Please scroll down to view more staff bios.  

Learning support

Tenah Veszi

K/1 Learning Specialist

Tenah is excited be to part of the Compass community. She is a
Learning Specialist for grades K-1. Tenah is intrigued with the
school’s progressive, inclusive setting and its diverse population. She
holds a Master of Science in Special Education in Urban Settings from
Long Island University. This coming school year will be Tenah’s 10th
year teaching as a special education teacher in New York City. Prior
to working at Compass, she taught at Mary MacDowell Friends School
for 2 years as a Head Teacher and Learning Specialist. She has had
the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs in various
school settings, which has helped her to cultivate knowledge on how to
facilitate students' academic and social needs appropriately and
effectively.
In her role as a Learning Specialist at Compass, Tenah is eager to
build parent and student relationships and support the Compass
community. She believes all students have the ability to learn, to
function, to grow, and most importantly, to succeed. The difference is
how they learn or how they need to be taught and her responsibility is
to address students' needs, ensuring students will thrive with her
support at Compass.


Meg O'Rourke

2nd/3rd Learning Specialist

Meg is thrilled to begin her 10th year of teaching at Compass.  Inspired by the inclusive design within a progressive model, Meg is delighted to be joining the Learning Support team as a Learning Specialist.  Meg began her career as a first grade teacher through the Chicago Teaching Fellows program.  Fortunate to receive a grant from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum during her first year of teaching, Meg learned how positive exploratory learning opportunities engaged her students.  The program modeled how to design interdisciplinary lessons that were hands-on and inquiry-based, which encouraged Meg to also incorporate the performing arts into a variety of subjects.  While studying theater and biology at the University of Alaska, Meg developed a love and appreciation for both sketch and improvisational comedy.  Studying at the Second City Conservatory and Improv Olympic theaters in Chicago provided Meg with the tools to encourage similar risk-taking and creative self-expression in the classroom.  After completing her M.A.Ed. in Teaching and Special Education at National Louis University, Meg chose to complete a second M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English as a second language to better support meeting the needs of all of her students.  Meg believes the best approach to teaching and learning is individualized, inquiry-based, creative, and joyful. Passionate about inclusive children’s literature, Meg has worked to increase school funding in a variety of settings through grants and performing arts fundraisers, providing more inclusive literature for the classroom and school-wide programming.  As a teacher Meg has enjoyed roles as a Special Education teacher, Literacy Specialist, and Instructional Coach.

When she’s not teaching, Meg enjoys reading, creative writing, theater, live music, comedy, travel, hiking, nature, and spending time with friends and family.


Anna larson von muehlen

4th Grade Learning Specialist

Anna started teaching on The St. Lawrence River in high school, running n a nautical summer program with the goal of getting kids on the water.  At St. Lawrence University Anna completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, rowed crew, spent a semester in Kenya, and started a campus-wide reuse initiative.  While in college Anna co-founded a sailing program geared towards local elementary school kids without regular access to the water. After college she taught 3rd grade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a Teach for America corps member where she became passionate about reaching all students and frustrated by educational inequity. Anna came to NYC to pursue a master’s degree in childhood general and special education at Bank Street College. While in graduate school, Anna worked at Gillen Brewer, a private school for children with speech and language disabilities. Following graduate school Anna joined the staff at the Children’s Storefront, a tuition-free independent school in East Harlem. Anna spent the first two years at Compass as a classroom teacher and has loved watching Compass grow as a school and community. This is her second year as a learning specialist and she looks forward to continuing to learn and grow in this role.

Anna believes in learning by doing, connecting with nature, and asking lots of questions. She thinks little people have important opinions, loud voices, and can make important changes in our world. She loves introducing simple tools that can help indivudual students and helping classrooms run smoothly while meeting all students unique needs. Anna travels mostly by bicycle, has a worm compost bin in her kitchen, and loves being a teacher and a mama too.