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The Hollingworth Center

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.

Lisa  Wright

Lisa Wright

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

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, nature, play, 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.

Elizabeth  Carlson

Elizabeth Carlson

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.

Marisa  Chin-Calubaquib

Marisa Chin-Calubaquib

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.

Jennifer  Lam

Jennifer Lam

MA, Associate Teacher, Hollingworth Preschool

Jenn first joined the Hollingworth Community in 2010 and has worked in various roles to support Hollingworth Preschool. A lifelong learner, Jenn is driven by her child and family centered philosophy to continue exploring responsive ways to work with children. After receiving a dual Bachelor's degree in Childhood & Special Education and Sociology from NYU, receiving her M.A. in Gifted Education from Teachers College, and teaching Kindergarten for two years, Jenn is pursuing her M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling in the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is thrilled to be back at Hollingworth and most enjoys getting to know each of the students and their unique personalities!

Kim  Tran

Kim Tran

Morning Class Assistant Teacher

An Assistant Teacher in the Morning Class, Kim originally comes from sunny southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior with minors in French and Education. With a passion for teaching and traveling, Kim spent the year following her graduation as an Assistant English as a Foreign Language Teacher in Normandy, France. Ready for her next adventure, she will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Education and an elementary teacher certification from the Preservice Program in Elementary Inclusive Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Myles A. Bittner

Myles A. Bittner

Morning Class Assistant Teacher

As an Assistant Teacher in the Morning Class, Myles brings a passion for exploration, a calm and thoughtful presence and a willingness to try to new things each and every day. This is his second year at Teachers College where he studies Anthropology and Education. He grew up in Wyoming and received his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wyoming. Previous work as an assistant teacher in Head Start preschools, and classrooms in NYC have provided meaningful teacher experiences which he carries in his work at Hollingworth. When he is not in the classroom or the library reading, he enjoys hiking in the mountains, going for runs, watching sports and finding great music throughout the city.

Joy  Woo

Joy Woo

Morning Class Portfolio Teacher

Joy is the Morning Class’ Portfolio Teacher this year. Joy graduated from Smith College this past May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Psychology, and is currently a student in the Reading Specialist M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, Joy holds a Massachusetts and New Jersey Initial Teaching Certification in Elementary Education. Some of Joy's interests include developmental psychology, educational policy, and language development. Joy comes to Hollingworth with various experience working as a student teacher, counselor, and tutor. She is committed in building strong relationships with her students and peers at Hollingworth.

Danielle  Comerford

Danielle Comerford

Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher

A recent graduate of State University of New York, College at Geneseo, Danielle is an Assistant Teacher in the Afternoon Class at Hollingworth Preschool.  Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also holds New York State Initial Teaching Certifications in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Danielle’s experience in a variety of learning environments has made her passionate about children’s inquiry, wonderings, growth, and exploration and she cannot wait to bring that passion to Hollingworth. From teaching preschoolers at the Woodbury Preschool at the Strong Museum of Play to teaching Irish dance to young dancers, Danielle’s love of teaching and learning helps to create not only a classroom of lifelong learners but a community of them.



Megan  Roop

Megan Roop

Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher

Originally from upstate New York, Megan Roop is an Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher this year. Megan graduated from the University of Vermont this past May with a B.S.Ed in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education, and has her certification in K-6 general education as well as K-8 special education. Megan is working towards a Masters of Education in Developmental Disabilities here at Teachers College. Having a wide variety of experiences working with children from birth up until middle school in the general and special education settings, the Afternoon Class gains from Megan’s commitment to teaching and learning and her passion for children’s development. 

Christine  Park

Christine Park

Afternoon Class Portfolio Teacher

Born and raised in California, Christine moved to Seoul, Korea in fourth grade. She attended an international school while in Seoul. Christine went on to pursue a degree in Finance at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Despite her career in the finance industry, many of her volunteer activities included working with children. Her volunteer experiences include taking care of newborns of single mothers at the Holt Adoption Agency, working as an assistant to artists who teach different art techniques to children in low-income neighborhoods, teaching kindergarten students English through books, songs and fun dance routines. Christine's passion for teaching and heart for the younger generation brought her to Teachers College where she is currently enrolled in the Elementary Education masters program. She carries this passion with her to Hollingworth as Assistant Teacher for the Afternoon Class.

Shiyu  Wang

Shiyu Wang

Preschool Graduate Assistant

Shiyu is our Graduate Administrative Assistant this year. Having grown up in Shanghai, China, Shiyu is a passionate childhood educator with special interests in early language development, the influence of parent-child interactions on children’s learning and development, and educational opportunities. A recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies and Second Language Studies, Shiyu is currently working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology and Education at Teachers College. In addition to her educational background, she also has had many experiences working with children in preschools and elementary schools, both in the US and China. In her free time, Shiyu likes reading books, spending time with her friends and family, and playing the piano.This summer, Shiyu was part of the development team of an online English enrichment program for elementary and middle school students in China.

Kathryn  Endler

Kathryn Endler

Administrative Assistant

After joining us as an Afternoon Class Assistant Teacher for one year, Kathryn is now supporting our work in the Hollingworth Preschool office. 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. Kathryn is working on her EdM in Curriculum Teaching in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kathryn shares her keen observations of young children to support the holistic growth of all the children--both in the classroom and the office!