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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.
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Sara 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 fiancé. 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.