Kaitlin Cino has been away from TPS for the past year, taking care of her new daughter, Frances. Kaitlin will be teaching in 3B; she previously taught in Primary Unit C, so many of our third graders know her well. Kaitlin graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.S. in geology and a concentration in environmental science. She also has an M.S. degree in elementary and special education from St. Joseph's University.
Jesse Cronin-Connolly is joining Primary D from St. Peter's School, where he has taught preschool and kindergarten since 2011. He has a B.A. from Temple University, where he double majored in political science and philosophy, and an M.S. from Drexel University in teaching, learning, and curriculum. Over the summer he spent time with his family in New Hampshire, and he enjoys sailing, playing music, and hiking.
Will Freske has joined the staff as our new Development Associate. An Indiana native, Will comes to us from the Arden Theatre, where he worked in administration, development, and education. He has a bachelor's of arts degree in communication and writing from DePauw University.
Erin Gordon, our new Division Director for preschool-grade 2, joins TPS after having been Lower School literacy coordinator and coach at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn for more than three years. She was a learning specialist at Packer since 2011, and she also taught 2nd grade there. Erin has a B.A. in English and studio art from Middlebury College; an M.S.Ed. in elementary education from the City College of New York; and an Ed.M. from Bank Street College of Education in advanced literacy. Erin brings two new students with her to TPS – Penny and Oliver.
Dan Lutes is joining the Junior Unit team from Denver, CO, where he taught students in grades 4-8 at the Logan School for Creative Learning. He will team with David Stills in JU-C. Dan has a B.A. in English from Providence College; an M.A. in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Colorado - Denver. Dan enjoys reading, camping, spending time with family, and cooking. He also says he enjoys "watching the Eagles dominate!"
Rebecca Muntean, who substituted at TPS last school year, will be our full-time staff substitute. Rebecca previously was a teaching associate at Greene Street Friends School. A summa cum laude graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in education, she also earned an M.S. in instructional technology from St. Joseph's University. Rebecca likes to "visit new places and hike trails in all kinds of settings."
Anastasia Sumpaopol, who has taught middle school science for several years, is joining TPS from Grover Cleveland Mastery School. A graduate of Loyola University of Maryland, she has a B.A. in elementary education, with a minor in special education. She is pursuing a master's in education at Cabrini College. Anastasia loves taking her 10-month-old daughter hiking in the Wissahickon, and every summer her family travels to Thailand to visit her husband's family and eat their favorite street food!
Emily Soffa joins us as the interim Spanish substitute. She has a B.S. from Skidmore College, with a double major in Spanish language and business. She has taught students in Spain, China, and Japan, and she brings her passion for other cultures to life in the classroom. Besides traveling, Emily enjoys singing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Claudette Torres will be teaching physical education alongside Mike Bonitatibus and Bart Jeannoute. She has a B.S. from Queens College, where she majored in physical education and minored in theatre dance. Claudette is coming to TPS from Mastery Charter School, where she taught for three years. She enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She also has a great appreciation for 90's hip hop and r&b music, all styles of dance, and interior design.
Noel Yee will be an advisor and science teacher on the 8th grade team. Noel has taught science since 2003, most recently at St. James School in Philadelphia. He is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Mary's College of Moraga, where he earned a B.A. in classics and philosophy. Noel is from San Francisco and is a talented juggler.