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Sarah Groark

school psychologist

Sarah is very excited to be joining Compass as the school psychologist. Sarah has been engaged in progressive education for over twenty years. She received her B.A. and an M.A. from interdisciplinary studies programs (The Evergreen State College and NYU). Sarah began her career in education as a literacy tutor at the Children's Workshop in the East Village and was introduced to the Bank Street model. She then worked as an assistant teacher and paraprofessional at several special needs elementary schools while also teaching cooking classes with children for many years at the 92nd St Y. After a decade in the classroom, Sarah realized that her introverted personality was not best suited for the classroom, and she found that the role of the school psychologist was an ideal fit. After completing her M.S.Ed at Brooklyn College, Sarah worked in Maryland and Colorado as a school psychologist in public schools. 

While in Colorado, she decided to indulge her love of learning and entered a PhD program in school psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. Through the doctoral program, she had the opportunity to work with new populations and in new settings. In particular, Sarah became very involved with supporting the growing refugee community in Colorado. Last year, she completed an APA clinical child psychology internship with the University of New Mexico Hospital working in outpatient clinic, inpatient, and integrated care settings. Throughout her career and education, Sarah's primary research and clinical focus has been on supporting diverse and vulnerable students be academically and emotionally successful. 

After seven long years away from Brooklyn, she is thrilled to be back in Brooklyn! Besides her position at Compass, Sarah also is an adjunct faculty at Brooklyn College in their School Psychology program. In her free time, she enjoys walking the city with her dog, cooking, and reading.


stephanie penberthy

Social Worker

Stephanie Penberthy is excited to begin her fourth year as a social worker with the Compass community! As the school social worker, Stephanie provides counseling to students receiving special education services and identified in need of short term interventions to support their growth in the classroom. Stephanie collaborates closely with teachers, families, and services providers to ensure a holistic approach to educating students. In addition to direct service to students and families, Stephanie oversees the social work internship program at Compass. Prior to joining Compass, Stephanie worked in a variety of school settings in urban communities providing mental health services, behavioral support, and collaborating with key stakeholders to build positive school cultures with both elementary age students and adolescents. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from St. Joseph’s University in 2005, a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2010, and completed a Post-Masters Certificate in Clinical Practice with Adolescents through New York University in 2014. To develop supervisory skills, Stephanie completed a Seminar in Field Instruction in 2017. For relaxation and fun, Stephanie loves long distance running, biking, and open water swimming. She also enjoys spending time with her pets, Butch and Jelly, and cooking with fresh CSA vegetables.