Teacher for Exploring Ethics (ages 3 – 5)
Kimberly Houston graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Photography. She has had work published in Brides.com, Epicurious.com and “Praying With Our Feet, Faith-based Activism to Stop Shootings & Killings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Beyond,” a project of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center & the Save Our Streets Clergy Action Network. She is currently a Tinkergarten leader, a play-based outdoor learning experience for children and their treasured adults. In the past, she worked as a Discovery Garden docent at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, facilitating a hands-on approach to inquiry at different stations for the youngest garden visitors. She is glad to be part of the BSEC community, and learn with the heart and mind.
Teacher for Living Ethics (ages 6-9)
Angel Thompson is an artist, writer, educator, and mother. She has a background in visual arts, including an Integrative Arts degree from Penn State University. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, working with families and children of all ages throughout NYC. As an instructor, she is passionate about instilling her students with the skills they need to share their inherent creativity and voice. She is a strong proponent of service learning and volunteerism. She believes that facilitating experiences for youth where their principles can become action is essential to developing a life of agency for the greater good.
Teacher for Evolving Ethics (ages 10-12)
Sarah Klena is a 16 year education veteran. She has a BS from SUNY New Paltz, MA from University of Central Florida, and Ed.S. from University of Florida. She is also a regular volunteer with the American Heart Association. She loves reading, writing, exploring NYC, and spending time with friends and family. She resides in Park Slope with her wife and 2 furbabies.
Teacher for Coming of Age (ages 13-16 yo)
Gia Winsryg-Ulmer is an educator, writer, cook, traveler and mother of three. She has worked as a writer-in-residence, classroom teacher, workshop facilitator, private chef, tutor, and coordinator for educational programs. Gia has a B.A. from Brown University in African American Studies and English and American Literature and a master’s degree in education from Bank Street College. Gia brings to her work as an educator a commitment to global awareness, social justice, and student-directed learning.
Taty was born in Brazil and has been a teacher and tutor for over 20 years in schools in Brazil and in NYC and has organized and run several programs for schooled and homeschooled children. Much of her work with kids over the past 20 years has revolved around developing projects to create positive change in local and international communities and to empower young people to understand how important their ideas and actions can be.
Taty has worked for a variety of different organizations, including Greenpeace, NYPIRG and The New York International Fringe Festival. She has also taught martial arts, organized interfaith organizations to support educational and health projects in Uganda, Brazil, Tibet and Afghanistan, and has held a variety of technology jobs, ranging from web development to robotics.
Taty joined BSEC looking for a caring and engaged community for her own daughter Tahra, who is now a happy student of the Ethics for Children program.
Heather discovered her practice through Anusara Yoga. For her, yoga is all about offering balance between the mind, body and spirit. As a NYS Certified Theatre Arts Educator, Heather works with children every day. She initially sought out children’s yoga training to support her creative drama students, but eventually creative drama began to support her yoga students! Children change and grow so quickly, and are in constant need of balance. Yoga and drama are so complimentary of each other: both support a child’s need to play while focusing on their physical, creative, social, emotional, and behavioral development; and both get richer with practice. In 2007 Heather received her Karma Kids Yoga teacher certificate and has continued training with Little Flower Yoga, Shakta Kaur Khalsa, and most recently, Circus Yoga with Kevin O’Keefe & Erin Maile! Children love to play, and they love yoga because it feels terrific. The most gorgeous thing about teaching children yoga, is that it offers children strong tools to help them cope with the changes in their bodies as well as life’s ups & downs. Namasté.
Playback Theater Instructor
Since Tasha Paley’s retirement as a Creative Arts/Play Therapist with public school children in the South Bronx, NYC, she has divided her time between living in Brooklyn, NY, living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and traveling. Wherever Tasha is, she finds herself immersed in creative expression-writing poetry, painting silk, designing greeting cards, writing children’s stories, and teaching and practicing an improvisational form of theater called Playback Theater. And wherever she is, she brings her sense of play and whimsy with her.
Téana David is a Pilates teacher, transformational event producer, herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, and Buddhist practitioner. She is committed to nurturing the wisdom of the body. Born in Tahiti, raised in Canada, and now based in NYC, Téana is Director of Mission Content at Deepak HomeBase, a collaboration between Deepak Chopra & ABC Home, where she curates events featuring spiritual teachers & environmental leaders such as Marianne Williamson, Paul Hawken, Mark Ruffalo, Chase Iron Eyes, Eve Esler & many others.
and a few more guest instructors planned for this year, which will be confirmed and added here, so check back soon…
Information about our amazing volunteers is coming soon.