Educating girls with purpose.

Everyone at Nightingale strongly believes in the lifelong benefits of a girls’ school education. Our leadership, faculty, and administration are vital contributors to our community, harnessing their relationships with the students to educate minds and hearts. We strive for excellence in all of our pursuits and share a passion for educating girls with purpose.

Head of School

Paul A.Burke

Head of School

A New Leader For A New Century

Mr. Paul Burke was unanimously named the seventh head of school at Nightingale and took on the role in July 2012. Mr. Burke, like Miss Nightingale and Miss Bamford before him, embraces the philosophy that educating girls is a matter of both mind and heart and that girls’ schools educate girls best. He believes that a school where everyone is known encourages students to take intellectual risks and establish their own voices.

Going Beyond Barriers

Mr. Burke’s time as the head of Nightingale’s Upper School provided him with rich relationships within the Nightingale community, which gave him a robust understanding of the strengths of its past and the needs of its future.

This experience informed Mr. Burke’s commitment to creating a more diverse and equitable community as well as keeping the entire school within one building. Nightingale embarked on an ambitious Schoolhouse expansion under his new leadership that added 20 percent more additional space and reimagined nearly every corner of the building. It was essential to preserve the tradition of students of all ages under one roof to foster strong relationships, a vital component of the Nightingale mission, while also pursuing the vision of a 21st-century schoolhouse. With the expansion complete, Mr. Burke turned his energy and leadership in designing and implementing a new strategic plan in 2017. In 2020 and the start of Nightingale’s second century, Mr. Burke has embraced a renewed commitment to creating a truly equitable, inclusive, and antiracist school.

“I have long believed that the best schools are led by ideas first and people second, and I am confident in the strength and power of the ideas leading Nightingale today. As we move ever closer to the start of our school’s second century, we do so as an intentional, thoughtful community with a renewed, yet long-standing belief in the capacity of a well-educated heart and mind to go beyond barriers for the betterment of all.”
— Paul A. Burke, 2017

The Journey to Nightingale

Mr. Burke’s path to Nightingale took him through various academic institutions that shaped his views and informed both his approach to the world and his career choices. He graduated from Williams College, where he majored in American history and American studies. After college, he became the college counselor at the Salisbury School, an all-boys boarding school in western Connecticut. After three years in Connecticut, Mr. Burke returned to school to earn a master’s degree in educational administration through the prestigious Klingenstein program in private school leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. While there, he was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi honor society. After Columbia, Mr. Burke joined Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, where he spent eight years as a college counselor, history teacher, and for his last five years there, a dean of students.

During the Packer years, he and his wife welcomed three children— twin sons and a daughter, a member of Nightingale’s Class of 2027. When he’s not running a school, Mr. Burke can be seen running marathons, walking his dog in Central Park, or seeking New York’s best pizza.

Professional Associations:

President of the Board of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Founding Board Member for Riley’s Way Foundation and Summer Steps. Mr. Burke has previously served on the Board of Packer Collegiate Institute and The Browning School.


Claire du Nouy

Associate Head of School

Ms. Claire du Nouy is the associate head of school. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Ms. du Nouy holds an MA in developmental psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Ms. du Nouy has been a part of the Nightingale community for over 20 years. After teaching at York Prep earlier in her career, Ms. du Nouy first arrived at Nightingale in 1997 as a member of the modern languages faculty, where she designed curriculum for the newly-formed French program for Class V and VI girls. She taught French in the Middle and Upper Schools until 2002 when she left to run the Oxbridge summer program in Paris and to oversee Middle and Upper School admissions at Marymount. Fortunately for Nightingale, Ms. du Nouy returned to East 92nd Street in 2006 as Upper School dean of students, a position she held until becoming the head of the Middle School in 2014. Additionally, in 2019, Ms. du Nouy was named associate head of school, focusing on stewarding the academic curriculum, providing faculty leadership and mentoring, and managing the processes by which instruction is administered to students. As of Fall 2020, Ms. du Nouy transitioned from her dual role to focus on her position as associate head of school.

In addition to her responsibilities at Nightingale, Ms. du Nouy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She has proudly run two marathons, volunteers for an online crisis service, and is known to secure tickets to Broadway shows the minute they go on sale.

Johara Sealy

Assistant Head of School for Diversity and Equity

Johara Sealy has spearheaded Nightingale's strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives for the past four years. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Ms. Sealy believes in the transformative power of empowering young girls and women and is committed to creating spaces where all students are seen, heard, and valued. Ms. Sealy also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership politics and advocacy from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Having received a comprehensive education and cross-cultural exposure through attending an international school during her formative years, Ms. Sealy is a living testament to the benefits of an inclusive and multicultural learning community; she credits her passion for equity work to her educational experiences. Ms. Sealy is committed to collaborative change and is passionate about leveraging the multiplicity of voices and experiences in our community to build and sustain positive relationships amongst our community.

Ms. Sealy guides the members of our community into a clearer understanding that everyone has roles to play in the pursuit of equity and justice. She encourages and motivates our community members to be positive and effective agents of change on this journey.

Rebecca J. Urciuoli

Head of Lower School

Dr. Rebecca J. Urciuoli has been the head of the Lower School for four years. Dr. Urciuoli has a long and distinguished relationship with Nightingale. She arrived at the school in 1994 as an Interschool fellow and assistant Kindergarten teacher and has held many roles, including Class IV homeroom teacher, learning specialist, director of counseling, interim co-head of Middle School, and associate head of Lower School. A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Urciuoli also holds an EdM and PhD in school psychology from Columbia University. In her years away from Nightingale, Dr. Urciuoli worked in the Lower School at two different independent schools and a Catholic high school in the Bronx.

She and her husband are the parents of two Nightingale girls, Jane '19 and Nina '23. When she is not overseeing the Lower School, Dr. Urciuoli proudly cheers for the Yankees, enjoys attending live music performances, and happily cares for her family’s six pets.

Amanda Goodwin

Head of Middle School

Amanda Goodwin was named the head of Middle School in April 2021, after serving as the interim head of Middle School beginning in September 2020. Prior to this position, she was the associate head of Middle School and dean of students for five years. Ms. Goodwin also served as head of the history department for Classes V-XII, and has taught primarily American history and politics in her eleven years at Nightingale. She has held a number of other roles at Nightingale, including Middle School diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator, Class V lead advisor, Class VII advisor, director of alumnae relations, and coordinator of the internship program. Ms. Goodwin is a graduate of Middlebury College and the London School of Economics and earned a master's in independent school leadership from Columbia University's Klingenstein Center.

Outside of the blue doors, Ms. Goodwin enjoys following politics, volunteering for her alma maters, seeing live music, and attempting to train her puppy.

Andrea Kassar

Head of Upper School

Ms. Andrea Kassar has been the head of the Upper School for four years. No stranger to New York’s independent girls’ schools, Ms. Kassar is a Brearley graduate and prior to her arrival at Nightingale had a 16-year career at Chapin, where she filled a variety of administrative and teaching roles, including, most recently, director of Middle and Upper School admissions and English teacher. Ms. Kassar is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While there, she worked in a lab studying children’s language acquisition and cognition. She also holds a MA in English and comparative literature from Columbia University and a MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research.

Living abroad, an experience Nightingale encourages for its students, was part of Ms. Kassar’s childhood as well; she lived in the Middle East for five years when she was young. She also serves as an advisor to Chewonki, which provides high school juniors an opportunity to study ecology along the Maine coastline. She loves Shakespeare as well as musical theater. She is married with three children.

Sebnem Giorgio

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Ms. Sebnem Giorgio joined Nightingale in March 2020. In her role as the CFO and COO, she oversees finance, facilities, human resources, and IT. She has had similar leadership roles in nonprofit organizations over the past twelve years. In her last role, she was the chief financial and administrative officer of DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI), a public charter school in New York. Prior to transitioning to non-profit organizations, Ms. Giorgio spent over ten years as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She is the Treasurer of the Board of a non-profit called America Needs You.

Ms. Giorgio graduated summa cum laude with a BA in economics and German studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from Turkey, Ms. Giorgio is a proud graduate of an all-girls independent school in Istanbul. She enjoys traveling internationally with her husband and two children and discovering the best coffee shops wherever she goes.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

More than 200 teachers, specialists, coaches, and professional staff bring extraordinary expertise, intellect, enthusiasm, and humor to their roles at Nightingale. Together we create an environment in which every student can excel.

Board of Trustees

Nightingale Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Nightingale mission is “relevant and vital to the community it serves,” as stated in NAIS Principles of Good Practice, and is aligned with the School’s strategic direction. Our goal is for the board to reflect our community and include individuals from different backgrounds who hold complementary skills and expertise. Working together, our board will actively lead Nightingale into its second century.

Robert Azeke
P'29, Vice President
Kathleen McCarthy Baldwin
P'31, P'33
Paul A. Burke
P'27, Head of School
Devon Beddard Caraher
'96, P'31, Alumnae Board President, ex officio
Ariel Chaus
P'30, P'32
Francesca Harper Cohen
'87, P'29
Alexander Evans
P'21, Treasurer
Rebecca Rasmussen Grunwald
P'19, President
Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss
'93, P'23, P'31
Julia Heaton
Robert Kinderman III
P'28, P'30
Piyali Kothari
P'24, Parents Association President, ex officio
Jiyeun Lee
P'19, P'21, P'23, Vice President
Thomas McGinn, MD, MPH
P'15, P'19
Celene Menschel
Raffiq Nathoo
Ken Natori
P'30, Secretary of the Board
Alice Birnbaum Roebuck
Julian Salisbury
Julienne Silverman
P'29, P'30
Roald Smeets
P'16, P'20, P'27
Monica Spencer
P'23, P'27
Eizelle Taino
P'23, P'26, P'28
Randy Takian
P'27, P'29, P'31
Jenny Edwards Wood
P'25, P'26
Honorary Board Members
Nina Joukowsky
'79, P'09
Grant F. Winthrop
P'97, P'00, P'04
Head of School Emerita
Dorothy A. Hutcheson