New Members of our Professional Community 2022-2023

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

One of the best parts of a brand new school year is welcoming new students and families to Nightingale. Equally as delightful, is welcoming our new professional community members.

This year we are excited to welcome 18 new professional community members to Nightingale. Coming to 92nd Street from a variety of different backgrounds, these new professional community members bring with them years of real-world experience and are excited to continue Nightingale’s mission of inspiring students to be joyful learners who have the intellectual depth and the courage to be critical thinkers, compassionate citizens, and agents of their own lives.

Please join us in welcoming this wonderful group! Meet our new Professional Community members.

AMANDA ALLISON

Kindergarten Associate

Amanda joins the Nightingale community as a Kindergarten Associate teacher. Amanda received her BA at Seton Hall University in social and behavioral sciences. Prior to joining Nightingale, Amanda worked in early childhood education for approximately five years. During the pandemic, Amanda received certifications to be a birth doula and a lactation counselor.

DIANA ARBOLEDA

Modern Languages Department

Diana Arboleda is the newest member of the modern languages department at Nightingale and will be teaching Spanish in the Middle and Upper Schools. She holds a PhD in applied linguistics from Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, where she was recognized as Cum Laude for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the same institution, as well as a BA and in Teaching Spanish from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Diana has taught in high schools and colleges in Colombia, Spain, and the United States. In New York, Diana taught at Avenues the World School and Ramaz School.

KATE BERNARDONI

Art Department

Kate Bernardoni joins the Nightingale community as an art teacher and art history teacher. Originally from Massachusetts, Kate attended Pace University for her undergraduate degree in Musical Theater and earned her masters in arts education from the School of Visual Arts. Kate taught art at the Brooklyn Amity School in Sheepshead Bay, and then moved back to Massachusetts to teach at a school in her hometown. Kate is thrilled to be joining the art department and will be teaching painting, drawing, and art history courses.

CINDY BRANDLE

Dance Department

Cindy comes to Nightingale with 26 years of experience teaching curriculum-related arts education throughout Chicago and various cities in Illinois and Colorado. She has worked with elementary, high school, and college-level students and has an extensive background in teaching athletic, challenging, modern dance techniques for beginning/intermediate/professional level dancers. Cindy has also worked closely with students with a variety of physical, cognitive, and behavioral needs and has a background working with children on the autism spectrum. Cindy studied dance performance and choreography at Ohio State University (BFA) and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for graduate school.

NAT CHERY

Coordinator of Admissions and Financial Aid

Nat joins the Nightingale community with a variety of experience in the independent school classroom and in admissions. In 2020, Nat graduated from St. John’s University (New York) with a BS in childhood education with a history concentration and a MS in special education with a minor in international studies. Prior to joining Nightingale, Nat taught in Lower and Middle School in Atlanta and has taught English to non-native speakers in Rome, Italy.

HALEY COLLINS

Counseling Department

Haley is thrilled to join the Nightingale community as a Lower School counselor. She received her BA in neuroscience and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and MA in professional clinical counseling from La Salle University. Prior to Nightingale, Haley worked in Philadelphia with children who have experienced complex trauma in both school and outpatient settings.

MARIANNA DI MEO

Modern Languages Department

Marianna comes to Nightingale with 12 years of language instruction experience. After receiving a BA from St. Mary's College of Maryland in French and Spanish, and two MA degrees from George Mason University in French and Spanish, Marianna spent two years at Holton-Arms teaching Class III-VI level courses. Marianna then went on to teach French and Spanish in the Middle School at Greenwich Academy.

SUSANNAH FIELD

Kindergarten Associate

As a Nightingale K-12 alumna, Susannah is rejoining the Nightingale community as a Kindergarten associate after spending her time on the fourth floor last year as a faculty fellow. Susannah recently graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Alfred University.

NICHOLE FOSTER-HINDS

Head of Upper School

Nichole joins the Nightingale community with close to 20 years of experience in education. She has served as a math teacher, department chair, director of health and wellbeing for social and emotional learning, and was most recently the head of Middle School at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. Nichole has led diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and emotional learning efforts across divisions, and has championed the review and renewal of curriculum and emphasis on competency-based curricula across subject areas. Nichole received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, an MBA from Penn State University, and a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Nichole began her tenure as head of Nightingale’s Upper School in July 2022.

KATIE GILMAN

Upper School Learning Specialist and Biology Teacher

Katie is excited to join the Nightingale community as the new Upper School learning specialist and as a member of the science department. Katie taught biology for seven years at the Churchill School and Center which specializes in providing accommodations to students with language-based learning differences. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge of working with neurodiverse learners to the learning resources department. Additionally, Katie worked at Camp Walden in Maine in a variety of leadership roles for a total of eleven summers. Katie received a BA in geology and creative writing from Bucknell University, and an MA in adolescent biology education from Hunter College.

KATHY YOUNGHI KIM

Assistant Director of Admissions for Assessments K-IV

After spending three years closer to her home and family, Kathy is excited to return to Nightingale as an assistant director of admissions. Throughout her 16 years at Nightingale, Kathy served as a Class IV homeroom teacher and associate director of admissions for K-VI from 2003-2019. Kathy earned a BA in economics and psychology from Smith College, an MSW from Columbia University, an MSEd in Childhood Education K-6 from Hunter College, and recently received an Orton-Gillingham Teacher Certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

MELISSA MAHARAJ

Human Resources Department

Melissa joins the Nightingale community as a human resource generalist. Prior to joining Nightingale, Melissa spent over 10 years as the head of human resources for an optometry practice specializing in training and development, employee relations, and managing office operations. She received a BA in psychology with a minor in family and human services from the University of Miami an MS in human resource management from Nova Southeastern University.

RUBY MAYER

Faculty Fellow

After graduating from Vassar College with a BA in American Studies and Studio Art, Ruby spent time as an art educator in the college’s campus museum and printmaking studio. She is excited to join the Nightingale community as a faculty fellow in the Lower School and assistant cross country coach in the Middle School.

KATIE PECK

Class III Homeroom Teacher

After receiving a MA in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University, Katie taught second and third grade at Packer Collegiate and the Brooklyn Friends School. Katie also earned her BM from Temple University.

NINA ROSENBLATT

History Department

Nina studied history and English as an undergraduate at Yale University and received a PhD in art history from Columbia University. Before coming to Nightingale, Nina taught in the history department at Trevor Day School where, in addition to U.S. and world history courses, she taught electives in environmental and art history. She has lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for nearly her entire life, except for a two-year stay in Paris when she was working on her doctorate.

DEAN ROTH

Health & Wellness Teacher

Dean has spent the past 10 years teaching in New York City as both an art teacher and a health teacher. Dean received a BA in education from Hofstra University and has worked primarily in K-12 schools, in addition to working within grassroots community organizing.

TAHIRA SMITH

Upper School Administrative Assistant

Tahira comes to Nightingale with a BA in entrepreneurship from Morgan State University. As of fall 2022, she is beginning another bachelor's program in English literature at The City College of New York.

ABIGAIL WU

Assistant to the Head of Middle School

Abigail joins the Nightingale community as an assistant to the head of the Middle School. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a BA in Asian studies and sociology, Abigail taught English in Vienna, Austria through Fulbright.