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A warm and
nurturing team
of educators

A warm and nurturing team of educators.

At Mustard Seed School, we invest in our teachers. We believe the best educators are the ones who are continually growing and learning themselves. That’s why we commit to providing a variety of means for our educators’ professional development. We even have an endowed chair, The Agnes and Peter Steenland Memorial Chair for Professional Development, that ensures professional development is funded.

Preschool Faculty

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class

Hwa Young Gluckow

Assistant Teacher, Preschool Sky

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Nathan Johnson

Teacher, Trees Class

Kristen Jordan

Assistant Teacher, Trees Class

Amy Kadota

Assistant Teacher, Nest; Afterschool Instructor

Michele Boerman Postema

Assistant Teacher, Preschool Rivers; Learning Support (K-3rd, math and literacy, 7th/8th, math)

Lower School Faculty K-3

Becca Brasser

Teacher, First Grade

Dorota Chester

Assistant Teacher, First Grade

Gabriel Cuervo

Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten

Bridget O’Dowd

Teacher, Kindergarten

Chris Gasca

Assistant Teacher, Grades 2 & 3 Forests Class

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Kindergarten Water

Cindy Kuperus

Teacher, Grades 2&3 Mountains Class

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grades 2&3 Meadows Class

Sam Martino

Assistant Teacher, Grades 2&3 Mountains Class

Melia McHugh

Teacher, Grades 2&3 Forests Class

Leonor Silva

Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten

Kate Streelman

Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

Heather Welesko

Assistant Teacher, Grades 2&3; Teacher, Literacy

Middle School Faculty 4-8

Sam Choi

Teacher, Grade 8; Science, History, and Ethics, Sixth to Eighth Grades

Brent Harris

Teacher, Grade 7; Language Arts, Seventh and Eighth Grades

Chloe Jang

Teacher, Grades 4 & 5

Katherine Jonker

Teacher, Grades 4&5

Melissa McCallihan

Teacher, Teacher, Grades 4&5

Elizabeth Rachuri

Teacher, Grade 6

Academic Specialists

Dana Baker

Learning Specialist Grades Nest to Grade 3; Agnes and Peter Steenland Memorial Chair for Professional Development

Clara Buckley

Middle School Art; STEAM

Nathan Johnson

Lower School Art

Gary Lawrence

Coleman Fung Chair for Mathematics; Teacher of Pre-Algebra and Algebra

Zachary Licato

Teacher, Physical Education and Health

Joan Isaacs Litman

Artist-in-Residence

Aiko Mauldin

Coleman Fung Chair for Music; Director of Songsters, Choristers, and Music Educator for Grades K-5; Worship Leader

Zachary Nordling

Teacher, Lower School Art and Math; Shared Space Coordinator

Tania Oro-Hahn

Spanish, Grades Two through Eighth, Worship Leader Kindergarten through Eighth Grade

Jessica Smith

Music Teacher, Grades 6-8; Worship Coordinator

Gladys Wu

Learning Specialist, Grades Four to Eight

Administrative Staff

Nancy Aberg

Extended Day Coordinator

Reynaldo Barrera

Facilities Manager

Maya Butler

Advancement Assistant

Abigail Hall Choi

Administrative Staff, Middle School Director

Katie Eades

Administrative Staff, Director of Development

Jennifer Gautier

Office Manager & Technology Coordinator

Angela Ho

Director of Finance & Operations

Abby Liu

Director of Marketing & Communications

Nancy Michael

Administrative Associate

Gloria Miltner

School Secretary

Kate Nordling

Development Coordinator

Sebastian Olukun

Business Administrator

Shanna Pargellis

Lower School Director

Thomas Postema

Head of School

Imaani F. Sanders

Director of Admissions and High School Guidance

Emily Sytsma

Early Childhood Director; Coleman Fung Chair for Creativity and Design

After School Staff

Nancy Aberg

Extended Day Coordinator

Amy Kadota

Assistant Teacher, Nest; Afterschool Instructor

Aiko Mauldin

Director of the PROS (Percussion, Recorder, Orff, Servants)

Johari Stoudmire

Extended day program staff

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

A Board of Trustees provides oversight for Mustard Seed School. Composed of 10-15 members, it includes the Head of School. Each member of the Board has been nominated, interviewed, and approved by the Board. The term of office for each is three years and each member may serve for up to five consecutive terms. The board includes people from a variety of professional backgrounds, including finance, real estate, education, fundraising, spiritual
direction and business management. All share a deep commitment to Mustard Seed’s mission.

The daily operations of the educational program are under the purview of the Head of School. The primary responsibilities of The Board include:

  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
  • Setting the budget and overseeing the school’s financial well-being.
  • Fundraising, networking, and guiding the school to fulfill its mission.

Kelesha Armand (2018)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

James Halliday (2012)
Secretary
Brooklyn, New York. Occupation: Financial Services-Information Technology. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Cara Hilton (2018)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Psychologist. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Jessica Lambert (2011)
Vice President
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Pastor. Church Affiliation: Lutheran.

Young Lee (2013)
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.

William McGraw (2014)
Treasurer
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Financial Risk Manager. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Hilary Melville (2014)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Pharmaceutical Learning & Development Consultant. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.

Lillian Meyer ’04 (2018)
Queens, New York. Occupation: Civil Engineer. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Deirdre Mingey (2011)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Educator. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

Raúl Pérez (2013)
President
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Business Development (Healthcare). Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Thomas Postema (2011)
Ex-Officio
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Head of School, Mustard Seed School. Church Affiliation: Christian Reformed.

Mark Quiles (2015)
Hawthorne, NJ. Occupation: School Administrator. Church Affiliation: Non-denominational.

Scott Rostan (2010)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Corporate Trainer. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

Mary Vidal (2014)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Yoga Instructor Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is the Mustard Seed School “Think Tank.” Advisors come together once a year to offer fresh perspective and ideas to the board and staff.

2019-2020 ADVISORS

Joan Allman Bates
Terry Battaglia
Steve DeGeorge
Peter Dykstra
Mary Feury
Steve Kaufmann
Joan Isaacs Litman
Daniel Meeter
Scott Minerd
Bret Schundler
Birgit Solano Richante
Yunho Song

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