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Welcome our new Educator - Jane Koestler!

Tue, August 22, 2023 6:26 PM | Anonymous

Jane Koestler, our new part-time educator at The History Center, transitioned to this position after working two seasons as a schoolmarm at our Eight Square Schoolhouse.

Jane earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, M.S. from SUNY College at Cortland, and National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2017. She is also a New York Master Teacher, Emeritus.

She taught 3rd-6th grade students during her 33-year tenure as a teacher, primarily working for the Ithaca City School District. She and her husband have two grown children, live in the country near Trumansburg, and recently helped her parents relocate to Ithaca. They have a large garden, and she is chief harvester and processor at “Fat Rabbit Farm”. Outside of work, she loves reading, singing, and walking, and participates in two monthly book groups. She is excited to join the staff at The History Center to create and facilitate educational opportunities for children and youth in our community.

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