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New Faculty Announcement
Posted 09/05/2018 12:51PM

The fall is always an exciting time at St. Luke's School. As our youngest students arrive for orientation and all students return to school tomorrow, we look forward to the many milestones that are ahead of us in the next few months. Our newest faculty members will certainly make their mark at St. Luke's School this year.

Trevor Allen joined Bonnie Soha as a co-lead Kindergarten teacher. Trevor has been a lead Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher at Mandell Preschool. He also served as a lead Kindergarten teacher in a public school. He has been an assistant teacher at Corlears and a wildlife educator for the Central Park Zoo. He has an undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.Ed. from Hunter College.

Tim Byrnes joined our music department as our Band Instructor after 15 years as an After School Music Program teacher. A long-standing member of our community and trumpet player, Tim earned his undergraduate degree from NYU and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from Hunter College.

Sam Davison joined Sherry Froman as her Grade 1 associate teacher. Most recently, Sam has been working in the After School Program at Berkeley Carroll School, and prior to that, he served at St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School. Sam is a recent graduate of the Master's program at the Bank Street School of Education and received his undergraduate degree from Emerson College.

Marikah Goin joined St. Luke’s School as a co-lead teacher in Junior Kindergarten. Marikah was previously a Grade 1 lead teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. She has a BA in psychology from SUNY Old Westbury and is completing her Master's from Relay School of Education. She is dynamic and enthusiastic and has expertise in language instruction.

Jessica Greif joined the foreign language department as our K - Grade 2 French and Grade 6 Spanish teacher. Jessica earned her MA in French with a specialization in Pedagogy from Middlebury College, holds an additional MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, and a BA in Spanish. Most recently, she has served as a French teacher at Packer Collegiate Institute. Jessica has extensive experience teaching both French and Spanish across all ages.

Aurea Hernandez-Webster joined us as our Upper School social studies teacher. With an undergraduate from Brown University and a MA from Columbia, Aurea was previously an English teacher at Rumson Country Day School in New Jersey. She has also been a humanities and social studies teacher and was the Director of Studies at Friends Seminary some years ago.

Deborah Irwin joined us as Drama Instructor. Debby has over 20 years of experience teaching drama, public speaking, and movement. With both undergraduate and graduate degrees in theater education, she has designed and implemented two K - Grade 8 integrated drama curricula at other schools – Lacordaire Academy and St. Catherine's Elementary School in New Jersey.

Sarah Robotham is familiar to many of us through her work in our After School Program and as a frequent substitute these past three years. She is a graduate of Bennington College and is currently in a Master's of Education program at Fordham University. She joined Kelsey Martin as her Grade 1 associate teacher. 

Tracy Thai joined Kristina Bassiacos as a co-lead teacher in Kindergarten. Tracy has an undergraduate degree from Barnard and a Master's in Education from Columbia. Most recently she was at The School at Columbia, who identified her as one of their most gifted teachers.

Stephanie Tocko joined our physical education teaching team this year. A graduate of Kean University where she was a scholar-athlete and collegiate lacrosse player, Stephanie has spent the past three years teaching and coaching at public and independent schools in New Jersey. She has taught physical education and health to students in Grades 1 - 8 and coached multiple sports at the middle and high school levels. 

We are excited by the quality of the teachers who joined our program this fall and the vitality change can bring. We are indeed fortunate to be able to honor the legacy of the dedicated teachers in our community and build on the strength of our current faculty by welcoming these gifted educators to our school.

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