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. Grant Billingsley

Upper School Art
University of Texas at Dallas - B.A.
Texas Tech University - M.F.A., Certificate in Art History

Grant has assumed various roles since joining Geneva School in 2015, most currently as Facilities Manager. He holds a Bachelor in Art and Performance degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master of Fine Arts and Art History certificate, both from Texas Tech University. His teaching experience include Instructor of Record for Drawing I, Design I, and Continuing Painting, and Adjunct Professor of Drawing I at Texas Tech University. He is the Border Art Residency Recipient for 2012. His work was included in New American Paintings #108 in 2013. He was co-curator of Frameshift at Denny Gallery, New York. An avid learner, Grant is currently a member of a philosophy reading group.

Ms. Naomi Budenholzer

Second Grade 
Concordia University - B.A. Elementary Education
Concordia University - M.A. Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

Naomi has taught at Trinity Lutheran School in Long Island as Second Grade Teacher and After-School Director. She also designed and implemented an enrichment program at Trinity. Ms. Budenholzer holds a BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University and a Masters of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with a focus in student learning and wellbeing. 

Ms. Carey Bustard

Junior 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 has lived in New York City since 2012. 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 Lead Teacher
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. Joy Duval

Beginners 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. Heejung Eom

Kindergarten
Eastern Nazarene College - B.A.
Hunter College - M.A. Early Childhood Education

 

Heejung was a First Grade Associate Teacher at St. Bernard’s School for three years. Prior to that, she worked as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher in a New York City public school. Ms. Eom enjoys singing in her church worship team, and has served on staff in children’s ministry at her church for many years.

Ms. Alexandria Fletcher

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

 

Alexandria's lifelong dream is to teach young children. Ms. Fletcher earned at BA in Media, Culture, and the Arts at King's. There she served as Event Coordinator and a faculty assistant. She enjoys painting, photography, traveling, films, and art museums. 

Magdalena Ford

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

 

Magdalena Ford earned a degree in Religious and Theological Studies and a minor in history at The King's College. There, she also served as the Helmsman for her house and was part of the debate team. She is currently working as a research consulting intern for documentarians Eric Metaxas (P’13) and Seth Ward (P’26, ’27, ’29.) Ms. Ford has a special interest in theater and is a North Carolina Young Playwrights Festival winner. 

Ms. Sarah Geer

Kindergarten Assistant
Clearwater Christian College - B.S. Elementary Education

 

After college, Sarah served as a Title 1 Teacher in a Florida school, and then moved to New York City where she worked as a nanny and an assistant to a Broadway producer. Sarah also has extensive substitute teaching experience.

Mr. Glenn Gonzalez

Physical Education Assistant,
First and Second Grade Reading/Mathematics Support
Latin American Bible Institute - A.A. Theology
Ashford University - B.A. candidate, Early Childhood Education 

Glenn is a native New Yorker who grew up wanting to become a police officer. He had a change of heart after working for the last five years at an after-school sports program, during which he discovered his passion for teaching young children. Glenn holds an associate degree in Theology from Latin American Bible Institute. Last year, Glenn worked as an Assistant Teacher at Amber Charter School in Harlem. Glenn is passionate about fitness and loves to play basketball.

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

Junior 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.

 

Madame Sarah Kampouris

Preschool 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 (P'13, P'16, P'22) are parents to two Geneva School graduates.

Ms. Erin Kang

Kindergarten
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.

Ms. Adriana Kapfer

Junior Kindergarten 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.

Dr. Fred Kim

Latin
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. Samantha Krzyzewski

Kindergarten Assistant
Houghton College - B.A.
Nyack College - M.A. candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy

Samantha has served as the Director of Children’s Ministry and Ministry Assistant at Grace Presbyterian Church in Long Island while working as a substitute teacher at Sag Harbor Elementary School. Samantha holds a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Education and Family Studies from Houghton College and is working towards a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nyack College. She enjoys spending time with friends and family at the beach where she grew up, and learning from human stories through memoirs, podcasts, and documentaries. 

Ms. Catherine Lee

Upper School Mathematics
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. 

Ms. Janna Lee

Upper School Mathematics and Physical Education
Texas A&M University - B.S.

 

Janna taught algebra at Washington Latin, a classical charter school in Washington, D.C. for four years, whose curriculum she wrote and developed. Prior to that, Ms. Lee taught Pre-AP Geometry at Rockwall High School in Texas. She holds teaching certification for both middle school and secondary mathematics, as well as physical education. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and she has been AP Certified. Ms. Lee holds a BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M. She also has experience as a basketball player and coach.

Mr. Peter Lee

Upper School Mathematics
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. Vicki Leung

First-Fifth Grade Science
University of Virginia - B.A.
Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry - D.D.S.

Vicki has been a part of the Geneva School community for many years. Vicki holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a DDS from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. She began her professional career as a dentist until the birth of her sons, after which she chose to stay at home and educate them classically during their grammar school years.

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. Christina Mitchell

Upper School Humanities
The College of William and Mary - B.A.
Relay Graduate School of Education - MLitt Medieval English, M.A. Teaching

After a year as a high school teacher at Evangel Christian School in Queens, Ms. Mitchell served as Eighth Grade Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and Reading Curriculum Advisor at Democracy Prep Charter School in Manhattan for five years. She holds a BA in English and a minor in Art and Art History from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Letters in Medieval English from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City, and a MA in Teaching with a dual certification in general and special education.

Coach Matt Mueller

Physical Education
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

First Grade
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.

Madame Stephanie Popa

French 
Baccalaureat Informatique; BEP Agent Administratif
CAP Secretaire

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. She and her husband have three Geneva School graduates who are now young adults. They welcomed their first grandchild in 2018, and eagerly await the next one in a few months! In her free time, Madame Popa enjoys reading, nature walking, and aqua cycling.

Ms. Katie Rader

Beginners Lead Teacher
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

Lower School 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

Third Grade
Manhattan College - B.A.

 

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. 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.

 

Mr. Adam Trodd

Chess

 

Mr. Jeremy Varner

Chess

Mr. Matthew (Matt) Waldvogel

Fourth Grade 
Queens College, CUNY - B.A.
Adelphi University - 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. Amber Ward

Music
Baylor University - B.M.E.

Amber Ward (P'26, '27, '29) holds a Bachelor of Music Education with vocal and choral emphasis from Baylor University. Before moving to New York City, Amber directed high school choir in Houston TX at Taylor High School, one of the most competitive choral programs in the region. Amber is also a professional Equity singer-actor in the city. Some of her favorite musical theater roles include Beth in Little Women (Engeman Theater), Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (Jenny Wiley), and Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Houston, TX). Amber and her husband, Seth Ward, have led worship at Central Presbyterian Church on the Upper East Side for the past ten years and have toured as Christian music artists with their record, Bitter Kiss. Amber also enjoys reading, seeing musicals and plays, playing the guitar, tennis, Central Park, and spending time with her family. She is a very intense (and at one time quite dedicated) Super Mario Brothers player.

 

Ms. Laura Werezak

Upper School Bible, Creative Writing, English
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, both of which attend Geneva School.

Ms. Kajsa Wilkins

Music
University of Idaho - B.A. Piano Performance

 

Kajsa Wilkins is a passionate musician and educator. 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. She has been working with children in music for more than a decade and joined the Geneva School faculty in 2012. She received her B.A. in piano performance with an emphasis on collaborative piano,from The University of Idaho and her Kodaly certification from New York University. She has worked as a collaborative pianist around the United States in both music theater and opera. As a performer, Kajsa stays busy after school playing for The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and accompanying singers and masterclasses around New York City. She especially enjoys performing with her husband, singer Bray Wilkins, and raising their two children.

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
Baptist Bible College - B.S.
University of Toledo - M.A.
University of Michigan - M.A.
Columbia University - Ph.D. English Education (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.

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