B.A., Bard College; M.A., Ed.M., M.Ph., Ph.D., Columbia University.
Director of Immediate Science Research Opportunity Program at Bard College, 1998-2007; research scientist at Rockefeller University; visiting faculty in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program; associate of Bard's Institute for Thinking and Writing. Articles published in Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Molecular Biology, and Plasmid. Primary research interests include factors underlying pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; and development expression of the neuronal NMDA receptor in zebrafish.
718-361-3133 x8002David AllenAssistant Principal
BFA, Creative Writing, Brooklyn College; MFA, Creative Writing, The University of Michigan, Advanced Certification in School Leadership, Brooklyn College.
Taught English at Brooklyn Technical High School, The Dalton School, Bushwick Outreach Center, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, Phillips Academy, The University of Michigan and Brooklyn College. Served as Assistant Principal, English at Art and Design High School. At The University of Michigan, he received the Hopwood Award in Major Fiction. His poems and stories have been broadcast and published in several New York City outlets.
718-361-3133 x8000Laura HymsonDean of Academic Affairs, Social Studies Faculty
B.A., American Studies, Wesleyan University; M.A., Gender/Cultural Studies, Simmons College; Ph.D., American Culture, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Taught at Rutgers University-Newark; Hunter College; and University of Hartford. Areas of research include 20th century U.S. cultural history, with a particular focus on the historical constructions of race and gender; branding and advertising; and globalization.
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706
Sara AboobakarOffice & Admissions Liaison
718-361-3133 x6713Jonathan V. CannSystems Analyst & Manager
B.A., Asian Studies, Bard College.
Independent author and programmer. Interests include art, photography, and gaming.
718-361-3133 x6813Elizabeth Dunn CantyGuidance Counselor
B.A. English & Communications, Boston College; M.A., Education, CUNY Brooklyn College; M.A., School Counseling, New York University. Worked previously as New York City Teaching Fellow & Secondary English teacher at Harry Van Arsdale High School, as Guidance Intern & Health Teacher at BHSEC Manhattan, and as Guidance Counselor & Study Skills Instructor at Bard Early College Academy. Founding staff at BHSEC Queens. Special trainings include: Options College Access training, Suicide Prevention, Respect for All with a special focus on anti LGBTQ-bias, Opportunity Gaps for students of color, Adult Basic Literacy, and Project Adventure Ropes Course. firstname.lastname@example.org
718-361-3133 x6923Justin CasaleGuidance Counselor (9th grade) & Student Activities Coordinator
B.A., Psychology and Education, Muhlenberg College; M.A., School Counseling, Boston College
718-361-3133 x6723Jess deCourcy HindsLibrarian
A.A., Bard College at Simon's Rock; B.A., English, Smith College; M.F.A., Fiction, Brooklyn College; M.S.L.I.S, Library Science, Pratt Institute. Publications include School Library Journal, Brain, Child; The New York Times; Newsweek; Ms. Magazine; Seventeen; Teachers & Writers. Awarded a Twining Fellowship for research in Italy (2009). Named one of the Pratt Institute's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" for library leadership and nonfiction writing (2012). Fiction Fellow at Pen Parentis (2015). Awards include second place in the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (2017).
718-361-3133 x6642Marlon Unas EsguerraSpecial Education Faculty
B.A. Poetry, Columbia College-Chicago; M.F.A., Poetry, Michener Fellow, University of Miami; M.S., Urban Education and Special Education, Mercy College; Institute for Urban Education, Creative Pedagogies for School Change, The New School.
Seven years as an English & Creative Writing teacher and Program coordinator for Chicago Public Schools, alternative schools, youth writing programs and Cook County juvenile justice system. Has since focused on teaching the Physical Sciences and Computer Science in the NYCDOE. Twelve years of experience as a Special Education teacher, eleven years of which were working in co-teaching partnerships. FIRST Robotics Programming Mentor for ten years (Java, C++). An endurance athlete, he usually writes about running and contemplates what to write as he runs.
Special Education Faculty
B.A. Art History, Bard College; M.A. Special Education, Long Island University. 10 years experience as a special education ICT teacher in English.
Angel Johnson-TelescaGuidance Counselor
Special Education Faculty
BA, Columbia University; MA in Television, Radio, and Film, Syracuse University.
Mike Herrod recently concluded his training with the New York City Teaching Fellows, and is currently working on his Masters in Education at Hunter College, focusing on special education. Mike worked most recently in the publishing industry, and is also the author and illustrator of several books for children. He lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with his wife and two young sons.
BA, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.
Angel brings over 18 years of College Counseling and Guidance experience from the New York City school system and private sector. Professional interest include providing mentoring and counseling to underrepresented students in areas where access to secondary educational opportunities may not be readily available.
718-361-3133 x6823Gabriel MollicaLearning Commons Director
B.A., Music, Comparative Literature minor, Hamilton College.
Served as the George Watson's Teaching Fellow in Edinburgh, Scotland. Taught lessons in English, Philosophy, and Music, as well as Special Education. Teaching Assistant at the Henry Viscardi School, a K-12 school for children with physical disabilities. Worked five summers at the Double H Ranch, a summer camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Interests include storytelling, stand up comedy, essay writing, and disability advocacy.
email@example.comWilfredo PaganPayroll Secretary
718-361-3133 x6613Renae PlummerParent Coordinator
718-361-3133 x6621Olga RamosDirector of Admissions
A.A., Bard High School Early College; B.A. Psychology, Bard College; M.S. candidate, Urban Affairs, Hunter College.
Trustee Leader Scholar at Bard College and founder of the Young Rhinebeck Youth Program: Life, Learning, and Language, 2005. Worked in admissions at BHSEC for more than ten years, first as Admissions Coordinator, then as Smart Scholars Outreach Coordinator. Olga has a long-standing commitment to outreach into the NYC public schools and particularly in recruiting students to BHSEC who come from disadvantaged academic and economic backgrounds. Research/interests include urban public education, program evaluation, early college initiatives and community activism.
718-361-3133 x6913Adam RhodesTechnology Coordinatorarhodes@bhsec.bard.edu
718-361-3133 x6625Olga RussellLaboratory Technician Biology
B.A., Biology, Bard College; M.A., Social Studies, Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia; M.A., Microbiology, Columbia University.
718-361-3133 x7315Karimah ShabazzDirector of Bard DNA
718-361-3133 x6715Marion StackSpecial Education Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs
718-361-3133Jessica VanScoySpecial Education Integrative Collaborative Teacher
B.A., Non-Fiction Writing and Photography, Hampshire College; M.A., Special Education, Pace University; M.A. Candidate, Education Policy, Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
Three years of experience as a special education IC Teacher in math and in humanities at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM) and has significant experience as a general education teacher in Government and Economics at BCAM.
firstname.lastname@example.orgLenni YesnerDirector of College Transfer Office
B.A., Religious Studies, Grinnell College; M.A. Applied Theatre, CUNY School of Professional Studies; M.S.Ed. Candidate, School Counseling at Alfred University. A BHSECQ staff member since 2010, Lenni is also a co-facilitator of the TransGeneratational Theatre Project, a multigenerational theatre group for trans and gender non-conforming people. Their interests include college access for undocumented and DACA students, racial justice, supporting trans and gnc students, LGBTQIA issues, music, scuba diving, and mindfulness. email@example.com