Ms. Stephanie Goldstein

Special Education Teacher

Stephanie has taught middle school special education for the past two years in Harlem and Washington Heights. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Stephanie knew she wanted to teach early-on. Tutoring undergraduate and high school students while at Barnard, Stephanie experienced first-hand the joy inherent in this line of work--in helping students to reach their "light bulb" moments, realizing not only their academic potential, but also their curiosity in the world outside them. Since leaving her college gates, she has immersed herself in the world of secondary education, designing and implementing individualized education programs for three special education cohorts and two general education cohorts. She has worked in both ICT and SETTS classrooms, collaborating with a general education teacher and teaching separately on her own. She has served as the special education case manager to over 40 students, managing, designing, and implementing their individualized education programs. While doing so, Stephanie became experienced in making general education curriculum accessible for all learners, designed multi-modal interventions for struggling students, and managed all regulation-related matters concerning her students. She has also led professional development sessions on instructional modification and IEP writing. While at Barnard, Stephanie double majored in English and Environmental Science. With eclectic intellectual interests, Stephanie completed three theses, writing about French conceptions of existence, 18th century poetry, and the impact of bark beetles on coniferous forests in the western United States. She was a National Science Foundation research fellow, and was awarded a $5000 research grant to investigate climate trends with climatologists at Columbia University. A lover of languages, she also developed a working knowledge of Spanish and Hebrew. Stephanie could not be more thrilled to join the talented team at School in the Square. She was particularly attracted to the school's investment in educating the child holistically--cultivating its students academic and personal selves. S2's dedication to creating a community for its students and their families also drew Stephanie to the school and has inspired her to improve her practice each and every day.