Meet Us

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Staff

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Kim Turnbull

Founder & Director, Brooklyn Schoolhouse

Kim Turnbull founded Brooklyn Schoolhouse in 2015.  Kim was the Lead Teacher of the Mixed Age Class, and Director of Brooklyn Schoolhouse for its first year open, and continues on as the Director of the school. Before starting Brooklyn Schoolhouse, Kim was a Lead Teacher at Beginnings Nursery from 2009-2015. She taught the 4s group for two years, and the 2/3s group for four years.  Kim completed the First International Summer School program in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2010.  Before Beginnings Nursery, Kim taught at the Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center, ABC Cassidy’s Place, Central Park East School and City & Country School.  She earned a BA in Literature and Painting from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004 and a dual MS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009.

 
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Alison Z. Racine

Associate Director

Alison Z. Racine joined the Brooklyn Schoolhouse team as School Administrator in the 2016 school year, and is excited to take on her new role this year as Associate Director. Before joining Brooklyn Schoolhouse, Alison was Lead Teacher of a Threes Class at Williamsburg Northside, a Reggio Emilia inspired school. She owns and operates her own small after-school Science program in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where children are supported to find answers to their questions. She also consults with families on early childhood needs including bringing Reggio Emilia practices to homes, individual behavior plans, assisting with routines and structure, adding sensory stations to promote calm and a variety of other early childhood questions. Alison earned a dual Master’s in Childhood and Special Education from NYU in 2011.

Before life in early childhood education, Alison trained and received a BFA in Theatre from Elon University. She uses her “moment-to-moment” work and “child-like belief” from her Sanford Meisner training to engage children daily.

 

ANNA ELLIS NESSER

Lead Teacher of the Two Class

Anna Ellis Nesser has been teaching at Brooklyn Schoolhouse since the Fall of 2016. Before moving into the classroom she spent 10 years working in the field of Environmental Education. She has brought her experience running and creating farm-based programs to the garden program at Brooklyn Schoolhouse. As a child growing up in Brooklyn, Anna was happiest outdoors and would like to facilitate a connection with nature for the next generations of Brooklyn children.

Anna earned a BS in Biology, with a minor in Studio Art from Beloit College. Last fall she began The Westside Montessori School Teacher Education Program to receive her American Montessori Early Childhood credential. She is also completing a dual Master's in General/Special Education, and Early Childhood Education at Concordia College - New York.

 

sandy gonzalez

Lead Teacher of the Multiage Pre-K Class

Sandy Gonzalez joins Brooklyn Schoolhouse after one year at The Greene Hill School as the Assistant Teacher in the 4s class, and two years at the Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center as the Assistant Teacher in the 3s and 4s groups.  While completing her Master’s in Education at Sarah Lawrence College, Sandy was a Student Teacher at The Earth School in the 4th/5th Grade, and Central Park East One in the Kindergarten/1st Grade.  She taught a cooking class and a dance class at the 14th Street Y Preschool, where she was also a substitute teacher, and where she was a Summer Counselor for four years.  Sandy earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Dance, Psychology, and Spanish in 2013, and a dual MS in Childhood and Early Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015.

 

Gentaro Nakamura

Associate Teacher of the Multiage Pre-K Class

Gentaro Nakamura is a founding member of the Brooklyn Schoolhouse team. Gen taught the Mixed Age Preschool Class together with Kim Turnbull in the school's opening year. Previously, Gen was an Associate Teacher at All Souls School for four years. Before teaching at All Souls, Gen taught at Central Park East One and P.S. 87 as a student teacher. Gen holds a BA in Economics from Waseda University in Tokyo and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Before entering the field of early childhood education, Gen worked in international business and professional cooking. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a stay-at-home dad for his two children. Gen grew up in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan.

 
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ANNA CAROLINE TEHAN

Associate Teacher of the Multiage Pre-K and Twos Classes

Anna Caroline Tehan joins the Brooklyn Schoolhouse team as an Associate Teacher for both the Multiage Pre-K and Twos Classes, while working toward a dual Masters in General Education and Special Education at Concordia College, NY. She is also training at West Side Montessori School to receive an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential. With six years experience as an international art educator in foster care and public school systems, she brings to the classroom a deep passion for creative expression and self-empowerment. She earned a BA in Individualized Study with a minor in Spanish and American Sign Language from New York University in 2011.

 
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YARITZA GONZALEZ

Associate Teacher of the Twos Class

Yaritza Gonzalez joins Brooklyn Schoolhouse after one year at Ralph Hirschkorn Child Care Center as an Assistant Teacher in a pre-k class and two years in a family daycare as a Childcare Provider Assistant. After seeing how influential teachers could be in her early childhood, Yaritza gained her passion for education. She is now working towards completing her BA in Early Childhood/Special Education while also in the process of completing her second major in Children and Youth Studies at Brooklyn College.

 

 

 

Board of Advisors

 

Mary Hebron

Former Director, The Art of Teaching Graduate Program, Sarah Lawrence College

Mary is the Interim Director of The Art of Teaching Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a professor in the program since 1985 and was previously the Associate Director of the Graduate Program. Mary is a former elementary teacher and coordinator of primary education in the Mamaroneck, New York public schools; curriculum and assessment consultant in New York City and Westchester; and coordinator of teacher study groups, including The Sarah Lawrence College Art of Teaching and Learning for the Classroom Professional Saturday Series. She served on the Board of The Prospect Archive and Center for Education and Research in North Bennington, Vermont. Mary has a BA and an MA from New York University.

 

Jane Racoosin

Director, Beginnings Nursery

Jane has been the Director of Beginnings Nursery since 2005 and took ownership of the school in 2011. Jane has over twenty-two years of teaching experience and has had extensive training in the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. She has attended workshops at Reggio-inspired schools in St. Louis, Missouri, Boulder, Colorado Northampton, Massachusetts, and has attended two study tours in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Currently Jane is the exhibit chair of the 2015 New York City initiative to bring to New York The Wonder of Learning Exhibit, the traveling exhibition of the infant-toddler centers and preschools of the municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

In 2010 Jane presented “Living in spaces: Children translate their ideas about iconic architectural spaces through various artistic media” at the Educating the Creative Mind Conference at Keene University where Howard Gardner was the keynote speaker, and The European Early Childhood Research Conference in Birmingham, England. Jane received a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont, a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Supervision and Administration from Bank Street College. She has served as an adjunct lecturer in the department of Early Childhood Education at Hunter College and has a seat on the Board of the College of Education and Social Services at The University of Vermont.

 

Laura Sedlock

Pre-Primary Program Director, Blue School

Laura Sedlock is the Director of the Pre-Primary Program at Blue School in New York City, and was the Educational Director at Beginnings from 2008-2014. She has also been an adjunct lecturer in the department of Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. Laura has over fourteen years experience in the field of early childhood education, having taught at the Bank Street School for Children, City and Country School, P.S. 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Beginnings Nursery School. Laura has a BA in English from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College. Before entering the field of childhood education, Laura taught English to adults in New York and Indonesia, where she lived for four years. Laura grew up in New York City, where she attended the Bank Street School for Children and the Fieldston School.

 

Consultants

 

COLLEEN GODDARD, PhD

Child Development Consultant

Colleen Goddard, Ph.D. works as the Child Development Specialist at Beginnings Nursery School and The Brooklyn Schoolhouse. She has over 22 years experience in early childhood education. Colleen received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute in 2009. She also received a Parent’s Choice Award for Excellence in Educational Programming for a film she wrote and performed in, which addresses the social-emotional and psychological aspects of childhood cancer. She has worked as a contributing writer for the New York State Early Learning Guidelines as part of the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council and has been published by Psychology Today Online and Changing Minds.Org.  Colleen presents parent and teacher educational workshops and roundtables, at early childhood schools and centers, on a variety of topics related to human and child development. Colleen also works as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Hunter College, Brooklyn College and with the NYU School of Professionals Studies CDA Program and as a fieldwork supervisor for New York University graduate students in general and special education programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development with a Specialization in Early Childhood Studies from Pacific Oaks College and earned an additional Master’s Degree in Human & Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University where she completed her Ph.D. in Human/Child Development - her dissertation examines the significance of transitional objects at the beginning and end of life.

 
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Andrew Lerner PHD

School Psychology Consultant

Andy has been consulting with Brooklyn Schoolhouse since 2016.  Andy is also currently working as a School Psychologist for the Brooklyn College Early Childhood Center and also teaching a course at Brooklyn College in the value of Children’s Play for early childhood educators in training.  Prior to this work Andy spent many years as a School Psychologist, much of it working with children with hearing and/or vision loss as part of the NYC Department of Education.  He also taught courses in Learning Theory, Cognition and Psycholinguistics at numerous institutions of higher learning in the region, including The New School, Touro College, William Paterson University, and will teaching a course in Designing an Early Childhood Environment at NYU in the Spring of 2018.  Andy earned a Ph.D. in Clinical-School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1988.  

 

MOHINI SHAPERO-ARDITI

Program Consultant

Mohini Shapero-Arditi is the Assistant Director of the Virginia Marx Children's Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY where she works with teachers, parents, college students and children. Formerly, Curriculum Coordinator/Staff Developer at the Eliza Corwin Frost in Bronxville, NY, she assisted the school in transitioning to a Reggio Emilia Approach. Mohini taught at Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center, Central Elementary School in Larchmont, NY, and Central Park East School. She has taught at Allegheny College, and worked in the Education Department of The Jewish Museum. She earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and holds a dual MS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence College.