Civil Rights & Civics
Johnnyé White is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a background in education and psychology. She joined the TNSM staff in 1992 as a Classroom Assistant and Program Coordinator for the Preprimary Extended Day program. Today she leads Appreciating Differences and Civil Rights and Civics courses for 1st through 6th graders, using a curriculum she developed with (9-12) Head Teacher Laura Slanker.
Johnnyé observes that the children and parents of TNSM community make the school special for her. She remembers one kindergarten parent who wanted to uphold The New School value of “giving back to the community.” At Preprimary graduation that year, that parent “gave back” about 20 pounds of New School sandbox sand, collected from his child’s shoes and clothing over the course of three years.