New Faces, New Roles


Newest TPS Teacher, an October Arrival-


Portia Hinshaw, Seventh and Eighth Grade History Teacher

We are pleased to welcome Portia Hinshaw into our community as our new seventh and eighth grade history teacher. Ms. Hinshaw is coming to us from Boulder, Colorado where she was a lead middle school teacher at Mackintosh Academy, as a history teacher.  Mackintosh Academy is an International Baccalaureate school for gifted children. In addition to designing and implementing rigorous curriculum there for the last seven years, Ms. Hinshaw has been supporting and advising students as they transition into challenging IB and AP high school programs. Prior to her position at Mackintosh Academy, Ms. Hinshaw spent 12 years at The Bridge School, a small private school in Boulder where she taught middle school history, middle school English, and middle and high school math; she also led an advisory program for sixth graders.

Ms. Hinshaw has been a teacher for 34 years and received a Bachelor of Science in sociology from DePauw University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Stephens College and a Master of Arts in Integrative Education from Norwich University. Ms. Hinshaw is an ultra-marathon runner, avid hiker and jewelry designer.  In addition to teaching history, Ms. Hinshaw will lead our upper school Model UN program.  Mr. Alex Wise and Ms. Hinshaw will work together as co-advisors.



New Teachers for the 2017-2018 Academic Year- 


Katie David, Fifth and Sixth Grade History Teacher and Fifth Grade Advisor


Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classics from University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis University. During her undergraduate program, she spent a portion of her junior year in Athens, Greece. While at Brandeis, Katie spent her summers conducting field work on archaeological digs in Israel and Crete.  Most recently, Katie taught sixth-grade history at a charter school in Brooklyn.  In addition to possessing an excellent academic background, Katie has had a great deal of global teaching experience. She taught English as a Second Language in Santiago, Chile, and Beijing, China. While in China, a program sponsored by Dartmouth College, she was in an immersion environment teaching middle school students.



Tyler France, Fifth-Seventh Grade Science and Fourth-Fifth Grade STEAM Teacher

Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Massachusetts in 2014. After graduating, Tyler  spent a year as an AmeriCorp volunteer where he was part of a Chainsaw/Trail Leadership Advancement Program. Afterwards, Tyler joined the Bureau of Land Management to work on federal government research grants. He completed a competitive teaching internship at the Shady Hill School, an independent school in Cambridge, MA, before joining TPS.



Christopher Grasso, Maker Space Electives and STEAM Teacher

Christopher comes to us from his STEAM education company Little Maker Square.  Christopher has been offering after school enrichment programs focusing on programming, robotics, and other STEAM topics for the last four years.  He spent the first 10+ years of his career as a software engineer / program manager building and managing applications within the finance industry.   

Christopher has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from SUNY Albany, and received his MBA in Information Systems from Baruch College.


Christopher Kasker, Director of Communications 

Chris comes to us from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was the director of public affairs and communications. He is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who has served in communications roles at the Pentagon and various other positions throughout the world.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences from University of Connecticut.


Dory Kistner Masefield,  Fifth-Eight Grade Math Teacher 

Dory has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in Biology, and a Master of Science in Environmental Chemistry from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  She was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine in Physics of Oceanography, where she focused on how flow dynamics in estuaries relate to red tides in the Gulf of Maine.  Dory developed a passion for teaching, completed a secondary teaching certification and taught middle and high school science on an island in Maine.  Most recently, she has been tutoring Algebra and Geometry, has been developing hands-on STEM enrichment units for schools and summer camps, and serves on the Warwick Valley School Board. 


Tara Moskalik Second Grade Co- Teacher


After joining TPS as a long-term leave replacement in Pre-Kindergarten in January 2017, Tara is now a primary school co-teacher.  Tara has 17 years of teaching experience in the areas of Art Education K-12, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education.  She is a New York State Certified Educator and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Long Island University, and a Master of Science degree in Art Education from Queens CUNY College. In addition, she studied abroad in Italy at the University of Urbino. She graduated with honors in her bachelor's and master’s programs and completed her master’s dissertation in “The Therapeutic Uses of Art in Special Education.” The majority of Tara’s teaching career has been in independent schools in Manhattan. 

Serena Mueller, Associate Head of School for Academics

Serena Mueller comes to TPS from P.S. 11, the William T. Harris School in Chelsea, NY where she spent 12 years serving the community in various roles.  She led as the assistant principal for 3 years, developed teachers as a math instructional coach for 4, and designed curriculum as a classroom teacher for 5 years.   

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University, a Master of Arts in Leadership, Policy, and Politics from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership from Baruch College.


Andrew (Drew) Scecina Fifth-Eigth Grade Math Teacher and Sixth Grade Advisor


Drew earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Mount Saint Mary’s College. His most recent teaching experiences were at St. Ann School in Manhattan and the Hackley School in Tarrytown.  In addition to his teaching career, which has focused on math classes in fourth-eighth grades, he is a professional musician who plays guitar, drums, and sings.  He also enjoys working with audio-visual technology. 

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