Teaching the Environment Faculty
Colin Abernethy earned a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry at Durham University in England and a PhD at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin and Cardiff University in Wales. Colin's research is directed towards the development of new environmentally-friendly catalysts for the production of fertilizers and pharmaceutical products. He is the author of over thirty publications in international peer-reviewed scientific publications, and has received grants and awards from the American Chemical Society and the National Science Foundation.
Chris Bowser is the Science Education Specialist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with the Water Resource Institute of Cornell University. Chris’s current work with the NYSDEC focuses on environmental education and citizen science in the Hudson River Valley. He helps coordinate an annual estuary-wide monitoring day involving 2500 students at 60 shoreline sites, and leads teacher training workshops on incorporating Hudson River topics into existing curriculum. He also designs education programs for the Norrie Point Environmental Center, and implements a citizen-science project to monitor juvenile American eel migrations in several Hudson River tributaries. He earned a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, and a Bachelors degree in Biology from Rutgers University.
Kim Ferguson BA, Knox College. MA, PhD, Cornell University. Psychology (2007-present) & the Art of Teaching (2010-present) faculty is a developmental and cultural psychologist with special interests in sustainable, community based participatory action research, cultural-ecological approaches to infant and child development, children at risk (children in poverty, HIV/AIDS orphans, children in institutionalized care), health and cognitive development, development in African contexts, and the impact of the physical environment on child development. Author of articles and book chapters on African and American infants' language learning, categorization and face processing, the built environment and physical and mental health, and relationships between the quality of southern African orphan care contexts and child development and health.
Victoria Garufi, BS, Psychobiology, Long Island University's Southampton College. Victoria, a native of Yonkers, joined Beczak Environmental Education Center in 2005 as an educator responsible for designing and implementing interactive educational programs as well as maintaining exhibits and aquaria. Currently, as Director of Education for CURB, she is responsible for the oversight and direction of the education department. She continues to conduct programs to children of all ages and is passionate about teaching and connecting children to the natural environment. Over the years she has developed partnership and relationships with schools, community groups and other non-profit organizations. Now a graduate student of SLC’s Art of Teaching program, she will continue to strengthen her education.
Katie Ginsberg is the Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF). She launched CELF in 2003 after she saw the need to educate young people about the links between human health, poverty, consumption, conflict and the environment. In 2012, CELF was awarded complimentary membership to the Clinton Global Initiative in recognition of CELF’s contributions to environmental literacy and its potential to become a model for transforming education nationwide. Ms. Ginsberg has conducted and participated in a broad range of seminars, conferences and courses on sustainability and on re-orienting education through global and interdisciplinary education. She was a featured presenter at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and has presented at national conferences such as USGBC’s annual GreenBuild Conference and the EPA P3 Sustainable Design Expo. She served as Chair of the County Executive’s Westchester Global Warming Task Force for the education sector, which developed a blueprint to integrate sustainability across the campuses, curriculum and communities of Westchester, NY schools.
Judith Hutton is the Manager of Teacher Professional Development at The New York Botanical Garden. Previously she was the School Partnerships Manager at Wave Hill. She also leads professional development sessions and graduate coursework at local colleges and universities. Ms. Hutton earned an MSed in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College, an MA in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from SUNY Binghamton.
Peter Kilgallen is Assistant Principal at the William E. Cottle Elementary School. Before coming to Tuckahoe, he was an 8th grade Middle School Teacher and Dean of Students in the Bronx. As Assistant Principal he has helped create an outdoor classroom, recycling program, and an organic vegetable garden. He is committed to helping children learn how to take care of and protect their valuable environments.
Lucy Moreno-Casanova, recipient of this year’s Bernie Glassman PathMaking Award, is the Coordinator of the Greyston Community Garden Project. For the past 14 years, Moreno-Casanova has expanded the Community Gardens Program to include seven growing sites, a robust educational enrichment offering at the Yonkers Public Schools, an environmental club for local youth, and numerous events and activities which have reached over 2,000 people.
Colleen Owen is Coordinator of Professional Development for Educators at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Colleen began her wildlife education career in 2007 at Green Chimneys Children’s Services in Brewster, NY. She worked there as a Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator for four years, helping students with emotional and behavioral issues of all ages to connect with nature by working with them to care for injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife. Colleen has a Master’s of Science in Teaching with a concentration in Biology and Conservation Life Science through a Fordham University / Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) partnership. Colleen serves as the Bronx Zoo liaison to the New York City Urban Advantage program, helping middle school teachers empower students to develop science skills by implementing long-term animal behavior field investigations at the zoo. Colleen also facilitates workshops for educators focused on life science, conservation, and showing teachers innovative ways to get their students to connect with the natural world in a meaningful way.
Marilyn Power has been a professor of economics at Sarah Lawrence since 1990. She teaches courses on environmental economics and sustainable development, among other subjects. Her research field is primarily feminist economics, with a focus on issues of economic justice and well-being.
Susan Schwimmer has been teaching at Sarah Lawrence College's Early Childhood Center (ECC) since 1989 and is also the ECC art archivist. She has spent many summers leading hiking and paddling trips with children throughout the Hudson Valley. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS from Bank Street College.
Jennifer Sloan is the Director of Education at The Science Barge. She has worked in the environmental field since her AmeriCorps experience in 2004 as a member of the Catskill Outdoor Education Corps. After completing her degree, she was the Intern Coordinator/Environmental Educator at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, NY until 2010. She has also worked for Sheldrake Environmental Center as an educator and the White Plains Youth Bureau as their summer Greening Project supervisor and after-school programmer. Her passion for farming began in 2009 while she interned at an organic CSA style farm on Long Island, known as Restoration Farm. The Science Barge became her new, happy home in March 2012 and it allows her to combine her passions of science education, sustainable agriculture, and environmentalism.