Greg Zimdahl has been teaching and learning at TYWLS of Astoria since 2007. He taught seventh grade social studies for several years before becoming the 11th grade U.S. History and Government teacher in 2011. Greg also teachers a college-accredited U.S. history and literature seminar designed for 12th grade students. For Greg, education is a life-long pursuit. He sees his role as a coach, supporting and challenging students to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become life-long learners. This year, Greg is the Yearbook advisor and will be coaching soccer in the spring. Greg is an avid marathon runner, reader, and camping enthusiast.
Ashley Almonte is the high school chemistry teacher here at TYWLS. She has begin working with us in 2017.
Christy Kingham has been a middle and high school English teacher since 2003. She began at TYWLS in 2011 and currently teaches 11th and 12th grade ELA. She is also a Lead Teacher and instructional coach, working with teachers on their curriculum and instruction. Christy is the choreographer for the school play and teaches a photography intensive. She believes all students can learn given the right environment, loves to play soccer and likes teaching with her shoes off.
Katherine Tansey joined TYWLS of Astoria in 2010 teaching 8th grade math, she now also teaches 3D printing, and Algebra 1 and 2. She loves to travel, eat, read, run, make, and do all things math! Each day she tries to help girls become confident, problem-solving, math-skilled independent women!
Scott Melcher has been teaching Social Studies at TYWLS since the school opened in 2006. He currently teaches Government and Economics for 12th graders, and AP Psychology as a high school elective.
Andrea Chaves joined TYWLS of Astoria in 2009 as a Spanish teacher. Currently, she teaches Spanish I, Spanish III, Spanish for Native Speakers and the Technology Internship.
Caitlin Stanton joined the TYWLS of Astoria team in 2007. She teaches Musical Theater, Costume Design, Masks and Puppetry, Advanced Scene Study and likes long walks on the beach. She runs the TYWLS of Astoria Drama Club with the help of some amazing staff and students.
Julia Hurn is really really excited to be teaching at TYWLS this year. She feels like she’s getting back to her original music education roots with smaller class sizes, and a very community oriented school. She has been teaching for 15 years, and is a musician opera singer by training. She is very enthusiastic about singing and all kinds of music.
Michelle Barrata teaches AP 2D Design, high school beginning and intermediate art, and middle school art.
James Franco joined TYWLS of Astoria in 2013 as a PE/Health Teacher. He currently teaches PE for grades 6-12. As the Athletic Director, he coaches PSAL volleyball for the HS and supervises all athletic programs for the school. Our school now has a CHAMPS program for Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. For our HS level and PSAL program there is a Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Outdoor Track & Field Team. There will be more opportunities for more sports as the year continues. James is active in a variety of sports and activities like volleyball, weight lifting, swimming, and snowboarding. He also enjoys great food, watching sports and traveling.