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New Director Announced

Montclare Children’s School announces Cathy Makropoulos as new director, to begin July 1, 2016.


 3/2/16 Update


We are pleased to announce a number of meet-and-greets scheduled for the week of April 25th when Cathy Makropoulos will be at Montclare.  These events will offer multiple opportunities for our families and staff to get to know Cathy and to introduce her to our wonderful community.


Montclare Transition Committee has been established.  This Committee comprised of Montclare parents, teachers and administrative staff as well as MetSchools leadership was created with the primary objective of ensuring that Cathy Makropoulos joins Montclare, and the wider UWS community, feeling welcome and supported. We also want to provide a forum for her to obtain insightful feedback over upcoming months.


The Transition Committee is:


1.        Kevin McCarthy – CEO MetSchools – Transition Committee Chair

2.        Susan Slater – Director of HR, MetSchools

3.        Billie Castiglia – Director of Operations, Montclare – Point Person/Coordinator for Committee

4.        Ashley Warren – Director of Admissions

5.        Mimi Dupuis –  Director of Exmissions

6.        Joanna Bernic – Head Teacher

7.        Laura Hefferan – Assistant Teacher

8.        Jessica Ross – MPA Co-Chair

9.        Henriette Foster – Parent

10.      Kristin Pauley – Parent

11.      Ruby Marenco – Parent


Our thanks, in advance, to the Transition Committee.  Please expect a calendar of events for the week of April 25th to come soon.



2/4/16 Update



Montclare Warmly Welcomes Cathy Makropolous As Our New Director!

Cathy Makropoulos  joins Montclare after 23 years as an educator and leader at the academically prestigious ACS (American Community Schools) Athens Elementary School, in Athens Greece, where she served as Principal for the last 5 years. Cathy became a beloved educator and leader at this highly respected Pre-K and Elementary School which provides an American-based education to an international student body.


Cathy grew up on the East Coast and is thrilled to relocate to NYC, close to her immediate family. Click Here to read full announcement..






1/20/16 Update

It has been a busy winter for the Montclare Director Search Committee and we have made significant progress!  Earlier this month, after receiving ample materials from Wickenden Associates, the Search Committee selected five candidates to interview for the Director position. The candidates brought a range of backgrounds to the pool, and included both aspiring heads and seasoned leaders from New York City, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and North Carolina, as well as an international candidate.


Remaining on schedule, the Committee is pleased to announce that, early next week, we are inviting a finalist to visit Montclare and meet with some of our staff and parents.

We very much look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming weeks and greatly appreciate your patience and support during this important process.

Best wishes,

Montclare Search Committee



1/8/15 Update

Montclare Search Committee Interviewed candidates, finalists selected



12/15/15 Update

Montclare Search Committee reviewed credentials and selected pool for interview process.



9/28/15 Update

Montclare is currently searching a Director for our 2016-2017 School Year. The school has engaged the professional services of Wickenden Associates. Please click here to read the Opportunity Statement.


Montclare Director Search Proposed Schedule

September 28
Kickoff meeting
Reference Checking
December 3
December 8
Credentials Book Distributed
December 15
Credential Review
With Search Committee
January 9
Semifinaist Interviews
January 11-22
Finalist Visits
Reference Checks
Spring 2016
New Director


Search Committee Members

Jenny Bruce                 Montclare Staff

Colleen Brown             Montclare Staff

Alex Angel                    Montclare Staff

Kelli Konop                  Montclare PA; President of MPA

Amy Rampoldt            Montclare Parent

Eliza Browning            Montclare Parent, MPA Co-Chair

Kevin McCarthy          Metschools, Chair of Search Committe

Jim Wickenden           Search Firm – non-voting member

Zachary White             Search Firm – non-voting member