Healthy bodies, healthy minds.
The Health and Wellness Department at Marymount seeks to educate our students so that they are healthy and well-adjusted young women. Through education and support, we help our students learn solid coping skills, develop resilience, and engage in good decision-making.
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning provides a road map for our students as they navigate childhood and the often bumpy years of adolescence. By teaching our girls about identifying and managing emotions, healthy decision-making, and conflict resolution/effective communication with peers, Marymount fosters the life skills necessary for building solid relationships. Social and emotional learning is associated with decreased interpersonal aggression, improved academic performance and attitudes toward school, and preparedness for success in adulthood.
From Nursery through Class XII, social and emotional learning is taught at age-appropriate levels in the health curriculum. In the younger grades, students focus on building healthy peer relationships, navigating conflict, and being direct and authentic in their communication. In the Upper Mid and Upper Schools, students build a framework for responsible decision-making as they deepen their discussions of social media, alcohol, drugs, dating, friendship, mental health, and identity. The Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) program provides a teacher-free platform for freshmen to learn from upperclassmen in psychoeducational small groups.
Throughout all divisions, ongoing parent education and collaboration allows for reinforcement of skills learned in school, facilitates open communication between students and their parents, and establishes an ongoing partnership between the school and the parent body.
Courtney Birch is delighted to join the Marymount team as the Upper Middle School Counselor. She is a licensed social worker and worked most recently as the Middle School Counselor at Poly Prep Country Day School. Before obtaining her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from New York University, Courtney taught music and conducted choruses at The Nightingale-Bamford School and Sidwell Friends School. She has a Master's Degree in Music and a Bachelor's Degree in Russian Studies/Music from The University of Virginia.
Barbara Bode is in her nineteenth year at Marymount School. Currently she is the Chair of the Health and Wellness Department and is a nurse covering the Fifth Avenue Campus. Mrs. Bode graduated from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Nursing and earned her master’s degree in Maternal Child Nursing from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her adult children Anne and Thomas (both teachers!) and biking with her husband in New York and beyond.
Dr. Kathy Cosgrove is the Director of Health and Wellness and the Psychologist for the Upper School. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Sociology and from Fordham University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. In her role, Dr. Cosgrove provides counseling and crisis management to Upper School students, teaches Class XI guidance, oversees the Upper School mentor program, facilitates the parent education program, consults with parents and faculty, and collaborates on Health and Wellness initiatives for the school community. She is also an alumna of Marymount School.
Maureen Doheny is a School Nurse covering the 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue campuses. She has been part of the Marymount community since 2011. In addition to caring for students and faculty, she also teaches health classes to Classes VI-VIII. Mrs. Doheny got her B.S. in Nursing at Georgetown University, and previously worked as a pediatric nurse at NYU Medical Center and also as a travel nurse as far away as Hawaii. Mrs. Doheny loves to spend time exploring and playing in the city with her three children and husband.
Caroline Kao is a School Nurse at the 97th Street campus. She has extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a primary care practice. Nurse Kao finds great joy in getting to know and establishing rapport and trust with children and their families through her work. She received her BSN at Pennsylvania State University and her MSN at Columbia University. She loves exploring the city with her children and cooking, baking, and trying new foods with them.
Meghan Mackowiak is the school nurse for the Fifth Avenue Campus. Mrs. Mackowiak (or Mrs. Mack) received both her BSN and MSN from Villanova University and brings thirteen years of experience to this position. She also worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner in a busy NYC practice for seven years. She is passionate about child and adolescent development and public health. Mrs. Mack also loves running, hiking, Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with her family.
Andrea Padilla is a School Nurse at the 82nd Street Campus and teaches health classes to Classes IV and V. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S.N in Nursing and from Columbia University with her master’s degree in Public Health. Mrs. Padilla came to Marymount after working many years as the Nurse Coordinator for the Orthopedic Trauma Service at The Hospital for Special Surgery. She has been a Marymount parent for twenty years and has a daughter currently enrolled in the School. When she is not running around with her four children, she enjoys her friends, photography, and music.
Rosanna Veltri is the Lower Middle School Counselor. She graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Psychology, and later received her Master's Degree from Fordham University for Counseling. In the LMS, Rosanna provides individual and group counseling to the students and teaches guidance classes. Rosanna is a proud alumna of Marymount and loves that her two wonderful nieces are also currently benefiting from a Marymount education. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.