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Who We Are
Each class has a head teacher, two associate or assistant teachers and a portfolio teacher. All of our teachers have completed or are in the process of completing graduate studies at Teachers College.
Before each school year begins, we come together for two weeks of professional development, engaging in topics such as art, song, intentionality and metacognitive thinking, respect for children, classroom management, and curriculum. We continue to meet regularly as a faculty throughout the school year for continuing professional development related to each classroom community, the cycle of our school year, and our topics of study.
Ed.D., Director, The Hollingworth Center
Lisa Wright, Ed.D. serves as the director of The Hollingworth Center, a program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Under Dr. Wright’s leadership of 28 years, the Center develops model programs and offers enriched educational services for graduate students, educators, and children. Dr. Wright is also on the faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, teaches graduate courses, supervises student teachers, and co-directs an annual summer institute for teachers and administrators on responsive curriculum and pedagogy. Lisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Theater from New York University and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Lisa taught in private and public schools at the elementary and secondary levels prior to coming to TC. She has published a variety of articles for peer review journals and has received two Paper of the Year awards (with James Borland, Ph.D.) from the National Association for Gifted Children. Lisa presents nationally and consults with formal and informal education institutions across the United States and internationally. Her research interests include responsive differentiated curriculum design, the development of pre-service teachers in the field of early science education, LGBTQ children’s literature, and the play of children as they “tikkun olam” (repair the world). Lisa’s critical stance is embedded in a social justice perspective and access and equity for all children as they grow their potentials. Lisa’s greatest professional joy is collaborating with her graduate students and she is, and always has been, most at home in the classroom.
Heather J. Pinedo-Burns
Ed.D., Director, Hollingworth Preschool
Heather joined the Hollingworth Preschool community in 2003 and became director in 2009. She earned a Doctorate of Education from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before moving to New York, Heather attained a Bachelor of Arts in English and secondary education certification from State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and taught middle school English for the Rochester City School District. Heather is a founding member of the English Department Alumni Advisory Board at State University of New York, College at Geneseo. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College. Her research interests include early childhood, narrative inquiry, aesthetics and wonder. Heather enjoys time spent with family both near and far, making fun and/or edible things, her pets, walking in the local parks, and traveling upstate to enjoy the bounty of the evening sky at her Mom’s farm.
MA, Head Teacher, Afternoon Class, Hollingworth Preschool
A Jersey Girl, Elizabeth comes from an extended family of teachers. She completed her B.S. in Child Development and Early Childhood Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, she completed her year of student teaching at the Child Development Labs. She also worked as a teaching assistant for a professor and between the two experiences, the passion to “teach teachers” was kindled. Since then, Elizabeth has continued her personal professional education all the while working in a variety of early childhood settings, caring for and educating people as young as infants and as mature as adults. Elizabeth is passionate about family, all things living and growing, and the opportunity for beauty and wonder found in all four seasons.
M.Ed, Head Teacher, Morning Class, Hollingworth Preschool
Marisa S. Chin-Calubaquib, a native Californian earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching at the University of San Diego, where she taught at the on campus school for many years exploring emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Marisa now teaches the three and four-year olds in the Morning Class at Hollingworth Preschool through a child responsive pedagogy and has done so since 2009. Marisa is an Ed.D candidate in the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College; focusing on Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Policy and Early Childhood Teacher Education and also works as an Instructor with early childhood masters students teaching courses, mentoring pre-service teachers, researching as well as presenting her work at national and international conferences. Marisa served on the National Council for Teachers of English's Early Childhood Education Assembly board of directors from 2013-2015 and as the co-chair for the Awards and Get Together committee from 2013 to the present. In 2017 Marisa began serving a three year term on the board of directors for the National Coalition for Campus Children, working directly with other teachers, administrators, and professors from campus children's centers around the country. In her spare moments, Marisa loves to travel; spend time with her family, friends and two small dogs; frequent museums and parks both novel and familiar; engage in a variety of arts and crafts; and both create and partake in culinary delights of the vegetarian persuasion.
Abby Russell Stern
MA, Admissions & Exmissions Director and Coordinator of Special Projects, Hollingworth Preschool
Abby joined the Hollingworth Preschool community in 2012 while earning her M.A. in Psychology and Education at Teachers College and returned full time in 2015 as Admissions & Exmissions Director and Coordinator of Special Projects. A native New Yorker, she studied Psychology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She has worked in early childhood special education in St. Paul, and as a preschool teacher and independent school admissions associate in New York. Her favorite time of day is joining the children for lunch. In her free time, Abby loves reading, paper crafts, travelling, and spending time at the beach with family.
Hannah Van Dolsen
Morning Class Assistant Teacher
Hannah will teach in the Morning Class as an Assistant Teacher and work with our School Lunch Bunch Program. Having earned her Bachelors of Arts from Skidmore College, in Saratoga, New York, in International Affairs with minors in Education Studies and Latin American Studies Hannah enters the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program within the Department of Arts & Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University. During college Hannah worked at the Greenberg Center, the campus childcare center during all four years, teaching both the toddlers and prekindergarten children. Recently, Hannah completed her work with City Year as a mentor and assistant teacher in a seventh grade English class in San Antonio, Texas. With vast international educational experiences, Hannah’s commitment to education and supporting all learners is notable.
Morning Class Assistant Teacher
Joining us as Morning Class Assistant Teacher and working with our School Lunch Bunch program, Danielle Llaneza will offer us her steadfast commitment to care in education. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University, and is pursuing her Masters in Developmental Psychology in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. Danielle has experience working with children from volunteering at the NICU at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, as a ‘cuddler’ for newborns, supporting and attending to the social emotional needs of families as well, in addition to her work as children’s aide, and as a research assistant.
Morning Class Portfolio Teacher
Alissa carries with her a remarkable commitment to cultivating the curiosity and joy of childhood, joining us as a Morning Class Portfolio Teacher. During her undergraduate work at New York University at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Alissa designed her own course of study, “Disrupting the Educational Narrative: Entrepreneurship, Educational Policy, and Narrative Identity.” Recently, Alissa spent the past year as an Urban Education Fellow and Assistant to the Dean of Students at the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, in Newark, NJ, teaching Mathematics and English-Language Arts to 8th grade students. This fall Alissa begins the Sociology and Education Program within the Department Education, Policy, and Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher
Joining us as an Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher, Kathryn is originally from Los Angeles. After moving to the Pacific Northwest for college at University of Puget Sound, earning a degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art focusing on oil and painting, Kathryn remained in the area as an assistant teacher at a Montessori school, and most recently The Evergreen School. This fall Kathryn will begin her Masters in Curriculum Teaching in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. We are confident Kathryn will share her keen observations of young children to support the holistic growth of all the children.
Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher
Graig will teach in the Afternoon Class as an Assistant Teacher. Graig is currently enrolled in the Urban Education Leaders Program within the Department of Organization & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Having earned his Bachelor degree in English Writing and Sociology from Kean University, Graig also attended programs at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. Graig is inspired by his varied life experiences, from attending culinary school in Vermont, to studying abroad in Europe, to serving as a lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in the writing program, to working as a Project Coordinator and Family Team Facilitator within the Communities in Cooperation program in Newark, NJ. We know the Afternoon Class will gain from the passion Graig has for education, lifelong learning, and verve for the connectedness of life.
Afternoon Class Portfolio Teacher
Originally from Virginia, Ali joins us in the Afternoon Class as our Portfolio Teacher. Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in Childhood and Early Childhood Education from State University of New York, College at Geneseo this past May, Ali is entering the Masters of the Arts in Gifted Education program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University this fall. Ali holds a New York State Initial Teaching Certifications in Early Childhood Education, Birth-GR2, and Childhood Education, GR1-6. Bringing her wide experiences as a teaching assistant in lab schools, camps, and elementary schools, Ali offers us a love of teaching and excitement for growing and learning as an educator.
Preschool Administrative Assistant & Supporting Assistant Teacher
Jennifer will join the Afternoon Class regularly, School Lunch Bunch on Wednesdays and work as an administrative assistant with a focus on supporting the curricular explorations of both Morning and Afternoon Class. Jennifer comes to us with wide experiences in early childhood, elementary school, and middle school in Toronto, Canada, South Korea, and most recently at the Rita Gold Center for Early Childhood at Teachers College. Having attained a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies and a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto, Jennifer is currently in the Masters of Art Program within the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University. We know we will all benefit from Jennifer’s deep respect for and the trust she places in students.
After teaching in Morning Class for a year, Sydney transitioned to office this summer. This fall Sydney is student teaching and will join us in the office on Fridays. Sydney earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, and is working towards her Master’s in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College.
Erica brings with her a vibrant background of education, including dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Erica is working toward a Master of Arts degree in Sociology & Education at Teachers College. In the classroom, Erica’s earnest poise and patience guides us all. After two years teaching in PM Class, Erica has transitioned to the office.
Ashley is an impassioned early childhood educator whose thoughtfulness in considering the holistic needs of the children and community shines. Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ashley began her coursework at Teachers College in the Department of Sociology and Education. After working in AM Class last year, Ashley will transition to the office this fall.