Our administrators have a broad range of backgrounds in progressive education and the early college movement. Many of our staff have worked at BHSEC since its inception in 2001 and we count among our numbers three BHSEC graduates.
Bard Early College Academy (BECA) Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan and Queens
M.A.T., Bennington College; B.A. Bennington College. Teacher, Bard Early College Academy, Middle School Humanities, 2008-present; Teacher/Student Teacher, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt; Student Teacher, The Beacon School, New York, NY. Specializes in curricular development, mediation, and inter-disciplinary design. Interests include poetry, painting, and running.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2044
BHSEC Director of Research and Evaluation
PhD, Psychology, Columbia University; MA Columbia University; MA New York University Institute of French Studies; BA, Yale, French. Vanessa’s research interests include stereotype threat and institutional influences on academic performance and behavior, adolescent racial identity. She has authored articles in Diversity in Higher Education, The Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, The Encyclopedia of Adolescence and The Handbook of Individual Differences in Social Behavior.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4062
Associate Dean of Studies, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Cornell University; M.S., Kyoto University; Ph.D., Columbia University-Integrated Program in Cellular Molecular Biophysics; Post-doctoral Fellow, Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Research interests include molecular immunology, signal transduction mechanisms, and epigenetic control of gene regulation.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4072
Guidance Counselor and College Transfer Office Advisor, BHSEC Manhattan
Ed.M and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. Ed.M in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. Certified K-9 Teacher. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Phi Betta Kappa National Honors Society. Teach for America Corps member 2002-2005, First Grade Teacher. Special interests include snowboarding, speaking Spanish, culture and traveling.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x3221
Student Activities and Program Coordinator
M.S.Ed., Counseling, Hunter College; B.A., Sociology & Business, Skidmore College. School Counselor at Brooklyn Friends School, 2011-2012; Development Associate at Teachers College Columbia University, 2009-2011; Marketing and Advertising Account Managers at Razorfish and The New York Times, 2004-2008. Personal and professional interests include travel, culture, art, psychology, social and community based issues, college and career advising and program development.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2092
Teaching Assistant, BHSEC Newark
Assistant Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Gettysburg College; M.A., L.C.S.W., New York University; M.S.Ed., Pace University. Former counselor at Stuyvesant and Chelsea High Schools, New York City.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4221
Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Senior Admissions Officer, BHSEC Manhattan
A.A., Bard High School Early College; B.A. in Political Science, Long Island University; M.P.A. in Public Administration, Metropolitan College of New York. Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP), The Center for Credentialing and Education in conjunction with National Organization for Human Services. Education Center Coordinator, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Literacy Partners Inc. 2007-2010. Program Coordinator, Minority Access to Research Careers, Research Introduction Program (MRIP) at Brooklyn College 2008-2009. Research interests include education reform, urban policy, and civics.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2043
Director of Development, BHSEC
B.A. Hamilton/Kirkland College; M.B.A. Stern School of Business, New York University.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2301
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2072
Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., New York University. Has taught at Barnard College, NYU; New School University; and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Awards include Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association. Publications include Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City (2007). Teaching and research interests include 20th-century United States society and politics, American reform movements, popular culture, and U.S.-Pacific relations.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2282
Deputy Director of Development
Finance & Administration Manager, BHSEC Queens and Manhattan
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4074
Martha J. Olson
Dean of Administration, BHSEC Program; Dean of Education Initiatives, Bard College
B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., New York University School of Law; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University. Practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton; Office of the New York State Attorney General; Lankler, Siffert & Wohl; The Campaign for Fiscal Equity; Law clerk to Thomas Fairchild, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Bruce Selya, United States District Court Judge for the District of Rhode Island. Taught global studies at FLAGS High School, New York City. Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. Past president, Citizens Committee for the Children of New York, Inc.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4073
Assistant Principal, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., Brooklyn College; M.S., Queens College; Sixth-Year Certificate in administration and supervision, College of Staten Island. Assistant Principal Administration, New York City Public High Schools, 1995-present. Reading specialist; taught special education high school students for 12 years; taught high school English for 10 years.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2232
Assistant Registrar and Attendance Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., American Studies, Bard College; A.A., Bard High School Early College. Assistant Registrar and Attendance Coordinator at Bard High School Early College, 2007-present. Interests include music, fiction, food, travel (particularly to Spain and Latin America), and the study of culture and society.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2221
BHSEC Manhattan Parent Coordinator
Phone: 212-995-8479 x2281
Librarian, Social Studies Faculty, BHSEC Manhattan
B.A., C.A.S. candidate, University of Illinois; M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College. Held librarian position at Harvard Countway Library of Medicine Archives; and the University of Illinois. Research interests include philosophies of education; and library pedagogy.
Phone: 212-995-8479 x4052