Meet the GSB Team

Please meet our team of highly qualified and motivated teachers and administrators. We are very much looking forward to building this school with the support and enthusiasm of such a fine group of educators!

  • Melissa Bourgeois

    Head of School Development, Head of English Department Grade 6 deputy class teacher, Grades 5 & 6 English & Social Studies

    English curriculum, education related questions, field trips, special projects, events at school, student concerns, coordination global community Grade 6 deputy class teacher, Grades 5 & 6 English & Social Studies

    I love connecting with students, and have a diverse background as an educator. I have taught in the NYC public schools as well as abroad, have managed the curriculum for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I am also a certified yoga teacher for both children and adults. I hold a BA in English from Columbia University and a Masters in Education from Lehman College as a NYC teaching fellow.

    In my years as a Language Arts teacher at the Manhattan School for Children, my classroom was used as a model for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. I worked closely with consultants from Teachers College along with my colleagues to practice and refine the workshop model of teaching reading and writing. Educators from various schools would observe to learn the style and debrief after the lessons. It was during this time that I fell in love with teaching reading and writing, and I am grateful to be able to teach what I love at GSB.

    I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at GSB since the school began in 2014. In 2015, my role expanded when I took on the position of Head of Lower School and Head of the English Department. This year my role will expand again, as I take on the position of Head of School Development, which will encompass both the Lower and the Middle School. I am grateful to be part of such a supportive, dynamic community.