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 2020-21



Doreen Esposito                                                  Principal                         

Amy O’Brien                                                         Assistant Principal        

Annie Ferrante                                                    Teacher                           

Waita Moore                                                        UFT Chapter Leader     

Katie Finnegan                                                     Teacher                          

Jamie Kushner                                                     Teacher                           

Hallie Saltz                                                            Teacher                          

Lisa Sheers                                                           Teacher                          

Larry Budasoff                                                     Teacher                          

Michael Miller                                                      Teacher                          

Ashley Lavin                                                         PTA Co-President          

Jennifer Kunin, Chair                                          Parent                             

Lisa Altman                                                          Parent                             

Krista Cohane                                                      Parent                             

Katie Smith                                                           Parent                            

Lindsay Friedman                                                Parent                            

Nadia Levy                                                            Parent                            

Amy Saks                                                              Parent                            

Meeting Dates

(All meetings are at 7:30 a.m.)


October 6

November 10
December 8
January 12
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11
June 15