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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

2013-2014 Advisory Board

The Advisory Board on Teacher Education henceforth known as the “Board” shall provide insights and recommendations in program planning, policy formation, and program evaluation for teacher education programs.

The Advisory Board shall have the following duties and functions:
  1. Offer ways to promote collaboration and strengthen clinical and field experiences between P-12 schools and Teachers College.
  2. Ensure field experiences provide candidates with experiences in a variety of diverse contexts.
  3. Assess the needs of different stakeholders in clinical and field experiences and initiate methods to address the needs of cooperating teachers, principals, supervisors, and student teachers.
  4. Advise the Teacher Education Policy Committee (TEPC) and the Office of Teacher Education (OTE) on policies and issues surrounding field experiences and other areas regarding P-12 classrooms.
  5. Other issues deemed as appropriate.

Board Members

randall everett allsup

Position: Associate Professor of Music Education

School/Affiliation: Teachers College

Biography: Randall Everett Allsup is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at Teachers College. He is interested in issues that concern democratic education, teacher preparation, and the changing shape of music teacher expertise.

kenneth bonamo

Position: Principal

School/Affiliation: Scarsdale High School

Biography: Kenneth Bonamo has served as the principal of Scarsdale High School since July 2012. Previously, he spent 14 years in New York City public schools as the principal of Townsend Harris High School at Queens College and as a teacher, coordinator of student activities, and assistant principal at Staten Island Technical High School.

john browne

Position: Instructor, English Education

School/Affiliation: Teachers College

Biography: John Browne taught at LaGuardia Community College evening session for 15 years. This is his 13th year at Teachers College, and remains thrilled to be here.

yuen pun (bonnie) chow
Position: Graduate Student

School/Affiliation: Teachers College, Columbia University

Biography: Chow is a graduate student in the Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities program at TC. She holds a B.A in Molecular and Cellular biology and English from Univ of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

ellen ellis

Biography: (not available)

maxine feldman-cohen

Position: Art Coordinator / Teacher

School/Affiliation: Abraham Joshua Heschel School

Biography: Maxine Feldman-Cohen has been teaching art at the Heschel School for the past 26 years as well as working with TC to mentor art student teachers. Maxine continues to create and exhibit her own art work.

jenel giles

Biography: (not available)

alexandra (sasha) gribovskaya

Position: Director of the Office of Accreditation and Assessment

School/Affiliation: Teachers College

Biography: Alexandra (Sasha) Gribovskaya has served as the Director of the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at Teachers College, Columbia University since 2005. She has overseen two college-wide accreditations—by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). She also assists TC academic programs in their professional accreditations.

robert groff

Position: NYCDOE Principal

School/Affiliation: P.S. 244

Biography: Bob Groff holds master’s degrees in public administration, teaching and education administration and is in his 11th year in NYC schools. He has worked in the South Bronx, Harlem and is now the principal of P.S. 244 in Flushing, which is an early childhood school of about 400 students Pre-K – 3rd grade.

emily kadash

Position: Graduate Student

School/Affiliation: Teachers College, Columbia University

Biography: Kadash is a grad student in the Elementary Inclusive Ed program at TC. Emily served students in Washington D.C. as a site coordinator for the literacy nonprofit Reading Partners, an AmeriCorps position.

christy kinghan

Position: English Language Arts Teacher

School/Affiliation: Young Women’s Leadership, Astoria

Biography: Christy Kinghan is in her 9th year as an ELA teacher. She is currently teaching 11th grade at Young Women’s Leadership School, Astoria and teacher education courses through Drexel University.

felicia moore mensah
Chair/Co-Chair

Position: Associate Professor of Science Education

School/Affiliation: Teachers College, Columbia University

Biography: Felicia Moore Mensah is a former high school science teacher. Felicia teaches methods courses for elementary, middle and secondary teachers at Teachers College, and conducts professional development sessions, summer institutes, and offers classroom support to teachers and teacher candidates. She also serves on the Teacher Education Policy Committee (TEPC).

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catherine mitchell

Position: Assistant Principal

School/Affiliation: East Bronx Academy for the Future

Biography: Catherine Mitchell taught high school English in Washington DC and the Bronx before becoming assistant principal in 2012.

lauren olerio
Chair/Co-Chair

Position: Elementary School Teacher

School/Affiliation: PS/IS 180

Biography: Lauren Olerio has been teaching for over ten years; the past six years of which she has acted as a cooperating teacher for student teachers from Teachers College. In addition, she served as a Senior Common Core Fellow with the New York City Department of Education and on the Chancellor’s Teacher Feedback Board.

amani reed

Position: Head of School

School/Affiliation: The School at Columbia University

Biography: Amani Reed has worked hard to be a visionary leader with a clear focus on ethics, equity and justice. He is a graduate of Teachers College and has been committed to education in both public and independent schools from coast to coast.

russell rosen

Position: Coordinator, Teaching of American Sign Language as a Foreign Language

School/Affiliation: Teachers College

Biography: Russell Rosen received his B.A. in anthropology at the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in education from Columbia University. Publications and research interests are in the anthropology and history of deaf people and their community and culture, psycholinguistics and applied linguistics of American Sign Language, and second language acquisition, instruction, curriculum, and assessment.

mary sutton-gonzales

Position: (not available)

christina villarreal

Position: Doctoral Student & Field Supervisor Program in Social Studies Education

School/Affiliation: Teachers College, Columbia University

Biography: Villarreal taught 7th & 8th Social Studies at a small school that she co-founded, and then served as a high school assistant principal for two years.

cynthia weill

Position: Student Teacher Supervisor

School/Affiliation: Teachers College, Columbia University

Biography: Cynthia Weill holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Education from TC as well as masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and University of Wesleyan. She is the author of numerous bilingual children's books.

benjamin wides

Position: History Teacher

School/Affiliation: East Side Community High School

Biography: Benjamin Wides has been teaching social studies in NYC public schools since 1997. For the past 12 years, he has taught 12th grade history at East Side Community High School, where he also oversees the graduation PBAT in history.






Nomination Form

Agenda for the Advisory Board Meeting

Advisory Board Minutes

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