Hobbyhorse Staff

Winter 2020


Claire Anderson '95 is the co-director of Hobbyhorse as well as associate head of Lower School. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and received her master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling as well as exploring all types of technology.

Marica Mayuzumi is the co-director of Hobbyhorse. She is a groups teacher in the Lower School and enjoys teaching various classes. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s of arts in teaching from Simmons University. In her free time, she enjoys exploring around and going on hikes.

Jamie Borowicz is the Middle School technology integrator and computer science teacher at Nightingale. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia. She is very excited to teach Code Your Imagination as she is completely obsessed with coding. In her free time, she likes to read, explore Central Park, and spend time with her husband and two dogs.

Brooklyn Robot Foundry strives to empower students through fun, DIY classes in robotics, engineering, circuitry, programming, design and more! With a heavy focus on STEM/STEAM topics, we love to unite all kinds of creative kids over their shared passion for building and hands-on learning. Let’s Build! Brooklyn Robot Foundry was founded by current owner Jenny Young, a mom with a mechanical engineering background, who wanted to create a creative space for all who wanted to build and tinker together and learn that there are many solutions and not just one right and wrong answer.

Child’s Play NY faculty bring over a decade of experience teaching and directing in schools throughout New York. Our innovative acting curriculum, featured on Mt. Sinai Parenting, connects imaginative play, social-emotional learning, and sophisticated theater technique. Child's Play NY teaching artists have trained at some of the most esteemed drama schools in the world and continue to perform on and off Broadway, as well as in television and film. All classes have two Child’s Play NY teachers. We are thrilled to bring our unique acting classes to Nightingale students.

The Craft Studio has been a staple in the lives of New York City children since founder Barbara Dansker opened its doors in 1994. It is a magical, friendly, warm, and inviting place where children of all ages can explore their artistic talents. The combination of a beautifully decorated spacious studio and an incredibly fun and creative staff is the perfect formula for imaginations to run wild.

Curated Care is a vibrant and feel-good community. Our "Kid Experts" are Broadway actors, Rhodes Scholars, Juilliard dancers, and Montessori teachers. We've created a platform that supports arts and education.

  • Broadway Dance teacher, Natasha, began dancing at the age of seven after seeing The Nutcracker with her grandmother. She graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of arts in dance and a bachelor of science in education. She moved to NYC to pursue her two passions, dancing and teaching. She is excited to share her love of Broadway dance with Nightingale students.

DramaZone instructors are trained and certified by DramaZone in addition to being outstanding artists and teachers. Our primary goal is to make learning fun! Our teaching staff come with specialized and advanced degrees, and work on and off Broadway.

Fashion Tech for Girls™ was created for a new generation of designers by fashion-tech entrepreneur Clare Tattersall. As founder and CEO of ThunderLily, Clare Tattersall is bringing experts together in fashion and technology to provide a place where designers can explore ways to create and drive change in the fashion industry of tomorrow. She launched Fashion Tech for Girls™ to help create innovative designers of tomorrow.

Grapplin’ Gorillas

  • Ligia Lamprea-Rodriguez is the co-director of Grapplin’ Gorillas. She has been passionate about fitness and wellness her entire adult life. She became an instructor of aerobics, step aerobics, and personal training in her twenties, then embarked on what is now a life-long journey of personal development and introspection. Following a career in design, business and sales, Ligia became certified as a Yoga instructor (Gentle/Yin) through Yoga Alliance. She runs yoga and mindfulness classes, and is the resident instructor at the Grapplin’ Gorillas Summer Camp. Ligia is an avid volunteer for causes dear to her heart – children, spiritual and physical well-being, the environment/nature – and is the president of the Adoptive Parents Committee, Hudson Valley/CT chapter.
  • Corey Grimes, aka Nova, is a professional dancer, native New Yorker and a member of Grapplin’ Gorillas. Corey has danced with the best. His career includes performances on Broadway and alongside entertainers such as Janet Jackson, Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, and Amerie. Corey has been teaching dance to children since 2010.

Joel Hinds-Ortiz is the head chef at Nightingale. Prior to joining our kitchen, he worked at St. David’s, Argentelle Catering, and Special Events and Entertaining Ideas Catering. He enjoys teaching all his recipes to the children.

Shernaz Kennedy is one of America's leading chess teachers. She instills in students the means to unlock the secret of the world's greatest game. In 1987, she was ranked number two on the US Olympiad Team. She has started chess programs at Browning, Buckley, Trinity, Dwight, and All Souls Church. She even helped World Champion, Bobby Fischer, in his successful comeback match in 1992.

Kids in Sports is entering its 20th year of teaching children in New York City. Our after-school athletics program focuses on individual sports and works on teaching specific sports skills, rules, and getting into modified or actual gameplay each week.  

Jenn Pentecost is a Kindergarten teacher and teaching artist with an extensive background working with students of all ages in schools and in a non-profit community arts organization as a visual art instructor and studio director. Committed to providing extraordinary creative thinking education and fostering creative courage in all people, she is passionate about embracing and nurturing every person’s creative self-esteem through the creative process, project-based learning, and individual learning styles. Her teaching practice is centered around the exploration of self and the exposure to a wide variety of materials and mediums. Each individual - through sustained, careful guidance in a supportive, creative environment - is capable of becoming an innovative thinker and doer. She holds a bachelor of arts degree with a strong background in art history, from Ohio University and received the A+ educator award from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2014.

Ron Prosper is a member of the physical education department at St. Bernard’s School where he has directed the tennis program for over 20 years. He will be assisted by an experienced staff that strives for interest, action, and enthusiasm when learning and playing tennis.

Jo-Anna Roach has taught Chinese and Japanese brush painting and calligraphy to Lower School students at Nightingale for the past 18 years. An Acadia University graduate, she has lived, studied, traveled, and taught throughout Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and India.