Anna Sobel is expecting a baby next October and will be taking a one-year leave of absence from being 5-6s teacher. She will work part-time for MCS on writing and website projects.
We are delighted to welcome Marina Tan to a new role as the 5-6s teacher for one year. Marina is a familiar presence in the Lower School, working as an assistant with the 4-5s, 5-6s, 6-7s, and 7-8s since 2008. Marina is a graduate of The New School for Social Research and, like many other MCS teachers, she received her training at Bank Street College of Education. She has also taught at The Children’s Storefront School and Resurrection Episcopal Day School. Mary Trowbridge, Marina, and Anna have already begun planning. We are very pleased that this transition can support continuity at the same time that Marina’s interests, strengths and training in the arts can bring new highlights to the 5-6s’ program.
Lower School Science & Resource Teacher (4-5s through 8-9s)
Lindsay Velazco will be teaching at The Dalton School next September.
Claire Galya has accepted the Lower School Science and Resource Teacher position at MCS. She is a graduate of Brown University, Smith College, and Antioch University New England. She has been the Assistant Teacher in the 7-8s this year. She is looking forward to joining the 7-8s on their upcoming farm trip and building connections between the city and farm programs. She will join the staff of MCS City Camp, and work with students in the rooftop garden. Claire also has experience as an artisan baker, adventure counselor, teacher naturalist, organic farmer, and environmental education intern. She joined the Go Green Committee of faculty and staff and will pilot a new composting effort next fall. We are very pleased to welcome Claire into her new role at MCS.
In June, Ray Jones will retire as the accompanist for the Upper School chorus after 26 years. He has had a remarkable career as a choral accompanist for venerable New York choirs, as well as an artist, chess aficionado, and trader of stocks. MCS choral directors, students, faculty members and parents have been lucky to have had such a long relationship with this talented musician. Susan Harris’ profile of Ray will appear in the upcoming issue of the MCS Courtyard.