Meet Our School Staff

Principal Williams

    

Assistant Principal, MR. Knight

  

MR. SPIVEY

  

is excited to return to I.S. 217 – School of Performing Arts for the 2020-21 School Year! Originally from Brooklyn, NY; Sean is the son of SFC Darlene Spivey (US Army Ret.) where Military life made it that his family lived many places within the United States as well as Seoul, Korea and Berlin, Germany at the end of the Cold War. Sean graduated from Menchville High School in Newport News, VA where he was an active member of Menchville H.S. Show Choir and Menchville H.S. Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA where he majored in general, choral, and vocal music. He has served as a music educator, a choreographer for show choirs, and has been a featured jazz vocalist and dancer with Shenandoah Singers. Sean has toured the United States and Canada performing in Clifford, The Big Red Dog Live! (Male Swing) and Arthur Live! (Brain). At Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Sean’s previous credits includes: Dreamgirls (Earl, M.C. Ensemble) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho). Currently in his fourth year on staff at I.S. 217, Mr. Spivey has served as a Music Educator and is the Choral Director of the I.S. 217 Choir. This is Mr. Spivey’s second year as the Director of Performing Arts and he continues to strive for excellence through Arts Education and Academic Programs for each and every I.S. 217 student.

MR. COWIE

  

is a musician, composer and educator based out of Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in 2013 with a degree in Jazz Saxophone. After graduation, Andrew moved to Brooklyn where he freelanced as a musician and educator. During this time, he played throughout NYC as a member of many music projects which ranged in genres from pop, rock, jazz to musical theatre. In the winter of 2016, Andrew had the honor of joining the ska band The Toasters on a six week tour around the United States. In 2019, he returned to school at Brooklyn College to obtain his teaching certification. He is currently pursuing his masters in Music Composition at Brooklyn College. Andrew’s current projects include works composed for traditional concert and chamber music as well as his solo singer-songwriter project under the pseudonym, Patches.

 

Mr. Nuhann, Networks / Website administrator

   

Growing up poor in Liberia, striving for the privilege of getting an education, he graduated from the St. Francis High School and dreamed of coming to the United States. Once in the United States, he continued to struggle for a better life, graduating with his Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and embarking on his career in education. He currently work with The New York Department of Education and he also enjoys working with and teaching children how to build games and computers in after school.  He also graduated with a MBA degree from Colorado Technical University and got a MS in Cyber Security from Mercy College, specializing into the IT area. He is  a Liberian artist and the founder of Vision for Children in Liberia, Inc. he  is also the Executive director of OneplaceOnevoice tv studio & web designs, a register studio in the Bronx that serves as the voice of the African Immigrants' Commission of New York and Connecticut.  His dream is “to build schools for children in Liberia to enhance their lives. 

MS. SMYTH

  

is an actress, writer and educator living in the Bronx, NY. She studied English and Theater at Hunter College in Manhattan, holds a Master’s in English Education from St. John’s University and is pursuing a MSEd in Educational Theater at CCNY. Serving as the educational editor for Westview News, she was granted the opportunity to share her passion and beliefs about education with the city. Sarah has performed in a wide variety of shows--both classical and contemporary--in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Most recently, she works with a NYC theater collective focused on emerging playwrights with diverse backgrounds. With New York City theater evolving during these times, Sarah wrote a play that was accepted by the Spark Woman Writer’s Festival in summer 2020. You can also hear her as the voice of Sheila, a talking portal to an alternate dimension, on a science fiction web series premiering weekly on IGTV. 

MS. AMANDA

   

I am very excited to be joining the I.S. 217 team. I am teaching 6th grade math and 7th grade math this year.  I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island, where I studied Childhood Education and Human Development. I recently received my Master's in Special Education from New York University. I can't wait to spend this year learning and growing with you!