Student Services

Resource Specialist 
Timothy McFarland
Tim MrFarland

I grew up in rural western North Carolina, earned my Bachelor's from Appalachian State University in 2009, and moved to New York City later the same year. I started out teaching ESL to recently arrived immigrants from the Middle East in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn as part of a two-year stint with Americorps. This is where I fell in love with teaching, and I moved on to work as a classroom assistant at a charter school in a traditionally underserved community in Queens. I completed my MAT in Childhood Education during this time and worked as a 3rd grade classroom and middle school flex teacher at the same school until 2015. I moved on to teach middle grades English language arts at a small public school in rural Bhutan and, upon my return to the States, landed in Denver working as an upper elementary school science teacher for 2 years. While in Colorado, I earned my second MA in 2021, this time in German Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, spending a year in Regensburg, Bavaria as a part of the program. This, along with my experiences traveling to and WWOOF'ing in Austria over the years, have contributed to my high level of German proficiency.

The commitment to inclusion lies at the heart of my passion for teaching and I want to share my love of learning with all the students with whom I work. A barrier-free, comprehensive education is the fundamental right of all human beings, and I have dedicated my career to facilitating that right for children and adults across our country and abroad. I have had extensive experience working with English language learners, bilingual children, and children with special needs in a variety of diverse contexts. Looking to the future, I plan to focus my attention on the latter two of these aspects to grow and develop my career even further. 

The Resource Specialist position here at GISNY is the perfect place to achieve these goals, and I am so excited to be joining the school community in this capacity. I will be working throughout the entire school to identify students' unique learning needs, coordinating necessary resources to address them, and developing and implementing learning plans for students who need extra support. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to know more about my work here at GISNY, feel free to reach out to me any time at  

Student Guidance Counselor 
Meghan Miller
Meghan Miller

Growing up in a small town in upstate New York and attending a small elementary and high school, I understand the overall feeling of community in this type of setting. There are ways that we can help and support each other, but sometimes it may feel like there is no space of our own or room to breath. The purpose of the role of a Student Guidance Counselor is to work closely with all students to find that balance in their lives. My focus here at GISNY is with grades 5 through 12, helping them through the process of growing into young adults, understanding their own strengths, finding new interests, and eventually preparing for college.

My previous career was in Urban Planning where I hold a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany, and that still holds a special place in my heart. Providing equitable access to resources and housing is important, however I found that the population I was trying to serve was not aligning with my career path. So, what did I do? I stepped off that path completely and found a new one as a Student Guidance Counselor. I enrolled in Mercy College and completed my Master's Degree in School Counseling and graduated at the top of my class. The important lesson I learned about myself and that I instill in my own children and those that I work with, is that it is never too late to make a change, it is never too late to decide you want to try something new!

My goal with the students here at GISNY is to make sure there is a central location in which they feel safe to discuss their thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, anxieties, and whatever might arise. I encourage them to visit me throughout the day or stop by and just say hello. I am here to also support the students that do remain in the US for college in the college application process. This can be very overwhelming for students and parents in every school, but my job is to help them break the process down into small, manageable chunks to relieve the pressure and lower anxiety.

Please encourage your children to visit me throughout the school year. If you need to reach me to talk or schedule an appointment, please email me I am looking forward to working at GISNY with the students, the staff and of course all the parents. 

Consulting Psychologist
Dr. Anne-Britt Ekert Rothstein

Dr. Ekert Rothstein is currently available to meet via secure video meetings or via phone. Please contact her at to set up a mutually convenient appointment time.

I am originally from Augsburg in Bavaria and came to New York in the 90's. Prior to moving to New York, I spent three years living and working in Hong Kong. I completed my undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York and continued to graduate school, earning my doctorate in psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. During my training, I’ve worked in a variety of settings, including a college treatment center, a nursery school, a parent child center, a Manhattan elementary school, as well as The Child Life program at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.

As a now long-time resident of the US with strong cultural ties to Europe, my own immigration experience has naturally informed and shaped my thinking as a psychologist and draws me to working with individuals seeking to integrate varied cultural backgrounds into their lives. I’ve been in private practice since 2012 and currently have an office in southern Westchester. After living in Manhattan for many years, I moved to Southern Westchester in 2008, where I now live with my husband and two children. In my psychotherapy and testing practice, I work with individuals and families of all ages and with a wide range of issues.  

I am enjoying my consulting role at GISNY and bringing my experience and training to working with students and their families to manage any emotional or behavioral challenges or to problem-solve any barriers to optimal learning. I am enthusiastic about being a part of this international community.

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