Faculty

Our faculty are experienced and distinguished educators who bring the challenge of intimate learning to our students.

Ms. Rim An Hinckley

Head of School
Messiah College - B.A.
Graduate studies in Mathematics and Education from Millersville University and Boston College
Founding Head of School, The Geneva School of Manhattan (1996-2002)

Prior to starting The Geneva School of Manhattan, Rim Hinckley taught mathematics at United Nations International School for six years. Along with other Christian believers, she began planning for a classical Christian school in Manhattan in 1995. After a year of planning, praying, pursuing real estate leads, and completing city requirements, Geneva School opened in September 1996 with twenty-two students in three grades. After several years serving as the founder and Head of School, Ms. Hinckley stepped down as full-time headmaster to spend time with her young family. She served on the Board of Trustees for the School until 2011, when she again resumed Head of School responsibilities. Under her leadership, the School has grown to 260 students and two campuses. Ms. Hinckley also serves on the boards of PAVE Academy and Messiah College and has previously served on the board of Hope for New York. She was Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship International from 1996 to 2000. She and her husband Carter Hinckley have two sons, C.J. and Charlie (‘14 and ‘16).

Dr. John Lee

Head of Upper School, Upper School Humanities
Rutgers College - B.A.
Yale University - M.A.
Westminster Theological Seminary - M.A.
Bryn Mawr College - M.A.
Yale University - M. Phil., History
Yale University - Ph.D., Classical History

Over the last twenty years, Dr. Lee has taught in various capacities at numerous institutions, including Drew University, Nyack College, and most recently as a teacher of middle school students in Latin, history, and English at The St. Bernard’s School in Manhattan. His experience extends outside the classroom, too; he has pastored for many years, including planting several churches. He also serves as Board President for Ad Fontes Philanthropy. Dr. Lee's book Paradoxes of Leadership—A Biblical Reflection was published in 2017. Dr. Lee and his wife have two children, one of whom is a Geneva School student. His hobbies include carpentry, writing, and meeting new people.

Ms. Tessa Tiemann

Head of Lower School and Preschool
University of Kentucky - B.M.M.E.
University of Kentucky - M.A.

Ms. Tiemann was a choral director in public middle school for seven years in Louisville, Kentucky. Then, wanting to be home with her three sons while they were young, she served as a part-time director of music in a Louisville church. As her children came of school age, she began her career in the classical Christian educational setting, teaching First Grade at Highlands Latin School for three years before leaving the classroom to serve four years as the Director of Instruction. This is Ms. Tiemann's sixth year at Geneva School. She is married to jazz musician, Jason Tiemann, and they have three Geneva School graduates. Ms. Tiemann enjoys cooking and makes a mean gourmet macaroni and cheese!

Mr. David Aponte

Science
Montclair State University - B.S. in Molecular Biology
University of Bridgeport - M.S.Ed (emphasis in Biology)

Mr. Aponte is a New Jersey native and joins Geneva School from Hope Academy, an independent Christian school in the Bronx. There, he taught biology, life science, physical science, and algebra. Prior to that, he interned as a teacher at The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Aponte is also a certified EMT, is a voracious reader, and even has a background as an amateur competitive boxer!

Ms. Gabrielle Bruestle

Lower School Curriculum Advisor, Fourth Grade
Pepperdine University - B.A.
St John's College - M.A. Liberal Arts (current)

Gabrielle (Elle) Bruestle has been an educator for eight years and was previously at Beacon Hill Classical Academy and Imago School. She has completed the Great Books Colloquium and an intensive Latin course at the University College of Cork in Ireland. She is also a member of The Society of Classical Learning and trained in Singapore Math. She enjoys organic farming, French, banjo, jazz records, and comic books. If she weren't teaching, she'd be farming!

Ms. Carey Bustard

Pre-Kindergarten
The King's College - B.A.

 

Prior to becoming Pre-Kindergarten lead teacher, Ms. Bustard worked at Geneva School as Assistant Pre-Kindergarten Teacher. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ms. Bustard is beginning her sixth year in New York City. She moved here initially to attend The King's College but has since fallen in love with the city and the community it has brought her. While in college, she interned at The Gospel Coalition, where she conducted nationwide interviews with Christians about their integration of faith and work. Through that internship she found herself passionate about vocational ministry and hearing people's stories. She enjoys brunching, traveling, reading, and making Spotify playlists.

Ms. Nicolleta (Nikki) Cano

Beginners
Liberty University - B.S.
Diploma in Biblical Studies from The Greek Bible College

Ms. Cano brings to Geneva School years of experience as lead preschool teacher at Soterios Ellenas Parochial School, a Greek Christian Orthodox school in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Cano further studied jazz and theater at City College of New York. She currently serves as a worship minister at God’s Church in Edgewater, New Jersey, where her husband is the pastor. In her free time, Ms. Cano enjoys helping people engage in healthy lifestyle choices.

Ms. Susie Case

Upper School Creative Writing Teacher
Harvard University - B.A.
Harvard University - M.S.
Harvard Business School - M.B.A.
Fashion Institute of Technology - A.A.

Susie Case holds a B.A. and M.S. in Decision Sciences from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an A.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Design. Susie's career has been that of a communicator and a teacher of communications, as an equity analyst on Wall Street, as a Bible teacher to adult women and children, and as a communications instructor to college students and young professionals in New York City. Susie lives with her husband Bob in Manhattan; her adult children live in Palo Alto, California, and her senior dachshund lives in Utah. She has a passion to help young people figure out their next steps.

Ms. Joy Duval

Kindergarten Assistant
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.A.

 

Ms. Duval has lived in New York City for 27 years. She and her husband, Rex, are the proud parents of two children who attended Geneva School. Ms. Duval homeschooled her younger child for two years after she was diagnosed with dyslexia, providing her with significant experience navigating the Department of Education and Individual Education Plans (IEP). It is a privilege for her to give back to the School that so positively influenced her children.

 

Ms. Tamra Ellis (Tammy)

Second Grade 
University of North Carolina at Pembroke - B.A.

 

Ms. Ellis is passionate about teaching and views it as being a part of a mission that can truly make a difference in children's lives. Her teaching experience includes teaching both high school English and journalism in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ms. Ellis has also been a business owner and has raised five children. She currently serves with the Women’s Bible Society of New York and lives in the city with her husband and their youngest daughter.

Ms. Grace Garrett

Kindergarten Assistant
The King's College - B.A.

 

Grace Garrett graduated summa cum laude from The King's College with a B.A. in Media, Culture, and the Arts. She was the 2014 recipient of the Founder’s Scholarship, a highly competitive, full-tuition scholarship and was Faculty Assistant to three professors during her time there. She also spent a term abroad at the University of Oxford in England where she studied the history of children’s literature. Grace serves as a leader for high school students at Central Presbyterian Church. She is also a passionate artist who has done commissioned work in both watercolor and pencil, including landscapes, portraits, and wedding invitations.

Mr. Timothy Goodwin

Third Grade
Dallas Baptist University - B.S.
Southeastern Theological Seminary - M.Div.

 

Tim Goodwin has been teaching at the Geneva School since 2015 and is an ordained pastor. He received his B.S. in History and Christian Ministry from Dallas Baptist University and his M.Div from Southeastern Theological Seminary. Mr. Goodwin founded the Geneva School Debate Team in 2015.He loves teaching Third Grade and coaching the Speech and Debate Team. His wife, Sydney, is an actress and photographer. When Tim isn’t teaching students, he enjoys running and cooking dinner for friends.

Mr. Greg Gunkle

Head of History, Upper School History and Thesis
Liberty University - B.S.
Graduate studies in Philosophy, Theology, and Education at Westminster Theological Seminary and Lehigh University

Mr. Gunkle has taught for nineteen years in Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York City. He has served on the board of a Christian school in Pennsylvania and as the Director and Lead Teacher of the Logic School at Christ Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. He can be found at used bookstores gleaning treasures from writers of old or at his favorite pub discussing great political speeches.

Ms. Jayne Hastings

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
University of South Carolina - B.A. 

 

Ms. Hastings holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in French from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina where she graduated cum laude. She taught English for a year in France through the French Ministry of Education to primary school aged students. She has also worked at Camp of the Woods in administration and as an assistant teacher for four years.

Ms. Tracy Johnson

First Grade
Liberty University - B.S.

 

Prior to joining Geneva School, Ms. Johnson taught Kindergarten, Lower School science, Third Grade reading, and Fourth Grade at Canarsie Ascend Charter School in Brooklyn. She also served as a long-term substitute in both Kindergarten and Third Grade with Linwood Public School in New Jersey. She serves on the worship team at her church. Aside from singing and making music with friends, Ms. Johnson loves to bake, cook, read, travel, and go to the beach.

 

Ms. Erin Kang

Kindergarten Teacher
Parsons School of Design Paris - B.F.A.
Simpson University - M.A.

 

Born in Houston, Ms. Kang moved to New York when she was thirteen. She attended Parsons School of Design and majored in Fashion Design. She always enjoyed working with children so it was natural that she fell in love with teaching. She taught at a bilingual kindergarten program at a Christian school in South Korea for five years and returned to the States in 2016. Ms Kang received her MA in Education from Simpson University. She was teaching First and Second Grade at a Christian school in the Bay Area prior to joining Geneva School. Ms. Kang's hobbies include fashion illustration, watching films, and conversing with friends.

Madame Sarah Kampouris

French, Beginners Assistant
B.A. French Literature, La Sorbonne University, Paris

 

French-born Madame Kampouris taught French literature and philosophy to high school students for five years at the Ecole Pigier in Paris, and French as a second language to adults. She served in the Cultural Services Department of the French Institute in Greece and continued her training in Cannes, France to obtain a certification in organization of cultural services. Sarah served as an editor on the French section of the Christian website, Kairos Journal. She was the administrator of KSM Associates, a European consulting company for five years. During her time in France, she served her French bilingual church in supporting the children’s nursery and creating a bilingual mothers and children program for international families. Madame Kampouris and her husband have two Geneva School graduates ('13, '16) and one current student.

Ms. Adriana Kapfer

Pre-Kindergarten East Assistant
Pontificia Universidad Xaveriana - B.A.

 

Ms. Kapfer is a native of Colombia and has lived in New York City for more than a decade. She has a business degree in Accounting and has a passion for early childhood education. Ms. Kapfer worked as an assistant teacher at a Maryel International Preschool in New York City with two- and three-year olds. Ms. Kapfer has two school-aged children and also enjoys working with children in her church.

Mr. Fred Kim

Latin Teacher
University of Pennsylvania - B.A.
Westminster Theological Seminary - M.Div
Princeton Theological Seminary - Th.M.
Union Theological Seminary - Ph.D.

Fred Kim is completing his Ph.D. in Medieval and Reformation History at Union Theological Seminary. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, he switched tracks and studied theology and history at Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He also helped to plant a church in Georgia. He has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has overseen children's ministry at Good News Church, where he currently serves as an elder. He learned Latin at Princeton University and continues to use it in his research, translating letters and medical treatises written by sixteenth-century reformers and humanists. He lives with his wife and daughter in Morningside Heights. They enjoy traveling, visiting museums, and watching NBA games. 

Ms. Catherine Lee

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
University of Chicago - B.A.
Harvard University - M.A.

Catherine Lee holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in education from Harvard University. She has taught mathematics at Mansfield High School in the Boston area and at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. While her children were young, she served as an Administrative Leader for  Bible Study Fellowship, tutored math, and volunteered at her children’s schools. She was a Geneva School parent and is eager to get back into the classroom as a mathematics teacher. She lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and three children. 

Mr. Peter Lee

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
New York University - B.A.
Brooklyn College - M.A.

Peter Lee has taught high school chemistry in the New York City public school system and in the Cranford school district in New Jersey. Beyond the classroom, he has been tutoring mathematics and science at all levels. He also serves as the hospitality coordinator at City Grace Church. He is an avid Yankees fan and enjoys cooking, baking, playing basketball, and traveling. He and his wife Carrie live in New Jersey.

Dr. Meredith Long

Upper School Science 
University of Florida - B.S. Biochemistry
Duke University - Ph.D. Genetics; Program in Cell and Molecular Biology

Dr. Long has been teaching science at Geneva School since 2013, after a ten-year "sabbatical" from her science profession while her children were young. She spent the first four years developing science courses for the School. She has previously taught courses at Meredith College and Duke University as an adjunct faculty. Prior to that, she worked in a research lab in the area of RNA therapeutics. In her free time, Dr. Long enjoys singing in her church choir and baking elaborate desserts. 

Coach Thomas (Tom) Meyerson

Head of Physical Education
State University of New York at Cortland - B.S.

 

Coach Meyerson holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sports Management, as well as an Associate's degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. His interest in sports and fitness grew out of his tremendous love for golf, and he is a certified PGA Teaching Professional. A native New Yorker, Coach Meyerson enjoys cheering for the Yankees, hiking the Adirondacks, and swimming off New York beaches. He also has a heart for retired clergymen for whom he makes time for regular visits and transportation assistance. 

Ms. Solmarie Miranda

Pre-Beginners and Beginners East Assistant

 

Ms. Miranda is in her fifth year as the Assistant Teacher for Beginners and Pre-Beginners. She was drawn to Geneva School's vision to impact future generations through classical Christian education. Geneva School has helped ignite in her a desire to leave a lasting legacy of Christ-centered learning in her students. Having studied music at Nyack College, Ms. Miranda sings in a Christian salsa band, Rhythm of Christ, and serves as Director and Voice Instructor at South Bronx Performing Arts Conservatory, a music program of her church.

Coach Matt Mueller

Physical Education Teacher
Ozark Christian College - B.S.

 

Matt is a bi-vocational pastor from St. Louis, Missouri, who moved to New York City in 2010 to help plant Everyday Church in Washington Heights, where he serves as a teaching pastor and youth pastor. He and his wife, Kala, spent 2015 in Honduras immersing themselves in the language as preparation for more effective ministry in Washington Heights. Matt has extensive experience coaching and working with youth; he has coached soccer at Play Study Win and Uptown Soccer Academy. He is an avid sports fan and a huge soccer fan, especially of the United States National Team. He is passionate about community development and racial and economic justice.

 

Ms. Evelynn Park

Kindergarten
Mount Holyoke College - B.A.
Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.

Originally from Seattle, Ms. Park's undergraduate work focused on Mathematics and Religious Studies. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Teachers College-Columbia University. Prior to joining Geneva School in 2014, Ms. Park taught in the New York City public school system for two years and in Seoul, South Korea for three years. Passionate about teaching, she loves to engage her students in interactive ways. In her free time, Ms. Park enjoys watching Broadway shows and taking nature hikes.

Mr. Albert Popa

Upper School Art
Art Students League of New York (Anatomy, Portrait Painting)
Pratt Institute - B.F.A. (honors)

Mr. Popa's Website

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Mr. Popa's parents were professional ballet dancers, who defected to the United States in 1970. He has worked as a professional artist for almost three decades and has taught Upper School Art at Geneva School for nine years. Although he is now recognized for his classical fine art and portraiture, Mr. Popa was once well-known for his New York City street art and established considerable fame as "Conan" during the Graffiti movement in the late 1970’s. He earned his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and is married to Madame Popa. They have three children who are Geneva School graduates, two of whom are pursuing careers as artists (David Popa and Annabelle Popa). 

Madame Stephanie Popa

French 
Baccalaureat Informatique; BEP Agent Administratif
CAP Secretaire
Madame Popa's French Page

Madame Popa was born and raised in France and has taught at Geneva School since its inception in 1996! Madame Popa has also taught and taken professional workshops at the French Institut Alliance Française. Her husband, Albert Popa, teaches Upper School Art, and they have three Geneva School graduates—who are now young adults. The Popas are expecting their first grandchild this year! In her free time, Madame Popa enjoys reading, nature walking, and aqua cycling.

Ms. Katie Rader

Pre-Kindergarten East
New York University - B.A.
University of Kansas - M.S.

 

Originally from Kansas, Katie first came to New York City for college, earning a B.A. in Film and Art Communication from New York University. She went on to earn a M.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of Kansas. Katie has worked for the past four years as a preschool teacher at Bambini Creativi School. She also has experience as a film and violin teacher and as a photographer and videographer. She is an avid musician and artist and studied at the Art Student’s League of New York while in college.

Ms. Avery Reed

Art
The King's College - B.A.

 

Prior to teaching, Ms. Reed worked as an Assistant Editor at Grosset & Dunlap, Penguin Random House, and Teaching Artist at The Children's Museum of the Arts. Ever a lifelong learner, she is currently a student at The Art Students League of New York. Ms. Reed played competitive soccer throughout her childhood, including her senior year playing varsity soccer for the International School of Beijing. She is a published author; while at Penguin, she wrote Who Were the Brothers Grimm? and Backyard Chickens. Her hobbies are many and include baking, biking, painting, weaving, hiking, camping, and reading. 

Ms. Gabriela Remache

Pre-Beginners and Beginners East
Manhattan College - B.A.
Regent University - M.Ed. candidate

 

Gabriela attended Geneva School from First through Fourth Grade before moving to Florida. She graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Manhattan College and is working towards an M.Ed. in STEM Curriculum and Instruction from Regent University. Her experience includes teaching preschool and elementary subjects within an English immersion program at VIPKID, where she initiated a creative approach to learning and developed individualized lesson plans for Chinese students. Gabriela is passionate about swimming and has served as a lifeguard for the past two summers at Sunshine Acres Camp in Napanoch, New York.

 

Ms. Lucy Sailer

Fourth Grade
The King's College - B.A.

 

Ms. Sailer joined Geneva School after graduating summa cum laude from The King's College with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. A gifted debater, Ms. Sailer won the Adelphi University's 2014 parliamentary debate tournament and represented The King's College at the World Universities Debate Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece. She studied abroad for a term at Oxford University, focusing her studies on the writings of G.K. Chesterton. For leisure, she enjoys cooking, perusing children's literature, searching area bookstores, and spending time with her two sisters who live in Manhattan. 

Ms. Kristin Smith

Assistant to Head of Upper School, Upper School Bible
Johnson University - B.A.
Lincoln Christian University - M.A. in Organizational Leadership
Graduate studies in Bible from Johnson University

Ms. Smith has taught at Geneva School since 2012 and has brought her contagious enthusiasm for God's Word to our Upper School students. Previously, Ms. Smith held positions as a Bible teacher at Christian Academy of Knoxville, music and theater teacher at Concord Christian School, and Director of Children's Ministries at Poplar Springs Church of Christ. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid for both children and adults. She enjoys singing, swing dancing, reading great books, and roller skating (her parents owned a roller skating rink when she was a child!).

Coach David Stancil

Physical Education Teacher
Berry College - B.A.
Covenant Theological Seminary - M.Div.

 

David was born and raised in Georgia, where he taught Language Arts and coached basketball at his former high school in the metro Atlanta area. He has worked in pastoral ministry at City Church San Francisco and at Resurrection Williamsburg, where he has been the Assistant Pastor since 2009. He and his wife, Mia, have have two children: Jonah and Hannah, who both attend Geneva School. David has coached Little League baseball, middle school basketball, and youth soccer in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods in Brooklyn. He enjoys exploring New York City, traveling with his family, and watching college sports.

 

 

Mr. Jeremy Varner

Chess

Mr. Matthew (Matt) Waldvogel

Third Grade 
Queens College, CUNY - B.A.
Adelphi Univesity - M.A. Education

The son of a pastor, Matt Waldvogel was raised here in New York City and attended Stuyvesant High School. As part of his fifteen-year teaching experience, Mr. Waldvogel taught American History and Bible for six years at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill in North Carolina, a classical Christian school. There, he also served as the Middle School Athletic Director and Summer Programs Director. Prior to living in North Carolina, Mr. Waldvogel was Dean of Students and taught for many years at Richmond Hill High School in Queens. 

Ms. Laura Werezak

First Grade
Cedarville University - B.A.
Regent College - M.C.S. in Christianity and the Arts
Lehman College, CUNY - M.A.

Ms. Werezak is passionate about connecting students to Christ through interdisciplinary studies. She has a diverse teaching background that includes the following: middle school Spanish teacher in New York City charter schools, teaching assistant in Christian Thought and Culture at Regent College, and Pre-Kindergarten Spanish instructor at a Christian academy in Oklahoma. Ms. Werezak is a medievalist and voracious reader of 20th century Christian thought. Laura and her husband have two daughters, one of whom is a Geneva School student.

Ms. Kajsa Wilkins

Music
University of Idaho - B.A. Piano Performance

 

A native of Moscow, Idaho, Ms. Wilkins grew up in a musical family, in which both her grandmothers were pianists and were her first piano instructors. Her mother and two sisters often sang together for community events. She and her husband, operatic tenor Bray Wilkins, moved to New York in 2011, at which time Ms. Wilkins began teaching music using the Kodály method. She joined the Geneva School Faculty in 2012 and is passionate about the importance of music in our culture. She performs often with her husband and hopes their two children will want to perform with them some day.

Ms. Danielle Wilson

Second Grade 
Clarks Summit University - B.A.
East Stroudsburg University - M.A.

 

A veteran teacher, Ms. Wilson has sixteen years of experience teaching elementary school. For the past nine years, she has taught third grade mathematics at Wauseon Elementary School in Ohio. Her husband, Joshua, teaches Upper School Humanities at Geneva School, and they have three children who attend Geneva School. She also has extensive volunteer experience with a Christian girls’ organization, Keepers of the Faith, and enjoys traveling and reading.

Mr. Joshua Wilson

Upper School English Teacher
Baptist Bible College - B.S.
University of Toledo - M.A.
University of Michigan - M.A.
Southern Theological Seminary - Th.M.(current)

Mr. Wilson has been teaching in various capacities since 2003, most recently as Classical Studies Teacher at Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio, for five years. Prior to this, Mr. Wilson served at the Assistant Pastor of Jasper Bible Church in Jasper, Michigan. He has also worked as an editor, a composition instructor at the University of Toledo, and taught English overseas for a year in Bangladesh. Mr. Wilson is married to Danielle, Second Grade Teacher at Geneva School, and they have three children.

Ms. Corrie Beth Zubia

Fifth Grade Humanities
Hillsdale College - B.A.

 

Prior to joining Geneva School as Fifth Grade Humanities teacher, Ms. Zubia taught Fitth and Sixth Grade Classics and World History at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and previously taught at a classical charter school in Colorado before moving to New York City, where her husband is pursuing a Ph.D. at Columbia University. Ms. Zubia graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in History and a minor in Latin. For relaxation, Ms. Zubia enjoys studying poetry, hiking, and baking cakes (she actually made her own wedding cake!).

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