Hobbyhorse Staff

Fall 2019

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 Hogwarts Academy as she is completely obsessed with Harry Potter. 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.

Creative Stage offers multidisciplinary, project-based performing arts programs to children in schools across Manhattan. At Creative Stage, we believe children learn best through creative exploration. Our programs unite young participants with accomplished professional performers, designers, and artists who act as collaborators and guides. Through these unique experiences, children sharpen the skills they need to develop and refine their own original ideas.

  • Film making teacher, Kathryn Metzger, is a critically acclaimed actor and experienced educator, with performance credits from New York to London stages. Kathryn also holds a teaching certification in the Michael Chekhov technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, MFA from Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with the Tony-Award winning Cleveland Play House. Kathryn has brought project-based film workshops to elementary and middle schools all over NYC. Her award-winning work with the Community Association for Progressive Dominicans, a nonprofit organization benefiting after school programs throughout Harlem, The Bronx, and Washington Heights has screened at the SONYC film festival for youth filmmakers as well as at the SVA Theater.

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’s of arts in dance and a bachelor’s 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.

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.  

Maria Mergal '10 is one of the 5th and 6th grade science teachers and the lab technician in Nightingale's science department. She is a Boston College graduate and her interests include travel, art, and music.

Parker-Anderson believes that "Fun comes first.” Engagement is a key factor in our student's learning so our courses integrate academic lessons with exciting materials. Parker-Anderson was created in an effort to offer students the opportunity to unwind while gaining familiarity with their favorite subjects. Above all, we value the quality of our students education and strive to create an environment where students can enjoy themselves and learn along the way.

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.

Sew Happy was started in 2012 by Kim Mulcahy. Taught to sew as a child by her grandmother, Kim was shocked when she realized the children of today weren't also being taught this life skill. Since then, Sew Happy has been on a mission to pass on the important and fundamental life skill of sewing to America’s next generation by updating a traditional pastime into a fun, modern activity. For more information, visit sewhappyusa.net!