Greetings families! Now that all three divisions of our school are up and running, I hope everyone is settling in and enjoying the new school year. Today I’d like to introduce you to Nicole Arndt, our Director of Teaching & Learning for grades PK-8. I had the pleasure of working with Nicole over the summer as she joined Tara and I to prepare for the year head. She is intelligent, creative, kind and down-to-earth – a wonderful addition to our learning community.
As a long time school leader and classroom teacher in variety of settings, Nicole brings an understanding of traditional schooling practices as well as a passion for progressive independent education. Prior to joining WNS, she spent six years at an independent PK-8th grade program in Manhattan where she was a key member of the leadership team. Her primary responsibilities were curriculum development, student support, and faculty supervision. She was also a public school teacher for 13 years, teaching almost every grade at the elementary level. In addition, she spent five years as a university instructor at Long Island University. Originally from the Bay Area of California, Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University, an MA in Special Education from Teachers College, and an MA in School Leadership from Penn State.
Here at Williamsburg Northside School, Nicole’s role is to collaborate with the leadership team in developing the educational program in grades PK-8. She will serve as a liaison between teachers and families, supervise and support teachers in their professional growth, and advocate for our growing school by participating in the admissions process and events.
Nicole knows that as educators, we are tasked with the great responsibility of preparing our students for an unknown future. To do so, we must identify and implement the best pedagogical practices, maintain a flexible and innovative mindset, and engage in a deep inquiry into the unique strengths and needs of each student. It is with this philosophy that she joins our team to build a bright future for our students and for WNS.
You can find Nicole in her office, room 301 at 299 North 7th St, or email her any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know you will join me in giving her a warm welcome!