Our Faculty

The Morningside office buzzes with activity, acting as the hub for our school. In the Director’s Office, you’ll find a sympathetic ear and a wealth of experience.

In the Main Office, a parent can get information about the school, inquire about parent participation or begin a school visit. This is also where teachers can locate student files, make copies of classroom work or order materials. Our Associate Director is on-hand here to help you in whatever way you need.
 

Jorinda Silverstein Moorhead
Executive Director
Jorinda grew up between NY and Boston until returning permanently to NYC to attend NYU, where she completed a degree in psychology.

While raising two boys she attended Teachers College two times to obtain MA degrees in Developmental Psychology and Special Education. She has a dual certification NYS teacher in early childhood and special education. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Jorinda began working with children in daycare centers when she was 18. After college, Jorinda began working as a Special Education teacher in Brooklyn. Her work experience with children includes working with children with special needs in therapeutic nurseries and conducting educational evaluations. She was a literacy specialist with K-5 kids in the Department of Education for two years before coming here. Jorinda has also been involved in community organizing roles. In those positions, she reached out to marginalized groups of women and their children and managed large grants from the federal government. Jorinda has been part of the MMS community since 1997. Initially, she was a a parent and board member. After a few years, she returned as a parent for the second time and also began teaching here. She was a teacher at MMS for seven years. During the last two of those years, she was also the Program Director. In the spring of 2010, she became the Executive Director. Jorinda has two boys, Jarobi and Mekhi, both of whom are Morningside alumni. She enjoys yoga, dancing and horseback riding. Jorinda speaks Spanish and is re-learning Italian.

Alexandra Martin
Associate Director
Born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City, Alexandra has a Master’s in Education, and has dual certification from the Department of Education in Childhood Education and in Art Education.

Alexandra (known to most of us as Alex)  has been a part of the Morningside community since 2004. She was an Art Educator at the Guggenheim Museum for five years before coming to us as  the Head Teacher in the North class for 3 years, and then as the Head Teacher in the South Class for 3 years.  Alex is  now Morningside’s Associate Director. She is also the Director of Admissions, manages marketing, web site design, and provides staff development. Alex works with the Executive Director to design and implement Morningside's Parent Education program.

Alex has two sons; both Morningside graduates.

Krystle Javier
Administrative Assistant

 

Krystle was born in Brooklyn, NY. She was recently married and is happily living in Ridgewood. 

 
Krystle holds a BA in Clinical Psychology with a minor in English Literature.
 
Krystle was a level two case manager for NYC Administration for Children's Services for 4 years. She investigated suspected cases of child abuse and neglect, supervised family court cases, worked in the field personally assisting  families, and provided referrals for educational, medical and mental health services to those in need. She is an extreemly  efficient and lovely  Administrative Assistant!
 
Debbie Gonzalez
Special Events Coordinator

Debbie has been an invaluable presence at Morningside for over 20 years. Debbie began as a substitute teacher, moved in to an assistant teacher role, before becoming the Assistant to the Director. Debbie is now leading all special events at Morningside. Debbie's two children are both former Morningside Students.