Anthropology Educator

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Desired position type: Freelance
Location: New York United States

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I am a self-driven, youth development professional with a flair for history and a dynamic, engaging facilitation style. Available for curriculum writing, museum education projects and teaching history based courses.


City University of New York, City College MA Social Studies Education 7-12, 2015
University of Massachusetts, Boston. BA Anthropology, 2005
Languages: Spanish, CERF level B2
New York State Certified Social Studies Teacher


Museum Work
Onassis Foundation USA | Docent & Educator Consultant
• Collaborated with a team of educators to develop multiple hands on activities and talking points for school tours for the 2017 exhibit “A World Of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 AD- 200 BC”
• Lead tours of school groups and selected activities based on student’s interests
• Targeted additional Title I schools to visit exhibit

• Led the design and vision for school group tours of the Spring 2016 Exhibit “Gods & Mortals At Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus”
• Implemented a constructivist approach that included significant participatory education techniques as well as visual thinking strategies
• Trained Ph.D level docents on how to lead tours for school groups using these techniques as well as strategies for differentiation and checking for understanding
• Created interactive pop up activities for students to engage with before and after tours
• Led some tours for school groups and facilitated all pop up activities
• Focused outreach on recruiting Title I schools to visit the exhibit

Membership: NYC Museum Educators Roundtable (NYCMER)

The China Institute | Curriculum Writer & Docent

• Extensively studied the folk traditions of The 24 Solar Terms in order to propose, write and test 4 workshops to be facilitated by museum staff in public school settings
• Led gallery tours and workshops for the 2017 exhibit “Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou”
• Differentiated activities for age groups ranging from elementary to college aged
• Extensively studied exhibit artifacts and catalog as well as independent review of Han Dynasty history

Voices Advance Youth Anthropology Classes | Founder & Course Instructor
• Created the vision for enrichment classes that engages students in content knowledge based on Anthropology while giving youth tools and language for discussing cultural difference, practicing collaboration and presentation skills and experiencing an egalitarian, democratic classroom environment
• Designed classes to be implemented in after school programs, summer programs, school day enrichment periods, community centers and pop up events
• Created the scope and sequence and all individual lesson plans for five units including: Cultural Traditions of India & Pakistan, Folk Traditions of China, Native American Nations, Indigenous Mexico and New Zealand & The Pacific
• Aligned all units and lessons to include specific content objectives as well as Social Emotional (SEL) objectives
• Priced and built out detailed lists of materials, often featuring complicated and specialized items
• Archived and organize all lesson plans, handouts, images, music and inventory
• Performed additional research and development by taking classes, visiting museums, libraries as well as other American and international cities
• Designed and executed all marketing and new business development.
• School and community partners: Harlem RBI, PS 10, PS 58, Lehman Manhattan Preparatory School, PS 172, Global Community Charter School, PS 32, The Katmint Learning Initiative, YM & YWHA of Washington Heights.

Non-Profit Consulting
Governor’s Committee On Scholastic Achievement
Executive Transition Management

• Guide the organization through the transition of the executive director by organizing and leading staff retreats, implementing feedback and retooling systems and routines to achieve outcomes and ensure smooth program delivery
• Created and implemented a strategic plan to support the organization and staff through 2018
• Designed the structure, content and timeline for the first ever GCSA summer program.
• Led in depth planning sessions with full time staff to set curriculum goals and content
• Led working groups with full time staff to plan and implement all aspects of summer programming including curriculum, trips, recruitment, materials and space.
Program Leadership
• Organized systems and logistics for program launch including confirming 175 student participants, confirming over 180 corporate mentors, outlining and executing plans to recruit new students and mentors, booking all mentor orientations, compliance, calendaring and confirming all sessions, setting up weekly staff meetings, implementing data evaluation systems, created HR systems for full time staff, created financial protocols for reimbursements, invoices and ordering materials.
• Worked on sourcing, hiring and onboarding three full time site managers
• Trained site managers on curriculum implementation
• Set up program orientations and mentor training at corporate partners including Google, Spotify, AOL, Guggenheim Partners, William’s Capital and Deutsche Bank

Curriculum Writing
• Led curriculum writing teams for summer programming to create 3 courses including: Leadership Development, Careers in Social Justice and Social Justice 101. Designed and wrote all lesson plans for the Careers In Social Justice course
• Led writing for all 11th grade sessions and a portion of the 10th grade sessions to be facilitated at 10 cohorts.. Topics included: Intro to Entrepreneurship, Finding Your Passions, Identifying Transferable Skills, Promoting Yourself, Work Life Balance, Building Budgets, Personal Conflicts In The Workplace, Fast Growing Careers. Researching Careers, Finding The Right College Fit, Post Secondary Options, A Day In The Life Of A College Student, The Personal Statement, Affording College, Scholarships.
• Collaborated and wrote individual sessions for after school programming to be facilitated by 5 instructors at 10 sites. Topics included: Financial Literacy, Creating Your Personal Brand, Careers In The Arts, Making A Meaningful Summer Plan, Collaborative Event Planning
• Facilitated after school college and career readiness curriculum to 3 cohorts of 9th and 10th grade students
• Accompanied students to mentoring sessions at leading NYC corporations including Google, AOL and Guggenheim Partners
• Facilitate activities and circles at corporations including leading trainings for mentors

Global Community Charter School After School & Summer Program
• Hired, onboarded and trained all after school group leaders
• Created systems of evaluation to measure youth, family and staff satisfaction
• Created a cyclical system of staff evaluation and coaching including formal and informal assessments, goal setting and additional leadership opportunities to increase program quality
• Recruited new partners to increase enrichment based programming
• Created a year round positive program culture including special fun days, events, awards, pot lucks and an after school store run by 4th and 5th graders
• Collaborated on creating the school’s first ever summer program for 3rd-5th graders including scheduling, recruiting and selecting enrichment specialists, training staff and managing materials
• Created a 6 month curriculum of team building and leadership activities for youth and trained coordinators and staff on implementation and best practices
• Created a system of observation and feedback to improve staff quality and bring facilitation closer to positive youth development principles
• Began hosting weekly PD sessions focused on best practices, lesson planning and team building
• Set up cyclical PD sessions for line staff

Professional Development Trainings
Bronx House
Wrote and facilitated professional development trainings for line staff and program directors:
Professionalism, Leadership and Time Management
Building Teams and Developing New Professionals
Workplace Relationships & Conflict Resolution
Social Emotional Learning
Routines & Rituals
Advanced Behavior Management
Peer Group Dynamics
Ages & Stages
Easy After School Games

The Partnership
Wrote and facilitated professional development trainings program directors:
Professionalism: Strategies for Success
HR Manual Writing: A Team Collaborative Process

PASE- Partnership For After School Education
Wrote and facilitated professional development trainings for line staff and program directors:
Working With Families
Infusing Global Education Into After School Programming
Positive Behavior Management

Non-Profit Management Experience

Harlem RBI & DREAM Charter School: REAL Kids Campus Manager. East Harlem, NY
• Managed the daily operations of after school and summer programming for up to 250 youth that focused on leadership, teambuilding, literacy, fitness and character development.
• Supervised and developed one full-time coordinator, 5 dedicated part time associates, 30 part time line-staff and enrichment specialists.
• Created specialized on-boarding and training seminars for a variety of community members, interns and corporate volunteers who had a range of skills and experience with youth
• Created and executed an inter-departmental leadership training program for young professionals who were interested in growing their career within the organization. Topics included leadership and management skills, professional communication and workplace conflict resolution
• Led special project management assignments including directing and managing cross functional teams to deliver large scale projects against a well defined strategy and timeline. Projects included several rounds of curriculum writing initiatives, piloting a train the trainer program and spearheading a work skills program for our high school participants to received paid employment within our elementary school summer program
• Planned and executed multi-week, all day, professional development institutes for diverse audiences including college level staff, seasoned teachers and enrichment specialists.
• Strategically and thoughtfully merged two separate programs into one seamless team by setting up staff teambuilding sessions, resetting expectations, promoting strong staff to leadership roles and streamlining operations. The program grew from a 2nd-5th grade program of 150 and 25 staff to a K-5 program of 250 youth and 40 staff.
• Launched a new program site that served 150 youth
• Wrote and facilitated frequent one day, all day training seminars on youth development skills including behavior management, social emotional learning and facilitation skills for college level staff
Groundwork Inc. Campus Director. East New York, Brooklyn
• Managed the daily operations of after school and summer programs for 100 elementary school children in East New York, Brooklyn
• Hired, coached and supervised a staff of 15 part time staff
• Recruited, hired and managed enrichment specialists to provide rich programming such as African drumming, Step and Chinese Language Study
• Brought in special partners including Studio In A School, Live Jazz History and Slow Food gardening and cooking classes
• Wrote, developed and executed extensive youth development trainings for young professionals
• Created and implemented program quality control by designing a system of setting concrete objectives and expectations in conjunction with observation and coaching support. This included literacy instruction, homework help, fine and performing arts, recreation and peer support groups. by promoting critical thinking skills, hands on learning and enthusiasm for reading
• Planned engaging field trip experiences that included high quality supporting curriculum activities. Trips included visits to MoCAda, BAM, The Toy Museum and cool picnics in Fort Greene Park
The Bronx Institute: GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Project Associate. Bronx, NY.
• Managed a budget of $80,000 to curate and implemented high quality enrichment opportunities for a cohort of over 400 public middle school students at 3 Bronx middle schools
• Organized and managed 7 after school math and STEM enrichment courses at 3 Bronx middle schools including: recruiting and managing teachers and students, approving curriculum design, organizing and managing materials
• Planned trips and
• Effectively managed data
• Wrote, codified and taught a 6 week academic summer course that focused on Middle Eastern Studies for a cohort of 30, high achieving rising 8th graders for two summer seasons
• Designed, codified and taught college and career readiness curriculum for 7th and 8th graders. Taught up to 20 sessions per month during school day advisory periods
• Coordinated opportunities for middle school students to apply to competitive academic enrichment programs and schools and provided counseling and support through the application process
• Chaperoned high school students to present research at week long conferences in New Orleans and San Francisco


  • Curriculum Writing
  • Museum Tours
  • Museum Education
  • Facilitating
  • Docent
  • Workshop
  • Development
  • Teaching
  • Training


    Curriculum Writing, Development, Museum Education, Museum Tours, Teaching, training

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