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.

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.

Lisa Campbell is the Head of the Physical Education Department, as well as Class III PE and health teacher. Ms. Campbell also teaches and coaches at the Middle and Upper School levels and is the Program Director for our Sunny Days Summer Camp. She enjoys staying active, traveling, and being outside as much as possible.

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.

Michelle Cocchiaro teaches physical education in all three divisions at Nightingale. She is a Cortland College graduate and received her master's degree from Stony Brook University.  She also coaches volleyball, squash, and softball. Her interests include travel, coaching field hockey in the summer, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eddie Montenegro is the Associate Director of College Counseling and one of the Varsity Lacrosse coaches. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he played Varsity Lacrosse for four years, and his interests include attending rock concerts, road trips, playing AND watching sports, and hiking.

Erin Morlock has taught art in the Middle and Upper School, and is looking forward to engaging the Lower School creatives this winter. She has a BFA from the University of Toledo, and an MFA from Lesley University. In her free time, she likes to walk outside with her corgi, and make things from photographs to paintings.

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.

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.

Ricky Piper is one of our physical education teachers at Nightingale. He has received his bachelor's and master's degree in physical education from Manhattanville College. In his free time, Ricky enjoys playing ice hockey as well as walking his dog named Rusty.

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!

Megan Westman is the Lower School Librarian at Nightingale. She received dual bachelor's degrees from American University and a master's degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute. When she's not reading or playing board games, Megan enjoys baking, shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket, and going on adventures with her dog, Mocha.

Fernanda Winthrop ‘04 is thrilled to be working with one of her hero teachers to lead battle of the board this winter. She is a graduate of Harvard college, Class III homeroom teacher, and mother of Edie (4) and Oscar (8 months). In her spare time, she enjoys finding crazy and creative ways to entertain her kids, outdoor running and indoor cycling, and reading herself to sleep.