Meet the Admissions Team

Simone Hristidis and Tracy Altman Warner are here to help guide you through the York Prep admissions process. With years of experience working in New York City private school admissions, and a deep understanding of the emotions and the questions that arise during the application process, they are available to answer your inquiries.

Simone Hristidis

Director of Admissions & Enrollment

Simone Hristidis comes to York Prep with years of experience in publishing, marketing, business, and education. As a native New Yorker herself, she attended a Manhattan private school nearby on the Upper West Side.  She hails from a prominent publishing family who owned and operated an illustrious, creative, and successful theatrical Playbill and marketing company here in NYC. At an early age, Ms. Hristidis worked in journalism, marketing, and theatrical directing.  After college, she turned her talents to education.  She spent 17 years at Columbia Grammar and Prep, serving in many roles, the most significant of which were Director of Admissions and Head of the Lower School.  In these positions, she was fully involved in curriculum development, parent engagement, faculty advancement, board relations, marketing, fundraising, and enrollment growth.  She has a reputation for problem solving, innovative thinking, and possessing tremendous business acumen, with expertise in growth and renewal.

Ms. Hristidis received her higher education at Bank Street Graduate School and Harvard Graduate School of Education: The Principal’s Center for Leadership and received a B.A. cum laude from Barnard College/Columbia University.  She has three children of whom she is most proud.  In her free time, Ms. Hristidis enjoys the theater, reading, cooking, travel, and knitting.

Tracy Altman Warner

Director of Admissions

For many years, Tracy Altman Warner’s career was in retail.  She began as an Assistant and Associate Buyer of costume and silver jewelry at Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co., only to then spend 10 years at her family’s jewelry company specializing in fine and estate jewelry.  Thanks to the influence of her mother (an English Literature professor who once did a student-teaching assignment at York Prep), Ms. Altman Warner eventually changed careers and became a fifth-grade English teacher at The East Harlem School.

Later Ms. Altman Warner went on to spend three years in admissions at Park Avenue Methodist Day School (PAMDS) before taking on her new position as York Prep’s Director of Admissions.  Besides the new challenges of her role here at York, Ms. Altman Warner has served on the Spence Alumnae Board for over 25 years in multiple capacities—heading various committees, organizing events/reunions, and working on three Capital Campaigns.

After earning her B.A. from Georgetown University, Ms. Altman Warner graduated from Stern School of Business, N.Y.U. with an M.B.A. Ms. Altman Warner is a native New Yorker and mother to three teenage girls who certainly keep her on her toes! In her spare time, she loves travel, languages, spinning, reading, tennis, and golf.