New Faculty & Staff

When Trinity opens its doors for the School’s 311th 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 2019-2020 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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Myriam Abdelaziz

Teacher of Visual Arts, Grades Seven through Twelve

BA The American University in Cairo; Licence et Maîtrise Université Paris Nanterre; MA PROFAC, Paris; MBA École des Dirigeants, Paris

Myriam is a French-American photographer born in Cairo, Egypt. She is fluent in French and Arabic. Myriam received a BA in political science from The American University in Cairo, a licence et maîtrise in journalism from Université Paris X, Nanterre (known now as Université Paris Nanterre), an MA in art therapy from PROFAC in Paris, and an MBA from the École des Cadre (known now as École des Dirigeants, Paris) in Paris. Myriam also received a certificate from the International Center of Photography in 2006 and has since been based in New York City. Her photography has been published in Newsweek, TIME, Smithsonian, Fortune, American Photography, Le Monde, Libération, Courrier International, Marie Claire, the British Journal of Photography, and elsewhere. Myriam’s photography has also been featured in various solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Prior to joining Trinity, Myriam taught photography for seven years to incarcerated teenagers in New York City and offered art therapy sessions to adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. When she is not teaching or photographing, she enjoys traveling and practicing kundalini yoga and meditation.

Elisse Battle

Learning Specialist, Upper School

BA University at Albany – State University of New York; MS Simmons College

Elisse comes to Trinity as a high school learning specialist with sixteen years of educational experience. She holds an MS in special education from Simmons College in Boston and loves helping students shine. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Elisse is returning to New York from Washington, DC, where she served as a high school learning specialist at Georgetown Day School. Elisse loves to travel and work out in her free time.

Aliza Bergner

Associate Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BA Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Aliza was born and raised in New York City. She earned her BA in educational studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She has been passionate about teaching from a young age. Aliza most recently served as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom at the Geneva Head Start program. She loves basketball and is a devoted Golden State Warriors fan. She also enjoys all facets of interior design and organization and spends as much time as she can outdoors, especially in the summertime. Aliza is excited to join the Trinity community.

Aaron Brand

Associate Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BA University of Delaware

Aaron joins Trinity after three years of teaching second and third grade as an associate teacher at The Buckley School while pursuing an MA in history at Hunter College. Aaron has run a one-week children’s summer art camp at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2016. Prior to his work in New York City, Aaron lived in Medellín, Colombia, where he taught English at the university and upper school levels for two years. In his free time, Aaron enjoys training for and participating in triathlons and half-marathons, playing guitar, traveling, and reading. Aaron is excited to join the Trinity community, and he looks forward to continuing his path as an educator.

Alexandra Caloyeras

Head Teacher, Grade One, Lower School

BA University of California, Los Angeles; MSEd Bank Street College of Education

A California native but a New Yorker at heart, Alex received her BA in English from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MSEd in early childhood and childhood education from Bank Street College of Education. Alex is returning to Trinity after teaching kindergarten at Dwight School for the past four years. Prior to her time at Dwight, Alex was a Grade One associate teacher at Trinity. She is thrilled to be back at Trinity as part of the Grade One team. In her free time, Alex enjoys reading, cooking, and going to the theater.

Kristin Crawford

Principal, Lower School

BA Kenyon College; MSEd University of Pennsylvania

Kristin comes to Trinity with over twenty-five years of teaching pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, second grade, and lower school science at coed and single-sex day and boarding schools. She enjoys looking for new education possibilities, which led her to develop a physics lab for girls, ages four to six, and a design lab for lower-school children. Her curiosity and love for the natural world comes from playing outside for hours as a child. Kristin has a BA from Kenyon College and an MSEd in independent school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Moving to New York brings her closer to her grown daughters who live in Massachusetts. When not immersed in the world of children, Kristin heads to the beach, the woods, or happily curls up with a book.

Jeremy Cross

Teacher of Math, Middle School

BS North Carolina State University; MA University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jeremy began his professional career in North Carolina after completing his BS in civil engineering at North Carolina State University and his MA in mathematics education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He obtained his Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certificate and his brokerage license and delved into the real estate business for a few years while attending graduate school. Jeremy worked in retail management after graduation. After a promotion to manager of a flagship store in New York City, Jeremy relocated to the Big Apple and transitioned into a teaching career. Jeremy spent the last five years in Harlem teaching high school geometry, algebra two, and calculus. Jeremy enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, yoga, art, and sports. He is looking forward to joining the Trinity team.

Elisa Dragu

Temporary Administrative Coordinator, Lower School

BA State University of New York, Binghamton; MA Pace University

Elisa most recently worked as a substitute teacher in the lower school at LREI and as a yoga instructor for senior citizens. She served as an assistant teacher in Grades Two and Four at Trinity School from 2009 to 2013. Previously, Elisa was a teaching fellow and a head teacher in the first and second grades at PS 151K in Brooklyn. Elisa graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton with degrees in English and economics and from Pace University with an MA in teaching. Elisa enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, nature, painting, and traveling.

Nicole Dugan

Teacher of Health, Kindergarten through Grade Five

BS Pennsylvania State University; MA Montclair State University

Nicole joins Trinity after teaching health and physical education in special education schools. She holds a BS in biological and evolutionary psychology, including a minor in human development and family studies, from Pennsylvania State University. She received an MA in teaching health and physical education from Montclair State University. Nicole is passionate about raising mental health awareness and creating safe environments where students can have open and honest conversations. She is on the walk planning committee for the New York City chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her free time, Nicole can be found trying to solve the New York Times crossword, walking her pug, Rambo, or taking part in new exercise classes.

Teresa Edwards

Teacher of Physical Education and Fitness, Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools

BS University of Georgia

Teresa, who has the distinction of being the youngest and the oldest gold medalist for the Olympic women’s basketball team, comes to Trinity from the Manhattan Country School, where she taught fitness and coached basketball and track. A career elite athlete, Teresa is well known as an ambassador for the sport of basketball through her relationships with the NBA and WNBA. She has represented the US government as a sports envoy nationally and internationally. Teresa was appointed Chef de Mission of the US delegation for the London Games in 2012, participating in her sixth Olympic Games as captain of the delegation. Sports Illustrated ranked Teresa twenty-second out of the top 100 female athletes of the twentieth century. She is also a public speaker and the author of a book of poetry, Dream with Faith. Teresa is a native of Georgia and loves her mother’s Southern cuisine. She enjoys traveling, dance, music, walking trails, biking, golfing, and zip lining with family and friends.

Ana Maria Estela

Math Coordinator, Kindergarten through Grade Five

BA Queens College, City University of New York; MEd Bank Street College of Education

Ana is excited to return to Trinity as the Kindergarten through Grade Five math coordinator after having previously worked at Trinity as the Lower School Kindergarten through Grade Two math specialist from 2011–2017. Ana earned a BA in biology from Queens College and an MEd in math education from Bank Street College of Education. Ana taught seventh and eighth grade math and science at Bank Street School for Children and served as the chair of the mathematics department at Saint David’s School. In addition to being an avid reader, she enjoys yoga and hiking and loves spending time with her family.

Casey Flynn

Teacher of Math, Upper School

BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MEd University of Notre Dame

Casey joins the Trinity community as she makes the move to New York City from her hometown of Washington, DC. There, she taught mathematics for six years at Gonzaga College High School. Prior to teaching at Gonzaga, she taught middle school math in Savannah, Georgia, and Chicago, Illinois. Casey loves playing and watching all types of sports; more specifically, she loves playing field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse, and rooting for any of her (mostly suffering) Washington-area teams. Casey looks forward to joining the Upper School math team, learning to navigate the New York City subway system, and finding the best coffee spots in her new neighborhood

Meredith Green

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA New York University

After five years as a special needs caregiver in Brooklyn, Meredith began her teaching career as a third grade associate teacher at the Rodeph Sholom School. During her time at Rodeph Sholom, she served as an associate teacher and a leave-replacement head teacher for her third grade classroom. Meredith is passionate about combining traditional education with mindfulness practices and an emphasis on fostering children’s creative expression. When she is not busy with teaching and furthering her own education, you can find Meredith rescuing and rehabilitating dogs in Brooklyn, listening to podcasts while walking her dog, or cooking a meal for her family and friends. She is a graduate of New York University and is beginning her graduate work at Bank Street College of Education.

Ross Gunderson

Teacher of Science, Upper School

BS East Stroudsburg University; MSEd University of Pennsylvania; MS Lehigh University

Ross has spent the past three years researching and teaching at Lehigh University, where he earned an MS in physics. A lifelong Pennsylvania native, he completed an MSEd in secondary education from the University of Pennsylvania. After his time at University of Pennsylvania, he taught physics and engineering for three years before deciding to enroll at Lehigh. In his free time, he enjoys photography, travel, and “expedited terrestrial locomotion.”

Christine Hong

Temporary Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BBA Georgia State University

With a BBA in hospitality administration, Christine began her career working in human resources for a large hotel chain. Her love of food inspired her to attend pastry school, leading first to a stint as a pastry chef and then as a purchaser at a gourmet food distributor. Most recently, Christine served as the director of operations at a tech startup. Ultimately, she decided to pursue a career working with children. She is excited and grateful to be at Trinity and looks forward to building her classroom experience as she creates meaningful memories with each student.

Jennifer Hull

Teacher of History, Upper School

BA Vermont College; MA, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer comes to Trinity from Colgate University, where she held a long-term position as visiting assistant professor of history. She has an MA in women’s history and a PhD in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before leaving New York City for graduate school, Jennifer worked as an editor at HarperCollins Publishers and as director of communications at St. Bartholomew’s Church. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, meditation, and binge-watching The Great British Bake-Off. Jennifer is delighted to return to New York City and to join the Trinity community.

Ani Katz

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Yale University; MFA Columbia College Chicago

Ani grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. Ani has worked as an associate teacher at Saint Ann’s School, a museum educator, a private tutor, and a student teacher in the New York City public school system. She lives in Brooklyn and is currently pursuing an MEd at Bank Street College of Education. Ani is also a writer; Penguin Books will publish her debut novel, A Good Man, in January 2020. The vast majority of her free time is spent walking her two Chihuahua mixes.

James Keyte

Teacher of Mandarin, Upper School

BA Kenyon College

Jamie is a New York City native and a member of Trinity’s class of 2006. He earned a BA in history and Mandarin from Kenyon College and worked in Beijing for Thomson Reuters following graduation. In Beijing, he began developing a New York-based company focused on education in China and the United States with the goal of bridging the cultural gap between the two countries. That company, Manhattan Mandarin, now runs twenty after-school Mandarin programs and teaches over 100 private Mandarin lessons weekly. When not focused on becoming a better Mandarin teacher, Jamie is traveling, surfing, reading, or on the golf course.

Jean Kim

Teacher of Computer Science, Grades Seven through Twelve

BFA New York University; MA Teachers College, Columbia University

Jean comes to Trinity after five years as a middle school visual arts teacher and the upper school technology integrator at Brooklyn Friends School, where she developed the upper school computer science program and taught a variety of courses for seventh to eleventh graders, including mixed media, design and technology, and IB computer science. Jean is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds a BFA in studio art from New York University and an MA in instructional technology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to teaching, she designed and performed live video for music, art, and theater performances at venues all over the United States and Europe. In her free time, Jean enjoys solving the New York Times crossword, graphic design, and baking.

Rebekah Lauter

Learning Specialist, Lower School

BS Indiana University Bloomington; MA University of South Florida

Rebekah comes to Trinity after twelve years of teaching kindergarten and first grade in Los Angeles. She began her career teaching second grade in her home state of Michigan after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with a BS in elementary education. A passionate lifelong learner, Rebekah decided to pursue an MA in reading education at the University of South Florida. While earning her degree, she taught kindergarten at the lab school on campus, where she was able to mentor undergraduate students. After three years in Tampa, Rebekah relocated to Los Angeles, where she continued to teach and earned a certificate in educational therapy from California State University, Northridge. She is thrilled to be moving back to the East Coast to be closer to friends and family. When Rebekah has free time, she can be found baking, hanging out with her rescue dog, Shlomo, taking classes at SoulCycle, or FaceTiming with her 102-year-old grandfather.

Peter Myers

Associate Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BA Wesleyan University; MFA University of Iowa

Peter is an East Coast native, having grown up just outside of Washington, DC. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and comes to Trinity after two years in Iowa City, Iowa, where he recently completed his MFA in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Before his stint in the Midwest, Peter lived in Philadelphia, where he worked at The Philadelphia School’s After School Enrichment Program and taught workshops as a visiting writer in Philadelphia-area schools. Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Peter lived in Valparaíso, Chile, where he worked as an English teacher. He enjoys reading, writing, and cooking and is excited to explore New York City on foot and on bike.

Emily Noblesala

Math Teaching Fellow, Middle School

BA, MA Fairleigh Dickinson University

Emily, who grew up in Queens, New York, comes to Trinity as a recent graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she earned a BA in mathematics and an MA in teaching. While attending university, Emily enjoyed participating in various extracurricular activities, such as the New Jersey Student Education Association, playing on the volleyball team, and coaching club volleyball. She is also a program director for a youth group. Emily is currently pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, going to Zumba class, kayaking, and trying out new restaurants. She is also a sports fan and loves going to Yankees baseball and Giants football games. Emily is ecstatic about joining the Trinity community.

Andrew Peterson

Advancement Services Manager

BA University of Hartford

Andrew comes to Trinity from The Nightingale-Bamford School, where he managed several of Nightingale’s databases. His background is in managing and maintaining fund-raising data. Originally from Connecticut, Andrew has a BA in information technology from the University of Hartford. After graduating, Andrew moved to Boston before making his way to New York, where he has lived for the past ten years. He spends most of his free time with his dogs, including his puppy, a future service dog. Andrew also enjoys playing and watching soccer; he traveled to France this summer for the Women’s World Cup.

Anne Reynaud

Teacher of French and Spanish, Middle School

BA Université d’Avignon; MA University College London Institute of Education

Anne was born and raised in Nîmes in the south of France. After finishing her BA in English at the Université d’Avignon, she moved to the United Kingdom and earned an MA from the University College London Institute of Education. Anne taught French in a public school in east London for three years until she was offered the opportunity to work at the British International School of Houston in Texas. In 2011, she moved to Greens Farms Academy in Connecticut, where she taught sixth grade French and Spanish. Anne is an animal lover, travel enthusiast, foodie, and, more recently, choir singer. A city girl at heart, she is excited to move to New York City and to join the Trinity community.

Margaret Sawyer

Classics Teaching Fellow, Middle School

BA Haverford College

Maggie comes to Trinity from Haverford College. She is pursuing an MA in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Maggie is delighted to join Trinity’s Classics Department. Her favorite ancient author is Ovid, and she loves discussing the gender and power dynamics of the ancient world. Aside from classical studies, Maggie is passionate about advocating for LGBTQ rights and mental health care equity. She can often be found eating pizza and playing rugby. Maggie is a proud native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and she is ready to jump in and embrace the Trinity community.

Tracy Simeone

Associate Teacher, Grade Four, Lower School

BA State University of New York at Binghamton; MEd Bank Street College of Education

After graduating from State University of New York at Binghamton with a BA in music, Tracy began her professional career in arts administration. She created music exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London and, most recently, served as part of the operations team at Lincoln Center. Tracy is an avid volunteer with New York Cares and comes from a family of teachers. While working as an associate teacher in the first and fourth grades at Bank Street School for Children, Tracy completed an MEd in childhood general and special education at Bank Street College of Education. In her free time, Tracy enjoys experimenting with different coffee contraptions, attending live music events, and taking nature walks in Riverdale with her husband and their Boston terrier, Mimi. Tracy is thrilled to join the Trinity family.

Deborah Snyder

Math Specialist, Lower School

BA Bard College; MA New York University; MEd Brooklyn College

Deborah comes to Trinity from The Town School, where she taught for five years. Before her years in education, she was a pastry chef at fine-dining restaurants around Manhattan. In addition to math, she loves reading fiction, hiking, gardening, and baking. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Jason, a chef, and her thirteen-year-old son, Gabriel. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for teaching math at Trinity.

Samia Soodi

Temporary Head Teacher, Grade Three, Lower School

BS University of North Texas; MA The City College of the City University of New York

Samia has spent the last eleven years teaching in New York City independent schools. As a head teacher, she is passionate about helping students develop problem-solving skills and strategies that will serve them in all aspects of their lives. For the past few years, Samia has helped support and implement diversity and inclusivity curricula, an interest she is eager to continue at Trinity. Originally from Morocco, Samia has lived in New York City for the past fifteen years. She has lived in several places around the world and takes every opportunity she can to travel to see friends and family as well as explore new destinations.

Kim Vinnakota

Public Service Coordinator

BSBA The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kim, a Trinity alumna class of 1998, and her husband Rahul are parents to Lucy ’29 and Lily ’32. She earned a BSBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to having children, Kim worked for nine years at Vogue magazine. For the past two years, Kim cochaired Trinity’s Parents Association’s Public Service Committee. She also cochairs an arts education program, Learning Through Art, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Matt Werden

Music Production Specialist, Upper School

BM Berklee College of Music

Matt is excited to be joining Trinity’s performing arts faculty as the school’s first instructor of music production and recording arts. Matt is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and has worked extensively as a recording engineer, sound designer, and guitarist. When not at work, Matt splits his time between his home in Brooklyn and his creative retreat in the Catskills. In his free time he makes and listens to records and plays the guitar.

Sarah Anne Wood

Interim Chaplain

BA College of William & Mary; MDiv Virginia Theological Seminary

Sarah grew up in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, where she attended St. Margaret’s School on the Rappahannock River. After receiving a BA in English literature and education at College of William & Mary, Sarah moved to New York City and immediately felt at home. She earned a Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2004. Sarah has served as school chaplain at Christchurch School in Christchurch, Virginia, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, and, most recently, at Grace Church School in Manhattan. She has ministered to homeless and marginalized populations at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville, North Carolina, and led annual pilgrimages building relationships with the Lakota Sioux people in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. For the past five years she has lived in the Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina, where she worked as overnight shift chaplain at Mission Hospital, pursued a BS in nursing, and completed a two-year certification in contemplative practice with an emphasis on the Jungian tradition. Sarah believes that creating space for the beginner’s mind and heart is the work of a lifetime, and she hopes to be an ally in building a beloved community at Trinity.