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Meg O’Rourke 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.
Tenah Veszi 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.
Tori Leventhal is so excited to begin the ELL program at Compass!
Tori grew up in a small town in upstate New York. She attended Hamilton College and studied English literature. After college, Tori spent a year teaching high school students in East Java, Indonesia, a life-changing experience that first sparked her love of teaching.
After returning to the U.S., Tori moved to NYC and has lived here for the past decade. She worked in both nonprofit and book publishing, but found neither career fulfilling. Once she began spending a few mornings a month as a volunteer in an elementary school in East Harlem, Tori realized that she needed to be in a career where she worked with children. She hasn’t looked back since.
While a graduate student at City College, Tori worked at the City and Country School in Manhattan, a progressive school with an over-100 year history. There she learned about the power of integrated units of study, democratic decision-making, and purposeful play.
Tori then spent the next five years teaching in New York City public schools: both in Hunts Point in the Bronx, and in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood. In these positions Tori worked with a diverse group of children and families who were new to the U.S. The classrooms were filled with students who had knowledge of multiple languages, incredible artistic and athletic talents, and unrivaled social and problem-solving skills. Many also were grappling with family separation, deportation fears, and other significant challenges as a result of our current immigration system.
Tori believes her role as an ELL teacher is to work for equity and access for her multilingual students and their families, both in the classroom and in the community. She is also passionate about exploring English and other languages with students--whether in reading, writing, social studies, or even math. She loves to use students’ natural curiosity and astute observations to examine the way language works: to communicate, illuminate, to exercise and even undermine power.
Tori is a voracious reader and would love to spend all the free time she has (just kidding!) deep into a short story collection, a novel, or a professional text that captivates her. Mainly, though, Tori and her husband, Dave, spend their days chasing around their toddler, Mollie, who is in turn chasing around their Pit Bull mix, Lita.