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Leadership Team

Cathy Makropoulos

Director

cmakropoulos@montclareschool.org

For those of you, whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting personally, let me share with you a few things about myself.  I was born in Canada and raised in New York. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from LaVerne University.  I am a certified International School Administrator and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.  It has been my privilege to serve as a member on the committee of Institution-Wide-Accreditation of the Middle States Association (MSA).  Additionally, I was also selected to be a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Early Childhood in 2010 and have since then been an active member of this committee.  For the past 23 years, I have been an educator and Principal at ACS Athens Elementary School and I am very excited to take on the role of Director at Montclare Children’s School.

 

I am honored and delighted to be the Director of Montclare and look forward to meeting each of you throughout the year.  My door is open to all parents and I welcome your suggestions on matters concerning your child.  I also encourage you to seek the input of the faculty and myself, as we work together throughout the year for your success of your children.

Ashley Warren

Admissions Director

awarren@montclareschool.org

After spending 10 years in a classroom here at Montclare Children’s School, 9 of those years as a Head Teacher in a 2s classroom, I am thrilled to be Montclare’s new Director of Admissions. Beginning in 2013, Candida Gray, Montclare’s founding Admissions Director, began mentoring me, leaving me prepared and excited to take on this new role.

 

As a mother of a one year old, I know first-hand how it feels to be embarking on choosing the right school for your child.  Having an M.S. in Early Childhood Education, and a deep understanding of child development, I truly believe in our mission and philosophy here at Montclare Children’s School and look forward to sharing with you everything our wonderful school has to offer!

Jenny Bruce

Director of Communications

jbruce@montclareschool.org

As a professional singer/songwriter, music was my life.  That is, until I had children!  Eleven years ago, I joined the administrative staff of Montclare while my sons were enrolled.  It has been years since they moved on to their big-boy school, The Lycée Français de NY, and yet, here I remain.  Initiating their academic journey at Montclare was one of the greatest gifts I could offer my children.  I owe my parents that same debt as a 12 year veteran of The Chapin School and a Barnard graduate.

 

My boys genuinely loved coming to Montclare each day and perceived learning to be fun thanks to their extraordinary teams of teachers.  They continue to love school (I pinch myself daily).  Just as my children discovered the joys of learning at Montclare, I have found great joy in working as a part of this vibrant community of administrators, teachers and families.  Although, I never could have guessed how much I would love working in a preschool, now I simply can’t imagine working anywhere else.  And yes, if you hear singing in the hallways, on the Montclare CD and at graduation – that’d be me!


Sasha Wilson

Education Coordinator – 4s Curriculum

swilson@montclareschool.org

I am so excited to join the administrative team at Montclare Children’s School this summer!  With my Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia’s Teachers College, I engaged in further studies in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College. This 8-year tenure followed working for 9 years as a Head Teacher in various programs.

 

Most recently, as Educational Director of Good Shepherd Early Childhood Center in Irvington, NY, I attended sessions for Directors at the Westchester Child Care Council where I stayed abreast of the issues and requirements affecting young children and interacted with other Directors. I am familiar with the Committee on Preschool Special Education process and have consulted with them where appropriate.

I look forward to meeting your children and getting to know everyone!

 

Colleen Brown

Education Coordinator – Curriculum

cbrown@montclareschool.org

I am delighted to be joining the wonderful Montclare administration team. I have happily been collaborating with children for over 20 years. I am joining Montclare after teaching for over a decade at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue ECC on the Upper West Side. I hold a M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and a B.A. in Theater and Speech from Wagner College. I have had the honor and privilege of studying early childhood education in Reggio Emilia, Italy; Boulder, Colorado; and the Cyert Center at Carnegie Melon University. I am an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Hunter College.

 

Passionate about the New York City arts community, I am on the Junior Board at New York City Center. I am a proud volunteer at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang. When not teaching or volunteering, I can be found singing with The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Billie Castiglia

Director of Operations

bcronin@montclareschool.org

I joined Montclare in 2000, when its doors first opened.  Actually, before the doors opened! My most vivid memory of those early days is of sitting in the basement with Alex Angel, Aleyda Chung and Janet Ono, putting address labels (old-school) on hundreds and hundreds of postcards announcing the opening of our school.  We held an open-house on the 2nd floor when it was just a big open space.  Before the construction of all the beautiful classrooms you see today, this 2nd floor could have been a roller-skating rink.

 

After raising my two sons and prior to joining the Montclare team I worked for many years in HR. Now, my day begins by greeting smiling faces at the door and hearing a chorus of “good mornings.”  Sometimes, on a really good day, I hear “good morning Billie!”  Then the real work begins. As the Director of Operations, it is my job to ensure that the school runs smoothly on a daily basis.  Feel free to call me a “smooth operator.”

 

I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to have a job that I love and I am deeply proud to be a part of the Upper West Side, Montclare Community we have built together over the years.

Mimi Dupuis

Director of Exmissions

mdupuis@montclareschool.org

When I came to Montclare in 2007, I knew I found a home. I was drawn to the spirit of community and impressed by the commitment to provide the best possible learning foundation for all students. After six years as a head teacher in the Panda Room, I took on my current role in Exmissions.

 

I began my teaching career in a parochial school on the Lower East Side, and then spent seven years teaching at a private school on the Upper East Side. With a focus on literacy, I became certified in Elementary Ed at St. Peter’s University. In Jersey City, I worked with learning-disabled children in under-served communities. My experience led me to children with communication disorders, especially those on the autistic spectrum, teaching at Learning Spring Elementary and The Rebecca School.

 

As a head teacher I was privileged to team with a host of talented educators and related-service providers. At that time I also did private work and collaborated with psychologists to help children with attentional issues and anxiety disorders meet success in the classroom. After a decade of special needs work, I returned for my Masters in Early Childhood at Hunter College.

 

It is now my privilege to help Montclare families find the right fit for their children as they pursue their educational life in the ongoing schools.

Daniel Tandet

Danielle Tandet

Admissions Coordinator

dtandet@montclareschool.org

A born-and-raised New Yorker and graduate of Columbia Grammar, I joined my Upper West Side, Montclare family in April 2012 as an assistant teacher. Prior to coming to Montclare, with a degree in Drama from Kenyon College, I worked in various administrative positions in the theater industry. Steeped in the knowledge that “all the world’s a stage,” I entered the classroom ready to put my skills to use in early childhood education!

 

After two very engaging years of classroom experience, I became the Program Coordinator where, among other things, I managed Afterschool and Summer Camp.  I am excited to move into the Admissions office where I am now assisting Ashley in filling our school with wonderful children!