FACULTY & BOARD

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FACULTY BIOS

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Carol M. Troha  |  Director

You can't get past the door of CHP without getting to know Carol. She's most parents' first point of contact and she knows well what it's like to be that parent. Her son Mikey was in CHP's two-year-old program in 1992 when the...  
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Kristin Brady  |  Asst. to director / board administrator

Kristin first arrived at CHP in 2008 as a mom. After running the cleaning crew, helping chair the Spring Fair, and serving on the Board of Directors, she is delighted to join the staff as the Assistant to the Director and Board...
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Nancy Dean-Hunt  |  Art Specialist

Art Specialist Nancy Dean-Hunt brings to CHP her passion, dedication and training in visual arts and early childhood development where she introduces students to visual arts as a means of exploring their thoughts, feelings and...
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Stacy foote  |  administrative assistant

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/English Literature from Baruch College in New York City.  She spent the early portion of her career working as an event planner on Wall Street.  For seven years she worked in this fast...
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janie greene  |  operations manager

Janie has been at CHP since September 2006, keeping the school running smoothly and efficiently.  After graduating with a Masters in Social Work from New York University, she spent several years working in family day care and...
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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hershon  |  Teacher

Elizabeth Hershon received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and later a Masters from Hunter College in Early Childhood Education.  Throughout her career, she has combined a passion for creating art and teaching.  Starting out ...
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Chloe Katz  |  Behavioral Support Teacher

Chloe was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated with a BS in psychology from Boston University.  She went on to receive a dual Master's Degree from Bank Street College of Education, where she specialized in  ...
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Hilary Kostanoski-Hawke  |  Music Specialist

Hilary is the music specialist at Cobble Hill Playschool.  She has been singing, playing, and studying music since she was 8 years old and making music since she was a toddler! She considers music at this age to be one of the...
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Sandra Lambert  |  Assistant Teacher (Volunteer)

Sandra joined CHP as an Assistant Teacher in 1997. Before CHP moved into its new location, Sandra was a paid employee.  During our big fundraising push in 2004 to purchase the new school, Sandra decided to no longer work for ...
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Christina Morales  |  Assistant Teacher

Before Christina joined CHP, she worked at the Isabella Early Childhood Education Center in Northern Manhattan for 5 years.  The center had an intergenerational program that facilitated healthy relationships between the young and ...
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Ashley Rodriguez  |  Teacher

Ashley is near completion of a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College.  Teaching has always been a passion of hers, starting from a young age when she would use chalk to write on her closet - pretending ...
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Juliet Rose  |  Assistant Teacher

Before joining CHP as a teaching assistant in 2006, Juliet worked as a nanny for what seems like all her life.  Juliet has worked for many families over the years and has enjoyed watching "her" kids grow up.  Juliet received her ...
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Caroline Ryburn  |  Drama Specialist

Caroline is CHP's creative drama/movement specialist.  Her teaching approach is interdisciplinary, weaving improvisation, narrative pantomime, movement/dance, music/song, and interactive storytelling together in set group ...
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Sonia Tavares  |  Classroom Manager

Sonia joined CHP in 2012 as an Assistant Teacher.  In the fall of 2015, she was promoted to Classroom Manager, coordinating the daily staffing and scheduling at CHP.  Previously she worked as an Assistant Teacher for 11 years at ...
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Christy Yin  |  Teacher

Christy was born and raised in California and moved to Southern California for college  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts and Educational Studies from University of California, Irvine.  She moved to New York ...
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BOARD BIOS

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justin krebs  |  president, board of directors

Justin's eldest daughter Sadie is in the CHP 4s class.  Sadie's little sisters, Juno and Ruby, are keeping Dad Justin and Mom Casey occupied on the homefront.  Justin first served as a member of CHP's Alumni Committee then as Vice-President of the Board last year, and is excited about taking the helm as President this year.  When not on Rapelye Street, he is a political organizer and author, a Park Sloper, and a frequenter of Henry's Local after morning drop-off.

 
 
 

jill casal  |  Secretary

Jill is mom to Isabel, a CHP alum and now a first grader at PS 58, and William (Liam), who eagerly begins his third year at CHP in the 4s program. During Isabel's first year at CHP, Jill was continually impressed with the first rate educational experience, the strong sense of community CHP creates for both the children and their families, and the cooperative spirit of the school.  Jill's background is in education administration, so she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the CHP Board to help shape both the short - and long -term direction of the school and to continue to help build this wonderful community in our neighborhood.

 
 
 

jenni chow|  director of alumni relations

Jenni joins the Board this year as Director of Alumni Relations.  She is the proud mom of Josie, a CHP graduate entering kindergarten, and Romy, who starts in CHP's 2's nest this year.  Jenni is enthusiastic about extending the great community built at CHP to its alumni.  Before working as a mom, Jenni was an oceanographer working out of the Arctic, Mediterranean and North Seas and a science lecturer at Columbia University.

 
 
 

Magda Cruz|  Board member at large

Magda Cruz is a returning member of the CHP Board of Directors - she first served in 2005 when her daughter, now in high school, attended CHP at the old Union Street location.  A member of the Board that managed purchasing CHP's current space, she served on the parent team that was instrumental in securing a permanent home for our school.  She returns to the Board this year as the Member at Large, bringing with her both a long-standing support of the school and a wealth of legal expertise.  A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Magda is an attorney who specializes in appeals and complex litigation in the real estate field.  She has also served as a member of the Housing Court Advisory Council, Women in Housing and Finance, and the NYC Rent Guidelines Board.  Magda is also passionate about music education and the need to support and expand youth performance opportunities, especially in underserved communities.  She is a member of the Board of the Brooklyn Youth Music Project.

 
 
 

Nicole Galluccio  |  Director of Fundraising

Nicole is a proud mom to two little men: Jin, a CHP graduate, is now in 2nd grade at the "Big School" and Vincent, who will return to CHP's 4's program this year.  This is Nicole's third year as the Director of Fundraising on the CHP Board.  Previously she was the Director of Fundraising on the CHP Board.  Previously she was the Director of Business Solicitations for the CHP Fall Auction.  Nicole is a Real Estate Broker with Corcoran and a graduate of George Washington University and Brooklyn Law School.  Please feel free to email her at nicole.galluccio@corcoran.com.

 
 
 

John Knapp  |  Director of Website, Marketing, and Technology

John is a proud dad to Jasper, 4, who is in his third year at CHP, and Tallulah, 6, a proud CHP alumna.  This is John's third year on the CHP board and he chairs the Website, Marketing & Technology Committee.  John is an intellectual property attorney who works with technology startups in Brooklyn.

 
 
 

Kim Kremer Browne  |  Director of Community Events

Kim is mom to Ella, a CHP graduate, Grace, who is currently in the 3's program, and Jack, who will start at CHP in 2016! Kim returns to the Board as Director of Community Events.  She looks forward to another great year as part of the CHP community.

 
 
 

Stefany Morris  |  vice president

Stefany is mom to Adeline, who returns to CHP as an enthusiastic member of the 4's program.  Her little brother, Michael, is thrilled to finally get to see the other side of the half-door as he joins the 2's program this year.  Stefany is grateful for the talented CHP staff and is proud to be part of the uniquely collaborative community of CHP parents.  This is her second year on the Board, having previously served on the Fundraising Committee and as Director of Parent Jobs.

 
 
 

Aimee Rudic  |  Director of Parent Jobs

Aimee joins the Board for the first time this year, chairing the Parent Jobs Committee.  Her daughter Mayfair returns to CHP in the 4s program, while little sister Harlow is still a smidge too young for CHP.  Aimee has loved meeting the community of amazing parents at CHP and looks forward to supporting them in their cooperative jobs this year.  Prior to becoming a mom, Aimee was a graphic designer and art director for over 10 years in busy Manhattan.  During that time, she received a second degree in Textile and Surface Design from FIT.  She now enjoys two of her greatest passions other than being a parent:  creating fine art and designing textiles.

 
 
 

Campbell Stuart  |  Treasurer

Campbell joins the Board for the first time this year, having previously served for two years as a member of CHP's Finance Committee.  He is father to daughter Ellie, returning to CHP in the 4's program this year, and son Hugo, joining CHP for the first time in the 2's program. Campbell is CFO for the New York office of Wieden + Kennedy, a creatively driven and independent global advertising agency.  He is excited to continue his work with the CHP community, strengthening and securing the financial position of the school.  When he's not crunching numbers, Campbell can be found at Carroll Park with a strong cup of coffee in one hand, pushing a swing with the other, and trying very hard to reinforce the wonderful skills CHP has instilled in his children.

 
 
 

Daniel Wrzesinski  |  Director of Facilities

Dan is dad to Sage, a CHP graduate now in first grade, and Faye currently in the 3's program.  After originally filling the parent job of "handyman", Dan had gotten to know the CHP staff and facility very well, ultimately joining the board as Facilities Director.  As an architect and construction manager with over 17 years of experience in New York City's building industry, he has performed extensive work on schools, theaters, libraries and cultural institutions throughout the city.  Dan will continue to guide the school through all of their ongoing maintenance and improvement projects.