New Faculty & Staff

When Trinity opened its doors for the School’s 310th year, the new and returning students met new members of the faculty and staff who had already been hard at work preparing for the 2018-2019 academic year. Chosen from a wide array of applicants, they bring strong and diverse backgrounds to the School and are contributing in many ways to the success of the year.

Meet the new faculty and staff of Trinity School.

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Florent Agier

Teacher of French, Middle School

BA Université Louis Lumière Lyon 2; MA Université Louis Lumière Lyon 2
2018-present

Florent is a native of Lyon, France. He earned an MA in English and a BA in French as a second language. Florent began his education career teaching French in two high schools in Macedonia. He moved to the United States in 2006. Prior to joining Trinity, Florent taught French at Cajun country public schools in Louisiana, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Dwight School in New York City. In his spare time, Florent enjoys fitness, baking, gardening, and traveling.

Brittany Berman

Associate Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BA University of Southern California; MA Pepperdine University
2018-present

Graduating from University of Southern California with a BA in communication, Brittany began her professional career in the music industry, working in both artist management and record label administration. After several years in Hollywood, Brittany acknowledged her true passion was working with children and she pursued an MA in teaching at Pepperdine University. Upon graduation, she moved from Los Angeles to New York City, leaving the city where she grew up, and began her teaching career at The Convent of the Sacred Heart. In her free time, Brittany works as a group fitness trainer and enjoys reading, attending concerts, and searching for the best chocolate chip cookies in Manhattan. Brittany is thrilled to join the Trinity family!

Maggie-Kate Coleman

Receptionist-Admissions Assistant, Admissions Office, Grades Kindergarten through Twelve

BA Ithaca College; MFA New York University
2018-present

Maggie-Kate comes to Trinity with a background in nonprofit development, educational recruitment, artist fellowship programming, and theater education. She was previously the executive assistant and directors’ project coordinator at The Drama League and is currently the development manager of the Look + Listen Festival. In her other life, Maggie-Kate is an award-winning musical theater writer and playwright. She has a BA in theater and English with a concentration in medieval literature and languages from Ithaca College and received her MFA in musical theater writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Maggie-Kate received the Jonathan Larson Grant in 2017 and was a 2015 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is a bookworm with a serious weakness for all bookstores and most nachos.

Anna Dusza

Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator, Business Office

BBA Baruch College – The City University of New York
2018-present

Anna, Trinity’s new human resources and payroll coordinator, joined the community in November 2017. Anna is a human resources professional with more than seven years of experience. She graduated from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business with a BA in business administration in human resources management. Before joining Trinity, Anna worked at a small family-owned company where she provided support in a broad range of areas including payroll, benefits, employee relations, internal communications, reporting, and performance management. She is one of five sisters and truly thrives in communities that feel like family. During her spare time, Anna enjoys doing arts and crafts with her nieces and trying out different baking recipes.

Bolaji Ekhator

History Teaching Fellow, Middle School

BA Amherst College
2018-present

A Boston, Massachusetts, native, Bolaji is an alumnus of St. Mark’s School and an Amherst College graduate. At Amherst, he majored in political science with a concentration in leadership studies and political economy. Bolaji’s senior honors thesis examined the effects of housing discrimination in public education. While at Amherst, he worked to promote access to higher education through various Amherst initiatives and served as captain of the football team. Bolaji is currently pursuing an MA in teaching at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to Nigeria to visit family, reading, binge-watching Westworld and Black Mirror, and attending New York sporting events. Bolaji is excited to explore the boundless opportunities Trinity and New York City have to offer and is thrilled to join the Trinity community.

Joshua Elson

Teacher of Performing Arts, Grades Seven through Twelve

BA Chapman University; MM California State University, Northridge
2018-present

Creating music with young people has been a part of Josh’s life for over twenty years. For twelve years before joining Trinity he was the choir director at Palisades Charter High School in California. During Josh’s tenure there, he also taught guitar and world music and was the musical director for the theater program. He also served as the music director at First Christian Church of North Hollywood for sixteen years where he directed the choir and was the bandleader. Before teaching in California, Josh worked in the New York City public school system teaching music. He is excited to be back in New York with his wife, Molly, and their two daughters, Magnolia and Vienna. Josh enjoys being a dad, reading, yoga, and, of course, good music.

Jaclyn Evans

Educational Technology Coordinator, Lower School

BA Purdue University
2018-present

Jaclyn, an Indiana native, is a graduate of Purdue University. She is excited to join the Trinity community after spending nine years at Sacred Heart Academy, an independent school in Louisville, Kentucky. During her time at Sacred Heart Academy, she served the students and faculty as a technology teacher; an educational technology coach; and the business, communication, and technology department chair. Jaclyn is passionate about digital media literacy, digital citizenship, and the mindful integration of educational technology into students’ lives. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys cooking, traveling, and coaching soccer.

William Fisher

Teacher of English, Upper School, Head, English Department

BA Columbia University; MA Columbia University; MPhil Columbia University
2018-present

William comes to Trinity after eleven years at The Dalton School. During his time there, he taught ninth through twelfth grade English with courses as varied as literature and composition, introduction to drama, African-American literature, African-American speculative fiction, and gender and sexuality. William served as a copresident of the faculty association, a club adviser, a member of various school committees, and worked with admissions as a senior faculty liaison.

 

A native of Dallas, Texas, William realized that he liked to hang out and read books (and comics) early on in life. This penchant eventually led him to Columbia University (a decision based upon a comic book from those early years), an apprentice teaching position through Double Discovery Center – Columbia University, a brief life as a college guidance counselor, a decision to go to graduate school, and teaching spells at Columbia and The New School for Social Research. When he has free time, he enjoys 1970s-1980s science-fiction and cultural products, texting with his mother about tennis and basketball, dancing as though no one is watching, and working on his cooking.

Nicole Fletcher

Math Coordinator, Grades Kindergarten through Five

BA University of Maryland, College Park; MA Teachers College, Columbia University; PhD Teachers College, Columbia University
2018-present

Nicole comes to Trinity from University of Pennsylvania where she was a postdoctoral researcher in mathematics education working with elementary school teachers. She began her career teaching in classrooms for ten years, including preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Nicole earned an MA in early childhood/special education and a PhD in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves symmetry and exploring how young children think about mathematics. Nicole enjoys drinking coffee, running or going to spin class, traveling, and visiting family in Italy. She is excited to move back to New York City and looks forward to joining the Trinity community.

Cory Fox

Teacher of Math, Middle School

BA The College of Wooster; MA Hunter College; MIA School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
2018-present

After three years with Ascend Public Charter Schools as a middle grades math teacher and dean of math instruction, Cory came to Trinity last spring to fill a leave replacement position in the Middle School. She is delighted to return to Trinity this fall! Cory grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and began her education career teaching high school in Brooklyn. She has also worked in education in the Dominican Republic and is an active board member of an education nonprofit organization called Yspaniola. When not teaching, Cory enjoys yoga, swimming, and Fort Greene Park.

Robert Jacobs

Teacher of History, Upper School

BA Dartmouth College; MA The University of Chicago
2018-present

Rob is originally from just over the George Washington Bridge in Rockland County, but traveled to Manhattan at every opportunity. One of his proudest achievements was the decision to leave high school before graduation and enroll in the local community college. After a semester in Jerusalem, Rob discovered a deep desire to learn more about the language, history, and culture of the Middle East. He spent four years in the region studying and working, including stops in Fes, Cairo, Damascus, Amman, and Tunis. Outside of academics, Rob has worked with refugees in Syria and Arabic-speaking victims of domestic violence and child abuse in New York City. He has been teaching history in New York City for the past six years and is very excited to join the Trinity community.

Samantha Kaznocha

Teacher of Science, Middle School

BS Fordham University
2018-present

Samantha spent the last three years teaching middle and high school science. She is thrilled to join Trinity’s Middle School. Her passion for science education came while interning with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s educational program, Project TRUE. She loves animals and traveling to learn everything she can about the natural world. Samantha received a BS in environmental science from Fordham University. She is a native of Long Island, New York, and is excited to move back to Manhattan. Samantha, a lifelong equestrian, has coached a nationally recognized Interscholastic Equestrian Association team. When she is not teaching, she spends her time riding her horse, Ducky, and walking her dog, Goose.

Anna Klepper

Head Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BA St. Lawrence University; MEd Lesley University
2018-present

Anna grew up in New Hampshire and earned a BA from St. Lawrence University and an MEd from Lesley University. Most recently, she taught first and second grade at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Anna also taught at North Country School in Lake Placid, New York, and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC. She enjoys reading, skiing, the Adirondacks, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox and looks forward to exploring New York City. Anna is excited to join the Trinity community and the second grade team.

Mei Lam

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA Queens College, CUNY
2018-present

Prior to joining Trinity, Mei worked in a public school as a paraprofessional. At an early age, she realized there was nothing else she wanted to do more than to teach. She graduated from Queens College with a BA in elementary education and is currently pursuing an MA in special education at Hunter College. Mei’s interests include bodybuilding, eating different cuisines, event planning, and riding rollercoasters.

Sabina Lenae

Teacher of Spanish, Grades Seven through Twelve

BA Dartmouth College; MA Dartmouth College; PhD New York University
2018-present

Sabina was born in Mumbai, spent nearly ten years living in a variety of places throughout India, and then moved around the world for the following decade. She went to high school in Finland and Panama, where she became fluent in Spanish and earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma. With a passion for languages and the humanities, Sabina majored in romance languages and received an MA in comparative literature. Her doctoral dissertation was an intellectual history of women writing under authoritarianism (1940-1980). Sabina has taught English, Spanish, and Latin American literature classes at the college and high school levels for almost twenty years. She has also led study-abroad programs. Outside of work, Sabina enjoys time with her tween daughter who inspires her and teaches her how to “dab.” Together, they like to choreograph and teach high-energy Indian dance to other New Yorkers.

Dara Mandle

Teacher of English, Middle School

BA Yale University; MFA Columbia University; MEd Hunter College
2018-present

Dara connects her interest in teaching middle school English to her passion for writing. “Just as writing is a process of revision and exploration, so is middle school a time when young people are forming their identities and finding their voices on the page.” A writer with a book of poetry published in 2015, Dara earned a BA in English from Yale University. She studied creative writing and earned an MFA from Columbia University, later working in its undergraduate writing program. Dara received a master’s in education from Hunter College. She has worked as an English teacher and learning specialist in New York City—her hometown— at The Ramaz School, The Hewitt School, and, most recently, Rodeph Sholom School. Dara is proud to be the mother of a rising third grade student at Trinity and is thrilled to deepen her involvement in the community as a faculty member.

Bethany Martin

Director of Libraries, Head, Library Department

BA New College of Florida; MSLIS Pratt Institute
2018-present

Bethany is a “Navy brat” who studied sociology at New College of Florida before moving to New York City. She earned her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Prior to joining Trinity, Bethany worked for the past ten years as the director of library services at Dwight School. Not surprisingly, Bethany enjoys reading. She can often be found exploring new playgrounds with her three-year-old son and is usually up for a board game or a cup of tea.

Matthew Mason

Teacher of Physical Education and Fitness

BA Washington and Lee University; MMS Duke University
2018-present

A Philadelphia native, Matt graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in classics. He earned a master’s of management studies from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. While at Washington and Lee, Matt was the starting lacrosse goalie, made the Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team, and was voted the most-improved player by his teammates during his senior year. He has been teaching Latin and coaching lacrosse for the past seven years, most recently as a middle school program director for Harlem Lacrosse. Matt has served as an assistant coach for Trinity’s varsity lacrosse team for the past two seasons and looks forward to guiding the program in 2019. Matt’s passion is passing on the legacy of the exceptional teachers and coaches that shaped his academic and athletic careers. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, playing ice hockey, cheering for the Buffalo Bills, and going for runs with Hudson, his golden retriever.

Patricia Mazuera-Johnson

Teacher of Spanish, Grades Kindergarten through Five

BA Central Connecticut State University; MA Bank Street College of Education
2018-present

Patricia comes to Trinity from Ethical Culture Fieldston School where she taught second grade, served as facilitator for the school’s Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (CARe) program, and as a teacher and coordinator of Fieldston’s lower school after school Spanish program. She is also an adjunct instructor at Bank Street Graduate School of Education, where she coteaches the science for teachers course in Costa Rica and where she gets her much-loved annual forest and nature immersion. Patricia enjoys creating nurturing, experiential learning communities in the classroom where children can construct knowledge relevant to their own lives and where their passion for learning and their intellectual curiosity can flourish.

 

A native of Colombia, and always interested in world cultures and traveling, Patricia lived and worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Málaga before coming to New York. She enjoys theater, music, hiking, reading, dancing, visiting museums, watching alternative films, walking, and sharing meals and conversations with her three adult children, family, and friends.

Lisa Oshower

Health Teacher and Coordinator, Grades Kindergarten through Twelve

BS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MA New York University
2018-present

Before joining Trinity, Lisa was a middle and high school health educator at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. She holds a BS in management information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MA in health education from New York University. After working in corporate America for twenty years, Lisa has dedicated her professional career to helping young people stay healthy and safe. She is extremely passionate about working with students and the community that supports them to improve overall physical, mental, social, and emotional health and wellness. In her free time, Lisa can be found in a hot yoga class, kayaking, or hiking in the mountains.

Alex Plasencia

Teacher of History, Middle School

BA Furman University; MA Clemson University; MA Teachers College, Columbia University
2018-present

Alex joins Trinity after teaching at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. While at Poly Prep, he taught seventh, eighth, and ninth grade history and developed the current eighth grade curriculum focused on historical context and civic engagement. He also served as middle school dean for the past two years and coached cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Alex developed a love for education from his parents. As immigrants from Cuba, they valued education as a means for their children to gain agency. Alex holds a BA in history from Furman University, an MA in history from Clemson University, and an MA in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In his free time, Alex enjoys traveling with his wife, running, and cooking for family and friends.

Heidy Rodriguez

English Teaching Fellow, Middle School

BA Vassar College
2018-present

Heidy is a proud alumna of De La Salle Academy and The Calhoun School. At Vassar College, she double-majored in English and film, and explored the liberal arts arena enjoying everything from cognitive science to urban studies. Heidy is especially interested in the intersectional potential between literature and cinema. She recently completed a one-year teaching fellowship at Urban School of San Francisco. Heidy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Her return to the East Coast has reinvigorated her New Yorker spirit—as a Queens native, she is an MTA aficionado. In her free time, Heidy enjoys long walks on city blocks and woolgathers about mountain rocks. Heidy is delighted to join the Trinity School community.

Jillian Rolen

Associate Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BS Bucknell University; MEd Bank Street College of Education
2018-present

Originally from Mendocino, California, Jillian grew up learning about the world through the exploration and investigation of nature. This meant camping and hiking trips in the Yosemite Valley and gym class at the local beach. Brooklyn is now the place she calls home. Jillian received a BS in history and education from Bucknell University. She earned an MA in museum education from Bank Street while working at Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to graduate school, she taught at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut. Most recently, Jillian worked as an associate teacher at Brooklyn Friends School where she taught Kindergarten and third grade. She enjoys spending her summers teaching in a STEAM Program at Bank Street School of Education. In her free time, she can be found reading, listening to podcasts, crafting origami objects, visiting farmers markets, and trying out new recipes.

Chastidy Roman

Teacher of Spanish, Grades Kindergarten through Five

BA Binghamton University – State University of New York; MA Middlebury College
2018-present

Chastidy earned a BA in psychology from Binghamton University and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She spent six years teaching middle school Spanish at The East Harlem School at Exodus House and most recently taught English at Inwood Academy for Leadership. A native Spanish-speaker, Chastidy has worked consistently to foster engagement with bilingual immigrant families in underserved communities. Through her work in East Harlem and Inwood, she has supported Spanish and English language learners both in and out of the classroom. Chastidy is a native New Yorker with a passion for travel. She hopes to visit every Spanish-speaking country and all seven continents! In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, exercising, and listening to podcasts.

Jim Search

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Niagara University; MS Long Island University
2018-present

After two years at The Packer Collegiate Institute as a first grade associate teacher, Jim is excited to join the Trinity community. He recently earned an MA in childhood education from Long Island University. Jim is an avid reader who enjoys writing and learning more of what New York City has to offer. He grew up in upstate New York which he visits often.

Jeanne Slater

Teacher of Performing Arts, Grades Seven through Twelve

BA University of California, Irvine
2018-present

Jeanne is thrilled to officially join Trinity’s Performing Arts Department this fall to teach dance in our Middle and Upper Schools after choreographing the School’s musicals and cabarets for the past three years. She has been a New York-based teacher, director, choreographer, and actor for over twenty-five years, serving as a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Ithaca College, Harvard University, and Aspen Music Festival and School. When not at work, Jeanne loves to read, travel, and do anything and everything with her eleven-year-old daughter, Aleeyah.

Sarah Solomon

Administrative Assistant, Middle School

BFA New York University
2018-present

Sarah grew up in a family of journalists, teachers, newspaper addicts, and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fans. She graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA in dramatic writing with a concentration in playwriting. During her time in school, she worked as a photographer at Trapeze School New York and briefly played center midfield for NYU’s women’s soccer team.

 

Outside of Trinity, you can find Sarah continuing the life of a newspaper addict, writing plays and short stories whether or not inspiration strikes, and working nights as an usher at The Public Theater.

Tina Tan

Network Manager, Technology Office

BS Stony Brook University
2018-present

Tina graduated from Stony Brook University and began her career in technology at Stony Brook University Hospital. Prior to joining Trinity, she worked at The Princeton Review as a network engineer. Tina was also a swim instructor and lifeguard at the YMCA. She loves warm weather and all water activities. Tina enjoys traveling, hiking, and eating different types of food.