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Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships
Nancy Streim joined Teachers College in August 2007 in the newly created position of Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships. She also has an appointment as Special Advisor to the Columbia University Provost. Streim's role is to coordinate the College's activities in the New York City public schools and develop new and more intensive partnerships with the Department of Education, local communities and local schools. She is an architect of a "university assisted community schools model" that systematically addresses conditions related to educational success, including teacher development, expanded learning opportunities, early childhood education, physical and mental health, and parent engagement. In addition to managing the College's institutional partnerships with local schools, Dr. Streim leads the development of the Teachers College Community School, a new PreK-8 public school which opened in 2011 through a partnership with New York City Department of Education.
Prior to her role at Teachers College, Dr. Streim spent nineteen years at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education as assistant and then associate dean. There she led the development of the nationally recognized Penn Alexander School, a university-assisted demonstration public school in Philadelphia. She also directed the Penn Partnership Schools Network, an initiative to improve academic outcomes at two under-achieving elementary schools that the University co-managed with the Philadelphia school district.
Dr. Streim's scholarly interests include university-school collaboration, science education in urban schools, and educational entrepreneurship.
She has been Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, New York State Department of Education, General Electric Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation among others. She serves on the boards of several organizations including the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals, the Morningside Area Alliance, and the Remedco Foundation.
Dr. Streim earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College, a master's degree from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
kecia has been at the helm of TC’s consortium of partner schools since she joined OSCP in 2011. She is responsible for the design, implementation, and data-driven monitoring of all REACH activities, and for identifying and cultivating partnerships, and providing leadership coaching to principals and assistant principals. kecia supervises the REACH team, identifies and cultivates new partnerships, and liaises with faculty from across TC and Columbia University affiliates, as well as with the New York City and New York State Departments of Education.
During the 15 years prior to joining TC, kecia worked in a variety of organizational settings in urban education. She was an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University, where she taught courses in leading school reform and improvement, community and school relations, research methods, and group dynamics. She also served as a Leadership Development Facilitator/Senior Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools, where she provided intensive school improvement support for administrators and school teams at seven NYC public schools. kecia also worked for the New York State Education Department and was a founding board member of Harlem Academy. Her professional work and research focus on urban school leadership and particularly on collaborative approaches to innovative urban school turnaround and transformation in communities of color.
kecia earned a B.A. from Hamilton College, an M.A. and Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was a MAGNET Scholar. Her dissertation documented the educational experiences of young men at Rikers Island and examined the impact of a Sternberg’s multiple intelligence literacy program on the young men.
Director, Cahn Fellows Program
As Director of the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals since 2014, Lily is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of an annual leadership development program for meritorious principals from New York City, Chicago, and New Jersey.
A former Cahn Fellow herself, Lily served as the principal of P.S. 130 in Manhattan’s School District 2 for over 24 years, helping to transform the school from a Title I School in Need of Improvement (SINI) into a recognized New York City, New York State and United States Department of Education Title I Distinguished School. Lily also played other roles in the New York City public school system throughout her career: she worked as an ESL teacher, an ESL staff developer, and later as a director for a demonstration project for the Division of High Schools. In 1981, she joined the New York State Education Department as an associate, working in the field of ESL and bilingual education. She returned to the New York City public school system in 1990 as Principal of P.S. 130, from where she retired in August 2014.
Lily received the New York City and New York State Departments of Education’s Title I Distinguished Educator Award in 2002 and was one of 16 principals to be selected for the first cohort of the Cahn Fellows Program in 2003. In 2004, she was selected by the World Olympics Committee as an “Everyday Hero” and ran part of the New York City leg of the Summer Olympics torch relay that year. In 2010, she received the “Principal of the Year” Blackboard Award for her achievements at P.S. 130 and for her service to the community. Over the years, she served on many Chancellor’s Advisory Committees, as a mentor principal for the NYC Leadership Academy and as an adjunct instructor at Baruch College’s Aspiring Leaders Program. She is an adjunct instructor at Bank Street College’s Principals Institute.
Community School Director, REACH
As Community School Director at P.S. 154, Karoline coordinates and oversees the work of TC students and community-based partners providing a range of activities in the areas of attendance improvement and dropout prevention, physical and mental health, health literacy, and expanded learning opportunities, and family and community support and engagement.
Karoline is a dedicated counseling professional with experience advising diverse student groups and first generation college applicants. Previously, Karoline was the Interim School Counselor at Holyoke High School in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where she managed a caseload of over 200 students and provided counseling in academic and career planning as well as personal and social development. While studying for her Masters degree, Karoline worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Cultural Enrichment Department for the Center of Multicultural Advancement and Student Success at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As Graduate Assistant, she coordinated with various student groups and university staff to facilitate events to spread cultural awareness on campus. Karoline also served as the Teen Director at the Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, where she oversaw after-school programs for students in grades 6-12. It was at the Boys & Girls club where she found her passion for counseling and community building through education.
Karoline received her M.Ed. in Counseling and Ed.S. degrees from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She attended Northeastern University, where she received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies and was a full scholarship athlete for the women’s basketball team.
Community School Director, REACH
As Community School Director at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Habib coordinates and oversees the work of TC students and community-based partners providing a range of activities in the areas of attendance improvement and dropout prevention, physical and mental health, health literacy, and expanded learning opportunities, and family and community support and engagement.
Habib is a passionate educator who has dedicated his career to increasing access to high quality education for young people and families in opportunity-deprived communities. He previously served as the Founding Director of a year-long academic enrichment program in Washington DC. Prior to that, he was a member of the school leadership team at an alternative high school in Lawrence Massachusetts. Habib holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and a B.A. from George Mason University. He is contributing his training and experience toward improving outcomes for students and families in Harlem.
ELO Associate, REACH
Audrey joined OSCP in August 2013 as the Teachers College Community School (TCCS) Liaison. As TC's primary point of contact and representative at the school, she is a resource for TCCS students, staff and parents, as well as for TC faculty members and administrators involved in the life of the school. Audrey recruits, supervises and provides professional development and support to TC graduate students who serve as lead instructors or assistants for specialty classes and enrichment activities organized by Teachers College during the school day and after school. She co-manages the after school program in collaboration with a community-based partner organization.
Prior to her work at TC, Audrey was the Fine Arts Department Chair and Founding Music Teacher at KIPP Charlotte for 4 years. Before joining the KIPP network, Audrey was a Chorus teacher through Teach For America. As Miss Black North Carolina 2008, she toured the state advocating for music education in schools. Audrey has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Community School Director, REACH
Andreea Florescu D'Abramo
Andreea has managed OSCP operations since June 2013. She is the fiscal, human resources, and contracts administrator for all OSCP programs and initiatives and participates in program planning and reporting. Andreea also manages the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship, the Milman Literacy and Music Fellowships, the Duquès Social Justice Scholarship, and TC’s annual Performing Arts Series for New York City schools.
Her prior experience is in international and non-formal education. As Senior Program Officer in the Washington, DC office of Relief International, she developed and managed international education programs and people-to-people exchanges under the auspices of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She was later deployed to Amman, Jordan to undertake program and partnership development and to manage the final year of a regional youth development program encompassing four countries in the Middle East. Andreea also served as Public Relations Officer for the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, a community-based organization providing non-formal education opportunities to Roma children in Bucharest, Romania.
Andreea holds an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Gettysburg College.
Senior Instructional Specialist, REACH
Since joining OSCP in 2013, Catherine manages the development, implementation, and monitoring of strategies to build the instructional capacity and practices of teachers and teacher teams at REACH partner schools.
Prior to joining TC, Catherine received both a dissertation fellowship and teaching assistant fellowship from Rutgers-Newark while pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Systems - Educational Policy. During this time, she was a part-time lecturer in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) at Rutgers-Newark, where she instructed and supervised pre-service teachers around curriculum, instruction, data-driven assessment, and differentiation. Catherine began her career in Newark, New Jersey as a high school physics, chemistry, and environmental science teacher at Central High School and later at North Star Academy Charter School. She also served as an Instructional Lead for the science department at North Star, a School Director for Teach For America’s 2007 Philadelphia Institute, and as Assistant to the Executive Director of Project for School Innovation (PSI), a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating best practices for teaching and school leadership in urban charter and district schools.
She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from New York University, an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University, and is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Urban Systems - Educational Policy.
Veronica has provided administrative and programmatic support to all OSCP initiatives since September 2014. Previously, she served as a college assistant in the Baruch College Department of Law. Veronica is a graduate of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Organizational Psychology. Veronica is passionate about statistics and is taking courses to learn more about quantitative analysis.
Junior Instructional Specialist, REACH
Danielle joined the REACH team in 2016 to support the development, implementation, and monitoring strategies to build the instructional capacity and practices of teachers and teacher teams so that students are productively engaged in rigorous and responsive classroom instruction to support their mastery of the Common Core Learning Standards in order to be college- and career-ready.
She began her career in education teaching high school English in Newark, New Jersey, at both a standard and magnet high school. Subsequently, she taught in the Sayreville Public Schools, teaching 9th and 11th grade English as well as a 7th grade Technology elective. While teaching in Sayreville she supported her students outside of her classroom by volunteering to sponsor student-led after school activities and tutoring struggling students. Danielle has extensive experience in the design of Common Core-aligned assessments and technology-based assessments that meet P.A.R.C.C. expectations. In addition, Danielle co-authored and implemented curricula aligned to the Common Core Standards that reflect diverse perspectives in literature and that provide multiple entry points for students with special needs and students with varied reading levels. She also served as an informal teacher leader in the schools in which she worked.
Danielle is a graduate of Rutgers University Newark, where she majored in English and completed the Urban Teaching Education Program (UTEP) with high honors; she was also nominated for New Jersey Student Teacher of the Year.
Family Engagement Coordinator, REACH
Program Coordinator, Cahn Fellows Program
Robin is the coordinator for the Cahn Fellows Program and is responsible for all events and communications to Fellows and alumni of the program. She is also the editor of the program’s quarterly newsletter, CAN-Tainer.
Walker received her B.A. in English and her M.A.R. from Yale University. From 2005 to 2007, she served as program assistant of the Yale Visiting Fellows Program and researcher at the Yale Child Study Center, where she conducted media literacy studies with students and parents. Robin was also named an Edward Zigler Fellow at the Yale University Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy.
Robin is currently an interdisciplinary doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on International Communications, Visual Studies, and Educational Technology. She was selected as an Arthur Zankel Urban Research Fellow in 2009.