Menlo School Faculty & Staff

Esther Mansdorf


Departments and Positions

Upper School History


University of Chicago, B.A. in History

University of Cambridge, MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies

Mercy College, M.S. in Adolescence Education and Social Studies 


A native of New York, I landed in the Midwest for college where I received a BA in History from the University of Chicago. My time in Chicago deepened my love for history and I went on to receive my MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies from Cambridge University. Shortly thereafter, I began working for a non-profit organization in the Bronx where I realized my passion for education. Upon completion of my MS in Education, I taught history at a public school in Manhattan and at an independent school on the Upper West Side before to coming to Menlo.

As a member of the Modern World and US History teams, I aim to teach students that the world they inhabit each day represents a living connection to the past. My goal is not just to bring history to life but to equip students with the skills they need to become critical thinkers and writers. My students are my chief motivation and inspiration and I am continually blown away by their kindness, respect, good humor, and thirst for knowledge. I strive to match this energy by encouraging them to think deeply about the world around them.

When I am not in the classroom, I can be found under a pile of books, cooking up a storm, or taking in California’s weather on a hike.