New Faculty & Staff

When Trinity opens its doors for the School’s 312th year, the new and returning students will meet new members of the faculty and staff who had already been hard at work preparing for the 2020-2021 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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Darcy Benson

Teacher of History, Upper School

BA Dickinson College; MA Boston University; PhD The Ohio State University

2021-present

Darcy joins Trinity after defending her doctoral dissertation on immigrant communities and resistance in France during World War II at The Ohio State University. In addition to her PhD, Darcy holds an MA in history from Boston University, and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. For four years, she taught college courses in global, military, and European history. Darcy first fell in love with teaching history during high school and college while interning at the New York State Museum in Albany and the Musée départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Toulouse, France. She studied and researched in France during college and graduate school and speaks fluent French. Darcy is passionate about making history fun and relevant for students. In her free time, she loves to travel, sew, and hike. Darcy is excited to make New York City her home, where she will be closer to family, and to join the Trinity community.

Amy Breitfeller

Teacher of Physical Education and Fitness

BA Wesleyan University

2021-present

Amy, originally from Long Island, comes to Trinity from Wesleyan University where she earned her BA in psychology, Hispanic literature and culture, and education studies. She played on the Wesleyan women’s varsity lacrosse team and served as a captain during her senior year. After graduation, Amy worked as an assistant dean of admission at Wesleyan University and assistant coach for her former team. In addition to collegiate coaching, she has worked with the Nor’easter Lacrosse Travel Program for three summers and has helped run several camps throughout New England. In her free time, Amy enjoys gardening, maintaining her aquarium, and sweating through a hot yoga session. She is thrilled to explore New York and bring her enthusiasm for lacrosse and education to the Trinity community.

Etienne Brower

Teacher of Physical Education and Fitness

BA University of Massachusetts Amherst

2021-present

Etienne served as a Trinity coach and proctor for the past three years. He earned a BA in psychology, including a minor in childhood education, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Etienne is fluent in French, and, after college, played professional basketball in France. For the past eight years, he has owned and operated Infinite Athletics, a youth sports program located on the Upper West Side. Etienne loves spending his free time with his wife and two young sons as well as coaching youth basketball among other sports. He is excited to bring his experience to Trinity’s Physical Education and Fitness Department and to continue teaching Trinity students how to move with confidence.

Ana Castillo

Facilities and Rentals Manager

BA Monroe College

2021-present

For the past four years, Ana worked as Facilities Manager at Trinity through Alliance Maintenance, a provider of maintenance services in the New York metropolitan area. She previously worked as a building manager at the World Trade Center Oculus. Ana holds a BA in business management from Monroe College. She is married and has two children, Sebastian and Annalise. Ana enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Emma Delaney

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA Georgetown University

2021-present

Emma is thrilled to return to Trinity as a graduate of Trinity’s class of 2013 and as an associate teacher in Grade One from 2019-2020. She earned her BA in English from Georgetown University. At Georgetown, her work as a volunteer afterschool tutor fostered her interest in education. Emma also worked the front counter at Georgetown Cupcake and served as director of photography for a food publication. She loves to travel and has studied abroad in Argentina, Italy, and Spain. Emma is currently completing her MA in elementary inclusive education at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing certification in both general and special education. She has previously worked as an associate, lead, and student teacher in kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grade across New York City, and is excited to teach kindergarten once again.

Pooja Desai

Leave Replacement Teacher of Math, Middle School

BA New York University

2021-present

Pooja is a mathematician and artist. She has taught children and adults of all ages in New York City, Los Angeles, and London. Pooja most recently taught at the Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and has over eight years of experience as a private and small group elementary, prealgebra, algebra, and geometry tutor, and as a dance teacher. Previously, she led programs at the Malala Fund, National Geographic, and PBS’s American Documentary. Pooja is passionate about classical South Asian dance forms, zines, poetry, dogs, and cooking elaborate meals for her family and friends. She is excited to join Trinity as a leave replace¬ment Middle School Teacher of Math this fall.

Kadiata Diallo

Middle Grades Teaching Fellow, English Department

BA Swarthmore College

2021-present

Kadi comes to Trinity from Swarthmore College, where she earned a BA in educational studies and English literature. She is currently pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is excited to be joining Trinity’s Middle School English team. Kadi was raised in the Bronx and spent her entire adolescence on the Upper West Side. She considers herself a New Yorker “through and through” and is glad to be back. She loves exploring the city with friends, bullet journaling, cooking, reading, and watching films.

Sadako Dutcher

Teacher of Math, Upper School

BS Villanova University; MST Fordham University

2021-present

Sadie was born and raised in Southern California and has lived on the east coast for most of the last ten years. She moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia to attend Villanova University, where she studied math and secondary education while playing Division I water polo for the Wildcats. After college and a brief stint in Okinawa, Japan, Sadie moved to New York City to teach in Harlem and earn her MST in adolescence mathematics from Fordham University. While in Harlem, she taught math courses ranging from problem solving to precalculus and spearheaded the math department’s movement to cooperative group work. Sadie looks forward to sharing her love of math, teaching, and water polo with the Trinity community.

Taseen Ferdous

Associate Teacher, Grade Four, Lower School

BA, MEd Brooklyn College

2021-present

Taseen was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently lives in Queens. Before joining Trinity, she worked at The Spence School and The Town School. When not in the classroom, Taseen teaches and performs Indian classical and Bengali folk dance with the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts – BIPA, a non-profit organization that promotes Bangla language, arts, and culture. She enjoys taking group fitness classes at Soul Cycle, 305 Fitness, and Pure Barre and discovering new hiking trails outside of the city. Taseen is excited to be a part of the Trinity community.

Anna Freedman

Teacher of Performing Arts, Middle School

BA University of Washington; MA Teachers College, Columbia University

2021-present

Anna joins Trinity after graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University with an MA in music and music education. Originally from Seattle, Anna studied classical piano and earned a BA from the University of Washington. She is a passionate singer-songwriter and enjoys using technology to teach songwriting and music production. In addition to her work at Trinity, Anna teaches piano at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and assists choirs at Teachers College. In her free time, Anna loves to bake, play tennis, and see live music.

Stephanie Gonzalez

Associate Director of College Counseling

BA, BS, MEd, MBA Boston University

2021-present

Steph comes to Trinity after a decade of working in admissions and student affairs. Most recently, she served as the associate director for diversity recruitment at Williams College. Prior to Williams, Steph worked at her alma mater, Boston University, in admissions and student affairs, where she advised students through their college experiences. She is currently pursuing a PhD in education at George Washington University, with a focus on inequality in education. In her free time, Steph enjoys reading, traveling, walking her dog, and skiing with her family in Killington, Vermont. She is excited to join the Trinity community and the College Counseling Office.

Matt Hasling

Teacher of Science, Upper School

BA Pomona College; PhD University of California, San Diego

Matt comes to Trinity after three years of teaching various levels of physics at Xavier High School. Prior to teaching high school, Matt spent six years on his PhD in condensed matter physics at the University of California, San Diego. When he was not in a basement pumping liquid helium into various apparatuses or focusing optics, Matt was rock climbing, eating every taco in sight, and enjoying the beautiful beaches in the area. In 2018, Matt moved to New York, where he and his wife enjoy exploring the city on foot, running trivia for friends and coworkers, and karaoke.

Zoë Helm

Leave Replacement Associate Teacher, Kindergarten

Conservatory Certificate, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Zoë comes to Trinity with a performance background, having studied dance theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. For the past several years, she performed and directed with a contemporary dance company in New York City. Since graduating, Zoë has also enjoyed teaching classes in dance, improv, theatre, speech, debate, and gymnastics in the New York area, uncovering a passion for working with young children. When she is not teaching, Zoë spends her time studying piano and voice. She began her Trinity experience in 2018 in the Kids Club Program and looks forward to a deeper involvement in student life as a leave replacement associate teacher.

Elisha Hipolito-Lausmann

Associate Teacher, Grade Four, Lower School

BM Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin; MA Teachers College, Columbia University

2021-present

Elisha joins Trinity after living in Germany and Austria for the past thirteen years. Originally from Texas, she received a BM from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. During her seven years of teaching, Elisha has worked with all lower school grades as an assistant teacher, a learning support assistant teacher, a one-to-one learning support teacher, and a second grade teacher. Outside of teaching, she loves spending time with her family, reading, the arts, nature, sports, and baking. Elisha is delighted to join the Trinity community.

Stuart Johnson

Alumni Relations Manager

BA Johns Hopkins University

2021-present

Stuart is a New York City native and a member of Trinity’s class of 2009. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in political science. After college, Stuart worked as a broadcaster for the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. For the past four years, he served as an interviewer for Trinity’s Grades Five through Twelve Admissions Office. Stuart has been a Trinity coach since 2014 and is entering his fourth season as the head coach of Trinity’s Boys Varsity Baseball team.

Zachary Kronstat

Teacher of English, Middle School

BA Swarthmore College; MA Teachers College, Columbia University

2021-present

Zack holds a BA in educational studies and in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College and an MA in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. For the past few years, he taught middle school English in various independent and public schools throughout the city. Zack grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, where he spent much of his adolescence studying, skateboarding, and eating pizza. He is a writer of poetry and nonfiction, an aspiring Yiddishist, and loves to take long city walks with his fiancé and his dog, Moses. Zack is excited to teach English at Trinity.

Mamta Mehta

Associate Teacher, Grade One, Lower School

BA Ed, Annamalai University; BA Commerce, University of Delhi

2021-present

Mamta is a native of India. Prior to joining Trinity, Mamta worked as an associate teacher at the American Embassy School of New Delhi. She also served as an associate teacher assisting in kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms at the Munich International School, the International School of Prague, and the Tagore International School in New Delhi. Mamta starts her day with yoga and mindfulness exercises. She enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures. Mamta is excited to work with young students at Trinity.

Michelle Merriweather

Teacher of Math, Upper School

BS, MSEd Old Dominion University; PhD The American University

2021-present

Michelle joins the Trinity community with thirty years of experience teaching Middle School through graduate level mathematics. She received a BS and MSEd from Old Dominion University and a PhD, specializing in mathematics education, from The American University. Michelle enjoys working with students to discover the power and beauty of mathematics, especially encouraging those from underrepresented populations to pursue STEM fields. She also conducts workshops on the integration of technology in the mathematics classroom. Michelle enjoys spending time with family and pursuing creative outlets, such as knitting and baking.

Micah Morris

Teacher of French and Spanish, Middle School

BA Georgia Southern University; MA Middlebury College

2021-present

Raised on a farm outside of Savannah, Georgia, Micah was most recently the upper school dean of students and the interim upper school head at an independent school in Silicon Valley near San Francisco, California. Prior to his move to the west coast, Micah served as the language chair at Friends Seminary in Manhattan. Micah is an avid traveler: He loves being out of his element and learning how people live and do things in other places. In 2017, he hiked and summited Mount Kilimanjaro, an experience that gave him a profound admiration for the kind people of Tanzania and respect for the local guides who made the journey possible. Micah is excited to be back in New York City, to join Trinity’s Modern Languages Department, and to return to his passion of teaching French and Spanish.

Siu Poon

Learning Specialist, Upper School

BS Cornell University; MA Manhattanville College

2021-present

Siu joins Trinity after working in investment banking for ten years and as a classroom teacher and learning specialist in the field of special education for over seven years. She received a BS from Cornell University and an MA in childhood education and special education from Manhattanville College. Siu ran her first (and last) New York City marathon in 2017. She is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing mahjong with her family and friends. Siu is excited to work with Trinity students and help them achieve their goals.

Idaysha Quinones

Assistant to the Director of Afterschool Programs and Summer Camp Coordinator

2021-present

Idaysha is a native of New York with eight years of experience coordinating afterschool and summer educational programming. She joins Trinity after four years as a teaching artist and assistant director at a non-profit organization. Idaysha has a passion for softball and helped lead the Rams to a CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) division championship while attending HBCU Winston-Salem State University. She has coached various softball leagues, including Harlem RBI (known now as DREAM), where she started as a player. Idaysha is excited to join Trinity and looks forward to creating hands-on, fun-filled educational activities for students, faculty, and families.

Luis Rivera

Middle Grades Teaching Fellow, History Department

BA The Catholic University of America

2021-present

Luis grew up in the South Bronx and comes to Trinity from The Catholic University of America, where he earned a BA in history and media and communication studies, including a certificate in video production and digital storytelling. In 2017, Luis worked as a fellow for the New Zealand Labour Party in Auckland, where he filmed campaign speeches for local Labour Party candidate Helen White, the current minister of health Andrew Little, and the current prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern. After graduating, he worked as an English language assistant at two religious schools in Barcelona and Madrid and taught at a charter school in Boston as a social studies fellow, where he found it difficult to hide his New York Yankees pride. Luis enjoys writing and has authored multiple young adult novels that he is in the process of publishing. He is currently pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is excited to be a member of the Trinity community.

Katie Sandling

Teacher of Science, Upper School

BS Stanford University; MA Teachers College, Columbia University

2021-present

Katie joins the Trinity community after teaching for five years at Rye Country Day School, where she spent two years as a teaching fellow and three years as a full-time science and engineering teacher. She designed the physics and advanced physics curricula at Rye Country Day School while also teaching Advanced Placement physics and coaching the United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament, the robotics competition team, and field hockey. Katie holds a BS in management science and engineering from Stanford University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She plays the oboe, learned some piano (or attempted to) during the pandemic quarantine, and loves her new puppy. Katie eagerly awaits the return of Broadway and is even more excited to join the Upper School science team and find new adventures at Trinity.

Tashi Sangmo

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Mount Holyoke College; MSEd Bank Street College of Education

2021-present

Tashi received an MSEd from the Bank Street College of Education, where she taught second and fourth grade as an associate teacher at the Bank Street School for Children. She was born in Tibet and spent her early childhood herding sheep and yaks in the Himalayan mountains. Tashi attended a Tibetan elementary boarding school in India before moving to the United States. When not at work, Tashi enjoys taking walks, listening to Bollywood music, going to museums, taking pictures of nature, and spending time with family. She is excited to join the Trinity community.

Marc Smith

Teacher of Math, Upper School

BA, MMT Boston University

2021-present

Marc joins Trinity after fifteen years of teaching high school math in the Boston area. He holds a BS in mathematics education and an MMT from Boston University. Marc loves to find new places to ski in the winter and mountain bike and golf in the summer. He is excited to live in New York City and to be part of the Trinity community.

Anna Stevens

Head Teacher, Science, Lower School

BA Trinity College

2021-present

Anna joins Trinity after teaching science and conducting field research for fifteen years. Her passion lies in marine biology, and she has spent over a decade of summers teaching in the Woods Hole, Massachusetts, science community. From the decks of tall sailing ships to Mexican fishing pangas, Anna has crewed and guided many middle and high school marine science conservation and research trips in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Most recently, she taught lower division science for five years at Avenues: The World School, where she led the STEAM team in creating meaningful and impactful curricular connections across the lower school community. Anna is passionate about sustainability and looks forward to integrating her work with zero waste initiatives into her teaching at Trinity. In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening with her community in Gowanus, Brooklyn, exploring coastal communities, flower arranging, and attending live music performances.

Melitzi Torres

Interim Associate Director of Admissions, Grades Five through Twelve

BA, MA Brown University

2021-present

Melitzi comes to Trinity from Rhode Island. She earned her BA and MA from Brown University. As a district level administrator in Rhode Island, Melitzi had the opportunity to work with families of various backgrounds to make them feel welcomed and supported in a school environment. She built strong relationships with local partners to foster districtwide initiatives and influence education policies. In her free time, Melitzi enjoys spending time outdoors camping, golfing, playing tennis, or cycling.

Schuyler Van Amson

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Columbia College, Columbia University

Schuyler attended Trinity from Grades Kindergarten through Seven and is thrilled to rejoin the community. Schuyler holds a BA in theatre, including a minor in educational studies, from Columbia College, Columbia University. When not working or auditioning, Schuyler loves to listen to Elton John, go on long bike rides, and perfect his seven-hour smoked ribs recipe.

Samantha Velez

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Skidmore College

2021-present

Samantha, a native New Yorker, was raised in Ridgewood, Queens. She received a BA in sociology, including a minor in Latin American and Latinx studies, from Skidmore College. While attending college, Samantha was a facilitator for the intergroup relations department. She is passionate about dialogue centered on racial identity, social justice, and privilege. She previously worked as a second grade associate teacher at Success Academy Charter School in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Samantha spends most of her free time with her twelve-year-old Maltese, Mumble, and her nephew, Max. She is excited to become a member of the Trinity community.

Kai Williams

Interim Public Service Coordinator

BA Rutgers University

2021-present

Kai lives in Piscataway, New Jersey, and holds a BA in sociology, with a minor in international and global studies, from Rutgers University. He has been involved with color guard and the marching arts since 2012. Kai has performed with world-class ensembles in front of thousands of fans across the country. He has taught marching arts education to students at several New Jersey high schools. Kai loves cats, and, in his free time, he enjoys exercising, reading, and cooking. Summer is his favorite season when he can most likely be found on the beach.

Yvonne Yu

Teacher of Science, Middle School

BA Vassar College; MEd Boston College

2021-present

Yvonne comes to Trinity after three years as a middle and high school science teacher at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and earned a BA in biology from Vassar College and an MEd in leadership and policy from Boston College. Yvonne speaks Cantonese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Mexico City. In her free time, Yvonne enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes, and playing the violin. Yvonne is delighted to join the Trinity community.