STAFF

Each class will be limited to approximately 12 pupils, with 2 teachers, one Head Teacher and one Assistant Teacher.

Our school is affiliated with the Little Missionary’s Day Nursery and we will be able to avail of the talents of the current staff.

EILEEN JOHNSON

School Director

I was born and educated in Ireland, and there I taught High School and Elementary School children. Working with very young children has been the most fulfilling and rewarding part of my career. My best teaching experiences happen when I can be in the moment and listen to children, and in those moments we are all learning together. Children are so much more connected to the power of the unconscious, and every day I learn from them how to let go of preconceived ideas and be humble in the face of their innate creativity. I believe that all good teachers are artists, capable of being in the moment, and responsive to the children who are their audience, and their inspiration.  I am the author of The Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights, and Emotional Education, a book which outlines the work we do in our school.

 

Kristen Dimitriades

Head Teacher Kindergarten/ 1st grade

I love working and learning with young children, and am so happy to have found my place at Little Missionary’s. I grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. During my time there, I worked as an assistant teacher in a 2-5 year old classroom for 3 years. Though I originally aspired to be an art therapist, my time spent there turned my journey in a new direction. After graduating, I taught 1st grade at an international school in West Java, Indonesia, 3 year olds in DC, and 2nd grade at a charter school in Brooklyn- all of which ultimately led me here. It’s very exciting to be at a place that shares my philosophies and encourages children to feel their feelings! I want children to see themselves not only as curious individuals, but also as members of a community that contributes to each other’s growth. Outside of education, I spend my time cooking, adventuring around the city, and practicing yoga.

 

Arielle Stein

Teacher Kindergarten/ 1st grade

From a young age I always knew that I had a deep love and admiration for children. Growing up I loved to babysit and spent all my summers working as a counselor at our local pre school’s day camp. Eventually, I was inclined to follow my artistic side and went on to study Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating I worked for various jewelry companies but always felt the urge to get back into working with children, so I started substitute teaching at a preschool in Brooklyn. I worked with ages 2-4 and was immediately enamored by the children and their play, work, and senses of humor. It was such a natural fit that I then went on to teach an art class for a summer program ranging from ages 5 to 10 where we focused on clay, print making, and even got to work with jewelry. I have now worked as an assistant teacher for the last two years for both the 2s class and the 3’s class. In my free time, I have a jewelry company that I work on in my studio in Brooklyn. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year at Little Mish where I hope to continue to bring my love for children and background in fine arts to life.

 

Hayley Ferber

Administrator

I am the support staff for Sara Curry Day School, making sure things run smoothly from day to day.  My background is in Art Education with a Master’s from the Rhode Island School of Design and 10+ years of experience working in schools.  I’ve always loved working with children and am happy to have found my place here at SCDS where I can continue to work in education.