Contributors

 

GIVE was created by a large, cross-organizational team of Teaching Artists and Arts Administrators, credited on this page as Developers.

This team was supported by Contributors, who tested, reviewed, and added invaluable insight to the resources at various stages of development; Consultants, who provided their expert knowledge in ICT classroom specifics, disability, and arts education; and Researchers and Fundraisers, who supported the creation and continuation of the project or the associated research to measure the impact of GIVE.

Developers & Trainers

  • Adriana Guzmán

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    Adriana Guzmán is a first-generation American and Queens, New York native. Her foundation in multiculturalism instilled a spirit of global citizenship at a ver…

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  • Amanda Newman

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    Amanda Newman (she/her) is a dancer, social worker, and cross-field collaborator. She is the Program Manager of Social Impact with Community-Word Project (CWP)…

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  • Ana Cantorán

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    Ana Cantorán is a Theatre Artist and Educator based in Brooklyn, NY and born in Puebla, Mexico. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts and a MFA in Contemporary Per…

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  • Arielle Lever

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    Arielle Lever is an Arts Administrator / Theater Artist / Teaching Artist, who focuses a great deal of her energy and work around accessibility in theater. She…

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  • Caila Gale

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    Caila Gale works for New 42 doing digital things and helped guide the GIVE team in the development of this site from the first RFP to final QA (along with Soci…

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  • Courtney J. Boddie

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    Courtney J. Boddie, Vice President, Education & School Engagement, oversees all programs related to school communities including the New Victory School Par…

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  • David DelGrosso

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    David is a longtime Teaching Artist with The New Victory Theater, where he enjoyed working with students, teachers, and public audiences across a variety of ar…

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  • Elizabeth Argelia Leonard

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    Elizabeth Argelia Leonard is a writer, educator and editor with a Masters in novel writing from City University London. She has been a teaching artist for the …

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  • Erica Reinsch Tusciuk

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    Erica Reinsch Tusciuk is the Associate Director of Education/School Engagement at The New Victory Theater. Serving 40,000 students and 160 schools each year, E…

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  • Kate Lee

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    Kate Lee is a performing artist and educator who uses theater as a tool for social and emotional engagement, education, and community capacity building. Kate h…

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  • Katie Fanning

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    Katie (she/her) is an actor, arts accessibility advocate, and educator. She joined the GIVE Team in March 2019, working as the Project Coordinator and Manager.…

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  • Kerry Warren

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    Kerry Warren is a New York based actor, teaching artist, and graduate of the Juilliard School’s Drama Division. She has taught with Harlem Children’s Zone, Lin…

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  • Kim Grier-Martinez

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    A native New Yorker, Kim Grier-Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She is a dancer, performance artist, master teacher, educator, and choreographe…

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  • Kimberly Boyce-Lazare

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    Kimberly Boyce-Lazare hails from the home of the Harlem Renaissance. She is an Artivist and Educator with Community-Word Project and Urban Word NYC, championin…

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  • Kimberly Olsen

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    Kimberly Olsen is the Executive Director of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. As leader of the organization, Kim works with a large network of NYC-based cu…

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  • Kyla F. McKoll

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    Kyla F McKoll (she/her) is a theatre practitioner and arts educator. She’s worked in arts education as a Teaching Artist, Administrator, Professional Developm…

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  • Laura Borgwardt

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    Laura is an actor and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with ArtsConnection since 2011, teaching theater, musical theater, careers in theat…

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  • Leigh Wells

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    Leigh (she/her) grew up in central Kentucky, on the ancestral lands of Eastern Cherokee peoples, Tsalaguwetiyi. She is passionate about the potential, importan…

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  • Marisol Rosa-Shapiro

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    Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is a theater artist, educator, and facilitator. She has recently appeared in THE UP CLOSE FESTIVAL (New Ohio Theatre, NYC) and in Spellbo…

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  • Mary Kinney

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    Mary Kinney is a writer, teaching artist, and professional tired person. She regularly cries in planetariums, arranges dried flowers, and makes her own soap. H…

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  • Michele Kotler

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    Michele Kotler founded Community-Word Project in 1997. She is a graduate of the NYC public school system. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and h…

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  • Renata Townsend

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    Renata Townsend is a Theater Maker and the Head of Enrichment for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company who was commissioned by Lincoln Center to create multi-sensor…

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  • Sam Jay Gold

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    Sam Jay Gold is a Jim Henson Foundation-supported puppeteer, theater artist, and arts educator. As a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Sam trained in traditional…

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  • Steven Tennen

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    Steven Tennen spent 52 years working in the field of arts education in New York City-- as a teacher at PS 287k (1968-1972); as the Director of the Arts in Educ…

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  • Tricia Patrick

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    Tricia Patrick is a performer, teaching artist and arts administrator who strives to keep PLAY at the center of her WORK. Particularly thrilling to her is the …

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  • Yael Ben-Zion

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    Yael Ben-Zion is a New York-based visual artist and educator working primarily in photography. Her practice examines charged social and political issues from a…

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Contributors

  • Alex Velozo

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    Alex Velozo is a trans and disabled artist and educator currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland. Their installations and performances combine cultural imagin…

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  • Allison Mui Mitchell

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    Allison Mui Mitchell, New Victory Director of Public Relations, oversees the public identity and perception of New 42, New Victory and New 42 Studios across pr…

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  • Andy Gaukel

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    Andy is a Hudson Valley based puppetry artist and educator. His puppetry credits include the world premier of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Ba…

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  • Angel Thompson

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    Angel Thompson is an artist, educator and author. She has over 13 years of teaching experience, working with families and children of all ages throughout NYC. …

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  • Carrie Ellman-Larsen

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    Carrie has been a teaching artist for 16 years, specializing in using theatre as a tool for language acquisition with ELLs and students with disabilities. She …

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  • Christina D. Eskridge

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    Christina D. Eskridge is a performing artist, teaching artist and public health professional, holding a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a…

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  • Christopher Totten

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    Christopher is the Assistant Director of Education/School Engagement at New 42/New Victory in New York City, where he oversees all teacher professional develop…

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  • Craig Hayes

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    Craig Hayes has spent the last 35 years in creative fields in NYC. He believes passionately that early exposure to art through family and school made his caree…

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  • Dale Novella Anderson-Lee

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    Hailing from the Lowcountry in South Carolina with a home base in Brooklyn, Dale Novella brings Soul, Hip-Hop, R&b and Rock vibes to everything she creates. An…

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  • Erin K. Orr

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    Erin Orr is a puppeteer, storyteller, and teaching artist. She focuses on how the interdisciplinary nature of puppet theater offers multiple entry points to l…

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  • Heidi Stallings

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    Heidi Stallings is a NYC-based actor, director, and educator. Graduate of IWU’s acting and music conservatory program, Heidi has appeared: from Broadway (EVITA…

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  • Jamie Dibos Roach

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    Jamie Roach is an actor, playwright and facilitator. A graduate of NYU (MA in Applied Theater), and Circle in the Square Conservatory, Jamie has appeared onsta…

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  • Janet Onyenucheya

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    As a teaching artist, Janet Onyenucheya values authenticity, vulnerability, reciprocity and representation. Janet works as an arts educator with K-12 public an…

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  • Janice T Acevedo

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    Janice Acevedo is an Educator, and Performing Artist from Queens NYC, where she still resides. She holds a BA in Theater Arts from Mount Holyoke College and is…

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  • Javan Howard

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    Javan Howard is a poet and writer from Bronx, NY. He truly believes that the lived experience is the ultimate teaching tool and uses poetry as a social forum t…

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  • Jean Wong

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    Jean is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Her teaching pedagogy centers play, surprise, and collaboration. She is more interested in the liveliness of art pr…

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  • Karla Robinson

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    Karla Robinson,TAP Artistic Director, believes deeply in the arts' ability to transform culture and community. As an arts educator with a Special Education Tea…

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  • Katie Rainey

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    Katie Rainey is a Teaching Artist and Director of the Teaching Artist Project at Community-Word Project, where she trains artists to become educators. She has …

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  • Lauren Sharpe

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    Lauren Sharpe is a theater-maker, movement artist and educator based in Brooklyn. She is an alumna of The New York Neo-Futurists and a frequent collaborator wi…

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  • Libby Mislan

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    Libby Mislan (she/her) is a teaching artist in New York City public schools with Community-Word Project, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and City Lore. She i…

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  • Liz Bolick

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    Liz has a BFA from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a Teaching Artist with The New Victory Theater and is an accomplished produc…

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  • Maria Schirmer

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    Maria Schirmer is a theatre artist, writer and arts educator. She has received a Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellowship with the Jana Sanskriti Center for The…

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  • Molly Goldman

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    Molly Goldman is a Teaching Artist in New York City. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. She is a contributor to the forthcomi…

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  • Nami Kagami

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    Nami Kagami is a native of Japan and was trained in both Modern and Ballet with a focus on creative expressions. Upon her arrival in New York, she completed he…

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  • Rachael Schefrin

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    Rachael Schefrin is an actress and senior teaching artist at Community Word Project. Rachael loves using her artistic expertise to find the symbiotic relations…

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  • Sofiya Cheyenne

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    Sofiya Cheyenne is a Teaching Artist, multi-disciplinary performer and Disability Advocate/Consultant. She is the Inclusion Director of Little People of Americ…

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  • T. Scott Lilly

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    Scott is an actor, director, songwriter and musician who has been teaching these (life) skills to children for 20 years. Scott was part of the original E.A.S.…

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Consultants

  • Alexa Fairchild

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    Alexa advocates for equity, access, and excellence in arts education for students with disabilities and multilingual learners in her role as the Manager of Art…

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  • Aliza Greenberg

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    Aliza Greenberg is the Arts Enrichment Coordinator at LearningSpring School, the Project Leader for Supporting Transitions with the Museum, Arts and Culture Ac…

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  • Amy Frey

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    Amy Frey is an occupational therapist at a District 75 school at the New York City Department of Education. As an alumna of the theater program at Muhlenberg C…

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  • Ariela Rotengold

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    Ariela is a social worker in New York City, and a teaching artist with CO/LAB Theater Group. Ariela has partnered extensively with young people and adults with…

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  • Charlotte J Martin

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    Charlotte Martin is Senior Manager of Access Initiatives at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where she oversees the team the develops programs and resourc…

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  • Gayathri Iyer

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    Gayathri is a School Counselor at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria in Queens, where she dreamed to work with daughters of immigrants familiar to …

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  • Grace Law

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    Grace is a an elementary teacher who taught for 15 years in her alma mater elementary school. For the past 3 years, she taught in a Chinese Bilingual ICT clas…

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  • Jano Cortijo

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    Jano Cortijo is a gay, immigrant, bilingual arts educator whose independent/on-call/seasonal/per diem work finds him engaging audiences of various ages, abilit…

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  • Jerron Herman

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    Jerron Herman is a dancer, writer, moderator, and advocate for the arts who is compelled to disrupt ideas of restriction with images of freedom. Originally fin…

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  • Louisa Mann

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    Louisa Mann was born and raised in Brattleboro, VT. She began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Brattleboro School of Dance. She has a BFA in dance fro…

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  • Marc Fernandes

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    For over twenty years, Marc Fernandes has been deeply involved in the organizational, programmatic, policy, and advocacy sides of youth development and communi…

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  • Pamela Pritzker-Ridley

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    Pamela Pritzker-Ridley is a school administrator with teaching certifications in special education and visual art. She is also a nationally certified American …

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  • Pauli Evanson

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    Pauli Evanson is an elementary special education teacher and has taught students from Kindergarten to eight grade. She earned an MA in childhood education and …

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  • Sarah Brooks

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    Sarah is a devoted special education teacher who has worked in various types of classrooms over the last ten years. For the last four years, she has enjoyed wo…

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  • Stephen Yaffe

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    Stephen Yaffe is an Arts and Education consultant. He has mentored teaching artists, arts administrators and classroom teachers working with students with disa…

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  • Tobie Franklin

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    Tobie Franklin has extensive experience in the field of special education. She has worked in educational and clinical settings in Canada, Israel, and the U.K. …

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  • Williy Pang

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    Williy Pang has been a teacher in the NYCDOE for the past two decades. At P.S. 295 - The Studio School of Arts & Culture, he is currently working in an ICT…

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Researchers & Fundraisers

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