Christina Aries

Christina Aries

Christina Aries

Co-Principal, Grades 6-8

Christina Aries was born to a family of educators.  Her father funneled the passion from a photography career into a revolutionary arts classroom.  Her grandfather was a professor at Eastern State Connecticut University and the founder of Curbstone Press.  Raised in upstate New York, she was liberated from conventional schooling early by a love of Beat poetry and a sixth grade teacher who fueled her aspiration to write.  Education, for Christina, was never limited to school. Her education took place in classrooms, but also at the kitchen table of a publishing house, beneath the forest trees of the Adirondack Mountains, and on the mercurial waters of Lake George.

Christina attended the University of Chicago on a full scholarship and dabbled in the French, photography, and English departments before eventually earning a degree in Political Science.  She loved political theory and sociology and spent equal amounts of time engaging in lively debate as she did people watching in Hyde Park. Her first job in education was at the University of Chicago Lab School where she ran the 4th grade after-school program.  Founded by John Dewey, the curriculum at the Lab School taught Christina the importance of the convergence of praxis and theory, and she watched the benefits of experiential education on her students. 

After college, Christina joined Teach for America as a corps member and began teaching at a middle school in the Bronx.  While earning her Master’s degree in Childhood Education, Christina fell in love with the middle school classroom and the unique perspective that it afforded her students.  She has since been a founding educator at two progressive schools in New York City.   Enthralled by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s psychology of optimal experience and schools that employ project-based curriculum, Christina sought to develop a model classroom.  She taught for over a decade in New York City before taking a position as the Humanities Department Chair at City School of the Arts in Manhattan.

Christina is passionate about inquiry-driven curriculum that fuses critical thinking and student-led investigation.  She is a certified yoga instructor and has held education fellowships in New York, Paris and Madrid. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling and hiking with her family, reading, and teaching her young son to love the water.