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Meet our Community

Get to know Town.

Recorded live October 19, 2020

We hope you enjoy this virtual tour with two of our wonderful faculty members! We encourage you to watch the whole presentation, but you can also use the chapter markers (small white circles) to choose your entry point!

What We Love About Town from The Town School on Vimeo.

What does our physically-distanced school model look like in action?

Opening Days at Town from The Town School on Vimeo.


Meet our Leadership Team.

Dr. Douglas Brophy
Head of School

Meet Doug

Started at Town in: 2018

Years in Education: 28

Previous Career: I was an attorney for eight years.

Education: Tulane University, B.A.; Tulane Law School, J.D.; Stanford University, M.A.; University of Pennsylvania, Ed.D.

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: I continue to stay active in the broader NYC community, from leadership at my synagogue to regularly volunteering at a local homeless shelter.

Favorite thing about Town: Always being around such wise and thoughtful people (including my students) who cause me to think about something in a new way.

Other things to know about me: I love the outdoors, whether hiking with my family or backpacking with the same group of friends for the past 30 years. I also have so many NYC favorites, with the downtown jazz clubs right at the top.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Want to connect with Doug? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

Odette C. Muskin
Head of the Nursery-Kindergarten Division

Meet Odette

Started at Town in: 2004

Years in Education: 28

Previous Career: Investment Banking - Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Manager, Investor Relations

Education: MSEd,  Leadership, Bank Street, B.A. English, Marymount Manhattan College

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: Professional development presenter: People of Color Conference, NAIS, 92nd St. Y Wonder Conference, NYSAEYC. International School Visits: Japan, Early Childhood and Elementary Schools; South Africa,  People to People Delegate; Italy, Reggio Emilia Study Group;  Russia, Early Childhood Center. Publications: A Backward Glance (Visible Ink, Memorial Sloan Kettering); Philanthropy Through The Eyes of a Child (Faith in Children; Providence House Publishers);  Please Pass the Crackers: Classroom Rules in the Early Childhood Environment and Their Impact on Moral Development (Bank Street College of Education); The Well (Marymount Manhattan Review)

Favorite thing about Town: A caring and giving community.

Other things to know about me: I am a third generation quilter; I grew up on a farm, and I am an ameteur musician. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Want to connect with Odette? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

David Andrew Wood
Head of Lower School

Meet David

Started at Town in: 2014

Years in Education: 21

Previous Career: I performed in live theatre regionally, at Radio City Music Hall, and on Broadway.

Education: Columbia University, EdM; Hunter College, MSEd; New York University, BFA

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: I enjoy promoting the professional development of others, in service to their ongoing growth and learning, and ultimately to our students' learning and lived experience.

Favorite thing about Town: My favorite thing about Town is the community - its complexity and authenticity.

Other things to know about me: I enjoy running in Prospect Park and taking advantage of local Brooklyn activities  on the weekends.

Pronouns: he, him, his

Want to connect with David? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

Carol Seeley
Head of Upper School

Meet Carol

Started at Town: 2019 

Years in education: 21

Education: Connecticut College, BA in Sociology 

An aspect of my work I’m proud of: I really value the many opportunities I have at Town to support professional development and collaborate in curriculum work in Upper School. In my previous schools I have participated in reaccreditation self study work, worked with the Admissions office interviewing families, and coached basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. 

Favorite thing about Town: I love Town’s community! And the reason I chose Town is the N-8 model. Especially as a middle school educator, being in a place where children can really be children at such an influential age is important to me. Our 7th and 8th graders know that high school is on the horizon, but it’s not looming over them every day. Our middle schoolers are in a place where they can learn for learning's sake, take joy in their learning, and thrive. 

Other things to know about me: I am a born and bred New Yorker, and huge Yankees fan. I enjoy playing sports and baking. And I love my Converse sneakers. 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Want to connect with Carol? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

Dr. Janie Vance
Academic Dean

Meet Janie

Started at Town in: 2006

Years in Education: 25

Education: James Madison University - BM; University of Miami (FL) - MM; Teachers College, Columbia University - EdM. and Ed.D.

An aspect of my work I'm proud of:  I oversee professional development across all grades and work closely with our professional literacy and math teaching coaches -- I love partnering with our faculty as they continually push themselves to be even better teachers.

Favorite thing about Town: My favorite thing about Town is the warmth of the community. Town is a place that feels like home.

Other things to know about me: I am a HUGE Musical Theater fan! 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Want to connect with Janie? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

Eva Vega-Olds
Director of Equity and Community

Meet Eva

Started at Town in: 2016

Years in Education: 20

Previous Career: Anti-bias education and Civil rights at a National civil rights Organization (ADL)

Education: Master of Arts, Sociology, New School for Social Research

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: Prominent speaker, consultant for K16 schools, non profit and corporations. I’m also a certified personal coach (Nov 2020.)

Favorite thing about Town: The ever-evolving importance of working to bring our ethical motto of SOS (Self, Others, Surroundings) out into the world. 

Other things to know about me: I love sneakers and gardening. 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Want to connect with Eva? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

Debbie Ashe
Director of Admissions

Meet Debbie

Started at Town in: 2019

Years in Education: 25

Previous Career: Attorney

Education: Cardozo School of Law, JD, University of Pittsburgh, MA, University of Pittsburgh, BA

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: Because I believe in revision, literally re-seeing things, I have been a change agent in Admissions on behalf of both the schools for which I've worked and applicant families.  I think that experience has never been more important than now, when we need to adapt our admissions process for a virtual world.  

Favorite thing about Town: Hard to limit this to one thing - so I won't!  Joyful students, parents who care about community, astounding teachers, and thoughtful colleagues.

Other things to know about me: Covid-19 has changed how I enjoy New York City, but not its essence, which for me is theater, opera, dance. I am so grateful to the arts institutions that have offered their repertoire online. No day is complete without a few hours of knitting:  socks, sweaters, shawls, blankets. I love playing with colors and texture. I'm also a compulsive baker who tweaks each recipe to create my own versions.  

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Want to connect with Debbie? Email admissions@townschool.org

Philip Bien '95
Director of Institutional Advancement

Meet Philip

Started at Town in: 2015

Years in Education: 18

Previous Career: Concurrently worked as a clinical social worker.

Education: B.S., M.S.W., New York University

An aspect of my work I'm proud of: In balance of community and relationship building, I have launched many technology projects for educational administration.   

Favorite thing about Town: I treasure the life-long friendships that were made when I was a student at Town. 

Other things to know about me: I am currently learning bridge (and very humbled by the challenge)! While international travel has been temporarily put on hold, I look forward to visiting new countries. I love how reflecting on different cultures affords me to learn more about myself and my own culture. 

Pronouns: he, him, his

Want to connect with Phil? Email advancement@townschool.org

Jason Bossart
Chief Operating Officer

Meet Jason

Started at Town in: 2020

Years in Education: 6

Previous Career: Association Management, Non-Profit Construction Management

Education: George Washington University, BA Political Science; Capella University, Master of Business Administration (MBA); Western Governors University, Master of Management & Leadership (MSML)


An aspect of my work I'm proud of: ​​ ​​Serving stakeholders of non-profits, specifically those working with youth.

Favorite thing about Town: Sense of community and culture is evident among the faculty, staff, and families

Other things to know about me: I'm a Yankees fan, enjoy exercise, reading, and I occasionally play something that sometimes resembles golf. I love NYC: the energy and that the city is teeming with diverse people and ideas.

Pronouns: he, him, his

Want to connect with Jason? We'll put you in touch! Email info@townschool.org

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