Bard High School Early College Queens


Our staff are highly-qualified professionals who are dedicated to promoting student success. Our staff come from a range of professional backgrounds in the public and private sectors.


Valeri Thomson
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 x8002

David Allen
Assistant 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 x8000

Laura Hymson
Dean 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 historical constructions of race and gender; globalization; and the challenges of macro-branding in an increasingly segmented collection of global markets.
Phone: 718-361-3133 x7706


Adrienne Barr
Admissions Advisor
B.A. Dance, Bard College; M.S. Education, Pace University; Certificate of French Studies, L'Institut de Torraine, Tours, France.
Special Education Teacher, Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, (2005-2008). Dance Consultant, Safe Horizon, New York (2004-2005). Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder and Dakar, Senegal, (2001-2003). Has performed internationally with Skeleton Dance Project and The Vanaver Caravan World Music Institute; New York solo performances for Workwith Dancers Company include War Brides for The Dumbo Dance Festival and Blood and Bones at Triskelion Arts; Choreography projects include Unborn for Dancespace Project's Food for Thought and Sketch Project, Asheville, NC. Research interests include education reform and yoga.
718-361-3133 x6610

Jonathan V. Cann
Systems Analyst & Manager
B.A., Asian Studies, Bard College.
Independent author and programmer. Interests include art, photography, and gaming.
718-361-3133 x6813

Elizabeth Dunn Canty
Guidance Counselor
B.A. English & Communications, Boston College; M.A., Education, CUNY Brooklyn College; M.A., School Counseling, New York University.
New York City Teaching Fellow, Secondary English at Harry Van Arsdale High School (2002-2004), Tutor Coordinator / Program Director at Literacy Volunteers of America, Washington, D.C. (2004-2005), Education Assistant & Assistant Summer Camp Director at Heart of Brooklyn (2007-2008), Guidance Intern & Health Teacher at BHSEC Manhattan (2007-2008), Guidance Counselor & Study Skills Instructor at Bard Early College Academy (2010-2011).  One of BHSEC Queens’ founding faculty/staff members.  Special trainings and interests 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.  Marathoner, tri-athlete, and fitness enthusiast.
718-361-3133 x6923

Justin Casale
Guidance Counselor (9th grade) & Student Activities Coordinator
B.A., Psychology and Education, Muhlenberg College; M.A., School Counseling, Boston College
718-361-3133 x6723

Jess deCourcy Hinds
A.A., Bard College at Simon's Rock; B.A., English, Smith College; M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Brooklyn College; M.S.L.I.S, Educational Library Science, Pratt Institute.
Taught at Brooklyn College; Lehman College; Mount Holyoke College's Summer Math program; and Barnard College's Girl Scout Scholars program. Fiction and essays have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Newsweek; The New York Times; Ms. Magazine; Seventeen; Teachers & Writers; Small Spiral Notebook; and Saltgrass. Awarded a Twining Tea Fellowship for research and writing in Italy.
718-361-3133 x6642

Angel Johnson-Telesca
Guidance Counselor
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 x6823

Margaret Langhorne
Office & Admissions Coordinator
B.A., Music, Oberlin College and Conservatory. 
She has worked in a wide range of jobs including musical theater, voice lessons, library cataloguer, and working at the local coffee shop. 

Gabriel Mollica
Learning Commons Coordinator
B.A., Music and Comparative Literature, Hamilton College. 
Teaching assistant and tutor in the music department at Hamilton; volunteered at a local High School to support the work of the marching band. George Washington Fellowship to teach American History in Edinburgh. Teaching Assistant at the Henry Viscardi School, a high school for the physically disabled, which included one-on-one tutoring across multiple disciplines, and helping students to prepare for the regents exams. Worked the past three summers at the Double H Ranch, a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses for kids from low-income backgrounds from across the country.

Jeffery Moss
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator, BHSEC Manhattan and Queens
B.A., Business Administration with concentration in Management and Leadership Studies minor, Morehouse College.  
Served as an Assistant Vice-President with Capital One Bank as a Senior Branch Manager for a Tier III Branch and as a Vice-President – Branch Manager for Citibank.  Proudly holds affiliations with the Jackie Robinson Foundation as an Alumnus, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership as an Ambassador, Texas Boys State as a former Citizen, and Morehouse College Leadership Center as an Ethical Leader.  A highly self-motivated World Class Professional with a strong ability to effectively lead, inspire, and develop diverse teams and individuals.
718-361-3133 x6913

Scott Neagle
Data Specialist
B.A., Mathematics and Music, Bennington College; M.S., Adolescent Teaching, Pace University.
Taught outdoor education, math, and music in New York City public schools. Released a self-titled, full-length album with band Big Bang TV which made the CMJ top 200 and the Deli Magazine top 20; worked with Family Opera Initiative; the Fringe theater festival; and Brooklyn-based rap groups. Co-created hip-hop entity "Heavy Jamal" which 'rapifies' Henry James's novels and Sufi poetry. Wrote chamber works incorporating turntables hailed as "brilliant to the point of clairvoyance" by leaders in the downtown new music scene.
718-361-3133 x7619

Renae Plummer
Parent Coordinator
718-361-3133 x6621

Olga Ramos
Director of Admissions
B.A. Psychology, Bard College; A.A., Bard High School Early 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 x6913

Olga Russell
Laboratory Technician Biology
M.A., Social Studies, Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia; B.A., Biology, Bard College; M.A., Microbiology, Columbia University.
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Patricia Sharpe
College Transfer Office Advisor, Part-Time
B.A., Barnard College; Ph.D., The University of Texas.
Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon's Rock, 1993-2005; helped found Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, 2001-03; associate of Bard's Institute for Writing and Thinking; faculty member in English, The University of Michigan, 1972-1983, where she earned the class of 1923 Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. Grants from the American Council of Learned Societies; National Endowment for the Humanities; and the Fulbright Program. Her writing is included in Time for Change: New Visions for High School (2006); Anthropology and Literature (University of Illinois Press, 1993); Gender and Scientific Authority (University of Chicago Press, 1996); Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality (University of Arizona, 1998);International Studies: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998); and Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text (State University of New York Press, 1992, co-edited with Frances E. Mascia-Lees). Co-author, with Frances E. Mascia-Lees , Taking a Stand in a Post-Feminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism (SUNY Press, 2000).

Shawn Steele
Admissions Coordinator
B.A., Political Studies and Italian Studies, Bard College. M.A., History, City University of New York at Queens College. 
Currently working on Advanced Certificate in Secondary Social Studies Education. Experienced woodworker.
718-361-3133 x6815

Jessica VanScoy
Special 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.

Lenni Yesner
Director of College Transfer Office
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
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. 
Phone: 718-361-3133 x6635