Lead Educators

We’ve built Clarion School on the experience, passion and training of our dedicated teaching staff who all have a Master’s Degree in Education. Their in-depth knowledge and experience will support your children with deeper, richer and more meaningful learning. At Clarion, our mission is not to give your child the answer, but rather have them discover it themselves.

Meet the educators.

Janel Fazier

Janel Fazier

Janel attended Bank Street as a child and went on to graduate from Bank Street College of Education with a Master’s Degree of Early Education having previously graduated from Connecticut University with a BA degree. Janel taught as an assistant teacher at Bank Street and went on to become a Lead Teacher at a leading New York school. Janel is our Grade 1 Educator.

Michelle Burrowes

Michelle Burrowes

Michelle holds a Master’s Degree from Bank Street College of Education and an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. She was the head teacher at Washington Heights and Inwood, an independent progressive school where she created an emergent curriculum aligned with the Common Core. Michelle is our KG1 educator.

David Watts

David Watts

David graduated from the University of California and received a Master’ s Degree in Early Education Childhood from Walden University. He has taught KG internationally, most recently in China. David is passionate about sports and is very active with our sports teams and programs. David is teaching our KG2 children.

Cindy Kentopian

Cindy Kentopian

Cindy comes to Clarion after teaching at an international school in Peru and was also on the curriculum leadership team. She has also taught at schools in Japan and Indonesia. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of California and a Masters in International Education followed later by a Masters in Education Administration. Cindy is teaching our Grade 2 students.

Zasswhund Crockett

Zasswhund Crockett

Zasswhund graduated from Bank Street College of Education with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education after receiving her Bachelors Degree in Education from City College in New York. She went on to teach at Bank Street School for Children, where she was a Lead Teacher. Zasswhund has a passion for writing children’s literature and is our PreK educator.

Lindsey Watts

Lindsey Watts

Lindsey comes to Clarion after teaching in an international school in China. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art before graduating with a Master’s Degree in Education from University of California. Married to David Watts she writes a travel blog and is an aspiring photographer. Lindsey is teaching our PreK children.

Nichole Krissman

Nichole Krissman

Nichole is a graduate of the Bank Street College of Education with a Master’s Degree in Early Education. She holds a Bachelor’s in Museum Education from George Washington University. She taught in Santa Fe where she was a classroom teacher and lead the literacy team. She is now our Grade 3 educator at Clarion.

Emily Boudreau

Emily Boudreau

Emily graduated from University of Michigan with honors and went on to study at Bank Street College of Education receiving a Master’s Degree in General Education. She taught at the Browning School, a leading independent school in New York. Emily is an avid writer having served as a reporter on the state newspaper. She is educating our KG2 children.

Emily Bautista

Emily Bautista

Emily graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She was teaching at Fieldston School, one of the top private schools in New York City prior to coming to Clarion. Emily is an exceptionally creative teacher who implements all of her Bank Street knowledge to create a dynamic impact within the classroom. A dedicated teacher, Emily continues to build on her Bank Street education by researching and adopting current trends in progressive education. She is our KG1 educator.