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New York State Office of Children and Family Services
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We are active supporters of



Downing Film Center



Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra



Scor! - String Camps for Adults.



Express! - Sparking Musical Creativity in Kids (school programs).

Director

Rita Epstein

Rita began teaching in the public school system in the late 1960s.  She was a lead teacher in a school where no student was older than 8 years old, taught multi-graded classes, classes of over 25 students, and inner city groups.  She has taught all grades from early intervention pre-kindergarten through remedial seventh grade English, as well as some High School courses.  She has taught academically gifted classes in addition to classes with a variety of ability levels as well as guest lectured in local college classrooms.  Her post graduate work is in Administration, Business, and Gifted Education.  She was part of a consortium in the mid 1980’s formed to create gifted programming in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she lived and taught for a number of years.  She had traveled to the islands on her sailboat, on a journey that took 15 days and nights through the Atlantic Ocean and heavy storms.  While there she became a licensed charter boat captain, lived on her sailboat, "The Dulcinea," and was active in 4-H Sailing Programs.  She was a district coordinator for Gifted Education on Long Island, has been a consultant over the years to establish gifted programming in schools, and was the District Coordinator in Newburgh for Academically Gifted Students as well. She has studied Infant and Toddler education and has been trained in Preschool education and development.  She has and continues to be involved with special education and has served as an advocate in the system for over 45 years.  She was involved in mainstreaming and inclusion in the early 1970’s before it was fashionable.  She served as the private school representative on the Newburgh Teachers' Center Policy Board and is presently the site director for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program at Windsor Academy.   Rita is a member of MENSA, a graduate of Leadership Orange, is included in "Who's Who of American Educators", is on the Board of Directors for Zylofone - a performing arts center for disabled children and adults, has been active as a community member on various committees for the New York State Department of Health in Albany, and is the proud mother of a son , Nathan Rosenblum who is a journalist and who has his PhD in Philosophy.  When not working, Rita is involved in long distance road biking, playing the cello and has begun watercolor painting. Rita loves to travel and has recently spent time in Italy, Greece and her beloved Caribbean.  She began the elementary school program at Windsor Academy in 1996, became a partner in 1998, and is now sole owner and director of the school.  Rita's goal is to create an environment that celebrates and respects every child's needs and abilities and helps foster a sense of joy and pride and self-confidence for all of the students at Windsor Academy. 

 

 

 

Rita Epstein

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