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
Hollingworth Preschool

Sarah Duer stepped into her new role as preschool director of Hollingworth Preschool in Summer 2020 and has worked for Hollingworth in various capacities for the last six years. She has a Masters Degree from the Curriculum & Teaching Department at Teachers College in the Gifted Education program and a second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Banks Street College in the Progressive Leaders program this December 2020. Previous to her role as preschool director, Sarah was the Director of New Initiatives for the Hollingworth Center, and designed and taught two new innovative programs: “Expeditions & Explorations”, a community centered program with outdoor exploration, nature play, and engineering, as well as “Inquiry & Me”, a project-based inquiry program inspired by scientific phenomena. Sarah is also a professional learning leader. She has acted as a mentor teacher for Hollingworth Preschool by supporting the development of assistant teachers in their teaching practices and portfolios and taught as a teacher for the Hollingworth Science Camp since 2014. In addition, Sarah has experience as a classroom teacher in a city-wide gifted and talented public school in Queens where she specialized in differentiated inquiry-based curriculum. In her work as preschool director, Sarah encapsulates all of her roles in education: professional learning leader, mentor, classroom teacher, and student in order to create collaborative opportunities for all learners and equitably engage with opportunities to develop their potential.

Head Teacher
Blue Class

Tara is the Head Teacher of the Blue Class at Hollingworth. After spending time in her children’s preschool classroom, her love of early childhood began. She loves being a part of the wonder and
discovery of the classroom community. As an early childhood teacher Tara taught at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School for five years. While teaching, Tara completed her Master’s in Early Childhood & Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. She has an extensive background supporting children with varied developmental potentials and learning profiles. Tara realized her passion for working with families and being an advocate for children when she worked as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher. Some of Tara’s research interests include race and equity in Early Childhood. She is currently in her second year of the Early Childhood Education doctoral program in the Curriculum & Teaching department at Teachers College as well as an Instructor at Bank Street College. When she is not teaching, Tara enjoys running, working out, bike riding with her family, listening to music and reading.

Head Teacher
Yellow Class

Sophie is the Head Teacher in the Yellow Class at Hollingworth. She obtained her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Culture at Smith College Cum Laude. This experience inspired Sophie to
begin her teaching career in Tokyo where she taught English at the high school level. During this time, Sophie realized her passion for multicultural and social justice-oriented curricula. Upon returning to NYC, Sophie began her career as an early childhood educator. These experiences solidified one of Sophie’s core beliefs: children draw on their strong early childhood foundation for a lifetime and with that commitment always in mind, Sophie completed the Early Childhood & Special Education program at Teachers College while also attaining her New York State certifications in Early Childhood Birth through Grade 2 and Students with Disabilities Birth through Grade 2. Post graduation, Sophie has taught at a variety of independent schools in Manhattan, most recently in kindergarten at the Ethical Culture School. Sophie’s inquiry process is inspired by a commitment to responding to the needs of individual children, progressive education and following the natural curiosities of her students. Sophie is also interested in and very passionate about creating an LGBTQ+ curriculum. When Sophie is not teaching, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, biking around the city and yoga.

Assistant Teacher
Yellow Class

Yun Hao is an assistant teacher of the Yellow Class at Hollingworth Preschool and a Master’s student in the Music and Music Education program at Teachers College while also pursuing her New York State K-12 Teacher Certification. Yun has taught music to young children in New York City public schools and China. Yun currently teaches private piano lessons to children as young as five-years-old. Yun was an assistant at Teachers College for the course Designing Experience for Young Children. With interests in exploring how young children learn and ways teachers can facilitate their learning, Yun seeks to delve deeper into this synergistic collaboration as they work
together to build meaningful learning experiences. As a bilingual speaker in Mandarin Chinese and English, Yun’s expertise supports emerging multi language learners. As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Piano Performance, Yun is an accomplished piano soloist and chamber musician who has performed in New York, Finland, China, and Croatia. She is also skilled with audio editing and sound mixing software. When not working, Yun unwinds by playing video games on her phone or by spending time with friends.

Assistant Teacher
Yellow Class

Emily Kutz is an assistant teacher at Hollingworth Preschool and a current first-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. 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 for one year. Emily also taught kindergarten in Pennsylvania during her undergraduate year and beyond. As an early childhood educator, Emily explored and incorporated process art into her practice to support student learning. She enjoys witnessing young students construct their own learning through natural play and authentic experiences. Emily is interested in the research in the intersection bilingualism and
storytelling and how these experiences inform the literacy development of children. When she is not in the classroom, she loves boxing and traveling. Some of her favorite places she has visited include Portugal and Mexico.

Assistant Teacher
Yellow Class

Heeju Park is an assistant teacher in the Yellow Class at Hollingworth Preschool and a current student in the Teachers College MA Literacy Specialist Program. Heeju recently graduated from NYU with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Following in the footsteps of her mother who is an educator, Heeju was born to teach! During her time at NYU, she worked with mentors focusing on classroom management, building strong parent communication, and finding ways to bring joy into learning. Heeju has taught early learners as an emerging teacher in NYC public and independent schools. Her main research interest is the intersection of neuroscience and literacy education. As a bilingual English and Korean speaker, Heeju readily supports the development of multilingual young learners. While not in the classroom with the children or pursuing her graduate studies, Heeju enjoys living a balanced lifestyle by spending time with friends, working out, and cooking.

Administrative Assistant, Hollingworth Preschool

Oviya is the administrative assistant at the Hollingworth Preschool. At Teachers College she is currently a graduate student in the prestigious Klingenstein Center’s Private School Leadership Program. Before matriculating at TC, Oviya was a Fellow Teach For India where taught English and Mathematics in 3rd - 4th grade general classrooms in India. Oviya was a senior associate with the Madhi Foundation where she trained over 600 first grade teachers and impacted the education of 18,000 children. With her dedication to curriculum design and course content development, Oviya worked closely with school leaders and teachers in their professional development, and led the School Transformation Projects in Low-income schools in India. Oviya’s a rising school leader who is committed to teacher collaboration prioritizing their welfare and professional development. She likes to take long walks during her free time and enjoys cooking.

Assistant Teacher
Blue Class

Hetty King is delighted to be joining Hollingworth Preschool as an Assistant Teacher in the Blue Class. She is a third-year student in the EdD Dance Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University where her research interests are in the intersection of somatic pedagogy, dance education pedagogy and embodiment in education in early childhood. Hetty’s background includes twenty years as a professional dancer and dance educator teaching in public and independent schools in and around NYC including Hollingworth Preschool as the movement specialist during the 2019 - 2020 school year. Hetty holds a BFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science. She is a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Arts and Science and an Arnhold Scholarship recipient. Hetty holds a NYS K - 12 Professional Teaching License in Dance and a Gifted and Talented Extension, certifications in Yoga - RYT200, is a CMA – certified movement analyst, is a Registered Somatic Dance Educator with ISMETA®, and is completing her training in
Embodiment in Education® with Susan Bauer. She is the co-writer on a soon to be published book – A Guide to a Somatic Practice, the Anatomy of Center – the posthumous manuscript of somatic dance pioneer Nancy Topf. When not at Hollingworth she also works as the Program Director for Dance Makers in the Schools at Movement Research, is a facilitator with DEL, the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd St Y and teaches dance and movement at a private NYC elementary school. She is a proud Mom by adoption of two teenage girls and lives with them, her husband Andrew and cat Clyde in Brooklyn.

Assistant Teacher
Blue Class

Noel is an Assistant Teacher in the Blue Class at Hollingworth Preschool. She is drawn to the pure joy, humor and wisdom of young children. Noel graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs. While at GW was selected to attend the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Young Leaders Briefing and was also an invited speaker at Girls Learn International. Post graduation Noel returned to her hometown of Princeton, New Jersey where she was a teaching assistant in an independent school. It was here that Noel witnessed and experienced the joy of young children which transformed her life trajectory with an unwavering commitment to early childhood education. Noel is a Teachers College graduate student Spirituality Mind Body MA program. Last year she completed the Schools with Spirit practicum in the Spirituality Mind Body Institute with a focus on social emotional ethical learning. Noel is interested in the connection between the spirituality, mindfulness, and multimedia technology of young children. As a bilingual English and Mandarin
speaker Noel nurtures multi language learners. Hollingworth’s educational philosophy resonates deeply with Noel’s values and she brings a love of play filled arts and humor to her teaching.
When she is not teaching she loves to relax on the floor, laugh, and polyphonic sing!

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.

Art Teacher
Hollingworth Preschool

An alum of both the Hollingworth Preschool and Hollingworth Science Camp, Nina 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 phenomenon through the visual arts for five summers. Currently Nina is the Director of Creative Design 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.



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