and, once successfully launched, moved on to a career in Human Resources as a consultant. For the last 12 years she has been raising her daughter and volunteering with the Parents’ Association at The Little Red Schoolhouse & Elisabeth Irwin High School. She has held various positions including two years as Co-President. She enjoys all family activities including theater, NYC cultural excursions and family game night.

Rachael Macchiesi

Director of Enrollment and Communications

Rachael grew up in Australia and in Italy. She attended University in Australia where she earned her BA in Humanities and went on to further her educational qualifications in Hong Kong and Germany. Before settling in New York she has lived in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong and Germany. Rachael has experience in all areas of education, as a preschool teacher and most recently as Head of School for her own program in Germany. She is excited to be in her tenth year at WMS and enjoys working with the enrollment team. Rachael has lived in New York for 15 years; she has two teenage children and loves living in Brooklyn. Rachael works with all aspects of enrollment for our student body. She works with the enrollment team in the process of touring and placing new families. She also works closely with our Head of School, Ronnie, on the ongoing school process, helping families apply to public and independent schools. Rachael is based at the Hudson Street site.

Cecilia Wong

Enrollment Associate

Cece is originally from Hong Kong and grew up in sunny South Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Florida State University. Upon graduating, she moved to New York City and entered the graduate program at New York University where she earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Cece spent seven years as an early childhood educator in lower Manhattan before joining the Admissions & Enrollment team at WMS.

Outside of school, Cece finds happiness in running, weekend farmers markets, arts & theater, yummy culinary experiences, and taking her dog out to the parks. She is delighted to begin another amazing year at The Washington Market School!

Julian Wright

Communications and Marketing Associate

Julian was born in Atlanta, raised in Louisville, and moved to New York City to receive his bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Columbia University. His studies in educational philosophy led him to teaching at Duane Street for three years. Now, he’s working hard to share his love for WMS with parents and anyone else who might be interested in an extraordinary early childhood education. In his free time, Julian is actively engaged in publishing and the humanities.

Genna Scarano

Data Coordinator and Front Desk
(Hudson Street)

Genna grew up in Brooklyn. She received her BA in Linguistics-Cognitive Science and Italian from Pitzer College and is currently pursuing an MA in International Education at NYU. Before working at Washington Market, Genna taught high school English in Benevento, Italy, through a Fulbright scholarship. In her free time, Genna likes to tap dance, go camping and knit.

Jaya Blakeslee

Administrative Coordinator
(Duane Street)

Jaya grew up in a spiritual/interfaith community known as Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. From there, she went on to earn her BA in Art History at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Following college she moved to Aspen, CO for four years where she learned how to snowboard and enjoyed the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. In 2008 she moved to NYC and held various jobs as a nanny and a Family Assistant at Bank Street Head Start until 2013. This is Jaya’s 8th year at WMS and she is very excited for another wonderful and productive year. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their 3 year old son, Giri. Jaya also enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and going to the beach with her family. As an Administrative Coordinator Jaya works at the front desk of the Duane Street site. She is responsible for welcoming families and providing administrative support. She collects and organizes all of the health and parent forms for the children at Duane. She ensures that information about school functions is available for parents to review. She also assists in the implementation of events.

Sarah Kahl

Assistant to the Head of School

Sarah hails from Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a B.A. in psychology and environmental studies. Since then, she has worked as a farmer in Virginia and the team lead research analyst at Indeed Headquarters. She is currently a Masters student at CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies data analysis and visualization. Sarah enjoys running, swimming, hiking and camping whenever she can get out of the city. She is looking forward to her second year working at the Washington Market School!

Julia Austen-Brown

Community & Events Coordinator

Julia grew up in West London, England. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Royal Holloway University of London before her career in event planning. She took a break from her career for a wonderful two year backpacking adventure travelling through 5 continents. For the last 12 years she has been raising her two children and volunteering with the PTA at PS 107 in Park Slope. She has held various positions with the PTA from class parent, volunteer, auction chair to the director of community and fundraising events. Julia is excited to be working at WMS as the Community and Events coordinator, located at the Duane St site, working closely with class parents and parent volunteers to bring fun, exciting & meaningful events to the school community.

Carmen Andino

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 eighth year at The Washington Market School.

Odette Botelho

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 17th year at WMS.

Christine Buono

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!

Caroline Cutlip

Caroline grew up in Brookline, MA and went to Barnard College for a degree in Sociology and Elementary Urban Teaching. She loves cooking with ingredients from the farmers market and tending to her house (and classroom!) plants. When she's not at school, she enjoys progressive organizing, fighting to make sure all people have access to the resources they deserve. She can't wait for her first year at WMS!

Megan Daly

Megan was born and raised in New York City. She received a BA in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. She is certified to teach children ages birth through 2nd grade in Early Childhood Education as well as Early Childhood Special Education. Megan was recently given the opportunity to study the Reggio Emilia approach on her visit to The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Megan has been a part of The Washington Market School family for eleven years.

Nicole Draskoczy

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.

Charlene Frankini

Charlene is grateful to begin her third year as a teacher at The Washington Market School. She values building a class community in addition to supporting the independence of each child. Charlene studied education as an undergrad and will be completing her masters in Early Childhood Development and Learning at Hunter College. When Charlene is not at WMS she loves being outside, spending time camping, hiking or swimming.

Sonya Goldman

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.

Sarah Hargett

Sarah grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She went to Clemson University in South Carolina for four years. She graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Spanish. Along with her degree, she is also certified to teach ages birth through third in the state of SC. She got married in SC in 2019 after she and her husband graduated college. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband Benjamin, who works as a software developer for Morning Brew. She loves coffee, food, nature, and finding joy in the everyday things. Sarah loves teaching and learning, and believes that we should always seek new knowledge! She is thrilled to start her second year at WMS!

Janie Hepler

Laurie Keane

This is Laurie’s tenth year at the Washington Market School, and her nineteenth 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.

Molly Kendall

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 Khan

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!

Dylan LaPointe

Dylan LaPointe was raised in New York City . He received his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA with a concentration on Fine Art and Art History. Dylan began his career as a Teachers Assistant at the Hampshire College Early Learning Center. He is excited to join the Washington Market team after his three years’ experience as the associate teacher in the 2-3’s classroom at Third Street Music School. He is a practicing musician, visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been published in Carrier Pigeon Magazine and featured in various galleries throughout New York City.

Marsha Neptune

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!

Catherine Levenson

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. In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking, reading, and keeping in touch with her former students. This will be Catherine’s sixth year at WMS, and she’s excited for another great year in class E!

Lisa Lu

Lisa grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in New York City with her 3 year old son and husband. She has been a preschool teacher for the past 11 years and this will be her fourth year at the Washington Market School. She graduated from Hunter College, with a masters degree and a NYS teaching license in Early Childhood Education. Aside from teaching, she also enjoys traveling, photography, exploring the many different restaurants NYC has to offer, and spending time with her family!

Claudia von Nostitz

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.

Jan Wyllie

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 Albu

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.

Inez Gonzalez

Inez is a native New Yorker. She attended Fordham University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, holding a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Inez has taught in a variety of independent schools in NYC and Los Angeles. She enjoys watching reruns of The Office with her husband, going on long walks with her two rescue dogs, and crafting with her Cricut. Inez joined the Washington Market School in March 2020 and is looking forward to the new school year!

Thomas Halley

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.

Maria Henley

Maria is excited to join the Washington Market School this year! Born and raised in New York City, Maria began her career in media and communications before committing to her passion as an educator. Similarly to Justine, she received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. She has been happily teaching preschool for 5 years. Maria is an avid traveler and has spent a good amount of time in Latin America where she has volunteered and studied. Maria has also worked in Spain where she tutored English to children. She enjoys photography and playing guitar. Maria is thrilled to partner with Justine to create a wonderful learning environment for the students of Classroom 2!

Jeff Johnson

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.

Lizelle Lim

Lizelle Lim is a native New Yorker. She received her B.A. from CUNY’s Hunter College and completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked with children in a variety of capacities ranging from summer camps to both public and private schools. She became a teacher because she loves to learn alongside her students and is looking forward to starting her second year at the Washington Market School!

Shullen Lyu

Shullen is a new teacher joining WMS this year. She just completed her M.S. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Though her educational background is in Psychology, her professional and volunteer work has consistently led her to care for young children. Working with children brings her great joy, and she values the role of supporting moms and dads in their parenting journey. She is now in the journey of Montessori Teacher Training and will receive a Montessori Teacher Credential (Early Childhood Education) from the American Montessori Society at the end of this year. She feels very excited to be joining this amazing Classroom 4 and looks forward to facilitating growth and learning for the children!

Justine Manser

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 a valid passport. This will be her fifth year at Washington Market School! She will need help with the separation process herself since her daughter, Phebe, is going far away to University.

Kayleigh McAllister

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 sixth year at WMS and she is very excited for the year.

Noriko Okamura

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 sixth year at WMS with Inez!

Emma Rothstein

Emma was born and raised in Brooklyn Heights. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in Theatre Studies concentrating in Directing. She has spent a lot of time working on plays and musicals with children of all ages. She’s passionate about traveling and spending time with friends. Emma is so excited for her first year at WMS.

Charlyse Williams

Charelyse was born in New York, and grew up in Antigua, WI as well as Queens, NY. She completed her Masters in Early Childhood General and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. She received her BA in Philosophy and Child and Family Studies from Stony Brook University. Charelyse is a married mother of two young boys. She enjoys baking vegan desserts with her family and is looking forward to her eighth year at WMS.

Linda Incantalupo

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.

Sunny Lawrence

Sunny Lawrence is a native New Yorker who has been working with children for seven years. A graduate of Smith College, she is now pursuing her Master's in Education at Hunter College. This is her third year as a teacher at the Washington Market School.

Heather Lee

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 Mangold

Kate is beginning her seventh 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.

Caitlin Stellato

Caitlin is so happy to begin her seventh year at WMS and fourth year as the art studio teacher at Hudson Street. She received her BA in Art Education and BFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz as well as her MA in Art Education from Brooklyn College. Raised in New York City, her earliest artistic memories are actually of painting on the beach with her mom in Cape Cod. The artwork she creates now is often inspired by her childhood, memory, places, spaces, time and architecture. Her vision when working with young children is to guide them through art materials and mediums, to help them notice what they are seeing, feeling and experiencing throughout that process. Caitlin believes being able to work creatively each day with the children at WMS is a true gift.

Evan Garfield

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 fifth 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.

Yuki Sahara

Bookkeeper

Yuki was born in Japan and graduated from Tokoha College with an associate degree for accounting. Despite studying accounting, she started working at a flower shop in her hometown due to a change in interest. After two years, she came to the U.S by herself to attend flower design school in Boston for 6 months. She later moved to New York and began working at various flower shops until her first child was born.

Years later she took classes at Baruch College and received a bookkeeping certificate.

She now works at the Washington Market School where she has been a bookkeeper for 11 years. She also works as office manager at a dental office in midtown, and creates flower arrangements for a hair salon in East village.