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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 a local community choir here in Brooklyn. 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.
Julian’s path to teaching has included several sojourns along the way, all of which have enriched his practice in myriad ways. Before discovering his true calling, Julian worked as a park ranger, earned a fine arts degree in photography, and even appeared in a nationally aired television commercial.
Julian could not be happier to have found his true calling in education. Although his deep appreciation for creativity drew him to Lesley University in Massachusetts (where he graduated with a BFA in photography), it was a stint as an assistant teacher in New Jersey that opened his eyes and heart to the meaning and beauty of teaching. He went on to study education, and received an MS in childhood and special education from Touro College in Manhattan.
A core belief of Julian’s is that every child is capable, unique, and deserving of academic, social, and emotional support. He practices a progressive, child-centered approach to teaching, and enjoys integrating his creative interests into the classroom at every opportunity.
Born and raised in the woodlands of upstate New York, Julian spent countless days hiking the area’s beautiful network of trails. As a result, he understands the value of bringing students outdoors often, to help promote a positive relationship with the planet on which we live. Julian’s educational beliefs are genuinely aligned with Compass’s philosophies, and he is delighted to join the school for its third year.