Who We Are

Get To Know Us

The faculty of Hollingworth Preschool is composed of educators who share a commitment to life-long learning, child-responsive education, and the enactment of theory into practice. Our head teachers bring many years of experience working with young children and are leaders in their advanced graduate programs at Teachers College. Our associate and assistant teachers are selected through a competitive application process and bring diverse accomplishments. Each of these teachers must be concurrently enrolled in a Master’s programs at Teachers College while at Hollingworth. Our leadership team with its extensive expertise contributes to the research and service in the field of early childhood education.

Director, The Hollingworth Center

This marks Dr. Lisa Wright’s 35th year as the director of The Hollingworth Center where she works closely with all of our programs. For 45 years Dr. Wright has devoted her practice and her research to early childhood and gifted education. The depth of her comes from playing and working with over 700 Hollingworth preschoolers.  As a faculty member in Teachers College Department Curriculum and Teaching with a specialization in giftedness,  Professor Wright teaches masters level students in courses including the Nature and Needs of the Gifted, Nurturing Potential in the Early Years, and guides practicum experience.

Hollingworth Preschool

Sarah Duer is the Director of Hollingworth Preschool. Beginning in 2014, Sarah has held a number of leadership positions within the Center. In these capacities she designed early childhood programs and develop curriculum with a special focus on phenomenon and placed based science as well as robotics.

Head Teacher
Yellow Class

Sophie Brotherton is delighted to begin her second year as the Head Teacher in the Yellow Class at Hollingworth. A graduate of Smith College, Sophie received her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Culture. While at Smith, Sophie spent her junior year in at Doshishs Univeristy in Kyoto, Japan. This experience inspired Sophie to begin her teaching career in Tokyo where she taught English at the high school level.

Head Teacher
Blue Class

Emily Kutz is the Blue Class head teacher at Hollingworth Preschool and a current second-year student in the Teachers College MA in Applied Linguistics program. She holds a bachelor's degree Summa Cum Laude from Juniata College in both Early Childhood and Spanish Education. While at Juanita, Emily received numerous awards and was a member of four honor societies. Prior to her position at Hollingworth, Emily taught PreK in Madrid, Spain at the American School of Madrid for two years and on a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Fellowship grant at Colegio Alameda de Osuna International School for one year. Emily also taught preschool and kindergarten in Pennsylvania and Mexico. As an early childhood educator, Emily explores and incorporates process art and inquiry into her practice to scaffold student learning. She enjoys witnessing young students construct their own learning through natural play and authentic experiences. Emily is multilingual with her research focus on the intersection of emergent literacy of young children and multilingualism. Emily is a certified teacher in early childhood as well as Spanish Pre-k through grade 12. When she is not in the classroom, she loves boxing and traveling. Some of her favorite places she has visited include Portugal and Mexico.

Art Teacher
Hollingworth Preschool

An alum of both the Hollingworth Preschool and Hollingworth Science Camp, Nina Borland completed her undergraduate studies at Clark University in studio art and graphic design. Nina joined Hollingworth Science Camp as an assistant art teacher where she encouraged children's understanding of scientific phenomena through the visual arts for five summers. Currently Nina is a Curriculum Innovator and Creative Designer at Hollingworth, supporting our programs with her expertise in graphic design, communication, research, teaching, and the visual arts. She continues to build and maintain Hollingworth’s ever-evolving visual identity, She also teaches our youngest learners at Hollingworth Preschool, fostering artistic, creative, and critical thinking skills through exploratory play in her Art Exploration class.

In addition to her many Center-wide responsibilities, Nina also works with art and educational institutions as an independent freelancer. She finds time for her personal practice as well, creating art and photography surrounding themes of body, sense of self, the natural world, and intersectional feminism. A born-and-raised New Yorker from a multi-generation family of artists, Nina can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of her city and delving into the wonderful world of sci-fi and fantasy.

Assistant Teacher & Administrative Assistant, Hollingworth Preschool

Antonio will be working as a Part Time Assistant Preschool Teacher and Administrative Assistant at Hollingworth Preschool. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Minor in Computer Science from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and is now working toward obtaining a Master of Arts in Music and Music Education with Initial Certification from Teachers College. His experience with early childhood education stems from his position as an intern at the Diller-Quaile School of Music, where he aided head teachers in creating musical classrooms and
experiences for young children, and where he earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Music. In addition to working with young children, he has worked with college students as a Computer
Science Teaching Assistant, and with high school students as an Access Coach at Let’s Get Ready. Antonio’s most recent position was at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he worked as a President’s
Assistant to support the President and his office. In addition to education and specifically, music education, Antonio is interested in music theory, music technology. and composition, and has
created music in his free time. He also often plays the trumpet and piano, and spends time with his friends, family, and dog, Olive.

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