Amanda Northrop is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition, she holds a School Social Worker Certificate from the State of New York Education Department. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, with a specialization in children, youth, and families. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University. Prior to joining the Manhattan Star Academy team, Amanda worked as a social worker at the New York League Gramercy School, a special education preschool. She provided counseling, worked closely with the families, and helped to support the classrooms on a daily basis. Amanda also previously ran social skills group at a private practice and worked in early intervention providing behavioral therapy. Amanda strongly values the social emotional needs of each child she works with and works hard to be an advocate for each family.
Bari Seigerman is a teacher at Manhattan Star Academy. She is originally from Long Island, New York. Over the years, she has cultivated a passion for working with children who have special needs and for tailoring instruction to help them become as independent as possible. Bari received her Masters Degree in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education at Boston University. She has worked in multiple school settings including ESL classrooms, ICT classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained classrooms over the last five and a half years. She started at MSA as a student teacher! She is so happy to be a part of the MSA community!
Jess is originally from Chappaqua, New York. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where she completed her undergraduate degree. She then went on to Teachers College, Columbia University to complete a dual Masters in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. She previously worked in Early Intervention in an ABA classroom. She is so excited to join the MSA community in the Star D classroom!
Kelly is so excited to be the Star A teacher this year! She grew up on Long Island and attended Boston College for her undergraduate and master's degrees. She was a special education teacher in Framingham, MA for 2 years, and then she taught 2nd grade in New York City. Kelly loves to play volleyball in her spare time.
Craig Hanauer E-RYT 500 RCYT is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and School Teacher, and a longtime children's program director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. For 13 years Craig designed and implemented the yoga program at The Parkside School, a non-public special education elementary school located on New York 's Upper West Side. He specializes in training yoga teachers, parents and helping professionals to use yoga to support child development. Craig is the Founding Director of Every Kid’s Yoga and The Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Collaborative.
Stephanie has been a part of the MSA community since October of 2017. Before working here she was a special education teacher for over 8 years. Stephanie began her career working for the Department of Education where she taught students with disabilities. She is excited to be a part of Manhattan Star Academy and to work closely with the teachers, therapists, students and families to ensure that each child's academic needs are being met.
My name is Shelley Hunter and this is my sixth year teaching special education. I received my Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from New York University in fall 2011. After graduating, I taught in a NEST school for students on the Autism spectrum. I have spent the past few years teaching small groups and coordinating special education services within the charter school sector. I am passionate about serving children with special needs and helping them reach their full potential.
Matt is pleased to joining the team at Manhattan Star Academy. He is a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) with a Master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University. He did his internship at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, focussing on using an improvisational approach to music therapy. He has been working with children for eight years and has worked with and has been a working musician all across the northeast. Matthew Bessette, MA MT-BC Matthew.Bessette@yai.org