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

Lisa Wright, EdD 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 30 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, Program for the Education of the Gifted at Teachers College, where she teaches graduate courses, supervises student teachers, and co-directs an annual summer institute for teachers and administrators on differentiated curriculum for potentially gifted students. 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 the development of pre-service teachers, collaborative assistant-head teacher models, and the maker mindset and process in young children. 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.

Head Teacher, 3-4s 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.

Head Teacher, 4-5s Class, 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 at Hollingworth and most enjoys getting to know each of the students and their unique personalities!

Director of New Initiatives

Sarah Duer is a Mentor at the Hollingworth Center where she supports the development of assistant teachers in their teaching practices and portfolios. As a Progressive Leaders cohort member at Bank Street College, Sarah is currently working towards a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to joining Hollingworth as a Mentor, she was selected for the initial cohort of Abby O’Neil Fellows and graduated from the Curriculum and Teaching childhood education program at Teachers College with the extension in gifted education. Sarah taught for three years at a city-wide gifted and talented public school in Queens and specialized in differentiated inquiry-based curriculum. Sarah has taught at the Hollingworth Science Camp since 2014. In her work as a mentor, teacher, student, and mentee, Sarah creates collaborative opportunities for all learners to equitably engage with opportunities to develop their potential.

Head of Administration, Admissions Associate, & Digital Learning Manager

Kathryn has been working at Hollingworth since 2017, first as a teacher for the 4-5s class and now in administration and admissions. Kathryn grew up in Los Angeles, California, and received her BA in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After teaching in Seattle, she moved to New York City and completed her Master of Education in Curriculum & Teaching and an advanced certificate in 'Reimagining Education for a Racially Just Society' from Teachers College in May 2019. Kathryn has an array of work experience ranging from early childhood classrooms to teacher communities in teaching & learning, curriculum development, academic writing, and research. While attending Teachers College, Kathryn has presented her work in teacher education at the Curriculum & Teaching Conference and the Teachers College Academic Festival. She is also a Student Leader and Meditation Facilitator for the Curriculum & Teaching Department and provides mindfulness professional development for the Hollingworth teachers. In her work in admissions, Kathryn focuses on understanding the whole child in order to find the best educational fit for both incoming preschool students and students transitioning into kindergarten. Kathryn also have a love for architecture and dance and likes to spend her time perusing the stacks of the library or visiting museums around the city. 

Associate Teacher

Kelly is a current associate teacher and starting her second year teaching at Hollingworth. She graduated from State University of New York, Cortland College with a Bachelor of Science in childhood/early childhood education, attaining New York state certification. She is currently a student in the reading specialist M.A. program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kelly is passionate about teaching and helping students reach their fullest learning potential. When Kelly is not in the classroom, she enjoys baking desserts, drawing, and finding great coffee spots around the city.

Associate Teacher

After teaching for one year as an assistant teacher in the 3-4 class, Tara is now an associate teacher at Hollingworth. She is also in the midst of completing her dissertation in her doctoral studies at Teachers College. Her area of research is psychomotor development across early childhood. Tara earned her M.A. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College in 2016. She is excited to practically apply the theoretical knowledge she has acquired over five years of coursework! Tara has formerly served as a student-teacher at Bank Street Family Center and taught literacy through theater games as a teaching artist in Jersey City. She loves working with children because of their curiosity, enthusiasm, and receptivity to the experience of wonder. In the spirit of John Dewey, one of her favorite philosophers, Tara is committed to structured exploration that guides the growth of future learning experiences. Tara feels privileged to co-construct a learning environment in collaboration with the teachers, children, and families of the Hollingworth Preschool Community. 



Associate Teacher

Julie Salvas is excited to be a part of the Hollingworth community as an Associate Teacher! Julir has worked as Hollingworth for the past year as a 4-5s assistant teacher and holds a Professional Child Care Certification from Fisher College in Boston, MA, as well as a Masters of Music in Classical Voice and Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.  Julie has had a variety of teaching experiences, including teaching preschool at Acorn Childcare Center in Westford, MA and New York Kids Club, where she instructed enrichment classes in music, ballet, and art. Julie can’t wait to sing, dance, and create alongside the Hollingworth children!

Associate Teacher

Candelaria first joined the 3-4s as an assistant teacher and is now an associate teacher. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Florida Atlantic university. She is currently a student at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing her Master in the Intellectual Disabilities/Autism program in order to receive a dual certification in teaching general and special education for early childhood. Candelaria loves seeing students grow and accomplish their goals while being a part of that process! She also enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, playing the guitar and cuddling with her two dogs, Felipe and Baltazar. 

Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining The Hollingworth Center, Irene worked in education policy at the Public School Forum in Raleigh, NC. Currently working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Cognitive Science at Teachers College, Irene is dedicated to creating quality education opportunities for all children. Irene is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Studio Arts.

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