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.

Administrative Staff

David Allen
Assistant Principal, BHSEC Queens

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.
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Adrienne Barr
Admissions Advisor, BHSEC Queens

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.
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Jonathan V. Cann
Systems Analyst & Manager, BHSEC Queens

B.A., Asian Studies, Bard College. Independent author and programmer. Interests include art, photography, and gaming.
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Elizabeth Dunn Canty
Guidance Counselor, BHSEC Queens

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.
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Justin Casale
Guidance Counselor (9th grade) & Student Activities Coordinator
BHSEC Queens


B.A., Psychology and Education, Muhlenberg College; M.A., School Counseling, Boston College
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Olga Ramos
Director of BHSEC Admissions, BHSEC Queens

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 seven 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.
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Kate Fullerton
Student Activities Coordinator & 9th Grade Guidance Counselor, BHSEC Queens

B.A. Youth Ministries, Gordon College; M.S. Education in School Counseling, CUNY Hunter College. Previously worked at an educational non-profit in Brooklyn helping students develop social and academic skills and recruiting and training volunteers to teach extracurricular classes after school to middle school students. Research interests include adolescent development and child-parent relationships.
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Jess deCourcy Hinds
Librarian, BHSEC Queens

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 NewsweekThe New York Times; Ms. Magazine; SeventeenTeachers & Writers; Small Spiral Notebook; and Saltgrass. Awarded a Twining Tea Fellowship for research and writing in Italy.
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Angel Johnson-Telesca
Guidance Counselor, BHSEC Queens

BA, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. As a College Advisor and Guidance Counselor for over 15 years in the New York City Public Schools I developed the College Office and advisory program at my former high school in which I was employed. This included but was not limited to facilitating financial aid seminars, college fairs for the co-located high schools, individual and group college advisement.  As the Education Administrator/Coordinator at the Urban League of Hudson County in New Jersey, I was asked to meet with parent groups throughout the Northeast to enlighten them on the newest educational reforms which were the Educate America Act.  My professional interest is reaching underserved students in urban areas.  As a Mentor for an outside organization, I reach many young people who may not have ever been exposed to college advisement to begin the navigation of their college experience.
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Valerie Kaplan
Community Associate/Parent Coordinator, BHSEC Queens

B.A., Computer Science - Emphasis in Business Admin, minor in Psychology, SUNY New Paltz; M.B.A. in Finance, Manhattan College.
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Tina Moreno

Finance & Administration Manager, BHSEC Queens and Manhattan

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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.
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Scott Neagle
Data Specialist, BHSEC Queens

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.
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Olga Russell
Laboratory Technician Biology, BHSEC Queens

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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Joanne Sandow
School Secretary, BHSEC Queens

Business Management and Training and Development Certificates, New York University. Licensed School Secretary from Department of Education. Manager, Office Information Technology at Metropolitan Transportation Authority (1982-1989). Designed and implemented the first training department for Computer Education at Viacom Inc. (1989-2002), training over 6,000 employees a year.
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Robin Schmidt
Administrative Assistant to the Principal, BHSEC Queens

B.A., Biology and Music, Bard College. Outside of BHSEC, Robin is a musician - including being the guitarist in Afro-Funk band Ikebe Shakedown. Prior to working at BHSEC, Robin was a Research Assistant for four years at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
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Patricia Sharpe
Dean of Studies, Literature Faculty, BHSEC Queens and Elizabeth Blodgett Hall Chair in Literature, Bard College at Simon's Rock

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).
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Shawn Steele
Admissions Coordinator, BHSEC Queens

B.A., Political Studies and Italian Studies, Bard College. Graduate student at CUNY Queens College, M.A. History. Experienced Woodworker.
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Valeri Thomson
Founding Principal, BHSEC Queens

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.
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Elena Yesner
Director of College Transfer Office, BHSEC Queens

B.A. Religious Studies, Grinnell College
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