Meet the newest Calhoun employees.
All new LS–EC employees are part of the Calhoun Associate Apprenticeship Program (CAAP). Associate teachers participating in this program are regarded as teachers-in-training with the opportunity to learn under a seasoned classroom teacher and gain hands-on experience in the classroom. After completing the two-year program, participants will be prepared to become head teachers at Calhoun or elsewhere. This program will bring eager teachers-in-training to our community and also provide a platform for our talented teachers to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of Calhoun and education broadly.
Alexa Alifonso: LS-EC Associate Teacher
Alexa is an educator dedicated to early childhood learning and development. Her master's degree is in early childhood education from Teachers College, and her passion is working with children on topics such as social justice, identity and community. Within the last few years she has worked in independent schools as an associate teacher in classrooms from nursery to preschool. She is eager to help cultivate and maintain a safe learning environment where children and families thrive at Calhoun.
Zohra Coday: LS-EC Associate Teacher
Zohra Coday grew up in St. Louis and attended Webster University, earning a BA in sociology with minors in international human rights and biology. After completing her degree, she worked as an assistant at a Montessori preschool before going to Limerick, Ireland, to complete her master's degree in Irish traditional music performance on the concertina. After returning from Ireland, she worked as an assistant preschool teacher in the St. Louis public school district and as a lead kindergarten teacher during the district's summer school program. In addition to joining Calhoun, she will be starting her master's in performing arts administration at NYU. Outside of work and school, she enjoys watching movies, reading, listening to music, talking to friends and traveling internationally. She is excited to explore New York City and be a part of the Calhoun community as an associate teacher.
Wesley Craft: LS-EC Associate Teacher
Wesley is excited to be joining the Calhoun community as an associate teacher in the 4's classroom. He discovered the joy of educating as a freshman in college when he volunteered as a literacy tutor for middle school students who have learning differences. In 2020, he was honored to become a first-generation college graduate when he earned his BA in public policy leadership from the University of Mississippi. He's since been a 6th-grade summer school teacher in the Mississippi Delta and a lower-school enrichment teacher at The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of work you can find him browsing the public library, thrifting or watching The Golden Girls. He is thrilled for the upcoming year of learning, exploration and fun with the Calhoun students.
LaToya Greene: LS-EC Associate Teacher
LaToya Greene has been in the early education field for over eight years. Most recently she was a 3's program teacher at the Brooklyn Friends School, and prior to that she worked as a preschool and STEM teacher for four years at Bright Horizons. She currently holds a bachelor's degree with a major in healthcare administration and minor in child development, and a master's degree in early childhood education. She enjoys reading and traveling the world with her 8-year-old daughter.
Muna Atwa: 4th and 5th Grade Science Teacher
Muna began her journey as an educator in Cairo, Egypt, where she earned her BA and spent many years of her life. She later moved back to New York City to pursue her master's degree in childhood education at The City College of New York. Muna graduated at the top of her class and was asked to be her graduating class' commencement speaker. Most recently, Muna spent the past few years at Hunter College Elementary School teaching science. Prior to her time at Hunter, she was a head teacher in a first grade classroom at the Egyptian American International School in Cairo. Muna believes that learning is not only a lifelong endeavor but a lifelong joy. She is so excited to join the Calhoun community as the 4th and 5th grade science teacher and looks forward to nurturing her students' curiosity for science exploration.
Jonathan Matthews-Guzman: Interim Theater Teacher and Fifth Grade Chorus Instructor
Jonathan Matthews-Guzman will be returning to LS-E this year as our interim theater teacher and fifth grade chorus instructor. They are a Memphis-born / New York-based performer, creator, curator, writer and educator of Irish and Puerto Rican descent. They hold a BFA from NYU Tisch Dance. Their work and studies have taken them abroad to work with arts organizations including the International Theatre Festival of Kerala, and Toscana Dance HUB (now WADE). Jonathan sings tenor with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, directs music for Queens Shakespeare Inc./What Dreams May Co., and has composed for performers including Giada Ferrone and Rashaun Mitchell. Jonathan was an inaugural Curatorial Fellow in Dance through SMUSH Gallery. They regularly review for and contribute to publications including Eye on Dance and the Arts, Dance Teacher Magazine, Time Out NY, and The Journal of Dance Education. Jonathan is ecstatic to be joining Calhoun LS-E in choir and theater this year.
Molly Cohen will be returning from her parental leave. Beginning this fall, she will be transitioning from her role as our fifth grade math teacher to become the Lower School Math Coordinator, working with students and teachers in the Early Childhood and Elementary divisions.