08 Jul Meet Sasha Wilson – Associate Director
Sasha Wilson has joined Montclare in 2016 to take on the role of Education Coordinator for our 4s Program and is now our Associate Director! She joins us with many years of teaching expertise and administrative leadership experience and we couldn’t be happier! Here’s a little more about Sasha…
Sasha, what led to you Montclare Children’s School?
I grew up in NYC and moved to Westchester when my husband and I decided to start a family. There I raised my family and taught at a local preschool where I eventually became director. My children are now in college and it was the perfect opportunity to make a move back to the city. After visiting Montclare and meeting the staff and children I knew it would be an exciting, nurturing and loving place to be. I was right!
At what point in your life did you decide to become an educator and why?
My father is a professor of education so it was always a topic of conversation around the dinner table. After graduating college with a degree in sociology I spent a year in Japan teaching SAT and GED prep to Japanese high school dropouts and functional English to business men. During that time I grew to love teaching and enrolled in Teachers College at Columbia upon my return. The rest is history.
What are your thoughts about growing up in Manhattan.
I grew up in SOHO during the 70’s and 80’s because my father was a professor at NYU. I went to the Little Red School House until ninth grade and then transferred to Nightingale Bamford. I feel so fortunate to have experience NYC as a child. I was exposed to so much culture, diversity and human interaction. It taught me to be empathetic, engaged and street smart. Part of what drew me to Montclare is that it is a close-knit community based in a larger setting giving the children, families and staff the best of all worlds.
What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Do you have a favorite children’s book?
Swim, horseback ride and travel with my family. Spending time with my friends doing just about anything always trumped the rest.
Does being a teacher offer any insight into parenting?
My best piece of parenting advice is to recognize your child for who they are and to guide them to be the best version of that person.
Each child is unique and special and should be celebrated and encouraged. The world is a more interesting place because we all bring something different to the mix.
What is the most important role preschool plays in a child’s life?
A preschool needs to create a safe, nurturing environment for children and families to grow and explore the world around them.
Is there a particular hobby that you enjoy?
Spending time with my family, running, hiking, live music. My husband is a songwriter and plays in a local band so we spend a lot of time at music events.
We are all thrilled to have Sasha as a part of our Montclare Leadership Team and know that you will enjoy getting to know her this year!