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maple class: Jenny and Sara
Jenny Poole first began working with children as a summer camp counselor in Ohio and fell in love with building lean-to shelters, hiking through the woods, fishing, and building sand castles at the lake with the youngest campers. This motivated her to change her major to Early Childhood Education at Ohio University. While Jenny’s own school experiences were challenging at times, she was inspired by the progressive education focus at Ohio U and realized she could become a different kind of teacher than what she encountered as a child.
Since graduating from Ohio U, Jenny has taught in Ohio, moved to New York, taught in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and received her Masters in Literacy from Teachers College. Jenny is excited to be a member of the Compass community and to be teaching in Brooklyn again! As a teacher she loves interacting with students during project work as they play, discover and create. Her favorite projects have been studies about gymnastics, birds and gardening.
In her free time Jenny enjoys riding her bike, cooking, reading, snuggling with her cats and saving stray kittens on long bike rides.
Sara Scott has always had a passion for education, although it took her a few years to figure it out. Sara attended Smith College for Italian Language & Literature and Music, pursuing paths in public relations, retail, and classical singing before committing to teaching young children. After spending six months in Milan with a teaching fellowship, Sara returned stateside to pursue her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. While at Columbia, she worked at progressive, independent schools with strong focuses in Montessori and the Reggio Emilia approach. A native Brooklynite, and a student of New York City Public Schools, Sara always had a vision of servicing the community that created her love for lifelong learning. In 2016, she joined the Compass family. She loves being a part of a growing community and working alongside like-minded educators. As a teacher, Sara looks for the individuality and beauty of every child as a learner. She strives to create strong classroom communities where children feel free to express themselves and get messy, be it by painting with their feet, digging in the dirt, or working through conflicts.
Outside of the classroom, Sara enjoys cooking, hanging out with animals, organizing things by color, reading as much as possible, practicing the piano and the ukulele, and spending time with her husband. She sings as much as possible, including with kids in the classroom, in a community chorus here in Brooklyn, and alone in her living room.
oak class: emma and emily
Emma deBeer Charno is so excited to join the Compass family. They are finishing up their double degree masters at Bank Street College of Education in Literacy and Childhood General Education. They have previously taught Pre-Kindergarten at progressive schools in Philadelphia and Queens. They have interned in classrooms and literacy intervention programs with students grades K-4 at PS234, Midtown West School, and Brooklyn New School, and private tutored students from grades K-4 in reading, writing, and math. They participated in a cross-school research and development collaboration on oral language development for emerging bilingual students, and love teaching in multilingual environments. They are an experienced early childhood arts educator and participated in the year long Universal Pre-K arts education professional development program and teacher coaching program. They facilitate improvisational singing and movement workshops and jams for adults and have studied with musical master classes such as Movement Research, Bobby McFerrin's Circlesongs, Meredith Monk, and Rhiannon. They have studied immigration justice with Border Studies Program and environmental justice and education with Bank Street’s Costa Rica program. They have trained in communication and meditation with programs and teachers such as Landmark Education, Non-Violent Communication, responsive classroom, authentic relating, loch Kelley, and Dharma Punx. They grew up on Long Island and later, in lower Manhattan, and have family roots in Greenpoint and Queens since their family immigrated a few generations back. They are Jewish and love sharing in Jewish song and tradition, which is connected to their lifelong commitment to social justice. They love to bicycle, try new foods, learn languages, write poetry, go to the beach, paint, make music, and dance. They are passionate about reading and teaching others to read. Their favorite books are science fiction and history, and they would love to give you science fiction recommendations any time.
Emily Stutts 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.