2017-2018

The Nest at Mustard Seed
(Three and Four Year Olds)

Clara Buckley
Co-Teacher, Rivers Class
Manchester Metropolitan University;  University of London

Sarah Chalmers
Drama Teacher; Assistant Teacher, Sky Class
Eastern Michigan University

Nathan Johnson
Lead Teacher, Trees Class
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Kristen Jordan
Lead Teacher, Sky Class
Harvard College; Teachers College at Columbia University

Amy Kadota
Assistant Teacher, Trees Class
Yale University; Teachers College, Columbia University

Cinthia Santos
Assistant Teacher Rivers Class

Emily Sytsma
Co-Teacher, Rivers Class
Syracuse University

Lower School Faculty (K-3)

Nancy Aberg
Assistant Teacher
, First Grade
University of California Santa Barbara

Becca Brasser
Co-Teacher, First Grade; First Grade Team Leader
Calvin College; New Jersey City University

Dorota Chester
Assistant Teacher, First Grade
University of Warsaw

Gabriel Cuervo
Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten

Amy de Jong
Lead Teacher, Second/Third Grade
Calvin College

Bridget Faley
Co-Teacher, Kindergarten
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

Emma Healey
Lead Teacher, First Grade
SUNY at Brockport; CUNY

Kim Knoester
Lead Teacher, Kindergarten
Calvin College

Cindy Kuperus
Lead Teacher Second/Third Grade; Second/Third Grade Team Leader
Calvin College;  Michigan State University

Sam Martino
Assistant Teacher, Second/Third Grade
Fordham University

Jen Paffenroth
Lead Teacher, Second/Third Grade
Covenant College

Cinthia Santos
Assistant Teacher Kindergarten

Leonor Silva
Co-Lead, Kindergarten
Escola Superior de Educação Paula Frassinetti; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Kate Streelman
Co-Teacher, First Grade
Calvin College

Zandi Sutton
Assistant Teacher, Second/Third Grade
Durban University of Technology

Heather Welesko
Assistant Teacher, Second/Third Grade
Shippensburg University; School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Middle School Faculty (4-8)

Rachel Buys
Sixth Grade Literature, Language Arts, Math
Covenant College

Sam Choi
Science, History, and Ethics, Sixth to Eighth Grades
University of California

Elizabeth Decker
Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades
Calvin College

Melissa McCallihan
Lead Teacher, Fourth/Fifth Grade
University of Arizona; University of Idaho

Kirsten Oddo
Lead Teacher, Fourth/Fifth Grade
Rutgers University

Elizabeth Emma Rachuri
Lead Teacher, Fourth/Fifth Grade; Instructional Support
Pace University; Pace University

Academic Specialists

Dana Baker
Learning Specialist Grades Nest to Grade 3; Agnes and Peter Steenland Memorial Chair for Professional Development
Calvin College; Bank Street College

Clara Buckley
Middle School Art; STEAM
Manchester Metropolitan University;  University of London

Nathan Johnson
Lower School Art
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Gary Lawrence
Coleman Fung Chair for Mathematics; Teacher of Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Brown University

Zachary Licato
Physical Education and Health, Student Support Fourth/Fifth Grades
William Paterson University

Joan Isaacs Litman
Artist-in-Residence
University of Georgia; Capital University; Kodály Center of America

Aiko Mauldin
Coleman Fung Chair for Music;  Director of Songsters, Choristers and Music Educator for Grades K-5
Manhattan School of Music;  San Francisco Conservatory of Music; New York University

Zachary Nordling
Lower School Art and Math; Shared Space Coordinator
Calvin College

Kirsten Oddo
Student Support Services, Grades Six to Eight
Rutgers University

Tania Oro-Hahn
Spanish, Grades Two through Eighth, Worship Leader Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Rutgers University; New Jersey City University

Jessica Smith
Music Teacher, Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator
University of Houston; University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ithaca College

Administrative Staff

Thomas Postema
Head of School
Calvin College; Columbia University

Reynaldo Barrera
Facilities Manager

Abigail Hall Choi
Middle School Assistant Director
Covenant College; Teachers College, Columbia University

Andrew Decker
Development Associate
Calvin College

Ellen Francois
Director of Development
SUNY at Oswego; Franciscan School of Theology

Lisa Galarza
Middle School Director
Florida Atlantic University; Walden University

Jennifer Gautier
Office Manager
Montclair State College; New York University

Gary Lawrence
Director of Finance and Operations
Brown University

Abigail Liu
Associate Director of Communications
Middlebury College

Nancy Michael
Administrative Associate
University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Gloria Miltner
School Secretary

Sebastian Olukun
Business Administrator
Rutgers University; Full Sail University

Shanna Pargellis
Lower School Director (preK-Third Grade)
Calvin College; Bank Street College

Michele Boerman Postema
Director of Admissions and Community Relations
Calvin College 

Emily Sytsma
Lower School Assistant Director; Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design
Syracuse University; Webster University

Support & Enrichment Staff

Betty Ciarlo
Counselor

Judith Schteingart
Counselor
Brandeis University (BA); New York University (MA, PhD)

After School Staff

Andi Gunden
Flute

Tony Huang
Violin/Piano

Matt Lepek
Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone

Aiko Mauldin
Director of the PROS (Percussion, Recorder, Orff, Servants)

Ayako Morino
Piano

Phil Newman
Guitar

Jessica Smith
Chorus

Yukiko Tanaka
Piano