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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
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.
2nd/3rd Learning Specialist
Meg is looking forward to working with the amazing students at Compass again this year. As a Learning Specialist, she enjoyed getting to work with children and staff in different classrooms and grade levels last year. Beginning her eleventh year as an educator, Meg is eager to continue building strong relationships within the Compass community to help all students grow through the inclusion of every aspect of their individual identities.
Meg believes the opportunity to teach children is an exciting and fulfilling privilege and is very passionate about helping intervention and special education programs meet the needs of all learners. The best part about being a teacher is the joy of knowing each child individually and working together to grow their confidence, independence, and love of learning.
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 third 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 individual 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.