AdministrationRonnie 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 Day Care 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.
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.
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 is thrilled to be starting her eighth year at WMS and second year as Site Director at Hudson Street.
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 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 & Elizabeth Irwin High School. She has held various position including two years as Co-President. She enjoys all family activities including theater, NYC cultural excursions and family game night.
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 pre-school teacher and most recently as Head of School for her own program in Germany. She is excited to be in her eighth 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.
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.
Jaya grew up on 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 that, she spent several years in Aspen, CO gaining experience in the hospitality industry while enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. In 2008, Jaya moved to NYC where until 2013 she worked as a Family Assistant at Bank Street Head Start. This is Jaya’s fifth year at WMS and she is very excited for another wonderful and productive year at WMS. Additionally she recently became a mom to her boy Giri Deva and is excited to return to work with a newfound interest and respect for early childhood development and education.
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.
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.
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!
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 Headquaters. She is currently a Masters student at CUNY Graduate Center, where she studies data analysis and visualization. Sarah enjoys swimming, hiking and camping whenever she can get out of the city. She is excited to begin her first year working at the Washington Market School!
Hudson Street Teachers
Emma grew up in Yonkers, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Colby College, in Waterville, ME. She completed her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education in New York City and has taught children ages 3 to 8. Emma enjoys being in nature and swimming in the ocean. In her free time she goes on hikes, reads and spends time with her big sisters. She is excited to begin her 5th year at WMS.
Carmen was born and raised in New York City. She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from University of Hartford and her Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. She is certified to teach in New York and Connecticut. Carmen lives in Queens with her fiancé, son, and bulldog. She loves reading, photography, and spending time with her family. This is Carmen’s seventh year at 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 her BA in Early Childhood 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 attended a weeklong conference in Reggio Emilia, Italy to learn about the early childhood schools and teaching methods in the area. Odette completed her yoga training for children through Karma Kids and is certified to teach yoga to ages 1-18. After eight years at WMS, she was given the opportunity to take a sabbatical during which she traveled to the Azores and Portugal. Odette is looking forward to beginning her 16th year at WMS.
Christine was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She later moved to Staten Island where she lives with her son JJ, and dog Maggie. After student teaching at WMS in high school, Christine went on to Hunter College and earned her degree in English. From there, 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 and baking. She is very excited to be back for another fun year!
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 has been a part of The Washington Market School family for ten years.
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 frequently 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 14th year at Washington Market School.
Charlene Frankini grew up in Queens, NY and completed her Bachelor’s in Education at Manhattan College. She spent her first year teaching second grade in rural Montana and had since taught Early Childhood in New York City. Charlene likes spending time outside and enjoying nature. She is very excited for her second year at WMS!
Deanna Khan was born and raised in New York City. She has a bachelors 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!
Laurie is a native New Yorker. She received her BA in Media Studies & English and her Masters in Teaching from Fordham University. Prior to teaching, Laurie worked in not-for-profit, production and as an actress and puppeteer. Laurie has her certification in Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) and is Montessori trained.
Laurie taught 5th grade in NYC at PS 87 and later crossed the river to New Jersey to teach for nine years at the Sundance School in North Plainfield. She was a preschool and kindergarten teacher for three years and an art and science teacher for preschool and kindergarteners for six years.
Laurie is currently serving on the Wildlife Conservation Society Teacher Advisory Council where she collaborates with a committee of certified teachers to advise the WCS on their educational programs. Laurie is excited about her tenth year at WMS.
Molly Kendall joins us from the mountains of Colorado for her first year at Washington Market School. She graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelors of Social Work, spending time interning at a mental health agency, volunteering at a nearby elementary school, and studying education in India. Molly just completed a year of service as a Jesuit Volunteer in Newark, NJ working at a middle school. She is excited for another year at WMS.
Annie grew up in Baltimore, MD and received her BA in English from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. After college she spent two years in Cambridge, MA teaching kindergarten and preschool. In 2008, she moved to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and taught preschool in Park Slope. In 2009, Annie attended NYU and now holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is state certified and licensed to teach from birth through second grade. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing soccer, spending time with her dog and traveling. This is her ninth year at WMS and she is excited to spend another year at such a wonderful school!
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.
Sunny Lawrence was born and raised in Brooklyn, and received her BA from Smith College in 2017. She has worked as an educator for the past five years, including at the Smith College Campus School and at the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Academy. She is excited for another wonderful school year at the Washington Market School!
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 fifth year at WMS.
Lisa Lu was born in China and grew up in New Jersey. She has been a preschool teacher for the past 10 years and this will be her third 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 2 year old son!
Christine is a born and raised New Yorker. She has a BS from NYU in Speech Education and a MA from Adelphi in Early Childhood Education. Christine is licensed by the State of New York and is certified by the American Montessori Society for ages 3-6. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. She joined the WMS staff 24 years ago after years of working in the public sector.
Nia is thrilled to be returning for her 9th year at WMS. A native New Yorker Nia holds a Masters degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood education and has recently graduated from West Side Montessori’ s teachers education program with her Montessori Certification. Nia is fortunate to be both a teacher and parent at WMS with her daughter, August.
Marsha was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a Bachelors 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 and traveling! She is excited to spend her thirteenth year at the Washington Market School!
Andrea was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University, where she received her BA in English Literature and Women Studies; she also received her MA in Child Development from Columbia University. She is certified by the American Montessori Society to teach three to six year-old children. Andrea has been teaching preschool and kindergarten children in a Montessori setting for over 15 years and is beginning her seventeenth year at WMS. She lives with her husband Jay and her children, Olivia and Benjamin, who both attended WMS.
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.
Duane Street Teachers
Monica was was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA from Colby College in Studio Art and Art History. Monica completed three years as an assistant teacher in the Pre-K program at an ongoing private school in Manhattan. She volunteered in hospital settings with an Art Therapist and is currently taking classes to complete her M.A. at Bank Street College. Monica can’t wait to begin her third year at WMS!
Jennifer was born and raised in Connecticut and grew up coming to NYC and fell in love with everything the city had to offer. She received her BS from Syracuse University where she studied elementary and special education. Immediately following college she obtained her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied literacy. Jennifer worked as a kindergarten special education teacher for six years in a public school setting in Manhattan. Jennifer is excited to return for her third year at WMS! When she’s not teaching she enjoys playing tennis, biking, hiking, yoga and swimming.
Maria joins us for her 17th year at WMS. Originally from Indonesia, she worked as a social worker for a non-profit organization, taking care of orphans and disabled children, and has also worked with the United Nations. After moving to the United States, she earned an Associate Degree in Economics from Montgomery College in Maryland and completed her Montessori Courses at West Side Montessori School. Maria is married, the mother of two, and she loves to travel.
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. When not singing songs or reading books in the classroom, Emma can be found hiking, drinking strong cups of coffee, or working on a quilt. This is her sixth year at Washington Market.
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.
Anjali was born and raised in a small, but dynamic town in Iowa. After traveling and studying internationally, she received her BA in Peace Studies from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Quite soon after, she went on to complete an MA in Psychology from Meridian University in Petaluma, California, where she focused on trauma healing modalities. Most recently, she taught preschool and served as a special education paraprofessional for the Aspen, Colorado school district. This will be her first year with the Washington Market School, and she is overjoyed to join the school’s community.
Angela was born in Hong Kong and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from Baruch College in New York City. Angela spent six years working with elementary school aged children at various academic learning centers. For the next nine years she worked in early childhood education at a community based non-profit preschool on the UES. Angela enjoys traveling and being able to explore new cultures and experiences. She is excited to begin her third year at the Washington Market School!
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!
Robert was born in Kenya, where he worked in nursery schools for many years. After moving to New York in 1984, he received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from BMCC and a BA in Elementary Education from City College. Robert has also received his Masters in Early Childhood Education with honors in Education at City College. Robert began his training as a certified Montessori teacher at Westside Montessori School in early 2008 and graduated in 2012. Even in his spare time, Robert can often be found with children, telling stories of life in Kenyan villages, where wild animals walk around like pets. Robert has two daughters. This is his 32nd year at Washington Market School.
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, and that you should always have a valid passport. This will be her fourth year at Washington Market School!
Kayleigh McAllister 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 fifth year at WMS and she is very excited for the year.
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, 13-year old son and rescued Chihuahua Brownie. She is very happy to start her fifth year at WMS with Linda and Amanda!
Kathleen is from Texas, where she grew up and attended college, receiving a BS in Horticulture. She raised honey bees at an apiary and catalogued insect specimens at the Entomology Museum. There, Kathleen developed a deep love of bugs, nature, and growing things. She continues to bring this interest to the classroom. In 2013 she moved to NYC and worked with children in various settings. Kathleen completed her M Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and cute little dog named Herbert. Kathleen enjoys spending her free time at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Prospect Park. This is her second year at the Washington Market School.
Amanda Whitehead grew up in Houston, Texas before moving to the Austin area to receive her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, ESL Early Childhood through Grade 6 from Texas State University. Amanda now lives uptown with her husband and rescue dog, Ollie. She enjoys roller coasters, vegetarian cooking, and spending time outside. She is so thrilled to be starting her second year at WMS!
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 is looking forward to her seventh year at WMS.
Ellen was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and completed her M.A. in Early Childhood General and Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also certified in children’s yoga, and loves to incorporate yoga and music into her work with children. Ellen also travels to Nepal and India where she works with local orphanages to develop resources and educational practices. She is excited to be starting her fifth year at the Washington Market School!
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. In his free time, Julian is actively interested in publishing, music, and the humanities. He is looking forward to bringing the language of art and literature into the classroom. Julian can’t wait to return for his third year at WMS!
John Anderson is teaching chess for the fifth year at Washington Market School. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, John received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2005, and has lived and worked in New York ever since. When he isn’t teaching chess, he is usually acting.
This is Kate’s Fourth year at The Washington Market School as Librarian for both Hudson and Duane Street. Her librarianship is built on a sturdy foundation of theater, architecture, archival work and fine art. When she is not surrounded by children’s books – she’s usually elbow deep in an archival collection, whether it be with Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum, or cataloging secrets passed between Magicians at the Conjuring Arts Research Center. Kate has library cards from both the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) and thinks one of the best activities you can do is visit a library no matter where you are. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, marmalade cat, and many, many books.
Adam Bernstein has been teaching students of all ages music for over 25 years. He currently works at various pre schools in the NYC area. He is the former jazz director at the Berkeley-Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY and was on the faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He received a proclamation for his outstanding work in jazz education from Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz on June 3, 2005. He also runs the Music Mindfulness Program, an innovative music program combining meditation and music instruction for all age students. He has a B.M. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is beginning his fourth year at WMS in September.
Adam is also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator as well as bassist. The Aquarian Weekly (NJ) named Adam “Best Bassist” and his band All Gods’ Children “Best Band” in 1993. He later performed and/or recorded with a wide range of talented musicians and dancers, including Levon Helm, Jonathan Coulton, Jim Boggia, Marty Beller, Loser’s Lounge, Sahib Shihab, Perry Robinson, Walter Perkins, Ethel (string quartet), Teocinte (from El Salvador), Jack Hardy, Claire Daly, David Driver, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. In 1990 Adam toured Japan with Hilario Soto’s Higher Culture, and in 1993 studied percussion at the Escuela Nacional De Danzaq Moderna Y Folklorica in Havana, Cuba. As a composer and arranger, Adam’s music has been featured in the hit TV series “Degrassi”, “Heartland” and the films “Abduction” and “Wet Behind the Ears”.
Adam can be found performing regularly domestically and internationally. His original music is available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon.
Evan was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida in a very musical household. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in African studies from the University of Florida in 2009. During his time at UF, Evan studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian drumming and was a founding member of a successful local Afro-Latin band called The Umoja Orchestra. Evan moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Music Therapy from NYU, and has been practicing as a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) and licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT) in NYC since 2012, working primarily with preschool-aged children with special needs. Evan also continues to perform as a drummer in the Brooklyn-based band, Yotoco.
Evan believes passionately in music’s ability to enrich children’s lives and broaden their multi-cultural awareness while promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development. Evan begins by first focusing on the children’s’ 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 will be Evan’s fourth year at WMS and he is very grateful for the opportunity to share his music with all of the wonderful children, families, and staff at Duane Street.
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. In addition to her work at WMS, she supports sustainable and locally based Early Childhood Education by collaborations with Gardens for Health International (Rwanda), TeachRwanda, and The Liberty International School (Tanzania). She works with librarian, Kate Asmus, to establish and maintain a library for families in Wales Avenue Shelter in the Bronx. The generosity of WMS families and staff has been essential to this ongoing project. 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.
Kate is excited to begin her fifth year with the WMS family. She 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 her pictures 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.
Tyler is a chess teacher who has been living in New York City for thirteen years. He graduated from New School University, playing Jazz Saxophone, and regularly plays gigs around NYC. Tyler began teaching chess at “The Village Chess Shop,” and now runs his own chess company, “Chess at 3,” which specializes in Early Childhood Chess and was influenced by his work teaching chess here at WMS. Tyler is always learning from the amazing staff at WMS, and feels lucky to be a part of it.
Caitlin is so happy to begin her sixth year at WMS and third 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. Her artwork now is inspired by her childhood, memory, places, spaces and architecture. Being able to work creatively each day with the children at WMS is a true gift.
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Yuki was born in Japan and graduated from Tokoha College with an associate degree for accounting. Despite studying accounting, she started working at flower shop in her hometown due to a change in interest. After two years, she came to 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 8 years. She also works as office manager at a dental office in midtown, and creates flower arrangements for a hair salon in East village.
Board of Trustees
John Berton joined the Board of Trustees of WMS in June of 2012. John’s three children, Juliet, Pearl and Isaac, are all WMS alumni and now attend P.S. 234 here in Tribeca. Born and raised in Manhattan’s East Village, John is a product of the NYC public school system and a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. He practiced law on Wall Street for 20 years while developing residential condominiums in Soho and Tribeca in his spare time. John started his solo practice, Berton Law, in 2011, focused on providing general counsel and transactional advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs. He is also still developing residential condos, teaches Kundalini yoga and is actively involved in raising his three kids. John also serves on the Board of The Campaign for International Human Rights in Iran.
M’lou Caring, PhD, a licensed psychologist, joined the Board of Trustees of WMS and served as Secretary since 1992. She has graduate and post-graduate training in developmental psychology, early childhood group therapy, and gestalt theory and therapy. Since completing her post-graduate training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training (NYC), she has been supervising/teaching faculty, serving on the Board of Directors (Secretary), the Executive Committee, and Director of Training since 1996. Her special interest is the “wholism” of body, mind, and spirit. She practices psychotherapy and supervision privately.
Jawahar Chirimar joined the Board of Trustees of WMS in 2017. Jawahar’s two daughters, Isha and Jaanvi, are both WMS alumni. Jawahar spent over two decades in various leadership positions in investment banking, trading and hedge funds. Over the last decade, Jawahar has focused on turn-around, start-ups and building brands from scratch. Jawahar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Pennsylvania, and B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University.
Neeraj Garg is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Imprint Group. He has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry with leadership roles in business building, relationship management, and business development. Throughout his career, he has focused on serving clients to further their objectives, in diverse settings ranging from entrepreneurial endeavors to established corporations. Prior to Imprint, Neeraj spent eight years with Epoch Investment Partners as Chief of Staff to help build the firm from a boutique to an established institutional asset manager which was acquired by Toronto Dominion in 2013. Prior to Epoch, Neeraj held a senior role at Deloitte Consulting, where he served financial services clients in the firm’s strategy practice. Neeraj began his career at Accenture as a consultant. Neeraj holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut. He is also an alumnus of the Creativity and Personal Mastery Institute offered through Columbia University. He actively pursues photography, has traveled to over 40 countries, and has a passion for excellent food and wine. He is an avid cook and frequently finds opportunities to combine his passions.
Vincent “Oz” Hanley has served on the Board of Trustees of WMS since 1991 and has been its Chairman for the past 13 years. During this time, he has overseen the procurement and development of the School’s two sites while also acting as its general counsel. He has lived in Tribeca since 1982. His two children, Dylan and Vanessa, attended WMS. He has been a practicing attorney for 41 years and is the senior partner in the law firm of Hanley & Zanetti.
Lisa Hofer joined the board of WMS in 2015 and is the proud mother of two WMS graduates. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Northwestern University. She spent her professional career working in television, mainly at the BBC raising co-production financing for fiction and non-fiction programming – bringing the best of the BBC’s dramas, comedies, documentaries and children’s programming to the US market. Today Lisa focuses on non-profit governance and fundraising for a variety of organizations in children’s health and arts education.
John joined the board in 2016. He is a native New Yorker and life-long Tribeca resident. John is an alum of WMS, PS 234, the NYC Lab School, the Horace Mann School, and Grinnell College. In 2007, he received his JD from the CUNY School of Law and currently works as an immigration lawyer with a focus on immigrant families and youth in deportation proceedings.
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) and has served on the Board of Directors for BMCC’s Day Care Center. During her sabbatical in 1993-1994, Ronnie was the Head of the Lower School of the Bali International School. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of ISAAGNY and is the head of its Mentorship Program. 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.”
Jennifer Rothenberg is a New York City native who joined the Board of Trustees of WMS in October of 2012. Jennifer is a wife and mother of twins, Hannah and Brody both of whom are WMS alumni. Jennifer holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and a BA from Boston University. As President of Innovative Philanthropy, Jennifer works with a wide array of philanthropic organizations and individuals to achieve breakthrough results around fundraising and donor relations. Prior to founding Innovative Philanthropy, Jennifer was a successful fundraising executive at The Robin Hood Foundation. Jennifer began her career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in the Appeals and Special Litigation Bureau where she focused on domestic violence and child abuse cases. Jennifer is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Cardozo Law School, 21/64, and Robin Hood’s Leadership Council.
David Stevens joined the Board in 2009. An alumni of The Washington Market School, he is the Founder and CEO of Fireside Research and a project leader at the World Policy Institute. Previously, he worked as a project manager at New School University and as an education policy analyst for Class.com. David is a long time downtown resident and has a nephew who is a recent WMS alumnus. BA University of California, Berkeley; MA Princeton University, ABD Princeton University.
Sheila Wolper has served on the WMS Board of Trustees since 1995. She is a certified Montessori teacher and is the founding Director of Beginnings Nursery School. Sheila has been an educator for over 36 years and received a dual Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and Supervision and Administration from Bank Street College of Education. Sheila has been an adjunct instructor in the Child Development Certificate Program at NYU School of Continuing Education for the past 15 years. She is the co-author of Playgroups, A Complete Guide for Parents. For the past 15 years, Sheila has attended workshops throughout the United States, to study the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. In 2004, she was part of an international delegation of 300 educators who visited Reggio Emilia, Italy for a weeklong conference. Recently, Sheila volunteered at WMS, reorganizing the Materials for the Arts Resource Center at Hudson Street and created a new MFA Resource Center at Duane Street.