Alida Durham Clemans joined the Chapin community in the summer of 2016. She has extensive experience as a writer and editor, having worked in communications for several New York City independent schools, including the Collegiate School and Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, as well as The City University of New York. A lifelong writer, Ms. Clemans grew up in Westfield, New Jersey, and graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in English and Journalism. She and her husband have two college-age children and reside in downtown Manhattan. In her free time. Ms. Clemans enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, walking her dog, and taking advantage of New York's cultural offerings. She is currently at work on a middle-grade novel.