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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Corey Baker

Leave Replacement Middle School Librarian

BA Swarthmore College
MSLIS University of Denver

Corey, who grew up in Brooklyn, returns to New York City after working as a teacher and a librarian in Philadelphia, Denver, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Monteverde, Costa Rica. He is excited to see his family more often and join a school that shares his vision of libraries as sites for community growth. When Corey is not connecting teachers and students to books and research sources, he loves taking dance classes, seeing live theater, and volunteering with local organizations. Corey enjoys discussing topics, such as minimalism, zero waste, the racial wealth gap, the benefits of farmers’ markets, and how libraries can change the world.

Anageli Bravo

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA Lehman College, The City University of New York
MA Hunter College, The City University of New York

Anageli was born in Mexico and raised in New York City. She earned a BA in sociology with a minor in early childhood education. Anageli received her MA from Hunter College’s School of Education. She most recently served as an associate teacher in a preschool classroom at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. Anageli is passionate about teaching and loves working with children. She enjoys watching and playing sports, especially soccer and track and field. Anageli spends as much time as possible volunteering with New York Road Runners, helping children running races on weekends. She is excited to join the Trinity community and continue her path as an educator.

Krista Carragher

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA State University of New York at Binghamton
MA New York University

Krista comes to Trinity with almost a decade of teaching in New York City schools. Prior to joining Trinity, she taught kindergarten at Avenues: The World School, pre-kindergarten at Christ Church Day School, and the program for two year old and preschool age children at Nord Anglia International School, New York. Krista earned a BS in human development from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a dual MA in early childhood and special education from New York University. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she continues to enjoy the wonders of New York City, and often explores museums and restaurants and attends Broadway shows. In her free time, Krista can be found cooking, baking, or spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Mr. Mistoffelees. She is thrilled to be part of the Trinity community.

Michael Clancy

Teacher of Science, Middle School

BA New York University
MA Teachers College, Columbia University

Michael joins the Trinity community as a veteran independent school teacher. He has devoted most of his professional career to New York City schools, including stints at Saint David’s School, Riverdale Country School, The Chapin School, The Buckley School, and, most recently, The School at Columbia University. Born and raised in Queens, Michael received a BA from New York University and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. A passionate cetologist, he has studied whales off the coasts of New England, Alaska, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Vancouver. Michael is also an
avid photographer. He is passionate about science and basketball, although not necessarily in that order. In addition to teaching science, Michael has extensive experience coaching basketball, baseball, and softball.

Lynn Clements

Lower School Librarian

BS Shippensburg University

Lynn has over thirty years of experience as a school librarian, most recently in suburban Philadelphia. She has lived and taught in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Lynn received a BS in education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong learner and has taken courses in the teaching of reading, curriculum design, instructional technology, and archaeology. Her two grown daughters live in Washington, DC. When not reading children’s books, she enjoys being outdoors. Her hobbies include hiking, golf, jigsaw puzzles, and attending contemporary dance performances.

Kathy Dusza-Auda

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

AA LaGuardia Community College

Kathy studied childhood education at LaGuardia Community College. For the past sixteen years, she has worked with students ages one through five at a nursery school; after working in a pre-kindergarten classroom for two years, she served as the assistant to the director of the nursery school supporting families, teachers, and students for fourteen years. In her free time, Kathy enjoys traveling with her family, drawing, gardening, and hiking. Kathy is excited to join the Trinity team.

Fang (Emily) Fang

Teacher of Mandarin, Upper School

BA Fudan University (China)
MA Michigan State University
MEd Teachers College, Columbia University

Emily grew up in China and moved to the United States to pursue her graduate studies. Before joining Trinity, she worked as a financial news reporter for Chinese media companies in New York City. Prior to her work as a reporter, Emily taught Chinese to undergraduate students at New York University and Columbia University. She has also tutored students from independent schools. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, visiting museums, reading, and traveling.

Nathaly Florez

Middle Grades Teaching Fellow, Modern Languages Department

BS Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
MS Wilkes University

Nathaly was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. After completing a BS in international business, she moved to the United States, where she recently earned an MS in international teaching and learning. Nathaly is a teacher and learner of languages. She loves her beagle dachshund mix rescue dog, traveling, reading, running, music, yoga, and soccer. Nathaly’s favorite soccer team is Millonarios FC from her hometown. She believes in sustainability and is passionate about climate justice. Nathaly is currently pursuing an MEd from the University of Pennsylvania. She is delighted to join Trinity’s Modern Languages Department and to continue her path as an educator.

Seth Goldberg

Director of After-School Programs and Summer Camp Coordinator

BA State University of New York at New Paltz
MA, MA Queens College, The City University of New York

Seth has worked as an educator for over twenty years and has directed after-school and summer programs for more than a decade. He is a licensed New York State teacher and holds MA degrees in education and music studies from Queens College. Seth has a passion for creating fun and engaging programs that encourage creativity and community. When not at work, he loves playing music with several New York City bands and spending time with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Lexi and Roxy. Seth is excited to be part of the Trinity community.

Stacey Greengold

Teacher of Science, Upper School

BS State University of New York at Stony Brook
MS Adelphi University
PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook

After teaching all levels of chemistry at an independent school on Long Island for twenty-seven years, Stacey is excited to join the Science Department at Trinity. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a chemist in a skin cancer research lab and in a structural biology lab. When not at work, Stacey enjoys all kinds of puzzles, games, and escape rooms. She spends as much time as she can with her teenage son, Jayson, who is a musician, singer, and actor. Stacey is an avid fan of live jazz music.

Emily Henry

Associate Teacher, Grade One, Lower School

BA Tufts University

Emily was born and raised in New York City. She earned a BA in international relations from Tufts University and is currently pursuing an MEd at Bank Street College of Education. Emily most recently served as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom in the Joan Ganz Cooney Early Learning Program at Girls Prep. In her free time, she enjoys watching soccer, salsa dancing, and reading. Emily is excited to join the Trinity community and looks forward to continuing her path as an educator.

David Hodgson

Teacher of Physical Education and Fitness

BS University of Worcester (United Kingdom)
MS California University of Pennsylvania

David was born and raised in Liverpool, England, and moved to the United States in 2001. He holds an MS in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. David comes to Trinity after coaching soccer at Temple University and, prior to that, in the National Women’s Soccer League. Since 2002, he has coached at various National Collegiate Athletic Association soccer programs. David’s hobbies include sports and fitness; he is a keen runner and finishing the New York City marathon is his most memorable event. David is a New Jersey volunteer firefighter and he enjoys visiting local firehouses when traveling and vacationing with his wife, Melissa, and young son, Jude.

Elizabeth (Lila) Hyde

Administrative Coordinator, Lower School

BS, Trinity College (Connecticut)

Lila served as a Trinity Middle and Upper School girls lacrosse coach in the spring of 2020. She is a graduate of Trinity College with a BS in engineering. Lila’s love of sports has continued since her college days of playing squash and lacrosse. In her free time, Lila can be found on any type of court: paddle, squash, pickle, or tennis. Her two adult children also love sports and she enjoys weekly squash matches with her child who lives in New York. Lila looks forward to the joy she has found in working with children and young adults at Trinity. She is excited to join the Lower School office team and to be a full-time member of the Trinity community.

Jacqueline Kadesch

Associate Teacher, Grade Four, Lower School

BA New York University
MA Teachers College, Columbia University

Born and raised in upstate New York, Jacqueline moved to New York City to follow her passion for education. She received a BA in sociology from New York University and an MA in elementary inclusive education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Most recently, Jacqueline was a first grade associate teacher and fifth grade leave-replacement head teacher at The Kew-Forest School. She is honored to be part of the Trinity community and brings with her a firm belief in the principles of Universal Design for Learning to create an equitable environment for all students. When not in the classroom, Jacqueline is an avid runner; she completed the New York City and Philadelphia marathons, and can often be found sprinting up the hills of Central Park.

Crystal Lin

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA Queens College, The City University of New York

Crystal was born in Hong Kong and moved to New York with her family at a young age. She received a BA in childhood education and psychology from Queens College. For the past two years, Crystal has worked as an elementary school English teacher in South Korea. Her teaching experience abroad inspired her to pursue an MEd in TESOL which she will begin this fall at her alma mater. Being an avid foodie, Crystal loves finding new restaurants and trying new foods. She also enjoys going on walks with her dog and hiking with friends. Crystal looks forward to teaching kindergarten and is excited to join the Trinity community.

Alexandra Lubensky

Associate Teacher, Grade One, Lower School

BA Brown University
MA Teachers College, Columbia University
MEd Hunter College, The City University of New York

Alex has lived in New York City since she was four years old, when she immigrated to Brooklyn from Minsk. Prior to joining Trinity, she spent three years as an assistant teacher at The Buckley School, while also pursuing an MEd in childhood education at Hunter College. Alex began her teaching career after spending a number of years working in fundraising and alumni relations. In her free time, Alex enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, reading, and taking photos of her two cats. She is also a new mom and loves spending quality time with her daughter. Alex is excited to join the Trinity community this fall.

Sarah McDonald

Associate Teacher, Grade One, Lower School

BA Georgetown University

Sarah spent most of her childhood in Connecticut, but has also lived in Texas, California, and Washington, DC. She holds a BA in psychology, including minors in Spanish and biology, from Georgetown University. Sarah is currently pursuing an MEd in elementary education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She joins Trinity after working as a third grade assistant teacher at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Mount Kisco. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, watching sports, and spending time in nature. She is excited to join the Trinity community and to continue to educate young minds.

Chance Nalley

Head, Math Department

BA, BS The University of Maine
MA, MS, MEd Columbia University in the City of New York

Chance grew up in northern Maine, where he attended university. An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys “getting away from it all,” he has visited forty-eight states and appreciates the special beauty of each one. As an educator, Chance is devoted to the successful achievement of all students in equitable and inclusive STEAM programs. He has been recognized nationally with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and in the spring of 2020, he was named a Master Teacher of Honor by Kappa Delta Pi. A passionate lifelong student, Chance is currently furthering his understanding of mental health, cooking techniques, and Spanish. In his free time, he watches cartoons.

Sabeen Nawaz

Administrative Assistant, Nurses’ Office

BS FG College for Women, Pakistan

Sabeen was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Prior to joining Trinity, she worked as an administrator at Impact Concrete and Control Inspections in New York and as an assistant teacher at the New York League for Early Learning. Sabeen is a volunteer instructor of mathematics in a GED program for adults from the South Asian community. During her free time, she enjoys making crafts and taking her two sons on cultural field trips throughout New York City. Sabeen is excited to join the Trinity community.

Gerardo (Gerry) Perez

Learning Specialist, Upper School

BA Colby College
MS Long Island University Brooklyn

Gerry has taught history at several prestigious independent schools in New York City and, most recently, served as the Dean of Students for Academic Programs at Prep for Prep. He has been a consultant and instructional coach for social studies teachers through the Institute for Student Achievement, a partnership between Teachers College and Educational Testing Services that supports underperforming public schools nationally. Gerry is also a certified college counselor and has twenty-five years of tutoring and instructional experience. He brings multiple perspectives into the classroom that enable educators and their students to succeed.

Morgan Perry

Middle Grades Teaching Fellow, Visual Arts Department

BA Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Morgan comes to Trinity as a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she earned a BA in studio art, including minors in art history and women’s studies. While attending college, Morgan joined several extracurricular clubs and served as the president of the Women’s Collective and the treasurer of the Arts and Design Collective. She is currently pursuing an MEd at the University of Pennsylvania. Morgan is a native of Pittsburgh and enjoys watching football and visiting local museums and galleries in her free time. After studying abroad in Rome, she fell in love with cooking Italian cuisine. Morgan spends many weekend hours in the kitchen developing new recipes for friends and family. She is excited to join the Trinity community and to explore the art and food scenes of New York City.

Max Prokopy

Teacher of Science, Upper School

BS Florida State University
MEd The University of Virginia

Max, a lifelong learner, joins Trinity with over twenty years of classroom teaching, coaching, and research experience. Prior to joining Trinity, Max served as the director of a human performance laboratory at The University of Virginia. As a teacher of science at Trinity, he hopes to help students apply skills and share observations through problem-solving. In their spare time, Max and his wife enjoy learning through sports and the visual arts.

Rachel Sang

Associate Teacher, Kindergarten, Lower School

BA Hunter College, The City University of New York

With a BA in early childhood education, Rachel has dedicated her professional career to teaching. She previously taught at Bank Street Head Start, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, and, most recently, as an English language arts teacher at Hunter College’s Elementary Summer Enrichment Program. Rachel lives in Forest Hills and is currently pursuing an MEd in childhood literacy at Hunter College. She is passionate about enhancing students’ vocabulary in order to help them express their emotions. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, attending yoga classes, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her loved ones. She is excited to join the Trinity community and looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as an educator.

Lie Seno

Accounts Payable Specialist, Business Office

BS University of San Carlos (Philippines)

Lie earned a BS in commerce with a major in accounting from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines. She comes to Trinity with thirty years of accounting experience in the private sector in the United States and her native Philippines. Prior to joining Trinity, Lie worked with the Charter School Business Management-FOREsight financial and office support service, where she was assigned to work at Trinity to process the School’s accounts payable. When not at work, Lie enjoys vacationing in the mountains; she has always felt at peace with nature. She loves to cook her favorite Filipino dishes and create and teach simple, cultural dances to her Filipino church community.

Amanda Tally

Associate Teacher, Grade Two, Lower School

BA Franklin & Marshall College
MS Bank Street College of Education

Amanda is from New Hope, Pennsylvania, where she spent her formative years attending Quaker schools. She holds a BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. In 2019, Amanda received an MS in early childhood and childhood education from Bank Street College of Education. She joins Trinity after teaching first and second grades as an associate teacher at The Brearley School for three years. Amanda enjoys travel, reading, and live music. She is excited to join the Trinity community and looks forward to continuing her journey as an educator.

Rachel Tejada Digiacomo

Lower School Assistant Principal

BA, BS Boston University
MEd Baruch College, The City University of New York

Rachel comes to Trinity with over twelve years of teaching in New York City public and independent schools. She has a BA in psychology and a BS in early childhood education from Boston University and an MEd in educational leadership from Baruch College. Rachel is an apprentice of many hobbies (knitting, baking, woodworking, hand lettering, embroidering, and more) and can be found spending time with her family and young children in Queens. She is thrilled to join the Trinity community.