Our Team of Educators

School Leadership

Eileen is an experienced international school leader who has implemented IB programs in schools in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She is Montessori trained and a workshop leader and school inspector for the International Baccalaureate. She is uniquely qualified to bring our vision of a global school to life because she grew up overseas, immersed in a classroom of real world cultural experiences.

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Early Childhood Teachers

Muqing holds an M.A. in Early Childhood Education-Initial Certification-Bilingual Extension in Mandarin from Teachers College Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Syracuse University. Most recently, she taught for several years Chinese literacy and cultural studies at The Spence School. 

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Taryn Klein is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She received her BSW from Syracuse University in 2011 and her MSW from Fordham University in 2012. Taryn has known she wanted to work with children since her early babysitting and camp counselor years, which guided her education focus to working with children and families.

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Kindergarten & Elementary Teachers

Paige is completing her M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching this fall. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies for Early Childhood to Grade 6, with ESL certification from Texas State University. In 2011, she accepted her first full-time teaching position in Kunming, China. She continued her career in education in China, Singapore, and Thailand.

Read More about Paige Filla | Elementary Teacher

Shanida G. Gutierrez has been dedicated to international education since her teens, when she founded a nonprofit program for marginalized youth in Panama City, Panama. 

A native New Yorker, Shanida is bilingual and has taught in Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Panama, and Colombia. She has a B.A. in Literature from Hunter College, an M.A. in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics from King's College London, and an M.S.Ed. in General Childhood Education from Bank Street College Graduate School of Education. 

Read More about Shanida G. Gutierrez | Elementary Teacher

Darius received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from UGA in 2015 and 2019, respectively, and his Specialist degree in Educational Psychology in 2021. He is start working on his PhD in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Darius Phelps has been teaching for a bit over ten years with his students ranging from birth through PreKindergarten and in recent years has taught across the elementary grades.

Read More about Darius Phelps | Elementary Teacher

Specialist Educators

Danni is an Educator and Visual Artist from Long Island, NY. She holds a B.S. in Visual Arts Education as well as a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz. Danni has taught within NY Public schools, and has been an Educator at cultural and community institutions including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Wassaic Project, FABNYC, and Hootenanny Art Annex.

Read More about Danni Bellando | Visual Arts Teacher

Teaching Assistants

Kate holds a B.A in Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Spanish, with a minor in music from Nazareth College. One of her favorite experiences during her undergraduate years, was studying abroad in Valencia, Spain for a semester. Kate had the wonderful opportunity of learning how to play several music instruments, specializing in violin and voice as her mother was an elementary music teacher.

Read More about Katelin Benini | Teaching Assistant

Michael brings 12 years of experience across camp and school programs, having served as a camp director, program developer and counselor as well as a drama and history teacher. From NYC day camps to outdoor challenge courses in his native state of Florida, he believes that one of the most important things for any child is having a safe, enriching space for play, creativity, exploration and personal expression.

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Green Ivy Schools Team

Dr. Jennifer Jones is the founder and visionary behind New York City's Green Ivy Schools network and a lifelong entrepreneur and advocate for evolved learning experiences for children from birth to high school and beyond. She has developed 24 schools and draws from a rich background as school developer, international policy consultant, and teacher.

 

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Michael brings 12 years of experience across camp and school programs, having served as a camp director, program developer and counselor as well as a drama and history teacher. From NYC day camps to outdoor challenge courses in his native state of Florida, he believes that one of the most important things for any child is having a safe, enriching space for play, creativity, exploration and personal expression.

Read More about Michael Springthorpe | After School & Summer Camp Coordinator

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