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Manhattan New School's School Leadership Team

The SLT of Manhattan New School is a school-based organization composed of parents, teachers and administrators. The SLT meets at least once a month for approximately an hour to work on projects including the Comprehensive Education Plan, which sets annual goals for the school in all areas and focuses on developing education strategies for improvement, parent surveys and more. SLT members work collaboratively, make decisions by consensus, chair and/or serve on Team sub-committees, all with the goal of effectively resolving concerns that affect the school as a whole. The SLT neither sets educational policy nor its guidelines for teachers; these areas are determined by the MNS administration. The SLT is not a PTA activity and it is not a fundraising entity. 


Parent members of the SLT are typically nominated by the school’s nominating committee in May or June of each year. All parent members serve a term of two years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms (however, if no other willing, eligible candidate is identified, a member may be elected for an additional term.) Members who are unable to complete their term shall be replaced with elections held within 60 days of the members’ resignation. Teacher members of the SLT are appointed by the school’s principal.


The projects that the SLT focus on vary from year to year. In recent years the team has worked on a school-wide satisfaction survey and the research behind the pros and cons of traditional homework for elementary school-aged children, the findings from which helped to guide the school’s administration in its policies and school-wide improvements.

School Leadership Team 2023-24


Doreen Esposito                                                 Principal                         

Farrah Alexander                                                UFT Chapter Leader     

Lindsay Friedman                                               PTA Co-President              

Nadia Levy                                                            SLT Co-Chair                       

Esther Yoon                                                          SLT Co-Chair                  

Amy O’Brien                                                         Assistant Principal                                        

Sharon Marcus                                                     Teacher                          

Colleen Liddy                                                        Teacher                          

Julia Feldman                                                        Teacher                          

Arielle Berger                                                        Teacher                          

Nicky Kram Rosen                                                Teacher                                        

Julie Greene                                                           Teacher                          

Catherine Curley Lee                                            Parent                            

Sheana Klasfeld                                                     Parent                            

Jewel Clarke                                                            Parent                               

Pamela Valera                                                        Parent                                                                               

Caroline Paris                                                         Parent                            

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