Staff

Staff

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.

ADMINISTRATION

Dr. Vanessa Anderson (Principal) has had a lifelong passion for learning and the academic and personal development of young people. She spent her college years as a tutor and mentor to middle and high school students and after earning her master’s degree, became a high school French teacher. 

After earning her doctorate, she began a career in education research and has worked at the City University of New York, the Bard Early College network, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, where she was a project officer on the What Works Clearinghouse and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). She has also taught at Columbia University, City College and Lehman College. Her areas of research include the psycho-social and academic predictors of college choice for students of color and closing racial, gender and income related achievement gaps.

After earning her doctorate, she began a career in education research and has worked at the City University of New York, the Bard Early College network, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, where she was a project officer on the What Works Clearinghouse and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). She has also taught at Columbia University, City College and Lehman College. Her areas of research include the psycho-social and academic predictors of college choice for students of color and closing racial, gender and income related achievement gaps.

Dr. Anderson most recently served the Executive Director of the Bard Early College at Harlem Children’s Zone’s Promise Academy High Schools where she manages the partnership between Bard College and Harlem Children’s Zone and oversees programming for the early college. She holds a B.A. in French from Yale University, an M.A. in French Studies from New York University, and a PhD in social and personality psychology from Columbia University.

Dr. Brian Gloor (Dean of Studies/Assistant Principal) has been involved in the education for 14 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from Texas State University and a Doctorate Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Gloor has taught at the high school, college, and university level. He is currently the Director of Academic Programs at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM). While in this role, he still actively teaches his students in the Chemistry Classroom, where he is most excited about his unit of Coffee Chemistry.

Dr. Gloor has been involved in and chaired many committees throughout his career and has played an integral part in the daily operation of GSSM. He is a current member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM schools, the American Chemical Society, the Division of Chemical Education, the Association of Chemistry Teachers, and a Wakonse Fellow. He has received both service and teaching awards throughout his career in academics. 

Jeffery Moss (Dean of Students/Assistant Principal) holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership Studies from Morehouse College and an MSEd in School Counseling from Hunter College. He has served in various capacities throughout his professional career spanning roles within the government, private, non-profit, and retail sectors. Jeffery has worked for the Bard Early Colleges since 2013, where he has led efforts around outreach and recruitment, student leadership development, and student support at the Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City. 

Liana Conyers, M.F.A. (Associate Dean of Studies) is a dancer, choreographer, and educator in the mid-Atlantic region. She has performed with Keith Thompson, Jhon Stronks, Wayne Smith, Habib Chester Iddrisu, Masankho Kamsisi Banda, and CORE Performance Company. Her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, U of O, the ACDF NW Conference, Big Range Festival, and Philadiction Movement. In NYC, Conyers has presented several pieces for Movement Research at the Judson Church. She conceived and performed I Invited Oprah (2017) as part of Dance and Process at The Kitchen. Conyers was a 2018-2019, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Resident Artist, where she performed Androids & Pearls, and #MeAndDaveChappelle. She is a 2019-2020 Resident Artist at The Chocolate Factory Theater in NY.


STAFF

Zyer Beaty (School Counselor) is a Spelman College Alumna.  She served as head counselor for 3 years in the Fulton County Public School System. She has a heart for youth, education, travel, and mental health. Zyer graduated from the University of Georgia with her Masters of Education in professional counseling and is a doctoral candidate in the counselor education program at UGA.

During her time at Spelman, Zyer has been a part of numerous community organizations, became a member of the Eta Kappa chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, volunteered at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for girls in South Africa, and participated in the winter enrichment voyage through Semester at Sea. Zyer is currently on the leadership committee for Girls Going Global, a nonprofit organization that provides global leadership programming and international travel for teenage girls of color, as well as our Education Pillar for Everyone Eats Foundation. Zyer believes that international travel and your educational experiences will change the way you view the world.

Jazmin George (Program Associate) is a BHSEC Manhattan alumna who continued her education in Classics with a concentration in Latin and Greek at Binghamton University and then pursued a master’s degree in English at Georgetown University. Having studied myth criticism in undergrad and critical race theory in grad school, Jazmin is interested in exploring the ways in which these two frameworks intersect. An additional passion has been working in writing centers to develop writing at various stages across all subject areas. She is enthused to be returning to BHSEC with the necessary tools to participate once more in the writing center and learning commons.

Tonya Hawkins (Administrative Aide) is a native Washingtonian. She grew up in Ward 5, graduated from McKinley Senior High School, and attended Hood College in Frederick, MD. She has worked in the District of Columbia Public School System for over sixteen years, serving in the elementary school, middle school, high school, and alternative learning settings. She was also a Project Assistant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She has been a coach for the District Heights Chiefs and several DC public schools. Her educational philosophy is ” If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.” She currently resides in Prince George’s County with her husband and two daughters.

Chandrai Jackson-Saunders (School Psychologist) is a  is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Howard University with a graduate degrees in Educational Psychology & School Psychology. With more than 30 years experience as a School Psychologist in the District of Columbia Public School System, she has served students and families at the elementary, middle and high school levels during her tenure. Jackson-Saunders promotes social emotional learning, the importance of trauma-informed classrooms, and Response to Intervention as the most salient aspects of education because, she believes, without a laser focus on these components of child development-high academic achievement becomes less achievable. Born in Hawkinsville, Georgia, Jackson-Saunders was raised primarily in Washington, DC and has extensive relationships with community and social organizations both locally and nationally. She enjoys traveling, advocacy and politics. Jackson-Saunders is married to Nathan A. Saunders, a DCPS Senior High School Teacher.

Brian Massey (Family and Community Engagement Coordinator). Brian is a teacher and educator with nearly a decade of experience working in the schools, and with the families, of Washington, DC. Committed to justice, equity, and the transformative nature of youth empowerment, Brian taught at Capital City PCS, ran school garden and food security programs all over the city, and did outreach for the Early Stages division of DCPS, before joining Bard DC in 2018. Brian has a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies and a B.A in Latin American Studies from Earlham College. When he’s not working, Brian is gardening and cooking with his wife and two sons at their home in Mount Rainier, MD.

Amanda Washington (Admissions Coordinator). Amanda is a graduate of  Spelman College, where she truly fell in love with the field of education. While at Spelman, Amanda participated in Habitat for Humanity and enjoys serving her community. She taught in Fulton County Public Schools for two years before making her way back home to the DC Metro area. Amanda has always shared a love for news and hearing the unique stories so she went back to school to obtain an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.  In addition to working at Bard, Amanda is also a freelance journalist that loves reporting on politics, entertainment, and the African- American community. In her spare time you can find her searching for a new place to eat or binge watching a new show on Netflix. 


 

BARD EARLY COLLEGE NETWORK

Clara Haskell Botstein (Associate Vice President for the Bard Early Colleges). Clara is responsible for overseeing policy, public partnerships, and strategic initiatives at the Bard Early Colleges, including the launch of Bard DC. Clara has over a decade of experience in policy work in education and youth development. Clara holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University. 

Dre Szegedy-Mazsak (Strategic Initiatives Associate for the Bard Early Colleges). Dre supports public partnerships and new initiatives at the Bard Early Colleges, including the launch of Bard DC. Dre is a Bard College graduate and has a background in after school and youth development work in DC.