Reviews of books by Diana Murray ’90 and Andrew McCarron, Head of Religion, Philosophy, & Ethics Department
Groggle’s Monster Valentine
by Diana Murray ’90
Sky Pony Press
Video Profile: Watch an interview with the author
Did you know that monsters celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you are thinking of roses and chocolate, you are in for many surprises when you meet Diana Murray’s character Groggle, an adorable furry monster with a pink heart-shaped nose who is searching for the perfect valentine for Snarlina, his “beast” friend in the whole wide world. Murray’s fourth picture book, Groggle’s Monster Valentine, is not only a beautifully illustrated and cleverly written story to read aloud to children on Valentine’s Day, but also a resourceful mentor text that Lower School teachers can use to teach literary devices to their young readers and writers.
Although I have yet to read aloud Groggle’s Monster Valentine to our Kindergarten students, I am certain it will become one of their favorite Valentine’s Day picture books. Much like adult readers, children love stories that strike a balance between relatability and unpredictability. Murray has a keen insight into how to let her readers relate to Groggle and also knows when and how to surprise her unsuspecting readers.
In the book, Groggle has been up till the wee hours on Valentine’s night working on his cards for Snarlina. Ask any Lower School student, and they can share with you that making even the simplest valentines, let alone some elaborate ones, for your entire class will take longer than you imagined. Groggle collects some bog slime and carefully squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. He sprinkles on shiny beetle glitter and gingerly ties on snake bows to decorate his cards. Groggle pours in all this time and effort, to no avail, all due to his monster appetite! Gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp—he scarfs down his card before his bog slime ink has even dried! Not many will know what it is like to guzzle cards like Groggle, but it’s an entirely different matter when it comes to sweets—after all, what fun is it to make valentines without munching on one too many Hershey’s Kisses? After the seventh failed attempt at curbing his monstrous appetite, Groggle decides to hurry over to Snarlina’s with what is left of his last card—slobbery and wrinkled with one smudged word left for her to read: “friend.” When readers meet Snarlina for the first time, she is a sight to behold. Who would have thought Snarlina to be a one-eyed monster that is quadruple the size of Groggle, with deadly fangs and claws? How will she respond to Groggle’s half-eaten valentine? I can just imagine our young readers holding their breaths, fearing the fate of our adorable furry friend Groggle. However, as soon as she sees Groggle at her doorstep, she purrs like a kitten, beams from ear to ear, giddily stomps her hairy feet, and gives him a monster hug after plopping the card in her mouth! Nyum, nyum, nyum, gulp! Murray has taken a somewhat clichéd topic and has created an entirely original narrative that conveys a heartwarming message that your best effort and intentions will be recognized and appreciated.
While children will be smitten with Murray’s whimsical characters and Bats Langley’s magical rendition of them, Lower School teachers will value this book for another reason: Groggle’s Monster Valentine is a great tool for teaching writing. The simple letters that Groggle writes to Snarlina are a great model to teach the basic format of letter writing to beginning writers.
Every April, which is National Poetry Month, this book needs to be on constant display in the classroom. It provides a humorous example of an acrostic poem, not to mention the plethora of examples of rhymes and alliteration that Groggle uses in his poems: “Roses are red, Garbage is grimy, Here is your valentine, Icky and slimy” or “Your teeth are so green. You’re the prettiest monster that I’ve ever seen.” Murray explicitly wrote on her Web site’s homepage that she “especially love[s] writing in rhyming verse,” and to make teaching rhymes even easier, the words that rhyme pop out from the page since they are highlighted in matching colors! Also, the series of sounds that Groggle and Snarlina make while they munch on their valentines—gobble, crunch, burp, slurp—are perfect examples of onomatopoeia. Last but not least, Murray’s frequent useof oxymorons like “horridly fabulous” and “monstrously super” is in line with the paradoxical motif of a tiny cute monster professing his love to an ill-tempered and nasty beast who drools.
If you are in search for a funny and refreshing Valentine’s Day picture book to read with your little monster(s) at home or at school, grab a copy of Groggle’s Monster Valentine for an awfully delightful experience.
Caroline (Kyung-Eun) Lee
Teacher of Kindergarten
Light Come Shining
by Andrew McCarron
Oxford University Press
Video Profile: Watch an interview with the author
When I was asked to write a review for Andrew McCarron’s new book, Light Come Shining, I took the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Bob Dylan’s extensive body of work. Having lived through the 1960s, toured in a band with my husband for seven years, and raised a family of musicians, I have experienced Dylan’s monumental impact on American music
and culture from different viewpoints in my life. But to listen to his work again, this time accompanied by McCarron’s insights, was an experience altogether new.
McCarron is aware—and makes sure the reader knows that he is aware—that his book is a new addition to already exhaustive library of Dylan exposés. McCarron insists, however, that his approach, the “psychobiography,” sheds a different light onto an already overexposed subject matter. The central assumption of McCarron’s psychobiographical method is that, by analyzing key moments in a person’s life, one can create a holistic portrait, or what McCarron calls a “common script.” McCarron’s project is especially apt for a figure such as Bob Dylan, whose famous transformations and conflicting identities have dumbfounded many a fan and critic. In addition, the mountain of speculation, rumor, and fanaticized theory-making surrounding Dylan has elevated the artist to legendary, almost mythical status, making Dylan himself indecipherable to the point of mysticism. McCarron aims to undercut the noise with this psychobiography, certain that somewhere in Dylan’s many transformations and manipulations lies the common script of his life
McCarron’s exposé focuses on three defining moments in Dylan’s life: his 1966 motorcycle “accident” in Woodstock, New York; his religious conversion during the born-again movement of the 1970s; and his midlife recommitment to songwriting and performance starting in 1987. To many a fan and analyst, these turning points represent points of major personal and artistic changes and add to the Dylan mystique. To McCarron, they offer key turning points, but instead of seeing chaos, he sees a common thread: “The best place to find Dylan’s unique psychological fingerprint is within the twists and turns of his changes.”
McCarron also explores Dylan’s coping mechanisms in dealing with the insurmountable difficulty of separating his personal life from his public life—a common theme among celebrities. Dylan would don outlandish attire—a blond wig, dark glasses, a skull-cap—to hide his identity. Because of the constant public intrusion into his life, Dylan became a “paranoid recluse,” whose eccentric lifestyle also became part of his mystique. Yet McCarron again sees these transformations as an opportunity to reveal a common thread, surmising that “although there is little doubt that some of his masks are calculated stunts and tricks of a wily performance artist, his appropriations are important expressions of his deeper sense of self and identity.”
No doubt, though, that Dylan manipulated the script of his past to create a more alluring public persona. He hit the New York music scene as a fully formed fictional character. He manipulated the details of his life to enhance his own story. Dylan’s transformations were not just cosmetic—they seemed to permeate into his internal life. McCarron relays that there was sincerity about Dylan’s quest for self-knowledge, often taking the form of religious experiences that Dylan refers to in his writing: “A God of time and space— that creates people with specific destinies in mind.”
Light Come Shining is McCarron’s ambitious venture to see logic where others see chaos, to find a common thread when others are bewildered by Dylan’s existential meanderings. McCarron’s prose is at times intimidating for readers unacquainted with academic psychology, as well as for those non-initiated in the literature surrounding Bob Dylan. Still, whether you are a fan of Dylan, McCarron’s psychobiography is well worth reading. I recommend reading it as I did—while listening along to Dylan’s work as it is referenced in the book. If you are familiar with Dylan’s work, McCarron provides refreshing context for listening and experiencing Bob Dylan anew. If you are uninitiated, this book can be your curator through your exploration of the artist’s legacy and intimidatingly expansive body of work.
Teacher of Grade Two
Recent Alumni and Faculty Books
Deyan Ranko Brashich ’58
New Meridian Arts, 2017
Nicholas T. “Nick” Bruel ’83
Bad Kitty Camp Daze
Roaring Brook Press, 2018
Samuel Charap ’98
Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis
and the Ruinous Contest for
Aleksandra Crapanzano ’88
The London Cookbook: Recipes
from the Restaurants, Cafes, and
Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City
Ten Speed Press, 2016
Michael de Guzman ’56
Cosmos DeSoto’s Last Case
Publishing Platform, 2017
John Freeman Gill ’84
The Gargoyle Hunters
William G. Franklin ’63
What is UP, Doc?
Ruminations of a Solo Cardiologist
Publishing Platform, 2017
Alexandra “Alex” Fribourg ’00
(writing as A.F. Brady)
Park Row Books, 2017
Vincent Katz ’78
Lunar Chandelier Press, 2016
William Green Miller ’49
A Wreath of Friends
Oxford: Amaté Press, 2007
Diana Murray ’90
Doris the Bookasaurus
Grimelda and the
Spooktacular Pet Show
Katherine Tegen Books/
William F. Pepper ’55
The Plot to Kill King:
The Truth Behind the Assassination
of Martin Luther King Jr.
Skyhorse Publishing, 2016
Diana H. Polley ’88
Echoes of Emerson:
Rethinking Realism in Twain,
James, Wharton, and Cather
University of Alabama Press, 2017
Teacher of Art, Thomas Holton, will have his photography fea...
Teacher of Art, Thomas Holton, will have his photography featured in Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers’, an exhibition opening at The Museum of the City of New York on 26 October, 2018, and on view through 24 March, 2019. The exhibition will feature works from The Lams of Ludlow Street, Holton’s fifteen-year documentary photography project chronicling the lives of the Lams, a family of five living in New York City's Chinatown.
Teacher of Performing Arts and Conductor Reuben Blundell is ...
Howard “Howie” Warren, Teacher of Science in the Lower S...
Teacher of Visual Arts Bruce Edelstein exhibits his work in ...
In Oaxaca, which opened on 29 August and will be on view through 13 October, Teacher of Visual Arts Bruce Edelstein, exhibits sculptures and watercolors completed during and inspired by his trips to Oaxaca, Mexico between 2005 and 2007. In his artist statement for the show, he writes: “I was moved by the strong integration and vitality between the arts and society and the resilient cultural traditions within a contemporary context. The political atmosphere in Oaxaca through those years was torrid and vital, with teachers occupying the city center - the response to this climate by artists was evocative and bold. I was moved by the art, the passion, and the candid messages incorporated in the iconic images painted on the walls of the city. I felt compelled to quote the fugitive images to create a permanent document which could be shared with people from Oaxaca and the world beyond. I wanted to capture the unique dimension of an historical moment using traditional techniques from the region. For this reason, I chose to use weaving to produce some of the work.
“In Oaxaca, I observed how the ubiquitous use of clay, from simple practical forms to traditional and contemporary artworks, resonates with the memory of its place of origin. My direction however, has been to use ceramics as a material for building open structures, rather than as the traditional vessel. With recent work, I conceive of my sculpture as islands, with articulated spaces enmeshed and folded through the body. This represents the boundaries we engineer for our comfort and survival. As in Oaxaca we are experiencing an assault on our own social values in the US. Perhaps these artworks will help to provide a space to imagine and reaffirm what truly matters.”
Teacher of History Ann Johnson interviewed in the “Wes...
This summer, Teacher of History Ann Johnson was interviewed in the Westerly Sun, a newspaper based in Westerly, Rhode Island, for its column “In the Easy Chair,” a series of wide-ranging interviews with influential members of their community. Johnson, who is the president of Rhode Island’s Watch Hill Lighthouse Keepers Association, spoke about her work maintaining this historic lighthouse, including overseeing its restoration after superstorm Sandy; and about a myriad of her interests and influences, including the educators who sparked her interest in history.
Teacher of English Saul Isaacson publishes interview with No...
Teacher of English Saul Isaacson has conducted and published several interviews with prominent linguist Noam Chomsky. His most recent interview, which he conducted while visiting Chomsky’s office at the University of Arizona on 7 August 2018, was published in Foreign Policy Journal on 17 August 2018. In the interview, titled "Noam Chomsky: Hopes and Anxieties in the Age of Trump," Isaacson and Chomsky address anti-Semitism and anti-Iranian sentiment in America; corruption in Venezuela and Nicaragua; Daniel Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine; the dangers of our current administration’s pugnaciousness and unpredictability; and other pressing political topics and concerns.
Colson Whitehead ’87 is named New York State Author
On 15 August, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Colson Whitehead ’87 is the 12th New York State Author and will be the recipient of the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers. His inauguration will take place on Friday, 28 September at 7:30pm, at the University at Albany, and will be free and open to the public.
Jason Golfinos ’13 leads his team to a triumphant win in t...
Jason Golfinos ’13, a masters student in Darwin College at Cambridge University, and the captain of Darwin College’s first team to enter the University Challenge, was a shining star when the team competed and won against SOAS, University of London, on 13 August. He set a record by buzzing for thirteen starters and answered every question in the bonus round.
Teacher of Grade Two Julie Kourkoulis Wins Distinguished Tea...
The Distinguished Teaching Endowment was created in 1983 as a tribute to Clarence Bruner-Smith, Dudley M. Maxim ’32, and Frank G. Smith. In 1988, the Alumni Association decided to establish an annual award to a teacher who has taught at Trinity for ten years or more, exemplifies the history and traditions of the School, and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The prize, now known as the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize, was increased to $10,000 in 2004.
Since its inception, thirty-one teachers have received this honor, their names displayed prominently on the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize Plaque in the Great Hall. The 2018 award was given to Julie Kourkoulis. Julie started at Trinity as an assistant kindergarten teacher in 1992, before becoming a head teacher in 1994. Since then she has taught Kindergarten and Grades Two and Four. During her time at Trinity, Julie has served as Lower School director of multicultural affairs (2001-2002), Lower School multicultural coordinator (2004-2008), and Lower School curriculum coordinator (2012-present). Julie was the first Lower School teacher who utilized Understanding by Design curricular pedagogy and introduced it to the Lower School administration. She is recipient of a 1998 Faculty Summer Development Project Grant, a 2009 Summer Curricular and Pedagogical Fellowship, and a 2015 Lower School-Middle School Faculty Enrichment Award. “A respected colleague who is always ready to lend a helping hand,” “a professional of the highest quality,” and “a great role model for students,” colleagues also describe Julie as someone with “unquestionable integrity” and who “often goes beyond what is expected.” Lower School Principal Rosemary Milliman says: “Julie is a lifelong learner who continues to challenge herself as an educator. There are a few individuals who have been as motivated as Julie has been to challenge herself by teaching new grades. She truly understands the Lower School students that she teaches and the arch of their learning Kindergarten through Grade Four. Parents often comment on her deep understanding of the more nuanced aspects of their children’s personalities and learning profiles.”
President of the Trinity School Alumni Association James S. Panero ’94 said the following, in presenting the award to Julie, “'Voice' has been the theme of Chapel this year. This year’s winner is therefore a special one. Through a remarkable ability to convey the joys of speaking, the joys of writing, and the joys of revision, this lifelong Trinity teacher leads students to recognize that everyone, at every age, has a wondrous story to tell. Even, and especially, our second graders."
Head of Visual Arts Gregg Emery’s paintings exhibited at C...
A selection of Head of Visual Arts Gregg Emery’s most recent paintings are included in CUBE Art Fair. CUBE Art Fair, now in its third edition, is presented by the Vogelsang Gallery, owned and curated by Gregoire Vogelsang of Belgium, and exhibits contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture. The exhibition is being held in the gallery on the ground floor of the renowned Zaha Hadid building in Chelsea, the last building designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, adjacent to the High Line Nine gallery spaces. The exhibition opened on 7 June and will be on display through 30 June.
CUBE Art Fair
Zaha Hadid Building
519 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
7 June-30 June, 2018
Former Teacher of Visual Arts Marisol Limon Martinez release...
Congratulations to Matthew E. Malone ’14, winner of a ...
Matthew E. Malone '14, a linguistics and mathematics double major in the class of 2018 at Columbia College, is the recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge University to furnish students from outside the United Kingdom with the opportunity to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. He is one of 36 recipients from the United States. He will pursue an MPhil in theoretical and applied linguistics at Cambridge. He plans to continue the research and work he has been doing for his senior thesis at Columbia on endangered Bantu languages. This past summer, he traveled to Kribi, Cameroon to begin this work by recording the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the highly-endangered language Bapuku by working one-on-one with Bapuku speakers. Ultimately he hopes to pursue a PhD in linguistics and to become a linguistics professor and researcher.
New book by award-winning journalist Catherine Price ’...
Catherine Price '97, an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Best American Science Writing and in The New York Times and numerous other publications, is the author of a new book, How To Break Up With Your Phone. In How To Break Up With Your Phone, Catherine Price investigates and reveals why using smartphones and apps feel addictive; how our phones siphon our time and chip away at our capabilities for attentiveness and focus; and what we can do to take back control. Full of strategies, tips, and actionable changes, How To Break Up With Your Phone is a necessary beacon and an essential guide to mindful and deliberate smartphone use. Ten Speed Press will release How To Break Up With Your Phone on 13 February 2018.
Alexandra “Alex” Fribourg ’00 has first no...
Alexandra "Alex" Fribourg '00, writing as A.F. Brady, published her first novel, The Blind, with Park Row Books, an imprint of HarperCollins/Harlequin, on 26 September 2017. The Blind is a psychological suspense novel about an eminent psychologist at a Manhattan psychiatric institution whose troubled new patient makes her become more aware and more afraid of the darkness in her own life and mind. Kirkus calls it “satisfying [and] darkly funny” and BookPage calls it “twisting [and] fast-paced.” The author’s background as a psychotherapist and New York State licensed mental health counselor informs this gripping book.
Head of Visual Arts Gregg Emery exhibits paintings at Van De...
Gregg Emery’s recent paintings are part of a new show at Van Der Plas Gallery on the Lower East Side, entitled All Art + A New Beginning. In the press release for the show, gallery founder Adriaan Van Der Plas says of Gregg Emery’s work, “If you went to Governor’s Island last fall, you probably ran into the telegenic Gregg Vance Emery and his giant dragged-paint circles, which he shows elsewhere (all over the world, in fact). These could be instant mandalas, or evocations of the movement of time, and translate readily from canvas to pavement to fabric.” The opening reception for All Art + A New Beginning is on Wednesday, 10 January from 6-8pm. The gallery is located at 156 Orchard Street. The show will be up through 14 January.
Trinity Dining Services is Helping with Reducing Food Waste ...
One of many positive outgrowths of gratitude is mindfulness about making good use of what we have, and it is in this spirit that Trinity Dining Services is proud to announce its work with Imperfectly Delicious Produce, or IDP. Launched by Compass Group in May of 2014, IDP works with produce growers and distributors to reduce food waste. Many Grade A fruits and vegetables are deemed unfit for retail because they don’t meet strict standards for shape, size, and appearance. They are perfectly usable, edible and tasty, but they are imperfect-looking: they are “imperfectly delicious.” Some of this imperfect produce gets left behind in fields while the prettier produce is harvested; some of it is harvested but then deemed to be cosmetically unacceptable for Grade A produce standards; and some of the bounty that IDP spares from being thrown away or wasted consists of parts of vegetables that are somewhat strange-looking or difficult to determine how to use. IDP works with various food and dining services across sixteen states (with five additional states in the process of beginning to work with them) and now Trinity Dining Services has joined them. Dining Services Director James Cowan says they have been cooking with and serving IDP produce such as “IDP second cut greens, pickled watermelon rinds, IDP tomatoes, and even utilizing the broccoli stems on our salad bar.” A delicious way to make a difference!
The Fall Athletics Season Brought Trinity Much to Celebrate!
In cross-country, the Tigers made Trinity history, sweeping the Ivy Preparatory League meet by winning both the Boys’ and Girls’ Championship Titles for the first time! The Trinity Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team won their second consecutive Ivy Championship, beating Collegiate School 48-71. (Low score wins in Cross Country.) The Trinity Girls’ Varsity Cross Country team won the Ivy Championship with a thrilling finish: one of our runners finished 0.3 seconds ahead of a runner from Poly Prep Country Day School, earning Trinity the win by one point, 49-50. The boys’ and girls’ Junior Varsity teams both won their races, too! This bodes well for the future!
Boys’ Cross Country did Trinity proud at the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association (NYSAISAA) Championships, too, with their second consecutive win in the New York State Independent School Championship! This first-place finish earned them the opportunity to compete in the New York State Federation Championship meet on Saturday 18 November. The Trinity girls had a proud showing at the NYSAISAA Championship meet, too, finishing third.
The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team also made history this season, winning their first-ever NYSAISAA Championship! They entered the tournament as the #2 seed, started off strong with a 2-0 victory over Poly Prep Country Day School, then faced off against rival The Dalton School in the semifinals and earned a hard-fought 2-1 win. Lastly, they vanquished undefeated Riverdale Country School with a 2-1 win, and the overjoyed fans stormed the rainy field at Manhattanville.
The Girls’ Varsity Soccer team’s season was also filled with excitement. They earned the #6 seed in the NYSAISAA tournament, opened the tournament by beating Dwight School 7-0, then faced off against #3 seed The Packer Collegiate Institute and brought back a 1-0 Golden Goal win in the final overtime period. In the semis, they faced off against #2 seed The Dalton School and fought hard and honorably in a tight game, ultimately losing in overtime.
In Tennis, the Varsity Girls’ Team placed 3rd in the Ivy Preparatory League, and earned a bid in the Mayor’s Cup, in which they vanquished their rival Riverdale Country School, to whom they had previously lost, with a 3-1 victory in the semifinals, which bolstered them to the Mayor’s Cup Championship, where they lost a close match to Beacon High School in the finals.
Four Trinity tennis players earned bids to play in the NYSAISAA Tournament. Trinity’s #1 line Leila Epstein and #2 line Emma Eisenberg entered the championship in the singles’ bracket as the #3 and #7 seeds, and in the doubles bracket, Trinity’s #1 line of Kaya Alagappan and Gina Markov earned the #1 seed and won the NYSAISAA Championship! This qualified them for the New York State Federation Championship, where they lost in the finals but finished as the second best doubles team in New York state.
Varsity Volleyball earned the #6 seed in the NYSAISAA Tournament, where they emerged victorious from their match with Avenues and then lost in the quarterfinals to #3 seed Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
Congratulations to all!
Pat Krieger Inducted into the Rice University Athletic Hall ...
Pat Krieger, Trinity’s Athletic Director, was inducted into the Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame last month, an honor that the Trinity Upper School community celebrated with Coach Krieger in Community Time on 17 October. Coach Krieger’s accomplishments as a student-athlete while at Rice University were myriad and continue to define Rice’s women’s basketball program. Coach Krieger was the first-ever recipient of a women’s basketball scholarship at Rice. She is one of the very top scorers in Rice women’s basketball history, ranked second overall with 1,851 points. She was the leader in scoring in 1979-80 and in 1980-81, with 16.8 points per game. She holds Rice’s record for the most field goals made in a single season—231, in 1979-80. She became Rice’s first A.I.W.A. All-American (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) in 1982. She was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (College Sports Information Directors of America) in 1981 and 1982. Her overall points scored during the 1979-80 season—555—ranks second in school history. Her career scoring average of 16.5 points per game ranks third in school history. She is ranked seventh on Rice’s all-time rebounding list, with 740 total boards.
In Memoriam: Frank C. Leana
Frank C. Leana died on 2 October 2017, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of seventy-three. Frank taught English and served as the Director of College Counseling at Trinity School from 1973-1985. He was a well-known, respected, and admired figure in the landscape of educational counseling, receiving the John Muir Award from the National Association of College Admission Counselors for “a significant contribution in the field of education.” He served as Director of the Manhattan office of Howard Greene & Associates for fifteen years, and in 2000 he opened his own educational counseling practice, where he guided hundreds of students and their families through their decision-making process in boarding schools, colleges and universities, and graduate programs. He authored three books on the topic of educational counseling: Getting Into College, The Best Private High Schools and How to Get In, and Pathfinder An Action Plan: Making the Most of High School. He was a guest on various television talk shows, and New York Magazine named him “one of the city’s prominent college counselors.” Frank graduated from Hamilton College, and received his MA from Indiana University and his PhD in American literature from the University of Rochester. He loved art, music, photography, and beautiful language. When he retired, he relocated to Minnesota to be near his family, and he loved his log home on Deer Lake. He is survived by his wife, Lenesa; his stepson, S. Zachary White; his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth White; and two adored grandchildren, Joseph and Eleanor.
Ann Wright Strohmeier is Awarded a Grant for Her Book
Former Lower School faculty member Ann Wright Strohmeier was awarded a 2017 Work-In-Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in the category of Chapter Books/Early Fiction for "The Casebook of Marvelous Madison," a collection of the favorite cases of mouse detective Marvy Madison, detailing his encounters investigating rogue nuts, missing eggs, and a farmyard beauty pageant. The Grants give writers who are working on manuscripts and book projects and not currently under contract opportunities to present their work to acquiring editors hand-selected by SCBWI.
Ellen O’Malley Wins Distinguished Teaching Prize
The Distinguished Teaching Endowment was created in 1983 as a tribute to Clarence Bruner-Smith, Dudley M. Maxim ’32, and Frank G. Smith. In 1988, the Alumni Association decided to establish an annual award to a teacher who has taught at Trinity for ten years or more, exemplifies the history and traditions of the School, and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The prize, now known as the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize, was increased to $10,000 in 2004.
Since its inception, thirty teachers have received this honor, their names displayed prominently on the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize Plaque in the Great Hall. The 2017 award was given to Ellen O’Malley. Ellen started at Trinity as a teacher of history in the Middle School in 2003. During her time at the School, she’s served as class dean for Grade Five from 2004 to present, and head coach of Girls Varsity Lacrosse from 2008-2009 and 2010-2014.
“A model teacher,” one who “cares deeply about the needs of others and consistently demonstrates that through her daily interactions,” colleagues also describe Ellen as “a positive and supportive colleague whose patient guidance is a constant.” “Ellen’s command of the subject matter is impressive. She is a precise and accurate historian! Her work with the students, parents, and colleagues as dean is quite wonderful. She is a positive and supportive colleague.” Ellen is parent to Johnny O’Malley, Trinity class of 2023.
Alumni News— Jacob “Jake” Bernstein `87 and Colson Whi...
Two members of the class of 1987 have been awarded 2017 Pulitzer Prizes.
Jacob “Jake” Bernstein `87 received the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He is one of a consortium of 300 journalists who worked on the story of the Panama Papers, which the prize citation describes as “[exposing] the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.” His forthcoming book, Secrecy World, will delve further into this story, as will a documentary film that he is executive producing.
Colson Whitehead `87 received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Underground Railroad, which the prize citation describes as “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.”
Teacher of Science J. Mark Schober Wins 2017 Paul W. Zitzewi...
J. Mark Schober is the winner of the 2017 Paul W. Zitzewitz Excellence in K-12 Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. He teaches physics, engineering; and astronomy and advises several student groups.
He is a founding member and past chairman of STEMteachersNYC, a grassroots teachers’ professional development group, a former president of the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) and a former Web master for the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (SLAPT) and, in his capacity as a leader of this organization, has administered numerous science workshops for teachers all over the country. He has previously been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (2007) and the Gene Fuchs Award from the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers (2009.) He received his BA from Concordia College in physics, mathematics, and theater arts, and his MAT from Miami University of Ohio.
Schober said, “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by AAPT with the Paul Zitzewitz Award. I am thankful for every interaction with my teachers, colleagues, and students whose patience, insight, hard work, good humor, and willingness to try things has enabled us all to grow, learn, and have fun in the process.”
Boys Varsity Indoor Track – Ivy Preparatory School Lea...
Emily Warren Schwartz ’11 Wins Grammy!
On Sunday, 12 February "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. Emily Warren Schwartz ’11, who performs as Emily Warren, is a member of the group and is one of three writers credited for the song. "Don't Let Me Down," was the group's first top five single on US "Billboard" Hot 100, peaking at number three on the chart.On Sunday, 12 February "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, won the Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. Emily Warren Schwartz ’11, who performs as Emily Warren, is a member of the group and is one of three writers credited for the song. "Don't Let Me Down," was the group's first top five single on US "Billboard" Hot 100, peaking at number three on the chart.
Girls Varsity Swimming Takes Ivy Preparatory School League C...
Anastasia Tonello was today’s Upper School Community Time ...
Anastasia Tonello is the managing partner of Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York, and a partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. The Laura Devine practice focuses on immigration law; Anastasia Tonello is global head of the U.S. immigration team.
Lower School Educational Technology Coordinator Rob Keith le...
Lower School Educational Technology Coordinator Rob Keith led a workshop at EduCon 2.9, an academic innovation conference held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 28 January. The workshop, which he co-led with the Associate Academic Dean for Technology and Curriculum at Collegiate School, Melanie Hutchinson, was titled The Edtech Teacher: Ambiguous and Obsolete? The workshop was designed for attendees to reflect upon the role of the educational technologist, discuss how technologists may better support schools and teachers, and speculate where that position may be headed in the future. Rob and Melanie facilitated the conversation by leading sessions in brainstorming, time-lining, and S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, based on research and evidence-based observations.
Upper School News—Trinity Tibe was today’s Upper School ...
Trinity Tibe is a poet, artist, and a cofounder of Say Yes Electric Collective, a Brooklyn-based artists’ community that creates space for diverse artists and for artistic collaboration. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the winner of "Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s" 2015 annual contest.
Deirdre A. Williamson is History Department Head
Deirdre has agreed to serve as the next head of the history department. From Head of School, John Allman: "As a member of our history department for the past nine years, [Deirdre] has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues with her skilled teaching, her continuing growth as a serious student of history, her wit and intelligence in professional conversation, and her steadfast care for every student and teacher with whom she works. Having served as an exemplary class dean for the past four year, she promises to bring to her new leadership role the same meticulous attention to detail and the same unwavering commitment to student welfare that have characterized her work as class dean. In the search process, all who interviewed her were impressed by her desire to explore ways to introduce significant study of non-Western histories into both required and elective course offerings, her eagerness to rethink the structure and aims of foundational coursework in grades eight and nine, and her commitment to serve as an active participant in sustained curricular and pedagogical conversations from grades four through twelve to ensure appropriate coherence and consistency in all our history classrooms."
Harrison Williams is Set Designer of The Complete Works of W...
Harrison Williams is the set designer of a play, an evening of comedy called The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, presented by the Heavenly Rest Players. The performances run Thursday through Saturday 24-26 March and Thursday through Saturday, 31 March and 1-2 of April. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 East 90th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.smarttix.com for $20.00. All profits go to the Church outreach programs. No children under the age of twelve, please.
Trinity's Ann Strohmeier and her husband Bill, the producer, are both acting in the play.
Harrison Williams is Set Designer of a Play
Harrison Williams is the set designer of a play, Polish Joke by David Ives, presented by the Heavenly Rest Players. The performances run Thursday through Saturday 22-24 March and Thursday through Saturday, 29-31 March. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. in Darlington Hall at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 East 90th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.smarttix.com for $20.00. All profits go to the Church outreach programs. No children, please; adult humor in both language and content.
Trinity's Michael Gilbert and Ann Strohmeier are both acting in the play.
Harrison Williams Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Harrison Williams Earns Director of Coaching Diploma
Over spring break Mr. Williams earned his director of coaching diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). This enables him to run a club soccer program and complements the premiere license diploma that he earned from the NSCAA a few years ago.
Daniel Weller is a New Teacher of Science
Daniel comes to us from across the river where he has been teaching science and health at Montclair Kimberley Academy for the last eight years. He recently completed his MA in Teaching degree at Montclair State University and was inducted into the national academic honorary society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, for his achievement and leadership. In 2010, Daniel completed a life dream to become an eclipse chaser, as the recipient of a PAMKA Faculty Trust Grant to study total solar eclipses in Tahiti, French Polynesia. In the future, he plans to complete two more dreams by taking a weightless flight and by traveling to the Arctic Circle to see the aurora borealis, or “northern lights.”
Daniel has coached football, wrestling, shot put, javelin, and discus for years, and continues to train in grappling to this day. He is an avid reader in his spare time, especially in the genres of historical fiction and fantasy. His other interests include martial arts, movies, weight lifting, and cooking.
Daniel Weller has a New Baby
Matthew Weisbroat has a Music Performance
Laurie Webber is Chairperson for Greenwich Village Little Le...
Laurie writes, "On 10 April 2010, I was Chairperson for the Greenwich Village Little League Opening Day. This is my third year coordinating the event. My husband George Usher is the President of the G.V.L.L. The article in The Villager refers to me as Laurie Usher-but that's me." Laurie's son, James Usher, is a Trinity 8th grader and plays in the G.V.L.L. Junior Division.
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Jessica Wasilewski is a New Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Jessica moved to the New York from Idaho where she worked as the director of residential life at the Community School in Sun Valley. Prior to that, Jessica taught math and economics at independent high schools in Massachusetts and Maine. Jessica coaches women who compete in World Masters Cross-Country Skiing races. She has won several local sprint and international distance triathlons and has completed multiple marathon and half-marathons. She enjoys cooking, traveling, running with her dog, and reading.
Yvonne Wang is a New Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten
Yvonne Wang is joining us from PS 59, Beekman Hill International School, where she worked as a first grade assistant teacher. This summer, Yvonne finished her graduate school program and earned a master’s degree in childhood education from Hunter College. She spent this summer teaching rising fifth graders at the GO Project, an educational program that serves low-income New York City public school children. Yvonne has always had an interest in learning about people: what makes them tick, what drives them, and what they can do. After she was convinced that she would not find a job with her sociology major, Yvonne studied communications and media studies instead. She worked in marketing for a while, fascinated with the power and influence that the media has on society, our self-image, and our psyche (propaganda at its finest and sneakiest?). But this wasn't enough. In the end, what makes Yvonne most happy is working with children. She is still studying people, but now just... little people!
Yvonne Wang is Leaving Trinity
Yvonne Wang Returns to Trinity
After a brief hiatus from Trinity to serve as a founding teacher and curriculum specialist at Brilla College Prep Charter School, Yvonne returns as a head Kindergarten teacher. She also serves as the Kindergarten curriculum coordinator and is a member of Trinity's Kindergarten admissions committee. While at Brilla Yvonne developed the school-wide social studies and science curriculum which aims at challenging students to think critically about the world while embracing it through a multiple lens approach. Yvonne has worked with children her entire life; she is passionate in learning about their cognitive development, and she deeply values being an integral part of their daily learning and growing process.
With an undergraduate degree from New York University in communication and media studies, Yvonne spent some time working in marketing and brand development. Making a quick career shift, Yvonne earned a masters in childhood education from Hunter College while starting her teaching career. Other than being passionate about education, Yvonne also enjoys wandering the city on her bicycle, going rock climbing, watching movies and documentaries, enjoying lazy days, and reading. She is always exploring and seeking new adventures—both at home and abroad.
Sandra Wang is the New Assistant Principal in the Lower Scho...
Sandra Wang has agreed to serve as our next assistant principal in the Lower School starting in September. Sandy comes to Trinity from Trevor Day School where she has served as the lower school assistant principal for the past six years. Her administrative appointment at Trevor grew out of her participation in the Klingenstein Fellow Program at Teachers College, Columbia University where she is currently completing her EdD in educational leadership. Sandy enjoyed six successful years of teaching at Dalton prior to her entry to administration.
Janine T. Voris Cuervo is a new Teacher of Mathematics
Janine joins the Trinity community after teaching sixth grade at Elkton Middle School in Maryland for the past four years. While teaching at Elkton, she created challenging and engaging lessons for her diverse group of students through the incorporation of technology and the collaboration of student ideas.
Janine grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Alexis I. duPont High School. She played the trumpet in the marching band, traveling all over the world, and was also president of the band her senior year. While attending the University of Delaware for her undergraduate degree, Janine majored in elementary education with a concentration in middle school mathematics. She studied abroad in Mérida, Mexico, and also participated on the University of Delaware Club Tennis Team. Janine also completed her Master of Instruction at the University of Delaware. Inspired to teach by her eighth grade social studies teacher, Janine believes that along with academics, teaching is also about healthy encouragement and mentorship. In her free time, Janine enjoys traveling, playing the piano, and playing tennis. She also has a passion for art, music, and nature.
Sara L. Viggiano is a New Learning Specialist in Grades Six ...
Since 2008, Sara Viggiano has been working at the Winston Preparatory School as a focus teacher, working one-on-one with students diagnosed with a variety of learning disabilities. During the summers of 2009 and 2011, she worked at the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service as a reading and writing teacher for third through six grades where she was exposed to various remediation techniques. Sara is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the reading specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She expects to graduate in May 2012. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, exploring New York City, and learning how to play tennis.
Sara L. Viggiano is Married
Congratulations to Sara L. Viggiano and her new husband, James Gildea. They were married on Saturday, 21 June 2014. Sara is a learning specialist at Trinity in Grades Six through Nine. James is a practice manager for sports medicine at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Their wedding was listed in the "Weddings & Celebrations" section of the New York Times in print and at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/fashion/weddings/sara-viggiano-james-gildea.html.
Marcy Verdi is a New Admissions Interviewer
Marcy is the parent of a Grade Ten student as well as a Trinity alum. She will join the Lower School Admissions Office team as an interviewer during the 2010 admissions season. Ms. Verdi interviews prospective students at Tufts University during their admissions season. In addition, she volunteers on their parents committee that is responsible for annual fund giving.
Marcy loves spending summers in East Hampton with her family playing tennis, walking on the beach, gardening, and preparing the family barbecues. She loves to read and is a member of a book club.
Mala Van Sertima is a New Administrative Assistant in the Bu...
Mala arrived in New York from Guyana in 1989 and began an eleven year career at Columbia University as an administrative assistant to six professors and several research associates at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She went on to work at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn where she worked as a business office financial associate.
Mala recently returned from Florida where she worked at Central Florida Preparatory School as an assistant teacher and school secretary. She and her three sons are happy to be back in New York City.
Alana Urda is the New Assistant to After School Director
Alana teaches dance in Trinity's After School program. She also teaches at Bridge for Dance and is the dance director and choreographer for the West Side Y’s Kids Company. Alana has administrative experience as the artistic director and co-founder of Amalgamate Dance Company. With Amalgamate, she has produced renowned dance events and educational workshops for youth, adults, and seniors in and around New York City. As a professional modern dancer, she has choreographed and performed for a range of established and commissioned Off-Broadway, dance company, and international projects. Alana is happily married to Nicholas Urda and loves to cook! She is thrilled to be joining the staff at Trinity this year.
Elizabeth Twitchell is a New Upper School English Teacher
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Elizabeth went to boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and then went on to major in English at Stanford University. After a few real-world jobs—one of which involved answering telephones for someone named “Disco”—Liz returned to academia, and received her MA in art history and PhD in English and American literature from Yale University. After holding faculty positions at Bard College, Connecticut College, and New York University, Liz is thrilled to make the move to independent school teaching, and doubly thrilled to make that move at Trinity. Liz lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and would like everyone to know that she once rode her bicycle up Mont Ventoux and that it was really hard and that she hopes never to do it again.
Gabrielle Tieng has a New Baby
Gabrielle and her husband, Jimmy, are the proud parents of Jonathan Michael Tieng, born Wednesday, 14 March at 6:38 p.m., weighing in at seven pounds one ounce. Mom and baby are exhausted from nearly forty hours of labor, but both are happy and healthy. Congratulations to the family!
John Taylor Performed in Musical Production
John performed in the Blue Hill Troupe’s production of Brigadoon at the Theater at St. Clement’s in November 2009. Trinity faculty member Matthew W. Rupcich was musical director. The profits from this performance are for an after school music/arts program for the Mott Haven Academy, a charter school that is being run by The New York Foundling.
John Taylor is Performing in “Little Shop of Horrors...
John is performing in Blue Hill Troupe’s production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Theater at St. Clement’s as a puppeteer. The show will run from November 12-20, 2010. The profits from this performance go toward the Carter Burdern Center for the Aging, which, since 1971, has assisted people age sixty and older to remain in their homes living safely and with dignity. Proceeds will support the continuation and expansion of Cultural Connections, a unique program that provides a means for seniors to take part in the cultural life of this city through tickets that are provided at no or reduced cost. Visit www.bht.org for details.
Laurie R. Sweet has a First Grandchild
Laurie has become a grandmother! Her daughter, Annalee '03, and son-in-law, Bryan Berge, are the proud parents of Nora Beatrice Berge. Nora was born on Friday, 16 September 2011 at 4:13 a.m., weighing eight pounds and four ounces. Congratulations to the family!
Laurie R. Sweet Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Echo Y. Sun is a New Teacher of Mandarin in the Upper School
Echo Sun is relocating from Rhode Island, where she has been teaching Mandarin at Barrington High School. She obtained her MA from New York University. She has tutored at New York University and has prepared interpreters at the United Nations for their final examination. She is a warm-hearted and devoted person. When she was in Shanghai, Echo worked as a volunteer at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Shanghai Television Festival, and the Special Olympics World Games as liaison officer for the Slovakian team. She really likes the Chinese language and culture, and she is looking forward to spreading them to more students here.
Kristin Stroupe is a New Teacher of Physical Education and F...
Kristin comes to us from The School at Columbia University where she was a wellness and physical education teacher and coach. Kristin was the head cross country coach, head track and field coach, and an assistant basketball coach. She earned a BA in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and a MA in physical education from Teachers College, Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Kristin was a NCAA Division-I scholarship athlete on UNC’s cross country and track teams. Prior to teaching and coaching, she worked several years in corporate wellness in New York City. Kristin continues to enjoy running, spinning, traveling, UNC sports, and plays competitive ultimate frisbee.
Jessica Smagler is a New Middle School Mathematics Teacher
For the past two years, Jessica has been teaching math at the Hommocks Middle School in Westchester County, New York. Prior to that, she taught for two years in the Great Neck School District at the Richard S. Sherman Great Neck North Middle School and at John L. Miller Great Neck North High School. She worked as an intern and teaching assistant for two years at several schools in Pennsylvania while working towards her bachelor’s and master’s at Lehigh University. Jessica can read, write, and speak Spanish. She enjoys singing and dancing and she was married over the summer. She is looking forward to being a part of the Trinity community, and she thanks everyone for such a warm welcome.
Chance Sims is the New Assistant Principal in the Upper Scho...
Chance Sims will assume the duties of assistant principal in the Upper School beginning in September. Chance is coming to Trinity from Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., where he currently serves as chair of their history department. Before working at Georgetown Day School, Chance taught at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. Chance holds a BS in sociology from Willamette University, an MA in sociology from DePaul University, and an MA in women’s studies from the University of Washington, where he is presently a doctoral candidate in women’s studies. Over the course of his career, Chance has designed and taught courses in world, European, and US history; modern Africa; urban studies; global studies; gender studies; and equity, justice and race.
We are excited to welcome Chance to Trinity along with his wife, Anne, and their son, Isamu, who will enter Grade Two in our Lower School.
Deana Semenza is a New Teacher of Science in the Middle Scho...
Deana Semenza has worked most recently as a high school science teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn where she taught living environment and forensics. Deana is a graduate and proud Husky from the University of Connecticut where she received both her undergraduate degree and master’s degree. In 2009, she had an internship in interdisciplinary project-based learning for ninth grade at Windham High School, and had the privilege to work as a student advisor with Dr. Jason Irizarry during his research and writing of his book, The Latinization of U.S. Schools: Successful Teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts, which is due to be published October 2011. She has participated in biotechnology research at the University of Connecticut and has won several honors and awards.
Deana loves to travel, most recently across Europe from Spain to Turkey, and in the past has lived and studied in Florence, Italy. In the summer she looks forward to returning to her family home in Saratoga, New York, and visiting the beach in New Jersey. She is a New York Giants fan and enjoys going to games. She spends her free time baking at home, volunteering with New York Cares, running, being outdoors, and reading.
J. Mark Schober is New Head of Science Department in the Upp...
J. Mark Schober has taught physics, astronomy, meteorology, and occasionally chemistry over the past fifteen years. He comes to us from an independent school in St. Louis and, most recently, from Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering in Harlem. Since 1998, he has been involved with the Modeling Instruction Program as a workshop leader, curriculum editor, practitioner, and consultant, and now is president of the American Modeling Teacher’s Association. Mark served as webmaster and workshop leader for the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers and has worked with New York teachers to form a similar professional development community, Physics Teachers of NYC. He has sung with a variety of choral, church, and jazz groups, has led student trips to the Grand Canyon, Ozarks, Minnesota, and Everglades, and has successfully used power tools to finish a basement, build furniture, and make lab equipment. Mark and his wife, Smith, live in Manhattan with a dog and two cats, thousands of books, and an extensive collection of model trains.
Ed Schmidt Performs “My Last Play”
"I would like to invite you to my next (and last) play. It's called My Last Play, and I will perform it in my book-lined Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, apartment for twelve people a night. After thirty-two years of playwriting, at the age of forty-eight, I am walking away from the theater and, in the process, giving away all of my 2000+ theater books. One book at a time. At the end of the evening, each audience member will leave with any book from the shelves. Twelve books each night, until the shelves are empty.
"Performances begin November 11, 2010. Tickets are $20 through December 11, $25 after that. Tickets will go fast. (I know that's what everybody says, but trust me on this one.) To book tickets, or for more information about My Last Play, visit www.mylastplay.net. To read more about my less-than-stellar career, click here."
Ed Schmidt Receives “New York Times” Coverage of...
Congratulations to Ed Schmidt, whose current theatrical production, My Last Play, received coverage on the front page of "The Arts" section of the New York Times on Friday, 10 December 2010. The online edition of the article may be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/theater/10schmidt.html?_r=1&ref=theater
Ed Schmidt Review in the “New Yorker”
Ed Schmidt has Final Performances of “My Last PlayR...
There are only five performances left of Ed Schmidt's "My Last Play." Tickets are available from Wednesday, 28 September to 3 October 2011 (no Sunday performance). For tickets and more information, visit http://powerhousearena.com/newsletters/110928/index.html
Ed Schmidt has More Coverage in the “New York Times...
The New York Times wrote about "My Last Play" yet again, this time for the ArtsBeat blog. Ed's play wrapped with a final performance on 3 October 2011, and the article recaps the play's run and what plans are next in store for Ed. Read the article at http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/my-last-play-is-one-for-the-books/.
Ed Schmidt has Play at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre
Ed is pleased to announce one of his plays, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, is being produced by Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre, which won the 2011 Regional Theater Tony Award. Performances begin 4 January 2012. More information can be found at http://lookingglasstheatre.org/content//box_office/mr_rickey_calls_a_meeting.
Matthew William Rupcich is Musical Director in Production
Matthew was musical director in the Blue Hill Troupe’s production of Brigadoon at the Theater at St. Clement’s in November 2009. Trinity faculty member John Taylor performed in the production. The profits from this performance are for an after school music/arts program for the Mott Haven Academy, a charter school that is being run by The New York Foundling.
Matthew William Rupcich has Music News
Matthew Rupcich is keeping busy with many musical activities. He is the music director of the The Christmas Revels: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice (www.nyrevels.org) at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio from 10-12 December 2010. He is conducting the Hunter College Choir performance of Handel’s Zadok the Priest on 10 December 2010 at the Hunter College Assembly Hall – North Building. More information can be found at http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/music/pressroom/events/college-choir. He is also guest conductor of the Messiah Sing Along on 15 December 2010 at Turtle Bay Music School (www.TMBS.org).
Another exciting piece of news: Matt has been selected as the guest conductor for SavoyNet’s production of The Mikado at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England summer 2011.
Cecilia Rudzitis is a Temporary Lower School Math Specialist
Cecilia Rudzitis is the new temporary Lower School math specialist filling-in for Ana Maria Estela, who is on maternity leave. She will be with us until the end of the academic year. Cecilia graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in mathematics and a minor in economics. Previously, she was a kindergarten teacher and Singapore Math lead teacher at the Geneva School of Manhattan. Prior to working in education, she worked in the finance industry as vice-president at the Apogee Finance Group and as assistant vice-president at the Irving Trust Company.
Pierangelo Rossi is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Three
Pierangelo Rossi is migrating from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has been working at Project SUCCESS as a program facilitator, helping middle and high school students make informed decisions about their futures. In addition to classroom facilitation, he was involved in musical productions, college tours, and even led summer canoe adventures in the Minnesotan Boundary Waters. In college, he was involved with the Latino organization, Adelante!, and was the co-founder and editor of Babel, an international affairs-focused magazine created by Macalester College students from around the world. Pierangelo is originally from Peru and has a rich history of working with students inside and outside the classroom. He strongly believes in the power of youth to change the world in positive and inspiring ways. He is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in French and Portuguese. He is excited to apply his experience working with youth in a more formal environment at Trinity, while enrolling part-time at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for his MA in elementary education. He loves to watch and play soccer, as well as walk on stilts.
Steven C. Rochen Performs at Third Street Music School Settl...
Steven performed as a soloist in a concerto for violin and oboe with an orchestra at the Third Street Music School Settlement in the East Village on 18 March 2010. The performance was for their 31st Annual BachFest, a concert celebrating Bach’s birthday.
Steven C. Rochen Attends White House Concert
Steve was invited to attend a reception and concert at the White House last November. The concert, an evening of classical music, was presented in the East Room and included performers Sharon Isbin, Joshua Bell, Alisa Weilerstein, and Awadagin Pratt.
Steven C. Rochen Composes Violin Music for Pi Day
A few years ago, Steven composed "A Piece of Pi" for violin for Trinity's Pi Day celebration to honor the School's math teachers. Since then, he has had requests for the music from all around the world and the YouTube video he posted now has over 20,000 views. Steven writes, "Two weeks ago, I was brought down to Baltimore, Maryland, to appear while a doctoral candidate performed the piece during a recital of contemporary composers. That was a real high point for my composing career, having a piece of music performed at a conservatory and being asked to stand to receive applause at the end of the piece!" To listen to the piece and read more about the project, visit http://www.violinist.com/blog/czechsteve/20113/12149/
Steven C. Rochen has Musical News
Steven writes, "'A Piece of Pi', my composition for solo violin based on the irrational number π (pi) is now being published by Ovation Press. It has been performed in serious recitals, math symposia, and in schools! I was excited last year to be flown down to Baltimore to be present at a concert of music by contemporary composers featured in a recital at Peabody Conservatory and I am happy that people perform the music. "On 2 February, I will be conducting the ISO Carnegie Hill Orchestra during a concert at Carnegie Hall celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the InterSchool Orchestras." (Visit http://www.isorch.org/ for more information.)
Steven C. Rochen Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Ileana Rios is a New Teacher of Science in the Upper School
Ileana Rios has joined Trinity to teach biology to our Upper School students. She has a diverse academic background in biology and education, including research that spans the field of diagnostic cytology, cellular senescence, and HIV vaccine development, as well as teaching at the elementary, secondary, and undergraduate levels. Previously, she worked for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as both manager and educator for the Harlem DNA Lab where she taught biotechnology and genetics to over 3,000 New York City high school students.
Matthew Reininger is a New Technology Integrationist in the ...
Originally from Miami, Matt comes to New York via Boca Raton, Florida, where he has been teaching and coordinating technology integration at the Pine Crest School. While at Pine Crest, he worked as an educational technologist, digital citizenship classroom teacher, and a percussion and digital music production instructor. While attending graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University, he worked as an International Baccalaureate (IB) consultant to Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, successfully planning the strategy and primary implementation of their IB Middle Years Program. Prior to that, Matt taught civics, American government, and psychology in the middle and upper schools at the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. He was co-founder of the start-up, MiamiMusicGuide.com, and has been a professional musician for over ten years. He is a coffee and tea enthusiast, often refers to the wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes, and enjoys cooking and debating current events with his fiancé, Munira. As a result of his recent move to the North East, Matt is looking forward to taking up hiking.
Sheila Rankowitz is Leaving Trinity
Sheila Rankowitz is a New Art Teacher in the Middle School
Sheila returns to the Middle School faculty in a new capacity this year. Since 2002, she has been a member of the Middle School math team. Even after "retiring" in 2010, she could not stay away and returned twice to do two maternity leaves. During the last three years, while she took a break from being full-time at Trinity, Sheila taught studio art to first through eighth graders at a school in Paterson, New Jersey. An avid lover and creator of art since her childhood, she relishes the opportunity to bring her passion and creative energy to Middle school art classes. She looks forward to getting her hands dirty in the art room and exposing her classes to new artists and artworks. She will also join the Middle School musical team once again to create the costumes for the fourteenth time in her career.
Luis Elias Ruizis a New Teacher of Spanish
Luis was born in Spain but his work experience is truly global. He has taught in Wales, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of the Philippines and the United States. He recently worked at Instituto Cervantes in New York and he has been using and researching new technologies in teaching languages. He likes sports, especially running and he is also in a book club once a month. At the moment he is also studying for a certificate in art collecting at New York University.
Li-An Previn has a New Baby
Li-An Previn Sends Baby Photos
Li-An Previn has Baby Update
Anna Pierrehumbert is a New Teacher of Mathematics
Anna is relocating from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she taught math at the Community Charter School of Cambridge and in the Boston public school system. Prior to becoming a teacher, Anna worked in the academic publishing industry, including in the editorial department at Princeton University Press and as a freelance book translator for the American Mathematical Society. Anna enjoys traveling and has lived in Stockholm, Paris, and Moscow. Outside of the classroom, you might also find her dancing, backpacking, or exploring her new favorite city.
Anna Pierrehumbert has a New Baby
Anna and her husband, Peter, are delighted to welcome their son, David Barber Speh, to the family. He was born at 6:13 p.m. on 20 February 2014, weighing eight pounds, five ounces and measuring twenty-one inches. Anna writes, "We are all doing well and settling in at home." Congratulations to the family!
Joan N. Petrokofsky is a New Admissions Coordinator
Ms. Joan Petrokofsky has joined the Trinity community as an admissions coordinator, assisting Jan Burton in admissions for Middle and Upper Schools. Joan brings to us extensive professional experience within schools, camps, and other social support programs. If you have the chance, you might ask her about her work as a National Park Ranger.
Jasmine V. Pai is a New Technical Theater Teacher
Jasmine Pai has been working as a freelance designer in the New York Metro area for several years. She has extensive experience in educational institutions, mentoring students on both a high school and collegiate level. She has a great deal of knowledge in technical theater from an educational to professional level. Jasmine has worked primarily as a scenic designer as well as a costume designer. She recently had designs featured in this summer’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and the New York International Fringe Festival. She is a resident designer for 4th Wall Theatre and Mile Square Theatre. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys knitting and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Ana Ortigosa is a New Teacher of Spanish in the Upper School
Ana Ortigosa holds a PhD in linguistics and an MA in teaching Spanish as a second language. Ana has taught at both the high school and college levels in New York and Spain. She has published and presented numerous papers in international journals and at conferences. Ana has participated in several research projects and has been a visiting scholar in the United States, Holland, Australia and Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish and English and can read and write some French. Ana loves traveling around the world, discovering and interacting with new cultures, and in her free time she enjoys dancing to Latin rhythms. Coming from Spain, Ana has a passion for culinary arts and one of her favorite activities is trying out different restaurants in New York City.
Ana Ortigosa has a New Baby Daughter
Early Saturday morning, 8 June 2013, modern language teacher Ana Ortigosa gave birth to Sofía Riemann. The proud mom reports, “She was very punctual coming only thirty-seven minutes after her due date on 8 June at 12:37 a.m. (with the new moon!), and she weighed in at eight pounds four ounces. Both my husband and I are really happy and also super exhausted already—welcome to parenthood!”
John O’Neill Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Heather Nielsen is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Two
Heather Nielsen, who came to Trinity in 2011 as an after-school supervisor and puppet teacher, will serve as our new assistant teacher in Grade Two. She is taking the place of Elisa Dragu, who is departing to prepare for the arrival of her baby. Heather has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator at such places as Urban Stages, the Creative Arts Team Youth Theatre, Project SAFE, Story Pirates, and New Victory Theatre. She also co-created the Newtown Creek Puppet Parade and Pageant in Greenpoint, working with fifty kindergarten through fifth grade youths to explore the creek's pristine past, polluted present, and hoped-for future using puppetry, theatre, and movement. Heather loves the outdoors and and has worked as an environmental educator and conservation crew leader in Minnesota and Vermont. She likes to make things, whether it is food from her community garden, puppets from recyclables, or new mittens from a old sweater! She is delighted that, by the end of the year, she will have defended her thesis and completed her MA in applied theatre at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Robert Newton is a New Upper School Mathematics Teacher
A native of upstate New York, Robert did his undergraduate work at State University of New York at Potsdam in mathematics and economics before attending the University of Florida where he graduated with his PhD in mathematics in 2013. His mathematical interests fall under algebraic topology, including problems in homotopy theory and persistent homology. His non-mathematical interests include travel, reading, and fishing.
Alexis Mulvihill is a New Teacher of English in the Upper Sc...
Alexis Mulvihill grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts in a family filled with teachers; went to boarding school at St. Mark’s School in Massachusetts, where she was deeply influenced by a group of first-class teachers; earned English degrees from The University of Chicago and Stanford University; and then became a teacher herself as soon as humanly possible. She has taught English at the American International School in Mallorca, Spain; North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois; and The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. Alexis now lives on the Upper West Side with her family, which includes a husband, two sons, a new bunny, and a dog who refuses to believe she’s not human. With her not-so-abundant free time, Alexis plays the piano and also any sport that involves a racquet. She is flat-out delighted to find herself at Trinity.
Alexis Mulvihill is New English Department Head
Alexis Mulvihill has accepted the position of head of the English Department. Head of School John Allman writes, "Two years ago, when Alexis came to Trinity, she brought to us invaluable experience from two very strong independent schools and quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher as well as respected colleague whose sensible, sensitive role in pedagogical and curricular discussions within the department has proven to be especially helpful. Enjoying unequivocal support from her department colleagues as well as from other department heads and administrators, Alexis promises to advance conversations with the department about appropriate diversity in course readings, about enhanced coordination in our teaching of writing."
Daniel Morrison is a New Learning Specialist in the Middle a...
After graduating from Colby College in 2003 with a BA in biology, Dan discovered his passion for education while teaching high school biology and chemistry at Landmark School near Boston, Massachusetts. During his four years at Landmark, Dan taught classroom science and one-on-one early literacy tutorials, earned an MS in education from Simmons College, and became licensed as a teacher for students with moderate disabilities. In 2008 Dan moved to The Gateway Schools of New York as their founding middle school science teacher. He worked with a team of teachers to implement the science curriculum he designed for grades five through eight at Gateway. In 2011 he guided the students’ component of a partnership initiative called STEMinds for the Future, which brought New York City middle school students with learning differences together to share their solutions for self-identified, real world problems. Dan’s travels have taken him to Africa, Central and South America, and throughout Europe.
Timothy Morehouse has a New Baby
Timothy Morehouse has a Baby Update
Sharon Mook is a New Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten
Sharon is attending Queens College and working towards her master’s in early childhood education. While working towards her master’s degree she has been an assistant teacher in various schools in addition to being a Sunday school teacher at the Trust in God Baptist Church. Outside of teaching, she enjoys seasonal sports including skiing and swimming, trying new restaurants, and traveling as often as possible. Sharon is thrilled to be joining the Trinity faculty this fall.
Lawrence J. Momo is Published in the New York Times
Larry's article, "On the Joys of Not Getting What You Want," about dealing with college applications getting rejected, was published in The Choice blog in the "Education" section of the New York Times. Read it at http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/on-the-joys-of-not-getting-what-you-want/.
Rosemary Milliman Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Marilyn Messer is a New Executive Assistant to the Head of S...
Marilyn has worked in international education for more than three decades including at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and New York University School of Law. She most recently served as the executive assistant to the United Nations’ special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Marilyn is a native New Yorker and enjoys reading, running, and racquetball. She is delighted to join the staff at the Trinity School.
Loretta McNamee has a New Position
Loretta has agreed to assume the responsibilities of Director of Human Resources at Trinity School. She will continue her previous duties as Payroll and Benefits Manager, but in addition, will oversee the recruitment and hiring of administrative staff, assist supervisors in the development of job descriptions and the completion of performance evaluations, and consult with administrators and employees to resolve personnel issues.
Loretta McNamee Participates in the 2011 Nautica New York Ci...
Andrew McCarron is Awarded a PhD in Psychology
Andrew McCarron has a Book of Poems Published
Andrew McCarron is Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Departmen...
Andrew McCarron has accepted the position of head of the Religion, Philosophy and Ethics Department. Head of School John Allman writes, "During his eleven-year tenure at Trinity, Dr. McCarron has proven to be an extraordinary teacher of English as well as religion, philosophy and ethics and is particularly interested in fostering opportunities for interdisciplinary learning in our curriculum. Having worked alongside Chaplain Tim Morehouse for over a decade, Andrew is also interested in exploring with Tim the ways in which academic coursework in religion, philosophy and ethics might, on occasion, work in concert with our chapel programming."
Mario Maullon is a New Middle and Upper School Mathematics T...
Mario has always been drawn to numbers, and his love of mathematics led him to a career in the financial services industry. However, his passion for education and his aspiration to positively impact young people was stronger. He left the corporate world and earned a master of arts in teaching with a specialization in secondary mathematics, as well as teaching licenses for New Jersey and New York. After teaching math and computer science for four years at a public school in New Jersey, Mario is thrilled to be joining the Trinity community. In his free time, Mario likes to exercise, play and watch sports, and complete crossword puzzles with his wife, Katie.
Alexandra Martinez has a New Baby
Kathryn Makatche is a New Technology Integrationist in the L...
Katie relocated from Pennsylvania to New York City when she married in 2012. She most recently has been working for Dreyfus, an investment company, as an executive administrative assistant. Previously, she was at Warrior Run Middle School where Katie served as the school librarian, technology integrator, and gifted education teacher. Since 2010, Katie has volunteered at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association where she served as the chair of the electronic communications committee. Additionally, she has presented various workshops at state conferences and co-authored an article entitled "Building a Culture of Reading" which was published in the December 2011 issue of School Library Monthly.
Katie has recently discovered that she loves to dance. In the past two years she has learned how to dance salsa, bachata, merengue, and rueda de casino. She has also taken lessons in flamenco and contra dancing. Katie loves to cook, and is currently searching for a great recipe for strawberry ice cream.
Patricia Mahony is the New Lower School Librarian
Patricia earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree, as a school library media specialist, in 2006. As a graduate student at Rutgers, she was a research assistant for the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL). She has served as a school librarian for over ten years, beginning at All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she was also a language arts teacher. She comes to us from The Child School/Legacy High School in New York City where she established the library, developing a collection and creating services for the school community. She is passionate about literature and information resources for young people and finds great joy in the perspective and humor they bring as they discover the world, make connections, and share ideas and experiences. Patricia has lived on Pacific islands, in Africa, and in Europe. She has traveled to Australia, Asia, and South America, knows Spanish, and speaks French fluently. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys photography, museums, planning trips, and spending time with her daughter and son. She is delighted to be joining the Trinity School community.
Alex Macdonald has a New Baby
Rebecca Maas is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Four
Rebecca just recently received her MEd from Hunter College. While attending school she gained experience by assisting and student teaching for the New York City Department of Education, most recently working as an assistant teacher at PS 77 Lower Lab School. She has also taught theatre and music to middle school students at JHS 166 Roberto Clemente School and with the Children’s Aid Society’s Summer Quest program.
Rebecca spends her weekends as the lead singer of an 80’s tribute band, performing in venues throughout Manhattan and along the East Coast. She is passionate about volunteering, having worked with the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Costa Rica, Habitat for Humanity in Kentucky, and Camp Hope, for children grieving the loss of a family member. Also an avid traveler, Rebecca backpacked through Thailand and New Zealand, and spent a year and a half working as a nanny and tutor in Australia. It was the time she spent with children abroad that led her to choose a career in education.
Jennifer Levine Participates in the 2011 Nautica New York Ci...
Kyung-Eun “Caroline” Lee is a New Assistant Teac...
Kyung-Eun "Caroline" Lee earned her second master’s degree in elementary education from Teachers College this past May. Her most recent teaching experiences consist of student teaching in New York City and working at the Hollingworth Science Camp. Caroline is a native of Korea, and identifies herself as a third culture kid (TCK) because she spent her childhood and adolescence in seven different countries: Indonesia and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago being two of her favorite countries. She moved to New York two years ago and is amazed to find endless things to do. Caroline easily loses track of time when she’s sketching at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, browsing in bookstores, and taking walks, especially at sunset. She also loves to travel and to explore new restaurants and cafes because it’s such a great feeling to be experiencing and discovering new things. Above all, she is thrilled to be a part of the Trinity community, and is looking forward to meeting new teachers and students.
Sarah J. Lazar is the New Website Administrator
Sarah is the new Website administrator. Sarah received a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of Maryland and taught history in high school for seven years. Sarah is responsible for the on-going maintenance and redesign of TigerWeb, and for educating parents, teachers, and staff on use of the site.
Sarah J. Lazar is Teaching Classes
Marilyn Lawrence is a Temporary Upper School History Teacher
Marilyn will join Trinity’s faculty through the end of December as a maternity-leave replacement. She has taught at Barnard College, City University of New York, and New York University, where her awards include the Outstanding Teaching Award and the President’s Service Award. She is the editor of two books of literary historical scholarship, and of a journal issue on teaching the Middle Ages in grades K-12, as well as the author of numerous pedagogical and scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. As a freelance arts critic, she has contributed to the Village Voice, Dance Magazine, and other publications, and serves on the advisory council of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. At NYU she directs two pedagogical Web sites, funded by outside grants, aimed at using performance in teaching medieval culture to students from middle school through college. She speaks fluent French and German, some Spanish, and reads Latin and Old French.
A strong believer in the power of the arts and humanities to change the lives of children, Marilyn works with youths as a volunteer at the National Dance Institute in Harlem. This summer, on Fire Island, she ran workshops for preteens and teens on physical comedy and on modern dance history. Marilyn is the first female in the history of her Fire Island community to become a chief of the volunteer fire company. As a chief of seventy-four firefighters, Marilyn recruits and trains teens to become firefighters; she was thrilled this summer to have helped twenty-one new recruits graduate from the Suffolk County Fire Academy.
Karen Laufer is a New School Nurse
Prior to coming to Trinity, Karen spent much of her career at Mount Sinai Hospital in a series of academic and clinical positions in pediatrics. She was involved with the Adolescent Health Center and for many years worked as an education specialist in pediatrics. She won the Departmental Award for Clinical Excellence by the Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Trustees in 2003. Karen loves to travel with a specific interest in gastronomical adventures.
Robert Keith is Taking Songwriting Class with Ray Davies of ...
Rob Keith, computer specialist in the Lower School, applied for, and was accepted into, a songwriting class with Ray Davies of The Kinks and poet and playwright, Marion Wells, in the United Kingdom at Dartington International Summer School. He is among sixteen students selected to take the class this August. He is also headed to Brazil for a few weeks in June on a separate music related escapade.
Read more about the class with Ray Davies at http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/makeithappen/summer-school-with-ray-davies/.
Robyn Jaffe is the New Health Curriculum Coordinator in the ...
Robyn is a passionate and creative health educator and has recently been teaching at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, New York. While there she has attended workshops as a presenter providing innovative teaching strategies for the health classroom. She has taught curriculum development for achieving New York State standards in health education and she recently became a certified health education specialist.
Robyn enjoys running and recently completed her first half marathon. She learned just how difficult the sport of tennis can be while taking lessons throughout the year. She enjoys reading, trying new restaurants (and sushi, which she tasted for the first time at age twenty-six), and appreciates time spent with family and friends. She is looking forward to a new and exciting professional experience at Trinity.
Saul Isaacson Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Saul Isaacson Publishes Interview with Noam Chomsky
Teacher of English Saul Isaacson has a new installment in his series of interviews with American linguist Noam Chomsky, available here:
Regan Hunte has a New Position
Thomas Holton has a New Baby
Thomas Holton is Selected for Photography Project to be feat...
Thomas was selected in August 2009 by the Aperture Foundation and the City of New York to document a year in the life of a healthy eating initiative called Green Cart. Green Carts are mobile food carts that offer fresh fruits and vegetables in certain New York City neighborhoods. Their goal is to foster better eating habits and reduce obesity and obesity related diseases. More information can be found at
The exhibition will run at the Museum of the City of New York featuring the photographs of Thomas and other artists. Details about the exhibition are forthcoming.
Thomas Holton is in Photography Exhibition at the Museum of ...
Thomas was selected in August 2009 by the Aperture Foundation and the City of New York to document a year in the life of a healthy eating initiative called Green Cart. More information about the project can be found at http://www.aperture.org/greencart.
The exhibition, Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program at the Museum of the City of New York, features the photographs of Thomas and other artists. It will run from 22 March to 11 July 2011. For details, visit http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/future/Moveable-Feast.html.
Thomas Holton Featured in the “New York Times”
Thomas was featured in an article on the New York Times Lens blog about his current photography project, "The Lams of Ludlow Street: 5 Years Later." From 2002-2005, Thomas extensively photographed a family in Chinatown and started to photograph them again in 2010. Read the article and see photographs at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/five-years-later-a-new-reality/.
Stanley Hill has a New Baby Daughter
Stanley Hill has a New Baby Son
Maurice Hicks is a New Assistant Teacher in Lower School Sci...
Maurice has previously worked in real estate and financial services. He spent three years working at Future Stars Summer Camps and he has a keen interest in photography and the arts. As a native New Yorker, he is an enthusiastic member of the Museum of Natural History and as a student at Iona College he played as a guard for the men's basketball team. Maurice has been passionate for many years about working with and training dogs. He is very excited about the year to come and hopes for the best.
Rachel Halper has a New Baby
Tamara Gwara is a New Upper School Science Teacher
Tammy is relocating from Mesa, Arizona, where for seven years she has been teaching chemistry (honors and Advanced Placement) at Desert Ridge High School. Prior to that, she spent five years in Aztec, New Mexico, teaching middle school science. She also has experience as a student council class advisor and basketball coach. Tammy served as an independent consultant in modeling instruction, leading workshops for other chemistry teachers. She is also a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher, and has spent time during the last three years working with candidates as they complete their portfolios. Tammy's favorite pastime is singing, and she is very much looking forward to finding a choir to join in New York City. She would also love any suggestions for places where she might be able to watch some of her favorite West Coast sports teams.
Vandana Gupta Returns to Trinity
Edward Griffin has a New Position
Edward Griffin is a Newlywed
Brad Greenman is a New Teacher of Physical Education and Fit...
Brad comes to us from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where for the past two years he served as an assistant baseball coach. Prior to coaching at Drew he worked at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey where he was a physical education teacher and the assistant athletic director. During his time at Gill St. Bernard’s School he was named the Star Ledger Somerset County Baseball Coach of the Year and led his team to its first conference championship and a school record for wins. During his playing days he scored over 1,000 points on the basketball court at Drew and was the first player in Newark Academy history with 1,000 points in basketball and 100 hits in baseball for their career. Brad spends his summer on the Jersey Shore where his family has owned a home for fifteen years.
Justin D. Gohde is a New Teacher of Computer Science in the ...
Fabienne Gérard has Cycling Accomplishment
Fabienne Gérard is Interviewed About Racing
Fabienne, a 2011 Century Road Club Associaton (CRCA) Women's Champion, was interviewed about how she began bicycle racing, her achievements, and her aspirations. Read the interview at
Fabienne Gérard is New Modern Languages Department Head
Head of School John Allman writes, "This fall, when our outstanding Modern Languages Department Head Laura Gordon expressed interest in returning to full-time teaching at Trinity in 2013-14, the School initiated an extensive search process. At the culmination of this process, our own beloved class dean and exceptional French teacher Fabienne Gérard emerged at the top candidate to lead our Modern Language Department as it develops transformational language-immersion travel opportunities, creates a language lab to enhance proficiency in oral communication, and determines how to introduce modern language instruction earlier in our Lower School. A media- and tech-savvy global citizen who has lived, studied, and taught successfully in three countries and two continents, Dr. Gerard brings to our leadership position a compelling array of experiences and capabilities as well as an unwavering commitment to educational excellence and student well-being."
Yosefa Forma is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Two
Yosefa Forma is no stranger to Trinity. She has been a member of the After School program since 2005 and has been the assistant director of the program since 2009. Yosefa taught as a substitute teacher at various public schools. She also worked for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Education and Community Outreach program where she conducted workshops and residencies focusing on Shakespeare’s major plays and sonnets to students in grades four through twelve. This past summer, Yosefa traveled to Sarajevo where she facilitated educational theater workshops at an international conference entitled “Art, Media and Social Justice,” sponsored by the United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She worked with students and youth groups from around the Balkans on using drama to create dialogue and reconciliation.
Mary Ferrante is a New Upper School Science Teacher
Since 2002, Mary has been teaching upper school science in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District in Bellmore, New York, with a focus on biology and psychology. During her tenure, she developed a genetics curriculum, and taught anatomy and physiology as well as an introductory course in research. Mary has been teaching Advanced Placement courses for nine years. She has been published in Computers and Composition and The American Journal of Cardiology. She has also played an active role in her school and community as a student government advisor, organizing many school-wide and community events. Mary is a lifelong learner who has continued her education through the completion of two master’s degrees, as well as subsequent course work. Her recent studies have included a class on Google applications, an Advanced Placement biology workshop and a chemistry modeling workshop. She is excited to share her experiences with the students at Trinity School.
Martin “Tim” Ferguson is a New Upper School Musi...
Tim has been a professional jazz bassist, composer, and educator for over thirty-five years. He has performed extensively in the United States and in Europe and has made numerous recordings, both with his own groups and with others. He may be familiar to members of the Trinity community due to his frequent presence in the pit for Trinity musicals and cabarets for many years. He has taught music to a variety of ages and levels at a number of educational institutions and as a private instructor. He is the author of two books on how to play the electric and double bass and has worked as a bow repair technician and on-site luthier at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Tim speaks fluent Italian and his wife, Gloria, is a highly respected translator and interpreter in English and Italian. His step-daughter, Sera, is a theoretical physicist and part of an international physics research team headed by Stephen Hawking. Tim is looking forward to being part of the faculty and working with the students at Trinity.
Caren Fall is Married
Ana Maria Estela is On Maternity Leave
Ana Maria is on maternity leave for the remainder of the 2012-2013 academic year. Cecilia Rudzitis is the new temporary Lower School math specialist filling-in for her.
Cecilia graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in mathematics and a minor in economics. Previously, she was a kindergarten teacher and Singapore Math lead teacher at the Geneva School of Manhattan. Prior to working in education, she worked in the finance industry as vice-president at the Apogee Finance Group and as assistant vice-president at the Irving Trust Company.
Gregg Emery is New Head of the Visual Arts Department
John Allman has announced the appointment of the new head of the visual arts department, Gregg Emery. As John wrote, "He brings to Trinity all the qualities we seek in a department head: he has served successfully as visual arts department head at a K-12 coeducational independent school, where he has proven to be a skilled leader, effective communicator, and passionate advocate for the visual arts; he is a talented, versatile (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramic, digital photography, and art history) visual arts teacher who has both experience and interest in teaching within multiple divisions; he is a practicing artist who understands the joys, strengths, and challenges of balancing his work as an artist and his work as a teacher; he is a 'consummate school person' active in the life of his school beyond the visual arts studio, as a class dean, as a coach, and as a diversity advocate. "In describing Gregg’s energy, enthusiasm, and sense of purpose, one of Gregg’s references provided the following account of Gregg’s leadership at Dwight-Englewood: 'He begins with a devotion to the whole child and a desire for students to have meaningful experiences in the arts. His classroom is an inspiring and comfortable space where students feel empowered to take risks. His classes combine art education, art appreciation, and art creation, and in the end are often works of art themselves. He also can be found bringing art to other courses, as he collaborates easily and willingly with teachers in other departments. Gregg is always thinking of new ways to bring the arts to students and the school. He has worked with the head of school to bring sculptures to campus; he has organized alumni shows and invited alumni back to work with students; he has grown the visibility of the visual arts and has enhanced the stature of the arts at our school.' "During his day with us, those who met Gregg enjoyed his warmth, his sense of humor, his energy, and his approachability. At the end of his day with us, Gregg reported to me that he thoroughly enjoyed the people he had met here and would be eager to work with the members of the department to support their work, to hear their ideas about how the department can improve, and to advocate passionately and creatively for the essential place of the arts in the life of Trinity School.
"I am profoundly grateful for Harrison Williams’ superb service to the School over the past year as interim department head. He has not felt 'interim' at all; he has led the department with commendable care and skill. Trinity School is wonderfully fortunate to have been able to choose between two such strong educators."
Bruce Edelstein Artwork is Featured in Book
Bruce Edelstein and Thomas Holton at Hillwood Art Museum
Two of Trinity's visual arts teachers, Bruce Edelstein and Thomas Holton, are having their work shown at Hillwood Art Museum at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, New York. Interim Visual Arts Department Head Peter Moriarty has published introductory notes about the work, which will appear with reproductions from the exhibit. The opening reception is Thursday, 15 September 2011 from 5-8 p.m. and the artists will be speaking at the museum on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 7 p.m. The museum is located at 720 Northern Blvd. and is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except on Thursdays when it is open until 8 p.m. Saturdays the museum is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For additional information visit: www.liu.edu/museum
or call 516.299.4073.
Bruce Edelstein Writes Article in NY Arts Magazine
Bruce has written an article about his sculpture that is now available on the NY Arts Magazine Web site. The article will also be printed in the winter issue of the magazine. Read it online at http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/global-projects/663-b/8277-bruce-edelstein.html.
Bruce Edelstein Featured in NY Arts Magazine
Heidi M. Dumas Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Regina M. Dorian Receives Wallach Administrator Travel Grant
Regina has been awarded the Wallach Administrator Travel Grant. With this grant, Regina will embark on a Scandinavian adventure to visit the Arctic and see the top of the world. She plans to enjoy the natural and cultural wonders of the region, and is optimistic that she will be able to see everything since the sun will be up all the time.
Regina M. Dorian is Math Department Head
Head of School John Allman has announced the appointment of Regina Dorian as the new math department chair. As he wrote, "I am delighted to report that Regina Dorian has accepted my invitation to serve as permanent math department chair, effective immediately. In her work as interim department chair over two and a half of the last three years, she has worked tirelessly, selflessly, and professionally on behalf of the department. Working closely with the department, she has overseen the hiring of ten of the department’s fourteen members, bringing to Trinity exceptionally strong math teachers who continue to foster the collegiality and collaboration that distinguishes the department. In our Middle School, she has worked with Middle School faculty and Middle School principal Chris Schoberl to guide adjustments that have strengthened our program. And, in our Upper School, she has served as a steadfast advocate for the department and, in recent weeks, has organized impressive work by the department to develop dual curricular paths to serve the varied educational needs of Upper School math students. "Over the course of the spring, as I have learned of the department’s steady progress to develop these dual paths, it became increasingly clear to me that, at this moment in the life of our math department, no department head candidate from beyond Trinity – not even Euclid himself – could serve the department or school better than Regina Dorian. Having taught in both middle and upper divisions at a variety of grade levels during her twenty-nine years within our math department, no one has a broader or deeper understanding of our program or our school, and, as interim, she has demonstrated her interest in being an active presence in math classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve. The School is extraordinarily fortunate that, at this stage in her career, she is eager to serve as department head and to fill her days with matters mathematical."
Peter L. Donhauser is an Associate Editor of Encyclopedia of...
Peter is an associate editor and contributor to the new Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of New York City (Kenneth T. Jackson, Editor-in-Chief), published by Yale University Press. Peter also contributed several entries to the First Edition.
Alexis Di Domenico is a New Teacher of Physical Education an...
Alexis has spent the last two years coaching lacrosse and field hockey at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. In addition to coaching, she spent the last academic year at home with her newborn daughter while working as an independent fitness and nutrition coach. She has been teaching and coaching for over ten years, three of which were spent working for the English Lacrosse Association where she headed up lacrosse programs in schools, as well as promoted the development of lacrosse throughout Scotland. Alexis still plays and coaches lacrosse within the New York City area and lives in Westchester County with her family.
Giuliana M. de Winter Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinit...
Marcus A. De Costa has a New Position
Marcus A. De Costa and his Rugby Team Win Tournament
Marcus's rugby team, the Gotham Knights won the Bingham Cup in June 2010. The Bingham Cup, officially the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, is a biannual international, non-professional, gay rugby union tournament first held in 2002. The most recent tournament was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. New York's Gotham Knights beat the two-time defending champion, the Sydney Convicts, 18-15 in the Cup final.
Alison Countermine is a New Lower School Mathematics Special...
Alison Countermine will be joining us from the Lawrence Woodmere Academy where she has been working as a math specialist and teacher for grades one through four on a part-time basis. She also worked as a math teacher at the Far Hills Country Day School for grades two through eight. Prior to entering the field of education, Alison worked for the United States Department of Homeland Security as an intelligence analyst. She is interested in sports and has coached softball, soccer and basketball. Alison also enjoys playing and teaching piano, as well as playing golf.
James Cifelli Receives The Greenberg Family-Alumni Associati...
Jim Cifelli has been awarded the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011. The Distinguished Teaching Endowment was created in 1983 as a tribute to Clarence Bruner-Smith, Dudley M. Maxim '32 and Frank G. Smith. In 1988, the Alumni Association decided to establish an annual award to a teacher who has taught at Trinity for ten years or more, exemplifies the history and traditions of the School and who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The prize, now known as the Greenberg Family-Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, was increased to $10,000 in 2004. Since its inception, twenty-four teachers have received this honor, their names displayed prominently on the Greenberg Family – Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Prize Plaque in the Great Hall. We add a twenty-fifth to that list. With so many deserving teachers at Trinity, it is always a difficult decision for the Alumni Association. This year’s winner has taught at Trinity for fifteen years. A warm, caring teacher who inspires his students to reach new heights in what they can do both individually and as a group. It is truly a great honor to present this award to Jim Cifelli.
James Cifelli is New Director of Performing Arts
Jim Cifelli will lead as Trinity's director of performing arts, effective 1 September 2012. Jim, who has taught at Trinity for over sixteen years, will work with others in the School to imagine ways to integrate the arts even more effectively into our educational program. He is excited by the Strategic Plan’s call to develop partnerships with institutions in the city, and is eager to explore ways in which the School’s arts program can make best use of the extensive arts resources available to us through parents, alumni and others. We look forward to seeing what he can do for performing arts at Trinity.
Haley Channing is the New After-School Director
Haley is the new After-School director. Haley has been teaching in the Trinity’s Kids Club program since 2008 where she organized activities for Lower School and Middle School students. Her personal interests include acting, swing dancing, running, theater, and yoga.
Barbara Carlsen is a New Lower School Music Teacher
Barbara has been teaching orchestra and general music since 1983 within the New York City Board of Education, in the Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District, and at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua. In 1979 Barbara began work at the Brooklyn College Conservatory Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts where she founded and directed the Suzuki Violin Program. She has performed with several orchestras in the New York City area. Barbara is currently a violinist in the St. Thomas Orchestra and the Handel Festival Orchestra, and is active as an avid player of chamber music. Barbara loves to go to the theatre and visit museums. Being physically active is a very important part of her life and includes yoga, qigong, dance, and distance walking.
Cynthia Calder is a New Middle School Classics Teacher
Cindy comes to us from The Brearley School where she taught Latin to grades seven through nine. Prior to that she worked part-time at Saint Joseph High School in Brooklyn and is now a member of their board of directors. Cindy also founded a Latin and art history program for high school students which she runs in Florence, Italy, in the summer. From 1991 to 2008 Cindy established and operated a translation company specializing in financial, legal, and general documents. She ran in the New York City marathon three times, is a contemporary art enthusiast, lives in Brooklyn, and is the mother of four sons.
John Burns is a New Technology Support Specialist
John Burns is Getting Married
Jay Brandford is a New Lower School Music Teacher
Jay has taught instrumental lessons and classes in area schools since moving to New York in 1991. He is also a teaching artist in performance ensembles that visit K-12 classrooms throughout the tri-state area. Besides teaching, Jay is a freelance jazz saxophonist who performs around town and around the world with many New York-based jazz bands. Jay and his family live in Westchester.
Paul Brandenburg is a New Lower School Music Teacher
Paul was formerly a trumpet instructor for lower school students at the Friends Seminary. His extensive performance experience has led him on tours of the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. One highlight was last year's Lincoln Center festival, when he performed in Here but I’m Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Curtis Mayfield at Avery Fisher Hall. He has led and organized musical ensembles throughout the New York area in public performances and for private functions. Paul is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked on various commercials in background and principal acting roles. In his spare time, Paul enjoys rooting for the New York Mets.
Irene Bosker is a New School Nurse
Irena earned her nursing degree in the Netherlands, her country of origin. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University where she earned a MPH (Master in Public Health degree). Her public health and nursing work has brought her to Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States. She and her partner have twin boys who are six years old. They live in Brooklyn, but Irena doesn't mind the commute to Trinity as it gives her time to read.
Sarah Bonsignore is on Maternity Leave
Sarah will be on maternity leave from 28 November 2011 to 28 February 2012. Robert Wendt has been hired to substitute for her during this time. Robert received his BA from Columbia University in English and comparitive literature. He received his MA in music education from Hunter College. He currently works at Calhoun School accompanying the middle school chorus, leading warm-ups and sectionals, and integrates music theory, history, and vocal technique into choral rehearsals as needed, with a special focus on changing male voices. He is a lifelong piano student and enjoys traveling.
Sarah Bonsignore has a New Baby Boy
Sonia Bhoorasingh Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Dion Best is a New Aquatics Coordinator
Dion is the new aquatics coordinator. He comes with over fifteen years of aquatics and management experience. He has coached various sports, such as football, softball, swimming, track and field, and triathlon. In his spare time, he played football with the Rockland County Bruins.
Teacher of History Michael Berkowitz is Featured on Marketpl...
Teacher of History Michael Berkowitz is quoted in a story by senior reporter Mitchell Hartman that takes a look at the history of middle-class American vacations: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/07/22/world/middle-class-american-vacation-history
Jodi H. Barnes is a New Lower School Administrative Secretar...
Jodi arrived in New York from Louisville, Kentucky where she worked at the Learning House as a course designer for college-level online education. She has developed curriculum and taught multi-level English classes in Southeast Asia. Jodi also taught Bible and church history courses at Anderson University in South Carolina. In her spare time she has worked as a volunteer Sunday school teacher, ladies’ Bible study leader, autism and special needs care assistant and media and technology team member. In her spare time, she loves to explore the city, jog, bake, read and volunteer at her church.
Uma Jagtiani Aviles is a New Technology Integrationist in th...
Uma Jagtiani comes to us from Teach for America (TFA) where she has been working in the Office of Alumni Affairs as the director of TFANet, an internal site with classroom, career development, and networking resources. Prior to TFA, Uma worked at eChalk where she helped design and implement software for kindergarten through grade twelve schools to enhance the home-school connection. Uma obtained her MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education in technology, innovation, and education. During her graduate studies, she researched the advantages of online social bookmarking for learning communities and implementation models for augmented reality games in middle school classrooms. Uma lives downtown and has been in Manhattan for almost ten years. She loves that the city always has new food and places to explore.
Uma Jagtiani Aviles is Getting Married
Uma and her fiancé, Roland Aviles, are getting married on Saturday, 11 August 2012 at the Chart House in Weehawken, New Jersey, overlooking New York City. After the wedding, they will be heading to France for their honeymoon. They will spend a few days in Paris and then have five nights in Southern France along the coast. Congratulations, Uma!
Uma Jagtiani Aviles has a New Baby
Rachell Arteaga is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Three
Rachell recently worked as an associate teacher at the Chapin School and has been busy attending professional development conferences, which will help expand her work in the classroom. Her additional experiences as an educator include collaborating with teen girls for change in the media through advocacy, leading English language workshops for elementary school children in Colombia with the YMCA, and working with summer camps in the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Rachell is a native New Yorker who is fluent in Spanish. During her free time she enjoys traveling, roller coasters, and sampling crazy culinary concoctions.
Peter Aronoff is a New Teacher of Classics
Peter comes to us from the Marymount School of New York where he taught Latin, Greek and computer science for over twelve years. During his tenure he also served as a class advisor, Philosophy Club moderator and Amnesty International moderator. He was the student body committee chair of the NYSAIS self-evaluation. Peter was a member of the technology committee and he administered two of the school’s servers. He also developed a custom web application that students used to maintain online resumes. Peter is an avid Yankee fan and a cynical (though not ironic) Knicks fan. He enjoys reading, believes that all Westerns are good Westerns, hunts down spicy Chinese food on the weekends, and contributes to open-source software when he can.
J. Bradford Anderson Translates and Edits “Disenchante...
J. Bradford Anderson invites us to explore Paris through his English translation of Disenchanted City, a collection of poems by contemporary French poet Chantal Bizzini. Anderson edited the volume with Marilyn Kallet, and translated the poems in collaboration with Kallet and Darren Jackson. Bizzini has a penchant for describing the multifaceted nature of the City of Lights, and through her poetry we learn about the many secrets of modern Paris...its beauty and its darkness.
To hear Disenchanted City come alive in English, join Anderson and Kallet for a reading at St. Mark’s Bookshop, 136 East 3d Street., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 December.
For more information about the the book: http://www.blackwidowpress.com/
Myles B. Amend has been Elected as President
Myles B. Amend is Now Associate Head of School for Advanceme...
On 1 July 2011, Myles Amend’s title changed from director of development and alumni relations to associate head of school for advancement. This change provides Myles with a title that better reflects the additional responsibilities he has assumed over the past two years as well as those responsibilities that he will assume in 2011-2012. Head of School John Allman wrote, "Since my arrival Myles has been the member of senior staff designated to serve as the school’s chief executive if, for some reason, I am unavailable. In addition, as cochair of the strategic planning process, Myles has assumed a significant leadership role well beyond the scope of development and alumni relations, and, in recent months, he has been extraordinarily involved in managing community and media relations as the school has dealt with a variety of issues." Congratulations and all best wishes to Myles.
Myles B. Amend and Marc A. Thomas Marry!
All best wishes to Myles B. Amend, associate head for advancement, and his husband, Marc A. Thomas. They were married on 24 July 2011, the first day of marriage equality in New York State. Their daughter, Ashley, who enters Kindergarten this fall, was ring bearer. May the public recognition of their union contribute to many years of happiness and joy. Congratulations on being among the couples who participated in, and made possible, this historic day.
Monica Alvarez is a Newlywed
Mayra Alvarez Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Daniel Alford has a New Baby
Dana Albert is a New Teacher of Mathematics
Dana will teach math in the Upper School starting this fall. She has earned a MS in Secondary Education in mathematics from the University of Rochester. She also received her BS and BA in mathematics and economics, respectively, from the University of Rochester. During her time at Rochester, Dana worked as a teaching assistant for multivariable calculus and linear algebra with differential equations. She has taught at Apollo Middle School and Fairport High School. When she is away from school, Dana enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and traveling. She is excited to join the Trinity community and share her passion for mathematics with her students.
Pablo Acosta Published in National Athletic Trainers’ ...
Pablo was published in NATA News, the magazine of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. His letter to the editor appeared in the April 2011 issue, where he wrote about the importance of early access to athletic training for young athletes.
Lee Zegar Featured in Real Estate Section of the “New ...
Lee Zegar, who recently turned eighty, decided it was finally time to purchase a one bedroom apartment in New York City. She had been living in a studio on lower Park Avenue for forty-five years. An article about Lee and her hunt for the right apartment was published in the "Real Estate" section of the New York Times on 8 September 2011. It can be read at
Bill Zavatsky has Poetry Readings
Bill read his poetry at various locations including the New York Public Library, Cornelia Street Café, and KGB Bar. He also participated in the PEN World Voices Festival 2009 in the panel Jazz: The Revolution of Beat at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn on 2 May. He and three other writers discussed jazz and how it relates to the written word, with musical accompaniment by Diane Moser and her trio.
Bill Zavatsky has a Poetry Reading
Bill will be reading poetry and stories at Cornelia Street Café on 15 September 2010 in the season opener of ComposersCollaborative Inc's "subversive nightclub series" Serial Underground. The event commemorates the 30th anniversary of Bill Evans' passing. Bill Evans was a legendary American jazz pianist and composer.
Bill Zavatsky is Leaving Trinity
Bill Zavatsky Receives Dedication
Upper School Principal Jessica Bagby read this heartfelt dedication to Bill during the final faculty and staff luncheon of the 2010-2011 academic year: "To say that Bill Zavatsky has panache would be an understatement. I have known few individuals with Z’s inimitable flair. Many of his students over his twenty-four year tenure at Trinity have certainly recognized how lucky they were to encounter Bill—a true connoisseur of life, and particularly poetry, music, and film—in their educational journey. How many students have the opportunity to learn to write poetry with a practicing and published poet, after all? Even this year at the senior retreat in a Quaker-style meeting in which the kids had the opportunity express their gratitude to teachers and peers—present and not present—who had a made an indelible impact on their years in the Upper School, Percy Allison gave a shout-out to Mr. Z. for inspiring his passion for poetry and for working with him so devotedly on his own verse.
"Bill’s contributions to the Upper School community and accomplishments as an artist are too numerable to name exhaustively, but I would be remiss if didn't acknowledge some of his milestones. Bill taught the first creative writing class in the history of the Trinity School. He taught the first film courses in the history of the School. He brought the Scholastic Writing Contest to Trinity and promoted it energetically. As a result, Trinity boasts many winners of gold and silver keys for writing, as well as two national winners for their writing portfolios. Bill also has involved Trinity in the Interschool Association’s Independent Voices project, an annual poetry anthology and reading at a Barnes and Noble store by New York City private school students. Bill has been able to bring many well-known writers to Trinity thanks to a fund donated to Trinity by a former student of his. For twenty-four years he helped to shape Columbus into a first-rate literary magazine. This year he delivered a lovely prose-poem speech—with the collaboration of the honorees—at the Cum Laude Induction Ceremony.
"Bill wants everyone to know that he feels 'very strongly about the deep friendships that he has made over the years [at Trinity] with many extraordinary students and colleagues, [that he deeply appreciates] the important work of our wonderful support staff, and [that he] will never forget what a gift it has been to teach and learn at Trinity for so many years. He hopes that you won’t forget him.' I think I am safe in saying to you, Bill, that you are unforgettable. Thank you for all you have meant to so many members of this community during your tenure here."
Meglena Zapreva is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Four
Meglena is an educator, museum educator, and visual artist. She began her academic career in her native Bulgaria, where she became fascinated with art and art history. Determined to study in the center of the contemporary art world, Meglena immigrated to New York and completed her BA at Hunter College, majoring in art history and studio art. While working at the Frick Collection, she discovered a passion for teaching young students and the effectiveness of integrated education. While completing a MS from Bank Street College of Education in childhood education and museum education, Meglena gained extensive teaching experience with elementary school students at institutions such as the Frick Collection, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, and the High Line park.
In addition, she was awarded a diversity fellowship from the American Association of Museums in 2012 for her efforts to include diverse audiences in museum programs. She is also the founder of ArtPlant, a hands-on art-based after-school program, which teaches environmental science. Meglena’s passion for integrating art and nature has also led to her initiative to transform an abandoned botanical garden in her hometown into an ecological educational center. Meglena also volunteers at a printmaking studio and at the Bulgarian Sunday School. She continues to make prints and actively participates in the vibrant artistic life of New York City. She speaks Bulgarian and Russian, and has a reading knowledge of French.
Dr. Anne Youngling has a New Baby
Anne and Renée Seufert met while working together at Trinity in the athletics department. They were married on 14 February 2009 in Westport, Connecticut and are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Max Gustav Seufert-Youngling, on 3 June 2009. Renée is a school counselor at East Haven High School and Anne is a family practice physician at Guilford Family Practice.
Marsha Williams is Leaving Trinity
Brad G. Williams Misses Trinity
Elizabeth Wilcox is Leaving Trinity
Elizabeth left Trinity School in June 2011 and relocated closer to Princeton, New Jersey, where her husband has started a new job. She will be teaching at Moorestown Friends School. We thank her for the years she has spent teaching at Trinity and wish her and her husband well in their new life at Princeton.
Robert Wendt is Substituting for Sarah Bonsignore
Robert Wendt has been hired to substitute for Sarah Bonsignore during her maternity leave, from 28 November 2011 to 28 February 2012. Robert received his BA from Columbia University in English and comparitive literature. He received his MA in music education from Hunter College. He currently works at Calhoun School accompanying the middle school chorus, leading warm-ups and sectionals, and integrates music theory, history, and vocal technique into choral rehearsals as needed, with a special focus on changing male voices. He is a lifelong piano student and enjoys traveling.
Howard Warren Lectures on Barren Island and Dead Horse Bay
Howard is giving a lecture called "Learning from Barren Island and Dead Horse Bay" on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Exchange at 33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. The lecture is part of the Freshkills Park Talks lecture series.
For over twenty years, Howard has been taking his students to Barren Island and Dead Horse Bay to study, and he has become one of the City's leading experts on the history and present condition of the area. He will be sharing some of his reflections on his studies with the students and how the site has been changing.
More information about the event can be found at
Howard Warren is Featured in Smithsonian Documentary
Howard announced: "The documentary that I am featured in finally made its US debut. Trashopolis, a five episode documentary about how five cities dealt with their trash throughout history continues to air on the Smithsonian Network. It made its international debut last year opening in Canada and France on the International History Channel. I appear in the New York episode (episode one) where I speak about the impact of Robert Moses' decisions on the people of New York City and how some of their household belongings ended up in a Barren Island landfill. The segment was filmed at Dead Horse Bay and Barren Island. For those who do not receive the Smithsonian Channel, Trashopolis: New York can be Googled and downloaded off the web. Trinity gets a nice shout out. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!"
For a schedule of air times and more information, visit http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?series=815.
Howard Warren Lectures at “Geeky Garbage”
Howard will be speaking at an upcoming gathering sponsored by Gelf magazine. "Geeky Garbage" is a "look at the most overlooked aspect of the overlooked--civilization's waste. We'll have on hand the New York City sanitation department's resident anthropologist and an expert on some of the city's earliest landfills to talk about what really happens when we throw something in the trash, and how it impacts everyone."
"Geeky Garbage" will be held Monday, 20 February 2012, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) at the Gallery at La Poisson Rouge at 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Attendees must be twenty-one or older.
For more information, visit http://www.gelfmagazine.com/gelflog/archives/february_20_geeky_garbage.php
Howard Warren is Interviewed by Gelf Magazine
Howard Warren is Quoted in Article about Dead Horse Bay
Howard was quoted in an article, "Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay Attracts Urban Explorers," online at DNAinfo.com on 9 May 2012. The article discusses how people collect and remove objects from the beach, though Howard, who takes his students there each October on a research field trip, believes the objects should be left on the beach. Read the article at http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120509/marine-park/brooklyns-dead-horse-bay-attracts-urban-explorers.
Howard Warren is Retiring
Howard is retiring at the end of the academic year after twenty-four years of service to Trinity School. Lower School Principal Rosemary C. Milliman writes, "No one deserves the pleasures and freedoms of retirement more than Howard and yet the news is bittersweet. The program Howard has built over the past two and a half decades is legend, and his place among the Lower School faculty is central to our program. Howard Warren was one of my very first hires when I was a new Lower School principal at Trinity back in the summer of 1989. I remember our interview to this day. Howard’s passion for marine biology and life stands out indelibly in my memory. He was a walking encyclopedia when it came to sea life and baseball. During his time at Trinity, he has secured the School’s access to Dead Horse Bay and Jamaica Bay for the archeology project he and Christine Nealy teach in Grade Four. No other school in the state can boast this access. He has traveled the world (India and Africa) to share his teaching philosophy and the passion of which I speak. The good news is that Howard has offered to return to Trinity at any juncture that we feel we need him!In the spring, we’ll formally celebrate his extraordinary work with us, but in the meantime, please join me in taking every opportunity to thank Howie for his contributions as a teacher and colleague."
Howard Warren is Featured in Emmy-Winning Documentary
“Dead Horse Bay: New York’s Hidden Treasure Trove of Trash” tells the story of the abandoned cove in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn. The video won the award for Outstanding Video Journalism at the Emmy Awards on 18 September. In the film, Howard Warren, a former Trinity science teacher, is interviewed about bringing his students to collect artifacts at Dead Horse Bay for almost thirty years.
It is available to be seen here: http://abcn.ws/1k4laeo
Jacqueline Ward is Moving to Indonesia
Theo Carmelo M. Tupaz is Leaving Trinity
Morika Tsujimura is Leaving Trinity
Trysh Travis has a New Book
Elvina Tong is Teaching in Guangzhou, China
Elvina Tong is Teaching in Beijing, China
Frederick Toborg has News on Hurricane Sandy and Trinity Reb...
Fred Toborg taught physical education at Trinity for thirty years before retiring in 2002. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Broad Channel, New York, and their lives were recently turned upside down when Hurricane Sandy struck.
Fred writes, "Just after our river cruise vacation from Moscow to St. Petersburg last October, Hurricane Sandy paid us a visit and swept through our living room, kitchen and library with four feet of water. Fortunately, we had heeded advice and evacuated and thus saved our automobile from inundation. We returned to find our belongings strewn all over our house: piano toppled, fridge on its back, deck torn from its footings and jutting up like the prow of a ship pointing towards the A train subway tracks that were in a tangle. We started to slowly make order out of the chaos. Our daughter, Lili, class of ’91, and her family descended on us from Vermont, and her husband, Clayton, began to rip out the sheetrock. I tried to stop him but that was before I learned about “mold” and what flood waters can do.
"Lili posted pictures of our mess on Facebook and, lo and behold, the Trinity community, upon seeing them, launched a great effort to help us. Tor Christensen '91 and Elle Can '91 created a PayPal fund to help with reconstruction. We were amazed at the generous response of so many friends in and out of Trinity, especially their messages of love and support. A group of volunteers from Trinity, led by Alumni Relations Manager Ed Griffin, descended on us and spent the day creating order out of the chaos we were still in. I knew I had been fortunate to have been at Trinity for thirty years, but I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of goodwill and aid. Then, Chip Brian '89, president of the Alumni Association, and his partner, Mike Daddio, visited us and offered to rebuild our house with their construction company, Design Development NYC. I was black and blue from pinching myself that all this could be happening. In December I gave the keys to our house to Chip’s company, took advantage of an offer from Bob and Sue Hipkins to use their house on North Captive Island in Florida, and headed south.
"When we returned from our jaunt in February, we found our house being reconstructed with new walls, floors, doors, and a back deck. We were able to replace appliances with funds from the PayPal account. We rented a room from a friend in Far Rockaway until we were able to move back into our house on 1 May. We now lived in the midst of the work as Chip’s people restored our kitchen and living room. It was wonderful to be home, even amidst the minor chaos of workers and their tools. Our son, Michael, class of ’94, and friend, Katrin, were able to visit in May. Mike lives and works in Munich, Germany. He quickly put his engineering talents to work installing electrical fixtures and aligning doors. We were able to spend a weekend in Vermont with Lili and family for a reunion. Today, nine months after Sandy, we are still tidying up the house and property. But we are home and very thankful to the Trinity community and Chip Brian and his associates at Design Development NYC. To all, I invite you to visit us at any time to see the wonders of the marsh and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge which adjoin our newly renovated home in Broad Channel."
Douglas W. Tobin Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Barbara Tischler is New Associate Head for Academic Affairs
Barbara Tischler will serve as Trinity's associate head for academic affairs, effective 1 July 2012. She will be charged with ensuring the effectiveness of the two most significant processes in a school: the design and implementation of our K-12 academic curriculum; and the professional development, support and evaluation of our teachers. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in music as well as an MA and PhD in history from Columbia University, Barbara is a musician and scholar who has been a teacher for over three decades in higher as well as secondary education, teaching courses ranging from middle school geography to graduate-level American studies. In addition, she has also served as an administrator in higher and secondary education, working for the past fifteen years as a teacher and administrator at Horace Mann School, where she is currently director of curriculum and professional development.
Barbara Tischler is Leaving Trinity
Caitlin Sweet has Improv Performance
Caitlin is performing in an improv show on 23 April 2010 at 7:00 p.m. "My troupe is called The Hypotheticals. We do narrative long-form improvisational theater (making up stories based upon audience input) and we have a show on Friday evening at the PIT (Peoples Improv Theater) in Chelsea. It would be great to have some of you folks in the audience, so please come on down! Also in the troupe is my fiance (and new Trinity staff member) Jeremy Lamb." PIT is located at 154 W 29th Street between 6th and 7th avenues. The cover is $5.00.
Caitlin Sweet ’01 is Leaving Trinity
Caitlin left Trinity School at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. She is now teaching in a bilingual classroom in a public school in order to finish her master’s degree in K-6 elementary education and bilingual education. She will then move to Austin, Texas to join her husband, Jeremy Lamb, in December or January. We wish Caitlin the best on her next journey!
Caitlin Sweet ’01 is Married
Congratulations to Caitlin for her marriage to Jeremy Lamb on 18 June 2011! She will be in New York City this fall student teaching in a bilingual classroom in a public school in order to finish her master's degree in K-6 elementary education and bilingual education. She will then move to Austin to join her husband in December or January.
Donghong Sun is a New Upper School Science Teacher
Donghong has been teaching chemistry for the past six years at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey, where she has been part of the leading effort in implementing a modeling instruction approach in science education. Over the years, she has attended several modeling workshops in physics, chemistry, and biology, and co-lead modeling chemistry workshops, with the most recent one at Teachers College, Columbia University in summer 2013. Before starting her teaching career, Donghong worked as a senior scientist at Rohm and Haas Company after receiving her PhD in chemistry from Columbia University.
In her spare time, Donghong loves to play tennis and ski, and takes ballroom dance lessons as well. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter who is starting her freshman year in college.
Tom Sullivan is Head at Greenwich Academy
Ann Strohmeier Performs in an Evening of Comedy
Ann and her husband are in a play, an evening of comedy called All in the Timing by David Ives, presented by the Heavenly Rest Players. There are two performances: 24 April at 8:00 p.m. and 1 May at 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 East 90th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.smarttix.com for $20.00. Also in the cast is Ryan Scott, a former Grade Two assistant.
Ann Strohmeier Honored by Trinity
Ann Strohmeier was recently honored by Trinity for her twenty-five years of service to the School. Thank you, Ann, for all you have given to the School! We with you the best in your retirement.
Ann writes, "Thirty-two years ago (1982) my husband Bill and I, with our four-year old daughter Kristin in hand, first walked through the doors of Trinity. Kristin started Kindergarten that September, and I started teaching at Trinity in 1989 when our son, Stephen, was in second grade. Before that, I had taught for seven years at three different preschools, which brings my entire teaching career to date to thirty-two years as well. Twice thirty-two seems auspicious; a lovely, round number for a career that has been long and extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally.
"And now it is time to go on to other things. What those exactly are, I’m not quite sure, but surely the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s hard to leave a place that has been such a large part of my life, and I will always love teaching. But transitions are always the hardest part, and the future seems very exciting to me."
Ann Strohmeier is Acting in a Play
Ann is acting in a play, Polish Joke by David Ives, presented by the Heavenly Rest Players. The performances run Thursday through Saturday 22-24 March and Thursday through Saturday, 29-31 March. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. in Darlington Hall at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 East 90th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.smarttix.com for $20.00. All profits go to the Church outreach programs. No children, please; adult humor in both language and content.
Trinity's Michael Gilbert and Ann's husband, Bill, are acting in the play. Trinity's Harrison Williams is set designer.
Ann Strohmeier Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity and R...
Ann Strohmeier was recently honored by Trinity for her twenty-five years of service to the School. Thank you, Ann, for all you have given to the School! We with you the best in your retirement.
Ann writes, "Thirty-two years ago (1982) my husband Bill and I, with our four-year old daughter Kristin in hand, first walked through the doors of Trinity. Kristin started Kindergarten that September, and I started teaching at Trinity in 1989 when our son, Stephen, was in second grade. Before that, I had taught for seven years at three different preschools, which brings my entire teaching career to date to thirty-two years as well. Twice thirty-two seems auspicious; a lovely, round number for a career that has been long and extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally.
"And now it is time to go on to other things. What those exactly are, I’m not quite sure, but surely the journey is just as important as the destination. It’s hard to leave a place that has been such a large part of my life, and I will always love teaching. But transitions are always the hardest part, and the future seems very exciting to me."
Robert Stewart is Retiring
After thirty-six years as a member of the Trinity faculty, Bob Stewart has decided that he will be retiring at the end of the current academic year. Bob began his teaching career in 1968 as a Jesuit at Boston College High School. After a year there he moved to Jamaica, where he taught history at St. George’s College, Campion College, and at the University of the West Indies, where he completed a doctoral program in Caribbean history. He published his research in his 1992 book on religion and emancipation in Jamaica. He left Jamaica in 1978 and began teaching at Trinity in the 1978-79 academic year. Bob is trading the joyful noise of middle schoolers for the quiet of the oaks that guard his home in New Jersey. He plans to tend his garden, catch up with his reading, and write another book. We thank him for his dedicated service to the School and wish him the best in his retirement.
Benjamin Stern is a New Technology Integrationist and Teache...
Ben comes to us from The Emery/Weiner School in Houston, Texas where he has been working as a middle school technology integration specialist. Prior to that, as their eighth grade history teacher, he rewrote a textbook-free global studies and current events curriculum that deeply integrated technology. Emery/Weiner awarded him the Rav Preida Award for Teaching Excellence this past year for the success of this class. Having grown up in Philadelphia, Ben is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He also likes to cook, does a lot of cycling, and is a big computer nerd.
Benjamin Stern is Leaving Trinity
David Sox has Updates from England
The Rev. David Sox, who was chaplain at Trinity from 1963 to 1970, sends in an update from England: "2011 and I am seventy-five! Was ordained fifty years ago and published my twelfth book. This one was a biography of Père Armand David (1826-1900), a priest and nature explorer who discovered the giant panda and seventy plants are named for him."
David Sox Taught Mitt Romney
David Sox has More Updates from England
The Rev. David Sox published his twelfth book in 2009, a biography of the naturalist, Père Armand David (1826-1900). "I do gallery talks at the Natural History Museum. I'm now seventy-seven years old (yipes!). I'm a dual citizen of the US and the UK."
Samia Soodi is Leaving Trinity
Margaret Smith is a New Teacher of Religion, Philosophy, and...
Margaret began her teaching career at the Lincoln Jewish Community School in Nebraska. When she relocated to New York, she worked for the East End Temple and Temple Israel of the City of New York. She most recently taught modern European history to undergraduates at Fordham University. Margaret also tutored at the Writing Center at Fordham. She is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and Latin, and some Hebrew and Old English. Margaret and her new husband, as of 23 July 2012, have a wonderful little dog, Lola.
Margaret Smith has a New Baby
Margaret and her husband, Zach, welcomed their son, Ezekiel, into the world on 15 August 2013. He weighed in at six pounds and two ounces. Margaret writes, "He is sweet and beautiful, and Zach and I are totally in love with him." Congratulations to the family!
Nika Skvir-Maliakal Returns to the East Coast
An update on Nika and Sanjiv Maliakal: “After leaving Trinity, we moved to the San Francisco Bay Area – Sanj was teaching sixth and eighth grade science at the San Francisco Day School and Nika returned to the Prospect Sierra School to teach eighth grade humanities. We got married, traveled a lot (Hawaii, Costa Rica, and India have been highlight trips), managed to do a lot of hiking and windsurfing, and then had two twin girls, Madeline and Katherine, in September 2007. This past summer, we moved back to the East Coast to be closer to family. Sanj is currently teaching sixth and eighth grade science at New Canaan Country School while Nika is at home with the girls. We’d love to hear from former students and/or colleagues. Our e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a good way to reach us. Hope this finds everyone well!”
Jonathan Sirois is a New Teacher of Spanish
Jonathan is leaving the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island to teach Spanish at Trinity School. He spent several months teaching English at English for Fun in Madrid, Spain. For eight years, Jonathan was the chef and kitchen manager at Adams House Home for the Aged in Fall River, Massachusetts. He is a passionate golfer and still chuckles each time he watches Caddy Shack, but also enjoys a good Marlon Brando or Jimmy Stewart movie.
Jonathan lived and studied in Spain as part of his BA and most of his MA, and was very fortunate to have lived with a renowned scholar and journalist, and hopes to bring his experiences abroad to his classroom. As a budding Hispanist, he presented a research paper at an academic conference and is looking forward to do more of the same.
Jonathan Sirois is Leaving Trinity
Jennifer Simon is Awarded Three Art Residency Grants
Jennifer won three residency grants for the summer: the Anderson Ranch Art Educator Institute in Colorado funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Technical Assistant Grant in Tennessee, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Technical Assistant Grant in Maine. In each residency she was provided with tuition, room and board, a studio space, and various art workshops and lectures.
Jennifer Simon is in Ceramic Exhibit at the Nippon Gallery
Jennifer has been selected to show her ceramic work at the Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club at 145 West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues. The show is up from 19-22 October. Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Jennifer's work was selected for the 13th Annual Tokyo-New York Friendship Ceramic Competition where the gallery has chosen fifty American and fifty Japanese ceramic artists to compete for cash prizes. The grand prize is a round-trip ticket to Tokyo! The reception and award presentation is on 21 October from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come check out the show!
James Silvia has a Life Update
James “left Richard Garten’s Trinity in 1973 [he had been teaching Grade Four there since 1966] and taught in Japan, Germany, and again with Mr. Garten at Gulf Stream School in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2006, he ended forty years of service teaching geography at St. Bernard’s School. His wife, Judith Richardson, died in 2003 at Newport. James, a cancer survivor, now spends his time on the Upper West Side, in his garden in Dutchess County, or traveling (depending on the annuity and the kindness of friends). He is the author of the unpublished children’s storybook, Fred and Felicity, Fast Friends, and a guide for young adults, Manners: A Course of Study, and play, A Muse Bouche.”
Rene Silva has an Update from Florida
Rene updates: “I retired from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1987 and moved to sunny Florida. I played tennis until age forced me to take reading and cross-word puzzles as hobbies. I have a wife with three children and the family is in good health. Enjoying life at eighty-nine and still remembering many of my good students at Trinity.”
Rene Silva has Another Life Update
Rene writes, "From Trinity, I went to teach at Farleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey until 1987. I moved to Florida and spent my time playing tennis, reading, and servicing the community whenever called. I will be ninety-one this month (November), and my wife and children are all well. I have a great grandson (seven months old). We are all happy and remembering with pride my three years at Trinity."
Paul Sigismondi has Music News and a New Teaching Position a...
Paul has been working on his music. He recorded an album, American Redstarts, at a studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He also created a Web site for his music at www.paulsigismondi.com. He recently returned to New York and started teaching at The Collegiate School.
Kara Paske Siegel is Leaving Trinity
Kara has announced that she will be leaving Trinity at the end of the school year. She wishes to shift her energies to caring for her family, and in addition, she hopes to find opportunities to feed her passion of working with student athletes. She writes, “…Serving as an administrator has been a fulfilling learning experience. I have benefited tremendously from working closely with the talented and committed people in the Middle School and throughout Trinity's administration. In addition, I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop and implement new programs in the Middle School. I have been very fortunate and sincerely appreciate the many opportunities and experiences I have had so early in my career.”
Judy Shufro has an Art Exhibit
Judy Shufro, who taught art at Trinity from 1970 to 1992, has an upcoming art exhibit in San Diego, California, at Bread & Cie, a bakery owned by a Trinity alumnus, Charles Kaufman '66. Judy writes, "How coincidental is that? I taught Art at Trinity for twenty-two years. I bought the School's first kiln, set up the shop/arts program, designed the Brass Pavilion art room for the elementary school, and was a Trinity Faculty Fellow. Hello to all my former students!"
The exhibit, titled "Dancers and Cows," will be on view from 3-31 December 2013 at Bread & Cie, located at 350 University Avenue in San Diego. View Judy's work at www.judithshufro.com.
Danielle Short Attends Graduate School
William E. Shipley Remembers Art Class
Bill Shipley sent us a couple of photos from his second year of teaching in 1982. "I believe the location is Judy Shufro's art room in the Upper School. We were building a box kite with strips of wood and painted mylar, and we flew the kite at the end of the year field trip with the Lower School at Bear Mountain. Trinity was then an all boys school in the Lower and Middle School. I wish I could remember what grade level this was, and I only recall first names for the boys."
William E. Shipley is a Docent at Tweed Museum of Art
Bill is now a docent at the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth, his alma mater. An article about Bill and his interest in art was published by the UMD Alumni Association online at http://umdalumni.com/tweed-docent-bill-shipley-a-work-of-art/.
Joel Shapiro is Leaving Trinity
Joel Shapiro left Trinity at the end of the school year. During the end-of-year luncheon, Upper School Principal Jessica Bagby gave these remarks: "Joel, you are one-of-a-kind. Your signature passion for history and politics and your love for vigorous conversation with students and colleagues about both make you unforgettable. A man of conscience and conviction, you have inspired your colleagues and protégés to carry your light forward at Trinity and beyond. Thank you for your dedication to teaching history and for modeling civic engagement for two decades at Trinity."
Renée Seufert has a New Baby
Renée and Anne Youngling met while working together at Trinity in the athletics department. They were married on 14 February 2009 in Westport, Connecticut and are thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy, Max Gustav Seufert-Youngling, on 3 June 2009. Renée is a school counselor at East Haven High School and Anne is a family practice physician at Guilford Family Practice.
Jennifer Semioli has a New Baby
Jennifer Semioli is Leaving Trinity
Ryan Scott Performs in An Evening of Comedy
Ryan is in a play, an evening of comedy called All in the Timing by David Ives, presented by the Heavenly Rest Players. There are two performances: 24 April at 8:00 p.m. and 1 May at 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest at 2 East 90th Street. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.smarttix.com for $20.00. Also in the cast is current faculty member Ann Strohmeier.
Ian Schlesinger is the New Systems Support Engineer
Ian Schlesinger is currently the Mac systems support engineer at Trinity. He has been with the Trinity community for one year now and has brought a can-do attitude and personable customer service manner since first starting. Ian has over fifteen years of experience in the IT industry troubleshooting and supporting Mac and Windows based computing environments. Before joining Trinity, Ian was the technical lead of support at BMG Columbia House and a network analyst within the Ascent Media Corporation. He holds a BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Some of his hobbies include hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing.
Ian Schlesinger is Leaving Trinity
Emily P. Scharf has a Watercolor Exhibit
Emily and current faculty member Brigitte Bentele have their watercolor paintings included an exhibit entitled “Watercolors from the National Academy of Fine Arts” at the Yeager Community Room Gallery at the Bronxville Public Library from 2 February through 25 February 2010. The opening reception is Thursday 4 February from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For directions, please visit the Bronxville Public Library website at
Gabriela Saldana is a New Teacher of Grade Two
Gabriela Saldana is no stranger to Trinity’s Lower School. She has been in Ms. Alvarez and Ms. Strohmeier’s classrooms as a first grade assistant teacher since 2009. She has prior experience in both the first and fourth grade levels at PS 234 and The School at Columbia University. Gabriela completed her graduate degree in museum education with a childhood certification for grades one through six from Bank Street College of Education. In previous summers, Gabriela worked as a counselor for Bank Street Summer Camp’s Spanish Immersion program. This year, she has dedicated her summer to continue to build on her professional growth. She attended workshops on project-based learning in the classroom through The School at Columbia’s Teach 21 institute and completed a week long writing seminar at the Teachers College world-renowned Reading and Writing Project. Her museum experiences include the Neuberger Museum of Art’s education department and in many capacities at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. Her extensive work in Wave Hill’s education, horticulture, and art departments has deeply influenced her interest in building connections between youth and nature.
Gabriela Saldana is Leaving Trinity
Gabriella Saldana left Trinity at school year’s end to move with her fiancé to Singapore. She will be teaching first grade at Overseas Family School (OFS). We thank her for her exceptional service to the School and wish her the best in this exciting new endeavor.
Lisa Jo Sagolla has a New Book
Susan E. Ruta is Leaving Trinity
Elisabeth K. Ruedy Celebrates Twenty-Five Years at Trinity
Elisabeth K. Ruedy is Leaving Trinity
Stanislav Roslyakov is a New Head Robotics Coach
Stanislav is a graduate civil engineering student at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University with a focus towards instrumentation design with technical skills in structural, soil, and materials engineering. He has extensive teaching experience ranging from real world engineering projects to FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. Stanislav tries to incorporate the concepts of invention and innovation into his lessons in order to instill the importance of research and engineering. He has competed as a team captain in National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Lunabotics Mining Competition which involved the construction of a large lunar excavating vehicle. His design won the Judges’ Innovation Award and the $10,000 Paul Soros Prize for Creative Engineering. Stan is fluent in C++, MATLAB, Xcode and LabVIEW programming languages. His favorite activity is allowing students to ask any question they want during the last few minutes of class, and he provides the answers on the spot or after some research.
Jerome Rosenzweig is Golfing in Florida
Jerome Rosenzweig has an Update from Florida
Jerome writes, "As captain of the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club golf team in West Boynton Beach, Florida, I have led them to their second season in the playoffs of the South County Golf League. I've enjoyed nine years in retirement at the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club."
Patricia M. Robbins is Volunteering at PS 166
Patricia writes, “First, a thank you to Sue Hipkens for her help in advising me when I began volunteering in the library at PS 166, Trinity’s neighbor on W 89th Street. We are off to a good start now, and happily, the Director of Community Service, Michael Barbaro, is offering Upper School students the opportunity to do community service with us, helping to keep a public school library open in this time of budget cuts. Other volunteers are welcome. If you are interested, let me know at email@example.com.”
Brenda Rivera is a New Upper School Administrative Assistant
Brenda began working at Trinity in May 2010 after spending a few years at Bellmarc Realty. She enjoys writing poetry and has won the Editor’s Excellence Award for 2007 and 2008 from poetry.com. One of her poems entitled “Regrets” was published in a book of poems titled Collected Whispers from The International Library of Poetry, 2008.
Carole Ries is Leaving Trinity
Carole Ries has New Position at Schechter Westchester Lower ...
John A. Reynolds Retires to Maine
John A. Reynolds is Traveling and Enjoying Retirement
John writes, "I am still enjoying retirement in Maine. Last September, we sold our condo in Stamford and have become full-time maniacs. We have found Portland to be a real "foodie" city with some very good cultural events. In addition to taking our dogs to two nursing homes, Marsha and I have been volunteering at the Animal Welfare Society and the Saco Food Pantry. We've also managed to get in some travel. After Thanksgiving, we had a very pleasant cruise to the Caribbean. In February, we took a cruise out of Venice, Italy and went to the Eastern Mediterranean. Our itinerary included Egypt, but that was changed to two days in Israel. In May, we visited an old friend in Florida. He took us to a musical (Beehive - about the women rock singers of the 60s), and we saw Charlie Fornara, who was piano player, conductor and musical director. Charlie is doing a lot of work in musical theater in the Naples, Florida area. Now, we''re looking forward to a wonderful summer watching the Red Sox and our local Portland Sea Dogs."
Christine Reilly is Retiring
Joanne Handler Rau is Working in Florida
Rachel E. Elkinson Ring has a New Baby
Rachel E. Elkinson Ring is Leaving Trinity
Rachel left Trinity at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. She relocated with her family to New Jersey, where she will serve as a consultant, revive her work in jewelry design, and spend more time with her family. We thank her for her years spent at Trinity!
Charles Quirin is a New Technology Support Engineer
Charles joined the technology team this July and has spent the summer familiarizing himself with Trinity’s campus and its technology systems. He has supported technology in scholastic environments for most of his career, most recently at Collegiate School. Charles enjoys spending his free time traveling and eating new and interesting cuisine, most recently the fresh fish of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Along with dining at the many interesting restaurants New York City has to offer, he enjoys the variety of street food that can be found all over the city.
Julie Pugkhem has Position at a New School
Kimberly Pozner is Substituting for Joanne McGowan
Joanne McGowan is on medical leave as she undergoes knee replacement surgery. During her absence, Kimberly Pozner will serve as one of our reading specialists. She has experience as a learning specialist at such schools as Claremont Preparatory, Stephen Gaynor and the Spence School, and has been working as a private tutor since 1996. As part of the Spence School Resource Center, Kimberly has conducted several parent presentations. She loves spending as much time as possible with her two sons; Sam, age nine, and Jack, age five, enjoying all that New York City has to offer. Kimberly loves to travel, go to the movies and is an avid reader. She particularly enjoys yoga.
Bruce Posner is Interim Director of Technology
Bruce Posner began working part-time at Trinity during the month of June when he began overseeing the updating of Trinity’s technological infrastructure. Bruce has over thirty years of experience in information technology consulting and general management. Since 2005, he has been running Bruce Posner Consulting, where he has been providing comprehensive services to clients including strategic technology planning, project and staff management, IT assessments, business process analysis and redesign, website assessment and design, and education in best practices and products. For ten years prior he worked as director of technology and as an assistant head of school at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Bruce has two albums available of music by British Isle composers. He is associate editor of the Journal of Urban Technology. Bruce lives in Riverdale with his wife, Sandy, and his son and step-daughter, Nathaniel and Laura. He is very pleased to be joining the Trinity team.
Denise Valentine Philpotts Returns to Full-Time Teaching
Denise is relinquishing her position as science department head at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year so that she can return to full-time teaching here at Trinity. Establishing our partnership with the Harlem DNA Lab, working tirelessly to foster greater cohesion in her sprawling K-12 science department, advocating passionately for a three-year science graduation requirement to validate the school's commitment to excellence in science education, Denise has accomplished much in such a short time, and we are grateful for her willingness to serve the school in this leadership role since 2009.
Laura K. Peyton is a New Admissions Receptionist
As a child growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Laura Peyton attended several private schools. Raised by classical musicians, she studied violin for ten years and learned to speak French fluently during her nine years at École Bilingue (now called the International School of Boston), a bilingual school then located in Arlington, Massachusetts. Laura learned her love of visual arts at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston University in 2002 with a BA in sociology, she moved to New York City and helped start a small jewelry design company based in Brooklyn. Laura attended the School of Visual Arts as a graduate student from 2008-2010 where she received an MFA in illustration and had several exhibitions of her work.
Dr. Frances (Cary) Perry Moves to London
Geoffrey Peppiatt is Retiring
Geoff Peppiatt has announced his retirement: “I will be retiring at the end of the current academic year after thirty-one years of the most enjoyable and stimulating teaching experiences one could possibly imagine. I still derive undiminished pleasure from being in a class with a group of students—in particular, sophomores—who are so engaging and endearing. The other side of the coin is that June and I have so many interests and things to do that we will be very busy and need time to fit it all in.”
We thank Geoff for his three decades of service to Trinity School and wish him the best on his retirement.
Tyler Paul ’04 is a New Assistant Teacher in Kindergar...
While earning his master’s degree in childhood education, Tyler served as an assistant teacher at Trevor Day School in first and second grade, where he also coached soccer and track and field. Tyler is no stranger to Trinity as he attended school here from Kindergarten through Grade Three and worked as a group counselor at the Trinity Day Camp. Tyler is a self-proclaimed “movie dork,” and enjoys nothing more than talking about movies with other film buffs. Tyler also loves to exercise, and spent much of the summer in gyms and yoga studios across the city.
Lee Palmer is Leaving Trinity
Lee is leaving Trinity at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year to move to Washington, D.C. where she has accepted the position of head of upper school at Sidwell Friends School. She will be rejoining her husband, who moved there during the summer to work for the Environmental Protection Agency. The text of her announcement follows:
Dear Upper School Faculty,
It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of this extraordinary community for the past five and half years, and the news I am sharing with you is accompanied by bittersweet feelings. I have accepted the position of Upper School Principal at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. for the next school year. The prospect of rejoining my husband and many long-time friends, the opportunity to serve another wonderful school, and the chance for a new adventure are all extremely exciting, and I’m looking to the future with great anticipation. However, I will no longer have the benefit of daily interactions with dear friends and colleagues, students, and parents who have made my experience at Trinity so rewarding and so thrilling.
I will do everything in my power to make the transition to a new principal go as smoothly as possible. I am deeply grateful for all that Trinity has given me, and will miss everyone. Thank you for your support, for your kindness, and for all that I have learned from you.
With much love,
Walter Ostapiak is Retiring
After enjoying his thirty-seventh year of teaching at Trinity School, Walter decided to retire at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. He is grateful for the many rewarding years he has taught at Trinity, and he will miss the students, fellow teachers, administrators, and staff.
Walter Ostapiak Recieves Dedication
John Allman, head of Trinity School, read the following dedication out loud during the final faculty and staff luncheon of the 2010-2011 academic year: "The year was 1974. Richard Nixon had just become the first President to resign from office. The cost of a gallon of gas was fifty-five cents, and the cost of a year in Trinity’s Kindergarten was $1350. And, after working for five years as a college professor, Walter Ostapiak came to Trinity to teach math in what was then called our Upper Middle division. A few years later, Walter added to his responsibilities the task of serving as the Eighth Grade Form Master, a precursor of our class deans today, and eventually Walter’s teaching responsibilities moved from Middle to Upper School. As his history at Trinity suggests, Walter quickly became known as a teacher who demonstrated a 'total commitment to Trinity' and who 'could be counted on to carry out any extra assignment.' One of his numerous department heads repeatedly described him as a 'mainstay of the department' known for his 'deep concern for students.' Another of his colleagues saw in Walter the essence and embodiment of faculty excellence at Trinity School—'he sets high standards for his students and always does everything he can to help them reach those standards.' As any of his students or colleagues will quickly report when asked about what they appreciate about Mr. O, Walter was also blessed with a distinctive sense of humor that he used to enliven his work with us. A man of mirth, he is also a man of quiet, yet fervent faith, and, in Walter, I suspect that the two are related, for I think he, like Karl Barth, understands in a profound way that 'laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.' Walter, for thirty-seven years, you have graced us with your humor, your dedication to Trinity, your care for others—students and colleagues—and your total commitment to teaching. We are so grateful for your time with us. Please join me in thanking Mr. O for his thirty-seven years of distinctive service to Trinity School."
Upon his retirement, Walter donated two books to the Trinity School library: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain and The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics by C.S. Lewis.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is the story of the fifteenth-century martyred teenage patron saint of France. Twain said of this work: "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others need no preparation and got none." Twain considered this book—his last finished novel—to be his most significant.
C. S. Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics contains his seven most popular works.
Kelly O’Shea is a New Upper School Science Teacher
Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is relocating to New York City from Middletown, Delaware, where she has been teaching physics for six years at St. Andrew’s School. Her goal is to make physics accessible to all students. Kelly writes the blog, Physics! Blog!, and is active in the online physics teaching community. She enjoys playing the flute and learning and playing other instruments.
Kelly O’Shea is Leaving Trinity
Tristina Oppliger is Teaching in Spain
Tristina Oppliger has Updates from Austin, Texas
Tristina, former special events assistant, is obtaining her teacher certification at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, she is working as special events assistant for JDRF (Austin Chapter) and is currently managing a silent and live auction in order to fund research to cure Type 1 diabetes.
Patricia A. Niles is Retiring
After thirty-three years of dedicated service to Trinity School, Patty Niles retired at school year’s end. She wanted all to know that she feels very fortunate to have worked with such memorable colleagues and students, and she looks forward to spending her post-Trinity years with family in Henryville, Pennsylvania, and St. Augustine, Florida. We thank her for her wonderful service to the School and wish her the best in her retirement.
Jyotsana Negi is a New Learning Specialist in the Upper Scho...
This past year Jyoti was a learning specialist at the Packer Collegiate Institute as a leave replacement. She has been in education for thirteen years and has had the opportunity to teach in Honduras as well as at three New York City charter schools where she served as academic interventionist, and an English as a Second Language and literacy teacher. Jyoti’s interests include Spanish, international travel, and the book club she founded here in the city five years ago that still meets each month. She is very much looking forward to supporting the Upper School students at Trinity in reaching their goals of academic success.