Our Leadership Team

Evan Meyers, Executive DirectorEvan Meyers

Founding Executive Director


Evan Meyers became an educator after a 20-year career in finance. He was a founding faculty member at the High School for Language and Diplomacy (“LAD”) where he taught history, created new programs and forged partnerships with outside educational providers such as Private Prep and Let’s Get Ready (SAT tutoring services) to enhance his students’ educational experiences. Evan was instrumental in organizing professional development and leading team-building programs for all staff members at LAD. During his tenure Evan also launched an extracurricular community “Service Club” to foster student civic engagement. In its first year of operation, students logged over 1500 hours of work. The club received the Northeast Region’s Honorable Mention recognition from the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.


Before becoming an educator, Evan was involved in youth sports for 15 years. He coached multiple sports and was president of a 1200 family Little League. He and his wife have enjoyed raising their three children.


Evan received his Master’s in the Teaching of Social Studies from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2009. He received his school administrator's license from the Department of Education’s Leadership Education Apprenticeship Program in 2014.  As a longtime member of the Board of Trustees for Facing History and Ourselves, Evan has completed multiple professional development workshops. Last summer Evan completed the intensive “Future of Education” program at Harvard University’s Project Zero.


Prior to becoming an educator, Evan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and then spent 20 years on the floor of the Commodities Exchange in NY (COMEX). He founded York Commodities in 1992, which grew to be the largest execution firm on the COMEX from 1998-2001.


Evan is an educator with a proven track record of helping students succeed beyond their expectations. He has made a personal commitment to build a school community that nurtures students on their paths to college and future careers. Evan is excited to lead the S2 team of smart, innovative educators who are dedicated to both their craft and to learning and growing as a team. As a lifelong learner, Evan will support the team in modeling this important quality for children.  School in the Square views its work through the lens of “what is best for the children.” That is the lens Evan has always maintained as an educator and parent.


Carrie Amon PrincipalCarrie Amon

Principal 


Carrie Amon joined School in the Square as its first principal in preparation for the 2017-18 school year. She began her educational journey as a teacher in Bedford Stuyvesant and continued as a teacher in East Harlem. It was in East Harlem that Carrie was encouraged and inspired to venture into coaching and administration. Her first role as administrator was as the director of a small alternative school.


Upon the closing of that program Carrie joined the Mamaroneck Public Schools, where she spent the 20 years as a teacher, staff developer, assistant principal and principal. After retiring from the Public School system in June 2016, Carrie joined the Tuckahoe schools as an interim Principal of the Middle School.


Carrie brings over 34 years of school experience to School in the Square. She is most excited about helping to create an environment where students are respected, given choice, and held to high expectations. Carrie is also a strong proponent of mindfulness in education and is excited to share that passion with the teachers and students of School in the Square.


Carrie received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and her Master's in education from Brooklyn College. She attended Hunter College where she received an Advanced Certificate in Administration. Carrie’s love of children's literature took her to Teacher’s College for multiple summers where she studied both reading and writing.


Carrie is excited to be a part of a committed team of educators who think and learn together. She is committed to supporting the learning of both teachers and children. 



Emily Cook, Founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Emily Koch

Founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Emily Koch began her teaching career at West Side Collaborative Middle School, beginning as a student teacher in 2006. The following year she joined the sixth grade team as a humanities and science teacher.  In the years that Emily taught at WSC she assumed additional roles as student advisor, arts integration partner with the Whitney Museum, Science Immersion Week coordinator and even served as the girls’ basketball coach. Her leadership roles included lead science teacher responsible for standards aligned curriculum and collaboration with the AMNH Urban Advantage program. Emily eventually added the 6th grade Literacy Leader role to her expanding administrative responsibilities, developing curriculum and assessments for ELA and social studies, and integrating content and social-emotional learning into rigorous online portfolios. She collaborated on the development of student led conferences and a student academic coaching program. As part of her responsibilities as a Peer Instructional Coach, a competitive teacher leadership program with the NYC Department of Education, Emily served on the School Leadership Team for four years and created professional development sessions for staff around best instructional practices and other school-wide initiatives.


Emily is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She received a BA from Prescott College, Arizona where she majored in Education and Cultural and Regional Studies.  She received her Masters in Science Education from City College in 2010 and then received her Masters in Leadership and Administration in Education from Capella University in 2014. Emily has participated in digital ethics training with Common Sense Media and was highlighted as a Model Teacher on the Teaching Channel.  Through partnerships with the Innovation Zone and Teaching Matters, Emily has participated in numerous professional development workshops on personalized learning and the use of technology in the classroom.


Emily is excited to work at School in the Square to help bring a unique and powerful learning community to CSD6, where she and her family reside. She is glad to be a part of the motivated, passionate and thoughtful team of people dedicated to creating a learning community that educates the whole child. Emily’s goal is to help students understand themselves as learners, to know their own strengths and areas for growth; discover their beliefs, passions, and voice; and be able to advocate for themselves. Emily sees the importance of building community while also personalizing each child’s education. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with colleagues to build a professional community where every staff member works together to meet the needs of each and every child.



Monica Merchant, Founding Director of Operations

Monica Merchant

Founding Director of Operations


Monica has worked in public charter schools in New York City for over ten years. In 2005 she began her career as a special education teacher and coordinator. After two years in this role, she joined the administrative team to improve upon the school's existing operational systems. Monica's role in this capacity continued to grow and she became the Director of Operations two years later. 


In 2011, Monica became the Founding Director of Operations at East Harlem Scholars Academy, where she helped to build the school from the ground up. Monica spearheaded the development of a vast range of systems and routines and managed all of the non-instructional pieces of the school. In 2013, Scholars Academy replicated and Monica became the Director of Operations of both schools, managing the startup of East Harlem Scholars Academy II while continuing to run the operations at East Harlem Scholars Academy. 


Monica received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Anderson University. While at Anderson, she spent a semester studying abroad in England and had the unique opportunity to obtain an internship at an elementary school there. Monica was a four-time All-American in track and cross-country before heading to Indiana University to obtain her Master’s Degree in kinesiology. As a Teach For America Corps Member, Monica received her second Master’s Degree in Special Education from Pace University in New York City.


As a mother and resident of Washington Heights, Monica is very excited to be part of the founding team at School in the Square. She feels strongly that the neighborhood needs more educational options for middle schoolers and loves the progressive model of S2. She feels extremely lucky to be on a team of such dedicated, humble, and passionate educators who are committed to making this school special.


Stephanie Feinberg, Math TeacherStephanie Feinberg

7th Grade Math Teacher and Director of Math Instruction


Stephanie is thrilled to join the School in the Square community this year as the 7th grade Math teacher and Director of Math Instruction. She spent her first six years  as an educator teaching Special Education in an elementary school. Seeing these students successfully unlock the world of numbers ignited Stephanie’s passion for teaching mathematics. She became a math specialist in the Mamaroneck public schools for the next six years. During that time she developed meaningful assessments to inform classroom teachers in their practice, facilitated teacher workshops to deepen their content knowledge and understanding of best practices, and worked with small groups of students in grades K-5 to provide targeted, individualized instruction and ensure that each and every student gained confidence and competence with mathematics.

 

Originally from Long Island, Stephanie graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature before pursuing her Master’s in Education in general and special education. One of Stephanie’s core values is continuing education – for herself, as well as her students – and she regularly attends workshops for teachers on best educational practices, content, technology in the classroom and human development.  

 

S2’s mission to grow life-long learners and leaders attracted Stephanie as she feels strongly that schools must first and foremost ignite a passion for learning. She is excited to be a member of a dedicated school community that values collaboration and prioritizes both student and adult learning.

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