BHSEC Queens faculty members are experienced college professors with a special interest in working with younger students; some come to BHSEC from high schools in New York and others from colleges and universities. Approximately two-thirds of full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. in their discipline, and all permanent, full-time faculty are certified by New York State. Some college electives are taught by adjunct faculty. The faculty to student ratio is 15:1, with an average class size between 20 and 22.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., American Studies, Wesleyan Univerity; M.A. and Ph.D., U.S. History, Columbia University.
Doctoral dissertation, “Bottom-Up Management: Participative Philosophy and Humanistic Psychology in American Organizational Culture, 1930-1970,” explores the transformation of American corporate culture in the years surrounding World War II, when people started talking about teams and their feelings in the workplace. Research interests include popular psychology, 20th-century religion, consumer culture, and business history. Advised the Queer Straight Alliance and helped lead impromptu knitting tutorials at BHSEC Queens.
B.S., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Physics, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
B.S., Nutrition and Food Science, University of Vermont; M.A. and Ph.D., Cell and Organismal Biology, New Mexico State University.
Preparing for Future Faculty Scholar, 2010-11; Alan J. Kohn Endowed Fellow, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 2009. Teaching assistant at NMSU and mentored undergraduate research at NMSU and FHL. Publications have appeared in the Journal of Molecular Recognition and Cytoskeleton. Research interests include understanding the role that microtubules play in cell division and the network of proteins involved in ensuring accurate DNA segregation during mitosis.
B.A., Spanish Language and Literature / Latin American & US Latino Studies, Fordham University; Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, New York University.
Doctoral dissertation: “Las diosas de América: Concealed Symbols of the Great Mother in Latin American Literature.” Areas of Inquiry include Latin American Literature, Pre-Hispanic Myth in Contemporary Literature, Mutterecht, Indigenous cosmogonies (Andean, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Amazonian), Trans-national-Trans-cultural Visual Culture, and U.S. Latino/a Literature and Translation. Taught at New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Former multi-lingual recruiter and executive headhunter with interpreting and translation experience in corporate, academic, entertainment, legal and diplomatic arenas.
Social Studies Faculty
Language & Literature Faculty
B.A., History and Spanish, Wellesley College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D. candidate, Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, UK.
Holly’s interests include Women Writiers of Medieval Spanish Literature, Digital Humanties, Transcription and Editing, Feminist Studies, and Feminist Pedagogies. Holly’s latest publication entitled: “‘Y pasó por mí’: From Rejecting Hegemony to Writing a Legacy: Digital Approaches to Medieval Iberian Women’s Writing” was presented through Iberian Connections Journal and Seminar Series at Yale University. Holly has formerly taught at Princeton University, Marymount College, and at Bard College at Simon’s Rock as a Faculty Fellow. At BHSEC Queens she has taught language and literature and especially enjoyed facilitating the Heritage Spanish courses.
Mathematics & Computer Science Faculty
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Columbia University; M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Bard College; 2010 Math for America Fellow.
Previous teaching experience at International Community High School in the Bronx; East Side Community High School in Manhattan; and University of California, Berkeley, as a graduate student instructor. Publications on 3D modeling of indoor and outdoor environments using camera and laser data have appeared in IEEE conferences, including 3D Processing, Visualization, and Transmission and International Conference on Image Processing. Co-inventor on a pending patent for asynchronous digital circuits, including arbitration and routing primitives.
B.M., Music Education, Piano and Voice, University of Dayton; M.M., Jazz Studies, Purchase College SUNY, Conservatory of Music.
Teaching appointments include the New York City public school system; University of Dayton; and The Miami Valley School. Courses taught include Choir, Music Theory, Jazz Ensemble, Music Fundamentals, Improvisation, Piano, and Voice.
B.A. Mathematics, Cornell University; M.S. Mathematics Education, St. John’s University; New York City Teaching Fellows; 2017 Math for America Fellow. Taught mathematics at the Lehman Alternative Community School and New Roots Charter School. Worked as Academic Advisor at the University of Georgia.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Politics, Law, and Society, Bard College at Simon’s Rock; M.A. and Ph.D., Government, The University of Texas.
Research on international conflict; international political economy; the relationship between domestic and international politics; political methodology and econometrics and game theory. Dissertation used statistical analysis and formal models to explore the role of US and Iraqi domestic politics in the 2003 war in Iraq. Served in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan from 2000 to 2002.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History, Duke University. Ph.D., US History, Yale University.
Particular interests in urban history; his thesis examined the affordable housing policy and politics in the city of Philadelphia from the Civil Rights-era to the era of Welfare Reform. At Yale, Zane also gained three years of experience as a teaching fellow.
Spanish Faculty – World Languages
Special 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.
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati; S.M. & Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University; M.A., Mathematics Education, New York University.
Chartered Financial Analyst; 2009 Math for America Fellow. Worked for fifteen years in the financial industry. Taught mathematics at Ohio University. Research interests include applications of mathematics to finance and electromagnetic phenomena.
Special Education Faculty
B.A. Psychology, Elon University; M.A. Urban Adolescent Special Education, Long Island University.
Assistant Professor of Biology
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.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A. American Studies, Stanford University; General Course Student, London School of Economics; M.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.A.,
Computers and Education, Teachers College of Columbia University.
Former executive vice president of Kaplan, Inc.; founding president of Kaplan University Online.
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.
Sc.B., Applied Mathematics, Brown University; M.A., Mathematics of Finance, Columbia University; M.A., Secondary Mathematics Education, City College of New York; 2013 Math for America Fellow.
Prior teaching experience at The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice; and Vanguard High School. Worked in financial services for five years as a risk management consultant and equities trading analyst.
B.S., Neuroscience, Brandeis University; Ph.D., Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Hartwell Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan; Postdoctoral Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Mentored students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan; mentored graduate students at Weill Cornell; and taught genetics curriculum in the New York Academy of Science STEM afterschool program to middle school students. Publications have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology; Journal of Neuroscience; Developmental Biology; and as a chapter in the textbook Principles of Developmental Genetics. Research interests include neural crest specification; axon guidance; and neuromuscular junction formation. Fellowships include: Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship (2017-present) and Sci-ed Innovator Fellowship (2019).
B.A., Near Eastern Studies (Arabic language and literature concentration), University of California, Berkeley; M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University.
Taught Arabic at Columbia University and Comparative Literature at New York University. Editor, Arab Studies Journal, 2002-2007. Fellowship at the American Research Center in Egypt, researching the history of children’s literature in Egypt, 2007-2008. Research interests include contemporary Arabic literature; immigrant literature in France; and representations of childhood.
Taught English in Oaxaca, Mexico, 2007-2010. Recognized as one of ten Teachers Who Make a Difference by The New York Times in 2016. Coordinator of Undocufriendly BHSECQ and supervisor of the Dream Team, two organizations that support (un)documented immigrant students and their families at BHSECQ. Manages the HOPE Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for undocumented BHSECQ graduates towards finishing their Bachelor’s degree at their next college. Faculty editor of Immigrant Voices, a print magazine and blog featuring writing, art, and music about the immigrant experience from the Bard network. Articles on politics in Mexico have appeared in La Voz, Bard’s Spanish-language magazine. Research interests include U.S.-Mexico relations and indigenous self-governance in Mexico.
B.A., American Literature and Psychology, Hunter College; M.S., Education, City College; M.S., Chinese Linguistics, East China Normal University, Shanghai.
Research interests: Social linguistic research and analysis of the signs in New York City; modern Chinese literature. Taught in New York public schools and in the Middlebury College summer language program. Chinese calligraphy writings shown at numerous exhibitions in New York City and Canada. Board of Directors of The Association of Chinese Calligraphy in America; Member: Hua Xia Chinese Calligraphy and Overseas Chinese Instrumentalist Orchestra.
Physical Education & Philosophy Faculty
B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics, St. John’s College, Annapolis; M.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Philosophy and Sports Administration, Union Graduate School. Bacon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Coached college basketball, soccer, and tennis in California, Florida, and Connecticut. Coached high school basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis in California and New York. Taught public and independent high school physical education, English, and philosophy in California and New York. Taught philosophy as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of Let’s Kill ‘Em: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Sports (University Press of America, 1999); Short Term Trading (McGraw-Hill, 2002).
B.S., Chemistry, University of the Philippines, Diliman; Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Syracuse University. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008-2010. Future Professoriate Program Participant, Syracuse University, 2007.
Taught organic chemistry laboratory courses at Mount Holyoke College, 2010-2012; teaching assistant at Syracuse University, 2002-2007; laboratory instructor and coordinator at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1998-2002. Research articles published in Langmuir; Chemistry – a European Journal; Inorganic Chemistry. Research interests include organometallic chemistry; polymer science; and surface chemistry.
B.A., Letters, University of Oklahoma; M.A., Classical Philology, University of Cincinnati. Graduate student instructor at the University of Cincinnati.
Adjunct instructor at Xavier University; taught Latin 1-4 at Nottingham and Hamilton West High Schools, Hamilton, NJ. Member of the American Classical League; President of the New Jersey Classical Association. Interests include Lucretius; didactic poetry; and Aristophanes.
Visual Arts & Theater Faculty
B.A., Theater, Mount Holyoke College; MsEd., Leadership & Technology in the Arts: Visual Arts Focus, Bank Street Graduate College of Education & Parson School of Design/New School. Taught visual arts and theater to K-post secondary students in Washington, DC and Westport, CT in both public and private schools. Practicing visual artist with a particular interest in site-specific video installation projects. Work held in both public and private collections.
B.A., Chemistry, Goucher College; Ph.D., Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Articles published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science; and the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Research interests include the role of dynamics in catalysis; and finding new methods for identification of the reaction coordinate.
B.S., Ecology, University of Georgia; Ph.D., Biology, Wesleyan University.
Dissertation: studied the interactions and defenses of herbivores, plants and insects. Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she continued work on the interactions between plants, the insects that feed on them, and the predators, parasites and pathogens that attack the insects. She has taught both Animal Behavior (Purchase College) and Evolutionary Biology (University of Colorado).
Learning Specialist Mathematics, Science
Social Studies Faculty
A.B. cum laude, Modern European History, Harvard University; M.A. mit Auszeichnung, Medieval and Modern European History, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität; Ph.D., Modern European History, Harvard University.
Taught at Harvard College; Boston University; M.I.T.; Colorado School of Mines; and Dowling College, as well as at several middle schools in an exchange program in Japan. Published the book Optimizing the German Workforce: Labor Administration from Bismarck to the Economic Miracle in 2010. Articles, reviews, and chapters on economics in Germany, the history of psychology, and intellectual history have appeared in the journals Critical Review; Essays in Economic and Business History; German History; The Historical Society; and History of Psychology. He is currently working on a book that proposes a revision of historical method.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History and Classics, San Francisco State; M.A. and Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley.
Taught at Stanford University; Oberlin College; and the University of Melbourne, Australia. Areas of research include European intellectual history, notably medieval theology and the recurrence of Aristotelianism.
B.A., English and Music, Knox College; M.F.A., Fiction, Sarah Lawrence College.
Taught at Hofstra University and Knox College. Copy Chief at Random House; Senior Production Editor at Doubleday; Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Published in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology, and in several journals, most recently Hobart and the Emerging Writer’s Network. Currently at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
B.Sc., Chemistry, Brooklyn College; M.A., Science Education (Chemistry), Brooklyn College; M.P.H., Health Science, University of North Texas School of Public Health; Ed.M., Organization and Leadership, Teachers College of Columbia University; Ph.D., Health Studies, University of North Texas.
Administrative Internship, Teachers College of Columbia University. Worked as academic team leader and served on the curriculum and oral defense committee at Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College; served as department chair and lead teacher in Dallas Independent School; served as coach for students preparing for national and international science competitions. Presented papers at conferences on international AIDs (Bangok, Thailand ) and Infectious disease (Argentina). Publications include “The Role of Geographic Information System in Syphilis Prevention and Elimination,” Journal of Urban Health, and “Geographic Information System and Case Studies in Health,” Interactive Teaching and Learning across Disciplines and Cultures. Research interests include health disparities; social determinants of health; and geographic information systems and disease.
B.A., Mathematics, Hunter College; M.A., Mathematics Education, Hunter College.
Taught Mathematics at Brooklyn Technical High School. Interests include Table Tennis and Chess.
B. Sc., Chemistry, University of Guyana; M.A., Chemistry, Queens College; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Dissertation: “Chiral sulfurization for synthesis of antisense oligonucleotides.” Post-doctoral Research Fellow: research conducted at Queens College (CUNY) and Brookhaven National Laboratory; Project title “Synthesis and Characterization of Cyclic Phosphonium Ionic Liquids.” Taught at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College. Research articles in Inorganica Chimica Acta; Journal of Sulfur Chemistry; Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids; and Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. Research interest: Investigation of chiral ammonium-based and phosphonium-based ionic liquids for potential use as solvents in stereoselective organic reactions.
A.A., Literary Studies, Simon’s Rock College; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Taught at Rutgers University and Sarah Lawrence College. Research interests include Henry James; 19th century American literature; the history and theory of the novel. Currently at work on a memoir involving family history.
B.A., summa cum laude, Bard College at Simon’s Rock; M.F.A, Playwriting, Actor’s Studio Drama School at The New School, where he was a Jacob K Javits Fellow in the Arts.
Taught at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and in an after school program in the Bronx through NYU’s Metro Center. Co-Founding Artistic Director of Bazaar Productions, which presents The Berkshire Fringe, a three-week festival of theater by emerging artists, in the Berkshires. Has worked as an actor, playwright and director with companies throughout the Northeast, including MassMoCA, TheaterFaction, Geek Ink, Personal Space Theatrics, Theater for the New City, and KickWheel Ensemble. His play, “DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike” had its world premiere at the Daniel Arts Center in Great Barrington in 2013.
Dr. Paroly obtained her BS and MS degrees in Zoology from University of Madras, India. She then came to Wesleyan University, CT to pursue her Ph.D. degree in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Weir in the Biology Department. Her thesis research involved studying function of the protein, Ppa during Drosophila embryonic development. She joined the laboratory of Prof. Cathy Mendelsohn at Columbia University, NY for her post-doctoral training. There, she focused on studying genes that are involved in embryonic kidney development in the mouse model. Currently a biology faculty at BHSECQ, Dr. Paroly continues to develop her research interest in cancer biology. She collaborates with the laboratory of Dr. Sanjai Pathak at Queens College, CUNY where her research has focused on studying proteins involved in the development of metastatic cancers. She recruits and engages BHSECQ students in her collaborative research projects at Queens College, especially during the summer months. Dr. Paroly is a recipient of Math for America (MFA) Master Teacher fellowship cohort of 2017.
B.A., University of King’s College; M.A. and Ph.D., English, University of Toronto.
Taught at Tufts; New York University; The New School; and The Cooper Union. Expertise in twentieth-century poetry. Has been published in Twentieth-Century Literature; American Literature; and American Literary History. Authored a scholarly study of the poet, Elizabeth Bishop.
B.S., Mathematics, The University of Chicago; M.A., Teaching of Secondary Mathematics, Bard College; 2011 Math for America NYC Fellow.
Prior teaching experience at The Bronx Academy of Letters and MS 223: The Laboratory School for Finance and Technology.
B.A., Cross-Cultural Literature and Creative Writing, CUNY BA/BS Program at the City University of New York Graduate School; M.F.A, Poetry, Brooklyn College; M. Phil. and Ph.D. (expected), English Literature, The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.
Editor of a collection of Langston Hughes’s writings from Turkestan; co-editor of an anthology of contemporary Afghan literature; co-author of a collection of poetry in English and German. Poems, essays, encyclopedia entries, and visual art have appeared in numerous other collections and venues. Taught at Baruch College; Hunter College; and Fashion Institute of Technology.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., Bard College; M.A., Asian Cultures and Languages; and Ph.D., Media Studies, Department of Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas at Austin. Suzanne has received fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Foundation, the ACLS-Mellon Foundation and the University Film and Video Association. She has published book chapters and journal articles on the intersection between politics and film in India and has translated Hindi writer Amritlal Nagar’s writing on film. Suzanne has a background in documentary film production and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. She has taught at the University of Texas, Baruch College and the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History, Columbia College; M.P.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., African History, The University of Michigan.
Taught history at The University of Michigan, University of Oregon, University of California, San Marcos, Queens College (CUNY), and Yeshiva University High School for Boys.
Sc.B., Mathematics and Physics, Brown University; Ph.D., Physics, University of Pennsylvania.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, New York University, 2017 Math for America Fellow.
William Sherman did his PhD research in surface science before switching to what became his main area of interest: structural DNA nanotechnology – using the natural tendency of DNA strands to wind together to build very small structures and machines. He worked in this area as a postdoctoral researcher at New York University, and then as a staff scientist in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His most noted work was building a walking DNA construct that held the world record for smallest robot. Has one patent, and has published in Nature Nanotechnology; Nano Letters; Science; Biophysical Journal; Physical Review B; Journal of Computational Chemistry; and Surface Science. He mentored a prize-winning postdoctoral researcher; a prize-winning high school student; and numerous high school and undergraduate students. Hobbies include social, competitive, and performance ballroom and salsa dancing.
Student Support Faculty
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.
Jessica VanScoy has been a teacher for over 15 years. She began her career working with adjudicated youth before becoming an NYC Teaching Fellow. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and two Master degrees: an M.S. in Special Education from Pace University and an M.A. from Teachers College Columbia University in Education Policy. Her interests include equality in education and United States history. She has coached many teachers in her tenure, both in public and graduate schools, including Relay Graduate Center and Teachers College. She was an Education Pioneer in 2016.
B.A., Music, Bard College; M.M, Music, Yale University; Ph.D, Music, Princeton University. Taught at Princeton, Juilliard, and The City College of New York. The New York Times described his music as “personal, moody and skillfully wrought.” His work has been included in the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, commissioned by American Opera Projects, Bang on a Can, and featured on The Wendy Williams Show. His opera Darkling toured Europe and was released on Albany Records. His opera Fade premiered in London. The Wall Street Journal said his opera The Scarlet Ibis was “subtly subversive, and its production groundbreaking.” He is a recipient of awards from the MAP Fund Grant, Meet the Composer, SCI, ASCAP, and the American Music Center. Recordings of his work available from New Amsterdam Records and Albany Records.
B.A., Mathematics, University of Rochester; Ph.D., Number Theory, Dartmouth College.
His particular interests lie in the intersection between number theory and hyperbolic geometry. While at Dartmouth, Michael was both a teaching assistant and an instructor in the mathematics department. After earning his doctorate degree Michael began his career as a mathematics teacher at the Loomis Chaffee School. He joins us after having gained three years of experience teaching advanced mathematics to high school students at the Loomis Chaffee School.
Social Studies Faculty
B.A., History, McGill University; M.A., Journalism, New York University; Ph.D., History, Columbia University. Teaching Fellow, Columbia University, 2006-2012.
Areas of research include New York City history; American political history; Canadian-American relations; and the welfare state. Formerly a newspaper editor; writing has appeared in The Nation; The Daily; and Bookforum; as well as the International Journal of Canadian Studies.
B.A., French and Russian, Smith College; M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures (specializing in linguistics) and Ph.D., Russian Literature, Yale University.
Recipient of Giles Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities; and Edward H. Butler Fellowship. Taught Russian language at Sarah Lawrence College; Russian language and literature at Yale University; published on Anna Akhmatova; worked as editor and writer for edf.org and non-profit foundations preserving Russian culture and history; translator and contributor for New York Review of Books Blog; research interests include feminist criticism; gender theory; Russian women poets.