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Office of School and Community Partnerships
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

About Us

Nancy Streim, Associate Vice President

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.

Dr. Streim comes to Teachers College after nineteen years at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education where she most recently served as Associate Dean for Educational Practice. At Penn, Streim played a key role in the development of the nationally-recognized Penn Alexander School, a university-assisted demonstration public K-8 school in Philadelphia that grew out of a unique partnership among the University of Pennsylvania, the local school district and the teachers' union. Following on the success of the Penn Alexander School, she created a blueprint for a new university-assisted public high school focusing on international studies. In addition, she 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 research interests include university-school collaboration and science education in urban schools. She recently completed a year long project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in which she documented principles underlying successful university-assisted public schools across the U.S. She has served as principal investigator for five major grant-funded projects that address the teaching and learning of math and science in elementary and middle grades. 

Janell Catlin, Project Director

Janell Catlin is Project Director of the General Electric Foundation Harlem Schools Partnership for Math and Science Education. She organizes professional development programming for teachers and academic enrichment experiences for students in the project's K-12 Harlem schools.

Dr. Catlin has a professional background in pharmacology and science education and has taught extensively in academia. In her previous position as a postdoctoral fellow at TC, her research agenda focused on urban education, student motivation to learn and engage in science, teacher motivation to practice in urban settings, and building university-school partnerships. Additionally, 

Dr. Catlin's work highlights the importance of creating a bridge between students' in-school curriculum and after school programs to enhance the intrinsic motivation of students to learn.

Kecia Hayes, Director, REACH


kecia hayes is the Director of REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem). In her role, she is responsible for the design, implementation, and data-driven monitoring of Teachers College's university-assisted, community school model to provide Harlem youth in partner schools with comprehensive educational opportunity through coherent and strategic programming across leadership & teacher professional development, expanded learning opportunities, family support & engagement, and physical & mental health.  Prior to joining Teachers College, she was an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University where she taught courses in school reform & improvement, community & school relations, research methods, and group dynamics.  She also was a Leadership Development Facilitator/Senior Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools where she provided intensive support to New York City public school principals & school teams to design, implement, and monitor school improvement strategies to increase student learning outcomes.

She earned a BA from Hamilton College, an MA and Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University and received her PhD 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’s skills.

Her professional and research interests include university-school partnerships, intersections of school reform and community development, educational experiences of urban youth and families, and educational leadership for transformation of urban schools. kecia can be reached via email at or by phone at 212.678.7445.


Catherine Hogg, Senior Instructional Specialist

Catherine Hogg joined the staff of REACH as the Senior Instructional Specialist in July 2013. Prior to joining the REACH team, she received both a dissertation fellowship and teaching assistant fellowship from Rutgers University, Newark while pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Systems - Educational Policy. During this time, she was also a part-time lecturer in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) at Rutgers University, Newark, where she instructed and supervised pre-service teachers around curriculum, instruction, data-driven assessment, and differentiation. Ms. Hogg began her career in Newark, NJ as a high school physics, chemistry, and environmental science teacher at Central High School and later at North Star Academy Charter School. At various points during her six years of teaching, she was also the assistant coach of the boys' football and baseball teams, senior class advisor, and assistant director of the musicals. In addition to teaching, she 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), which was 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 BA in Chemistry from NYU, an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University, and is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Urban Systems - Educational Policy. As a researcher, Ms. Hogg is interested in the role of charter schools in urban school reform, critical/feminist science pedagogy and curriculum, and pathways to higher education for urban students.  

Angela Fulcher, Expanded Learning Opportunities Associate

Angela oversees the planning and development of expanded learning opportunities across K-12 in REACH schools, supervising graduate student workers and managing partnerships with program providers. Angela joined the College in 2012. Previously Angela worked with Communities in Schools, a national drop-out prevention program, where she case managed 100 youth at-risk through engagement in achievement, attendance and social-emotional learning. Prior to that she worked at KIPP Charlotte where she taught sixth grade English language arts. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and is in pursuit of her M.A. in Sociology and Education with a policy concentration.

Michael Ramsey, Family Engagement Coordinator

Mike has been involved in non-formal and informal education for seven years. While studying International Affairs (with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa) at University of Colorado, Boulder, he organized numerous events and taught after school through his collaboration with a local community center. Upon completing his degree as a member of the President's Leadership Class, he served for several years as a Program Director for an after-school program, coordinating events and curricula and teaching students as well as families. Mike moved to New York to pursue a Masters degree at Teachers College, where he focuses on Family and Community Education in the International Education department. He is pleased to transfer theory into practice through his daily work as the Family Engagement Coordinator for REACH. 

Audrey Cox, TCCS Liaison

Audrey Cox joined the Office of School and Community Partnerships 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.

Andreea Florescu D'Abramo, Program Coordinator

Veronica Osminina, Program Associate