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Janis Arno

Literacy coach

As a veteran teacher of 30+ years, Janis comes to Compass with a wealth of knowledge regarding the teaching of literacy. Since the opening of Compass, Janis volunteered three days a week as a trained Reading Recovery teacher, working with first grade students in the area of literacy. In her third year at Compass, she began coaching teachers. In addition to Reading Recovery, Janis is trained in Wilson’s Fundations program. From 2008 to 2016, Janis worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Bank Street College, teaching two graduate courses to aspiring literacy coaches and special education teachers. Additionally, during six years of those eight years, she volunteered at PS 175 in Harlem as a Reading Recovery tutor. Prior to that, Janis worked for 25 years at Trevor Day School in Manhattan as the Lower School Reading Specialist and as a classroom teacher in First and Third grades. At Trevor, Janis led a collaborative effort in designing the literacy curriculum for K-5th grade, developed a literacy assessment program, conducted parent and teacher workshops, provided coaching for teachers, participated in weekly Child Study Team meetings, provided small group literacy instruction and one-on-one Reading Recovery instruction to first grade students. Janis believes ALL children can learn, if provided with the right instruction and support. She relishes a collaborative approach including: parents, specialists, teachers, administrators and most importantly, each child at the center of his or her learning. Janis graduated from American University with a B.A. in Political Science and Columbia University, Teachers College, with an M.A. in Elementary Education. Additionally, Janis graduated from the Bank Street College program, Reading and Literacy: Clinical Practice.


Rob Madell

math coach

Rob is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, SUNY Binghamton, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he earned a PhD in Mathematics.  He had a brief career as a college professor and research mathematician, but became interested in elementary education with the birth of his own children. That interest led to a post-doc at NYU and to a 10-year stint as Math Specialist at the Village Community School in Manhattan. There he became one of the first advocates of a now widely accepted approach to teaching arithmetic that emphasizes discovery and understanding. His third series of math books for children will be published in January 2018.

Rob went on to work at Children’s Television Workshop where for 15 years he was Vice President for Interactive Technology.  He led the effort to bring Sesame Street into the age of computers and the Internet.

Rob is married with 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren, the youngest of whom is a student at Compass. He spends a lot of his free time swimming and over the last 10 years has won several open-water national championships. He is a 3-time U.S. Masters Swimming All-American.