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First grade teachers
A lifetime love of learning and sharing guided Campbell Kennedy to the Maple Class in 2017. Originally from Washington. DC, Campbell has had a passion to teach ever since he was 5 years old and realized that Indiana Jones was a teacher. He has developed a passion for integrating the arts in all forms in his teaching style, whether it is using drawings to talk about students homes or short plays to describe addition and subtraction. He is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he attained his B.A. in History and received his M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia.
Outside of the classroom Campbell enjoys a variety of geeky pursuits. He is also a foodie at heart and will try any meal at least once. He enjoys cooking with his wife Cristen Kennedy and playing with their cat Solomon..
Sara attended Smith College, pursuing a degree in Italian Language and Literature and Music. After graduating, she received a fellowship to teach English in Milan. Since returning stateside six years ago, she has been teaching at progressive independent schools, with a strong background in Montessori and the Reggio Emilia approach. During that time, she completed her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. In all of her teaching positions, Sara strives to see the individuality and beauty of every child as a learner. She believes that lifelong learning comes from creating supportive environments that sustain active, educational experiences.
In her free time, Sara bakes, cooks, sings, hangs with animals, and works as the Vice President of the Brooklyn Community Chorus. She is pursuing a second Masters degree in Literacy at Hunter College. A native Brooklynite, she is thrilled to be servicing the community that she calls home!
Hannah Mengistu is a passionate educator. She started as a parent at Compass and loved the philosophy so deeply that she wanted to be a teacher there as well! Hannah grew up on a sustainable farm and learned a love for nature early in her life. She went to Waldorf schools as a child and also incorporates the practices within her curriculum. Hannah believes that a mindful and loving approach to education allows each child to be accepted for who they are, thereby creating meaningful learning each day. She has an M.A. in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and also an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter School of Education. Hannah has been living in NYC for the last 18 years. Before joining Compass, Hannah was the director of Kids Canvas Preschool in Bushwick. She loves to sing, create and get messy with the kids.
Emily is a born North Carolinian, but a New Yorker at heart. She attended New York University for Childhood General & Special Education and History in her undergraduate career. Throughout her time at NYU, she worked in progressive schools as a tutor and student teacher. During her time at PS 3 and the Brooklyn New School, she developed a passion for progressive education and project based learning. Since 2014, she has taught in Washington Heights, NYC and a small rural town in eastern North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Special Education at East Carolina University, where she is concentrating on Behavioral and Emotional Disorders.
She believes that school should be made up of deep learning experiences that are meaningful to children. She also believes strongly in the ability of all children. She has spent time in Ghana and Dominican Republic, to study education and to advocate for LGBTQ rights, which contributes to the global perspective she has towards social justice and schooling.
During the summer, she runs a summer literacy program designed for low-income families to have access to a variety of experiences for their children. This program was developed in collaboration with other NYC teachers, including Rosie from Compass. In her time outside of teaching, she and her partner like to cook, bake, and most importantly eat! She is also a comedy aficionado and an avid reader.