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Get To Know a Co-op School Teacher!


The 10 Question Teacher Interview For Our Music Teacher, Dan Costello!

  1. How long have you been working at The Co-op School?

    “This is my first year!”

  2. What’s your favorite part of being part of The Co-op School?

    “I really love singing with everyone. It’s such a joy to share songs we know and to teach each other new songs we hadn’t heard before. And I especially love it when we learn a new song from one of the children! I’m also very happy to be working in my neighborhood – I love that The Co-op School is part of my community.”

  1. What do you like to do for fun?

    “Of course, I play music! I write songs and perform in several bands. I also like to be outside, either gardening or running or bicycling. Lately I’m very interested in exploring the areas of NYC which in my dozen years as a resident I’ve never visited! Can’t wait to see the new section of the High Line!”

  1. What’s your favorite restaurant?

    “Il Corallo in Soho. But don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret! (Psst – Get the Fettucine Pescatore!!) I must also shout out to Peaches Hot House in Bed-Stuy!!”

  1. What’s your favorite sandwich?

    “The other day I had prosciutto, mustard, arugula and tomato on focaccia bread. It was so great. I’m also a whole-wheat-everything-bagel-with-pepperjack-cheese-onion-and-tomato kind of a guy :)”

  1. What’s your favorite song?

    “”This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.”

  1. Where do you want your next vacation to be?

    “Morocco and Spain. Or New Orleans.”

  1. What are you reading right now?

    “I always read several things at once. Currently I’m working through these: “Dylan At The Crossroads” by Greil Marcus (thanks Lending Library!), “The Dramatic Imagination” by Robert Edmond Jones, “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and this week’s New Yorker.”

  1. If you could buy yourself anything what would it be?

    “Hmm, that’s tough to answer. Maybe a farmhouse near NYC for the weekends and vacations! I enjoy the fresh air and the landscape in the country, but I love that Brooklyn is my home.”

  1. What TV sitcom family would you most like to be a member of?

    “I don’t watch any sitcoms these days! When I was a child I imagined being one of the Seavers on “Growing Pains.” They were all so smart and funny!”