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.
Our Team of Educators
Our educators are inspired and passionate — with a clear focus on creating an exploration-based, engaged learning experience.
Yonca Oktay, brings with her 28 years in the field of international education, including 15 years abroad in Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar and Norway. Throughout her career, Yonca has served as an International Baccalaureate Educator, traveling worldwide as a member of an elite IB network to support IB schools as a workshop leader and site inspector/authorizer.
Gretchen and her husband, Michael, are 10-year residents of Battery Park City and parents to teenage daughter, Adelaide. Gretchen comes to us from several years of work in the wine industry. Gretchen holds a B.A. in English Literature from SUNY-Oswego.
Adrian holds a Bachelors degree from Brown University and a MFA in Performance and Interactive Media from Brooklyn College. Adrian has been teaching for over 17 years, initially in Osaka, Japan.
Michaela has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, and Psychology from New York University. Michaela believes a strong foundation of kindness, understanding, and genuine curiosity is essential for every classroom community.
From Chicago to New York City, Meghan has been living in the city for the past four years. She has a Bachelors in Educational Studies and French from Colgate University and a Master of Science in Early Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Diana holds a B.F.A. in Theater and Fine Arts from Pace University and a Master's from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her NYS Elementary School teacher certification. Diana has spent her career teaching in both public and independent schools.
Paola has been involved in education her entire life, pursuing that passion in Paraguay, Chile, and Israel. She holds her Spanish Teacher certification from Instituto Cervantes and B.A. in Communication from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Sophia grew up in New Zealand and France. She obtained a Bachelors in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
Nadia has over 10 years of experience mentoring, educating and caring for children. She joined Green Ivy Schools in 2014. Nadia holds B.A. in English Literature and she completed her Montessori certificate and IB Primary Years Programme Level I training.
Josephine holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia College. She has been teaching children since 2010. Educating children is a life long passion. A Montessori student herself, Josephine learned first hand the benefits of nurturing patience.
Mexico is her home country and where her love for Spanish comes from. She grew up in Arizona and moved to New York six years ago. Janise obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from The Arizona State University and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Meghan holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from The University of Glasgow and is pursuing a Master's at NYU in Educational Theatre. She received her B.A. from Boston College. Meghan completed her IB Primary Years Programme Category I training.
Originally from Spain, Cristina joined Green Ivy Schools through the Spanish Embassy's intercultural exchange program, Visiting Teachers in the U.S. She taught at IB schools in Thailand and the Czech Republic before coming to Pine Street School in 2015.
Vanessa holds a B.A. in Social Psychology and Italian and an M.A. in Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been working with preschoolers for 5 years and is passionate about teaching them to be socially conscious, inclusive and independent.
Cailin holds an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood and Literacy and a B.S. in Early Education from The State University of New York. Since 2007, her teaching in Seoul, Boston, and New York focuses on developing students as thinkers, explorers, and change makers.
Sasha Feinman holds a B.A. from American University in Washington, DC and AMS Diploma from the Montgomery Montessori Institute. Sasha is committed to respecting and fostering children's development and promotes a collaborative environment in her classroom.
Shanida has a B.A. from Hunter College, M.A. from King's College London and M.S.Ed. in General Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She's speaks English and Spanish and has taught in Italy, Ireland, UK, Panama and Colombia.
Daniel holds a B.A. in Jazz Guitar Performance and Music Education from the University of the Arts and an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He loves teaching in a setting that is based on inquiry and is student-centered.
Emily holds an Ed.M. in Curriculum Design from Teachers College, Columbia University, a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and her teaching certification for K-6th grade. She values creativity, thoughtful curriculum, and technology integration within the PYP.
Shirley earned her Master's of Early Childhood Education from NYU. She joins Pine Street School from ISF Academy of Hong Kong, one of the city's most highly respected bilingual IB schools.
Yue is completing her M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a B.A. from The Communication University of China. Yue's focus is on multicultural education and the importance of building global awareness.
Sebastián was born in Cordoba, Spain. At the age of 8, his family moved to the Canary Islands where he studied until the age of 19. Then, he moved to Madrid where he started his Teaching career.
Originally from Colombia, Marcela has a B.A in Spanish education from the College of Staten Island CUNY, where she was the Spanish Club representative. She also obtained a Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o studies certification.
Claudia has a B.A. in Early Childhood from Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá, Colombia. Originally from Texas, she moved to Colombia when she was 12 and grew up speaking two languages. Claudia completed her IB Primary Years Programme Category I training.
Karina has a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology, Audiology and Linguistics from City University of New York. She completed her Montessori certificate and IB Primary Years Programme Level I training. She's bilingual in English and Spanish and learning Turkish.
Verónica received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and will obtain her Masters of Art in Bilingual Teaching in 2019. A native Spanish speaker, Verónica was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has been living in the States for the past seven years.
Elaine holds a Master's of Chinese Linguistics and Language Acquisition from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a postgraduate degree in Chinese Education, and a Bachelor of English Language and Literature. She attended university in Xi'an, one of the oldest cities in China.
Leslie received her Early Childhood Education degree in Guatemala, where she grew up. She has worked as a preschool and elementary teacher for more than ten years and taught Spanish to Middle and High School students in the Czech Republic for two years.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Brooklyn College. Stephanie is bilingual in English and Spanish. She completed her Montessori certificate and IB Primary Years Programme Category I training.
Ashley holds a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and a B.F.A. in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute. She has taught early childhood since 2008. Ashley has completed her IB Primary Years Programme Category I training.
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