Lorayne Carbon, B.A., SUNY Buffalo. M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education. Director, SLC Early Childhood Center, 2003-present. Former early childhood teacher. Director, Oak Lane Child Care Center. Education coordinator of the Virginia Marx Children's Center of Westchester Community College. Adjunct professor, Westchester Community College. Workshop leader at seminars and conferences on early childhood education. Special areas of interest include social justice issues in the early childhood classroom and creating aesthetic learning environments for young children.
Sarah Curtis teaches 2nd Grade at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Sarah Lawrence Early Childhood Center as a preschool student and returned to Sarah Lawrence as a graduate student in Child Development. Her MA thesis concerned children’s questions within a Kindergarten classroom. Children’s questions, art, and literature (particularly poetry) lie at the heart of her interests and teaching practice.
Jan Drucker, B.A., Radcliffe College, Ph.D., New York University. SLC psychology faculty (1972-present). Teaches both undergraduate psychology and graduate Art of Teaching courses. Areas of academic focus include developmental theory, development of personality, symbolization, narrative of life experience, and the professional development of preschool and elementary teachers. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, specializing in the development of normal and emotionally disturbed young children. Author and researcher on play and other symbolic processes and aspects of clinical practice.
Linda Finn graduated from the Art of Teaching graduate program in 2003. After graduating from the Art of Teaching program, she started teaching at Murray Avenue School and has been there teaching kindergarten for 11 years. She comes back to Sarah Lawrence for the Saturday seminars and was a speaker at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Art of Teaching program.
Paul Harris is a developmental psychologist with interests in the development of cognition, emotion and imagination. He holds the Victor S. Thomas Professorship of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. For 2006-2007, he received a Guggenheim award. His book on children’s understanding of emotion (Children and Emotion) appeared in 1989 and his book on play and imagination (The Work of the Imagination) in 2000. He currently studies how young children learn about history, science and religion on the basis of what trusted informants tell them. His latest book, Trusting What You’re Told: How Children Learn from Others, describing this research, was published by Harvard University Press (May, 2012). It has received the Eleanor Maccoby Award from the American Psychological Association and the Book Award of the Cognitive Development Society.
Abby Lester is the College Archivist and Acting Head of Reference at Sarah Lawrence College. As the College Archivist for 10 years, Abby has sought to increase the visibility of the College Archives through exhibits, presentations, social media, and interaction with the college community. Prior to Sarah Lawrence, Abby worked as an archivist at Columbia University, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and the American Jewish Historical Society.
Margaret Martinez-DeLuca, BA, College of Mount St. Joseph; MSEd in Math Leadership, Bank Street College of Education. Teaches Math and Technology in the Art of Teaching Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches and is Director of Urban Education Semester at Bank Street College. She provides professional development for PreK-12 teachers in math, science, social studies, literacy, and creating student centered classrooms in New York City and other districts.
Saundra Norton came to Sarah Lawrence College as a poet and is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Art of Teaching Program and the Child Development Institute. She has been a poet-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Prague Summer Seminars, and Paris Writers Workshop and the first poet-in-residence at White Fish Dunes State Park in Door County Wisconsin. She is the author of Language Arts Activities for Children and contributing writer for Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies and Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature. She has led poetry workshops for children and teachers in public and private schools and has recently finished a poetry collection commissioned by the National Museum of Wildlife and is currently working on a travelogue-in-verse about her experiences hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Elizabeth Phillips has been the principal of PS 321 in Park Slope for the past 15 years and been an educator in the school for 27 years. After a 12-year career as an editor, Liz attended Bank Street College where she received her Master's Degree in Education. She taught first grade and was the Early Childhood Coordinator before becoming a principal. Liz has spoken out frequently against the nature of and high stakes attached to the state exams. She recently was given the 2014 Courageous Educator's Award by the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
Carley Reidy is a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence Art of Teaching program. She is a teacher in the Yonkers Public School system, teaching grades 2-5 for the past 14 years. She is currently pursuing her MS in Educational Leadership at PACE University.
Yvette Richardson, B.A., Howard University. M.A., Sarah Lawrence College. First coordinator of the Child Development Institute and founder of the Empowering Teachers Program. Former elementary teacher and lead teacher at SLC's Early Childhood Center as well as instructor in Purchase College's continuing education program. Numerous presentations at national, regional, and local forums. Program design and child development consultant to Kameleon Media's proposed flash animation, interactive, bilingual preschool program, NIKO and KIKA for PBS.