Kim Kefgen creates and produces new learning projects in The Smith Learning Theater, and leads the services team and education program at the Gottesman Libraries, both at Teachers College. Before coming to TC, she was the Director of the Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School where she worked on teaching and curriculum development, and led the initiative for effective and appropriate adoption of new technologies for successful teaching. She also worked in New York as a professional theater producer, director and stage manager for over fifteen years. As a parent, she is currently a part of her daughter's School Leadership Team and a former PA Executive Board member.
Ms. Kefgen holds a BFA in Theatre from Otterbein College, an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
She is an enthusiastic participant in our times.
Srujan is a Software Developer at EdLab, and simultaneously is also an MPA candidate at SIPA, Columbia University. Srujan's interests in EdLab are acting as a bridge between designers and code. He loves finding out about and learning new technology that would perfectly suit the problems at hand.
Prior to EdLab and SIPA, Srujan worked at the Reserve Bank of India as a Policy Researcher and Data Analyst, at a Financial Technology firm as a Quant Developer, and at an Education Technology startup as the Technology Lead. Besides technology, his interests are broad, including Economic Policy, Governance, Public Finance and Development.
Srujan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2012, with a Bachelors in Technology. He lived in Hyderabad and Mumbai, India prior to moving to New York.
When I was young, I was always told that one has to put in time and effort in order to achieve the desired result. I adhered to this approach throughout my educational and professional journey. I am currently enrolled in the Learning Analytics MS Program at Teachers College as a full-time student as it enables me to fuse my passion for statistics, research, mathematics, technology, and education. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of CUNY. Furthermore, as an undergraduate student, I was employed as a probability and statistics course support in the Statistics Laboratory at John Jay College. After graduation, I was hired as a professional mathematics and statistics tutor at the Math & Science Resource Center at John Jay College. In both of these departments, I had to explain the material and assignments concisely and tailor my method of explanation and tutoring to the students’ level of co...
I vividly recall memories of my mother teaching me a language considered foreign to my native Ghana. I wondered why I had to learn several native languages but my mother constantly reminded me of how important it is to see learning as a path that leads to different avenues of opportunities. With this principle in mind since childhood, I have developed a lifelong interest in learning. I have also discovered that sometimes the best form of learning starts by simply identifying the opportunities around you and using that as a means of growth and development. As an aspiring educator, I am inspired by the work I do, which revolves around innovating new ideas and technology to create a more collaborative and inspiring space for lear...
Ahmed is currently a senior at Hunter College in New York, where he is pursuing a degree in economics and urban studies. At EdLab, Ahmed works as part of the Digitization Queue (DigiQ) project team. He is responsible for archiving Teachers College’s archival materials and works on generating content and promoting EdLab resources such as Vialogues and New Learning Times (NLT). In the summer of 2014, Ahmed interned at JPMorgan prime brokerage under the stock loan division. At JPMorgan he was responsible for reporting daily profit and loss and assisting with client services. He graduated from Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) High School, where he was inspired to major in economics after taking AP Economics.
As the former captain of the FDA’s varsity soccer team with a passion for education and development, he sees soccer as a bridge that can connect sports and education, especially among urban youth. He...
I moved to Brooklyn, New York two years ago after graduating from Berklee College of Music, where I studied drum set performance and music business.
I've wanted to work at a library again ever since my experience working for the Berklee Library and Media Center. I love reading, playing and seeing music (of course), biking, cooking, and am always interested in acquiring new skills and hobbies. I'm here helping library patrons by day and out playing shows at night.
The journey from a two celled organism to a million celled being has been an exciting one, tells me the marvelous, well protected organ in my head. It weighs just five percent of who I am, but makes me who I am. It makes me wonder how this little organ is both created and is creating my behavior, emotion, action, perception and world around me.
As a ten year old when I first heard the word Psychology, the brain said, big word, let’s remember it! As I grew older this big word did appear more frequently. It was part of stories I read. It was part of the friends I made. It even surfaced in the arguments a confused teenager had with herself and the world around. I saw that it provided the opportunity to help others help themselves. It tries to understand everyone and everything around i...
I've always been a workaholic, because for me, living is a full time job. So much happens if you really pay attention. Feeling the brush in my hand that day, skating over the table, erasing everything underneath, I felt like my life was starting over. I felt the words of the poet René Cazelles:
Everything breathes again
The tablecloth is white.
Have you ever noticed the effect of a white kitchen table? People eat differently on it. It's clean, bright, and inviting. At least that's what I saw when I painted my table.
There's just so much of life to see, and if you really look, it all makes a difference. But with only two eyes, two hands, two ears, and one nose, it's so easy to miss the meaning in the million little things. R...
Devin is a Library Services Associate at EdLab. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with a BA in English Language and Literature. Realizing a passion for music and the arts Devin began attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2009. Shortly after Devin began a professional career playing the guitar in Boston as well as NYC. As his thirst for touring and performing began to dwindle, he started working at TC in the summer of 2016, eager to provide books and research assistance to the future teachers of the world. In his spare time he's still been know to teach children music as well as play some of his own tunes at various Brooklyn establishments.
I was born and raised in Thailand. I grew up in a family that strictly emphasized and passed on an important set of values: generosity, honesty, integrity and kindness
and, more importantly, the value of education because we believe that having these values helps us to improve our lives and it is an investment in our future.
In order to get a better education, I moved from my hometown, Sikiu, in the northeast (Isan), to study in Bangkok, where most of the highest quality educational institutions are located.
After my high school years, I went to Srinakharinwirot University and earned a bachelor's degree in Teaching English. I started my first career as a teacher of English at Vajiravudh College in Bangkok. After three years of teaching students grades 9-12 at Vajiravudh, I realized that te...
I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was five years old. “No Socks for Sally” was a four page saga starring my family’s yellow labrador, Sally. The story follows our protagonist, Sally, as she grapples with the tempting allure of snacking on socks and the iron fisted rules imposed by human authority. In a wise effort to quell the conflict between human and dog, our author offers an enlightened alternative to socks: one shakily drawn tennis ball. With the simplicity of this singular illustration the author at once restricts our imagination and simultaneously begs us to look beyond the page, to see a world rife with objects appropriate for canine palates. Just as the plot thickens, the story ends abruptly and illegibly. The author’s failed attempt to spell one crucial word as it sounds leaves us with a mysterious cliffhanger, “Come on Sally, let’s go outside ______.”
I had a mother who made lists. Didn’t matter whether it was for the grocery store or to insure smooth running for a golf tournament or a set of notes for her boss at the alumni house on campus at the university where she was assistant to the director. There were lists all over our house growing up – on the fridge for us kids, on the counter top for my father, on the table where my mother did crossword puzzles with definitions for new puzzle words.
Small wonder then that I made lists as well – starting in seventh grade, when I went to the dreaded middle school dances – I would list the “to dos” in tiny handwriting by time (2:30 pm – leave school; 2:45 – do homework; 3:30 – take bath; 3:50 – dry hair, etc.) – sometimes by the minute. My mother took a polaroid of one of my lists and hung it on her bulletin board (she was so proud). This carried on through college when I was juggling several extracurricular activities and my social life while trying to graduate with honor...
For more than a decade, I performed cabaret, choral, and a cappella music. About two years into the cabarets, I first experienced performance anxiety. My right leg shook uncontrollably from the knee down. It was as if it wasn’t part of me. I firmly anchored my foot and soldiered on. To my surprise, no one was the wiser, but I wondered how I would manage, going forward.
The experience unnerved me. I considered keeping it to myself. Instead, I talked to my peers. At the next show, months later, I steeled myself. Nothing happened. In fact, I never again experienced performance anxiety. I credit that to not having kept my problem a secret.
Simone believes in the power of reinvention.
Simone Schloss graduated from Simmons College in 2017 with an MLIS, and honors from Beta Phi Mu, the International Lib...
I'm an ideator with a wide range of experience leading and developing programming that works to cultivate the leadership potential and efficacy of educators. Because of my core belief and purpose to cultivate potential, I analyze, create and innovate. At Teacher For America, I have developed and improved programs using a natural orientation for creating data monitoring tools and conducting data analysis to identify trends, gaps and untapped opportunities. The design of a data-tracking platform for our alumni entrepreneurs helped identify the magnitude of Teach For America’s entrepreneurial base, establish an alumni profile by venture stage and informed the design of our theory of change and strategic planning framework.
My experience as a first-generation college graduate my views in education and drives her passion to help transform how we understand learning and work with educational institutions, organizations and stakeholders to remove obstacles to spur long-term ...
When Joann was a kid, she was all about nature documentaries. She spent Saturday mornings with Jack Hanna, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Her most sought-after subject was, for some reason, birds. Any type of bird was her jam: songbirds, wild birds, birds of prey. She frequently checked out a bird documentary from her elementary school library that was unsurprisingly always available. While watching a program one morning, the narrator, in her lilting English accent, informed Joann that the common parakeet may be more special than she thought: they could learn to talk, just like people! Sort of. More like parrots. But worse. And males are better at it. But Joann didn’t know these limitations and so sh...
My story is about jumping out of your comfort zone. I was born in a small town. It was a lovely town with a slow pace lift style. I was a kid at that time. I feel comfortable staying there. Later, my family moves to Hefei, which is the capital of Anhui Province, and I realize that compared with my hometown, I love the Hefei more. There is more inspiring story happen, and people are more energetic and hard working. I lived in Hefei for 8 Years, I'm familiar with everything in Hefei, and I don't want to leave there. But things change in 2013, the last semester of undergraduate, I found an intern job in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China with more than 20 million population! Although I only lived in Guangzhou for 4 months, I enjoy the time in Guangzhou. The Intern job is incredible, My colleagues are very talented and kind. Some of them are at the same age as me, but already had work experience in several fortune 500 companies!
“Are you sure we don’t have any secret passageways?” I asked my parents for the hundredth time. When I was young, I spent whole afternoons scouring my house for hidden doorways or hollow walls shielding undiscovered passageways. Wouldn’t it be so cool, I thought, to find a secret space that only I knew about? Wouldn’t it be cool to find an artifact, a journal from a girl my age who lived a hundred years before I was even born? I wanted desperately to discover secrets long forgotten. But I never found a journal like this. Instead, I started writing my own so that one day I could hide it somewhere and a little girl a hundred years later would find it and feel special. I’ve kept a journal ever since.
Allen is Senior Librarian, Library Services. He provides in-class library information sessions, research consultation, and email and in-person reference service, and he's involved in developing research guides specific to the College's departments and programs for the library's website and the Learning at the Library blog. He has a BA and an MA in English literature from Cornell University, and an MS in library service from Columbia University. He is interested in promoting and supporting research mastery (a few steps beyond "information literacy"), and he finds contributing to library users' fluency in the use of rich resources very gratifying.
Iyob Gebremariam is a Software Engineer at EdLab. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he holds a BS in Computer Science from Yale University. He has worked as a software engineer in finance and advertising before joining EdLab. Iyob is interested in web technologies, particularly in educational tech, that foster conversation among people from various walks of life. He spends perhaps too much of his free time watching English football (soccer).
I used to make architectural models. It is a small but essential industry that is devoted entirely to making people who cannot read technical drawings understand what the building they depict looks like. I made tiny versions of office buildings, commercial spaces and landscapes. For some reason it is much easier for someone to accept a very small building on a table and project all of their hopes and intentions onto it, than a two-dimensional technical drawing.
My job was not so much to make the most realistic version of a miniature office tower, it was to connect a person to a future reality so that they could make decisions, and for some reason everyone seemed to understand models.
What I found was that those Ah Ha! moments were very satisfying to create. Anyone who’s ever tried to explain a concept knows the distress of being met with glazed or frustrated expressions and, hopefully, the spark o...
Hui Soo Chae is Director of Research and Development for the EdLab and the Gottesman Libraries. In that capacity he leads the software development, product development, consulting, publishing and collections initiatives. Dr. Chae has led the development of a number of learning applications, including the Vialogues (www.vialogues.com) video discussion tool. His publishing initiatives have included development of the mobile publishing platform for the New Learning Times (www.newlearningtimes.com).
He has also pioneered an accelerated model to speed the delivery of educational consulting services to diverse clients, including HBO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Peterson Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. These engagements have resulted in widely regarded online curriculum resource collections in areas as diverse as democracy (Teaching the Levees) and fiscal responsibility (Understanding Fiscal Responsibility).
Before I started high school I ask myself, “are you planning to go to college after high school ?” My immediate and initial response was “no”. College sounded so far and felt like a dream. Throughout my two years of high school, I seldom thought about college. I just didn’t see the end goal. I wanted to complete high school and figure the rest out. However, like most things in my life, it came back to soccer. I’ve been playing the game ever since I could walk. It has taught me so many life lessons such as collaboration (it is the world’s game), discipline, and commitment, among others. I saw some of my club teammates visiting colleges and excited about the prospect. This, along with conversations with my coaches, parents, and teachers, got me excited about college. I worked harder than ever before to make sure I become the first in my family to finish college. I am currently a freshman at Monroe College on a full scholarship. I am also on the men’s soccer team and majoring in Comput...
Abdoulie is a junior at Wabash College in Indiana, where he is majoring in political science and minoring in religion and architecture. He is also a member of the mens soccer team at Wabash. He aspires to become a diplomat. At Wabash, Abdoulie is member of several student organizations such as the Malcom X Institute of Black Studies and African Student Association. He has a deep interest in diplomacy, international relations, and politics.
Barry is part of the DigiQ team at EdLab. As part of his duties, he is responsible for fulfilling all patron requests through Docdel. Additionally, he works on archiving over 100+ years of Teachers College material to enhance research opportunities for members of the community. He played club soccer at South Bronx United where he captained his team during his last two seasons. He's a big fan of the Spanish giants Real Madrid and dreams of experiencing a European match on their home turf. Barry is currently a junior at Saint Lawrence University majoring in International Relations and French. During his spare time, Barry enjoys listening and making music.
Originally from West Haven, Connecticut, Cinthia Fabian is now a senior at Columbia College majoring in Medicine, Literature, and Society. She delights in traveling to (and disorienting herself in) new cities, a passion that has led her to intern with nonprofit organizations ranging from the YWCA of the City of New York to Mumbai Mobile Creches in Mumbai, India to International Medical Corps in Los Angeles, California. As an Assistant Community Manager for EdLab, she is eager to explore the heretofore unfamiliar 5th floor of Russell Hall and to draw upon her previous communications experience to help strengthen the EdLab community.
My current music player has two billion transistors, but my
first music player had just six. It was an early transistor radio that I
received as a gift at seven years old and it became an important part of my
young life. I know that it had six transistors because the number was etched on
the nameplate at a time when the number of transistors was a selling point and
a focus of competition among my friends, some of whom, alas, had seven
These early transistor radios were revolutionary in their
day because they transformed the radio from a family experience organized
around a large radio in a family room into a pocket size personal experience
carried around and turned on at will with music playing through a small speaker
or an even smaller single earphone on a very thin wire. These were just fine
for the crackling AM signals that...
Looking back, it should have been clear by age four that the lineage of terrible communicators I came from was going to be severely disappointed in me. This was the age at which I asked my parents what caused pregnancy, no one felt comfortable enough to answer, and I then spent every evening of the next three years terrified, praying to God by the light of my turquoise butterfly nightlight that I wouldn’t wake up the next morning pregnant like the Virgin Mary. Eventually my friend Jenna helped me crack the pregnancy mystery, my butterfly night light malfunctioned and started a minor fire in my room, and I realized there were much bigger questions to ask of Catholicism, but the burni...
Well, there’s the hazy childhood memory of sitting in the back seat of the car in the library parking lot, nestled between what seemed like stacks of books as tall as me on either side. I remember sunlight and the absence of the outer layers I’d have to wear for three quarters of the year (there’s an aphorism about my corner of Central New York, “There are only two seasons: winter and the fourth of July”), so it must have been summer, and those books were probably propelling me through that year’s summer reading contest. My people hail from warmer climes, and both of my parents teach, so that may have something to do with why that sunny, impromptu book fort stands out among my earliest memories.
There’s meeting, as a fresh college grad, with some of the folks who became my longest, closest friends (also in one case, an enemy) to send books to people in prison. For the rest of our time in that building, our space overlapped with a zine library that has since spawned ...
I've always loved learning. The world is such a complex and mysterious place. It brings me such joy to explore, discover, and learn. It's a process that never be complete. If you choose, every moment can be an opportunity to grow. Technology offers so many opportunities to expand the way we learn from VR that allows us to live in different worlds to platforms that make it easier to access information we need. I'm interested in writing and telling stories about how we can use these technologies to increase human potential.
Alexandra is a part-time Services Associate at the Gottesman Libraries. She is also a full-time graduate student at TC in the Social-Organizational Psychology Master's program. She plans to specialize in Executive Coaching and Change Management after graduation. She is very excited to be graduating this upcoming May of 2019. Alexandra was born and raised on Long Island, NY and made her official move into Manhattan when she started graduate school in the Fall of 2017. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Psychology at Farmingdale State College in 2016. Although she has had no previous librarian education or experience, Alexandra is so grateful to be working in the supportive environment of the Gottesman Libraries with the incredible staff. She has gained tremendous knowledge of the librarian field.
Zhicheng is a master student in Computer Science at Columbia University. He is on the track of Computer Vision. He is currently taking a part-time internship in software development team.
He studied education related major during his first year and he planed to be a teacher. But he later changed his major to Electronic Engineering because he can make more impact on education with technology. He learned to develop both hardware and software of Interest of Thing (IoT) devices. During graduate study, he learned Computer Vision in which he can utilize his skill in both software and hardware development.
Using the algorithm in Computer Vision, he has skill to make camera smart and image interesting. For example:
On a September night in Atlanta, I was robbed at gunpoint by a handful of Atlanta local teens, the youngest 15 and the oldest 18. They stole my friend’s car, my phone, and my apathy towards education. The experience did not leave me empty or scared but passionate to find a way to serve every student's beaming and sometimes flickering, potential. Since then I have been on a mission to create educational programs and artistic devices that teach students the importance of life skills and pathways to success rather than mere rote memorization.
My robbery experience propelled me to use my knowledge of maker labs and art to facilitate workshops for adolescents to develop programs that revolve around making, creative technologies, and the relationship between inquiry-based projects and career development.
Will Carington is EdLab’s in-house copy editor. Prior to joining EdLab, he worked at a theater school, as a writer for an education start-up, and as an assistant at a film PR firm. In addition to his work at EdLab, he is a writer and filmmaker. He graduated from NYU in 2012 with a degree in Comparative Literature and is originally from Texas.
I am a Service Associate here at Gottesman Libraries. Though I am originally from Albany, I live here in the city because I am currently studying to get my master's degree in economics at The New School. Though I got my undergraduate degree in history, I find that the trajectory of history revolves primarily around economic conditions and therefore it is useful to study economics in order to examine the raw mechanisms that shape the past, present, and future. After reading Robert Heilbroner's famous work, The Worldly Philosophers, I knew that The New School, with its heterodox approach to the study of economics, was the place for me.
Before working here I had worked at plenty of other places, including a wine and liquor store, a Dunkin' Donuts, and Party City. None of those jobs compare to the work I do here. Both my fellow staff members and the patrons that regularly visit the library couldn't be nicer and I genuinely enjoy the work that I do.
I was very slow at speaking when I was young. Most times conversations had moved to the next topic before words finally got to my mouth. And what’s worse, no matter how hard I tried I’m always very bad at remembering others’ names and faces while I have impressively good memories of everything else, which made conversations even harder for me.
So unlike other kids playing and interacting with each other, I spent most of my childhood painting at different places, sitting for hours and drawing people at hair salons, garages and temples. I was kind of forced to do that practice in the beginning and didn’t enjoy it that much. However, it did teach me how to observe the world, how people are different and have their own different stories. And gradually, it did help me find my own way interacting with others, through those paintings. It helped me build a connection with my “models” . I probably wouldn’t have ...
During my high school years at Eagle Academy in the Bronx, becoming a leader was instilled into us since the first day of school. Every action was geared towards us becoming leaders. The goal was to serve as role models for our younger colleagues. We were trained to be confident and voice our opinions. My experience at Eagle Academy was instrumental in bringing me out of my shell. It provided me with the confidence to thrive in any environment. My name is Saleem Sallah and I am currently a sophomore at Monroe College majoring in Computer Information Systems. I was born in Kumasi, Ghana and spent half of my early childhood growing up between Kumasi and The Bronx. At EdLab, I am part of the Digi Q team and charged with digitally archiving Teachers College’s historical materials.
Dominic Wright is currently a freshman at Binghamton University. He plans to eventually major in mechanical engineering and in the near future hopes to become an aeronautical engineer. In order to pursue this career path upon completion of his under-graduate degree he hopes to attend grad school and study in-depth where aerospace technology is concerned. Dominic has also been a player for South Bronx United soccer club. For the past three years he played as a winger, his most recent achievement includes being a part of the 2018/19 premier league winning team. He also plays soccer on the high school level where he has been a part of a City winning team and state runner ups. During high school he was also a part of the National Honors Society. At EdLab, he works with the Digitization Queue team to archive Teachers College’s historical documents to enhance research opportunities for members of the community.
JOHN C. HUME. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in performing arts, John moved to Boston Massachusetts where he worked at both the Rotch Library for Architecture and Urban Planning and the Barker Engineering Library at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004, he moved to New York where he decide to pursue his dream of working in professional theater and he held numerous positions at several notable Off Broadway theaters in the intervening years. In the summer of 2014, John returned to his first love, the libraries, and he is thrilled to be part of the services team at The Teachers College Library. As a performer John has appeared in numerous stage productions including: Vera, or The Nihilists (Prince Paul Maraloffski), The Bacchae (Tiresias) and Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Herodias) all with Femme Fatale Theater. He’s also known to New York audiences for his high-octane cabaret shows which have been presented at Feinstein's/54Below, The Duplex, T...
Jacqueline (Jackie) Heltz is a Vermont-born filmmaker proudly residing in Queens. She studied at McGill University before completing her graduate studies in Media Studies at The New School. Jackie is a video producer at EdLab where she works with a talented team to produce, film, and edit series surrounding inspirational educators and innovative approaches to learning. She is passionate about issue-driven docs and narratives; hoping her own work serves as a call to action and affects social and legislative change. Her directorial debut, "Lake Effect," explores the possible connection between neurotoxins in the water and the onset of sporadic cases of ALS. The short doc has aired on 5 PBS Stations and screened at 3 festivals as well as the VT State House. Jackie also serves as the media chair for the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter.
Matt Taylor is a designer, inventor, teacher, facilitator, sailor and entrepreneur. He has focused a fifty-two year career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices and visionary ideas. This work involves business processes, tool-sets and software programs, and includes their expression and utilization in the design, construction and use of virtual and physical environments for collaborative work and sustainable creative living. The components of these environments, and the environments themselves, are designed and built in regards their fit with, and long term impact on, social-economic-ecological systems.
I step gingerly up, wearing an old silk scarf and borrowed bomber. It’s chilly outside and in, and I sense it‘s like learning a whole new language -- an intricate vocabulary of knobs, dials, switches, levers, waiting for command. I shake hands with the instructor and forget my misty breath, tingly fingers, and all those years of studying French. I listen attentively, and together we light up the deck, red and green, to the syncopated spin.
I slip a foot onto the pedal, imagining a straight line from our two passengers, to the tip of the frozen horizon. Within seconds, we are taxiing down the runway -- my hands taut on the wheel, knuckles just about bursting through leather. I spy windsocks in bristling seagrass, and glance aside, picturing Beryl Markham, among other aviatrix icons. Fast forward, and I am grounded in research, exploring virtual reality and flight training with a Teachers College student, an experi...
You know what I miss most about childhood? Wasting the entire day playing with Legos. I think my parents were pretty lucky to have a kid who for at least six hours at a time could be completely entertained by meticulously building nonsense and then tearing it down.
I grew up in South India in an environment that constantly stressed the importance of strong education. As a bored teenager I became skeptical, listened to heavy metal and my grades slipped (correlation coefficient = who knows?). But toward the end of high school, a chance encounter saw me apply and train as a teaching volunteer at a small local NGO.
A month later, I found myself helping teach underserved children basic English and computer skills.
Three months later, I let slip to my mom about feeling sorry for teachers who had teenage students.
Half a year later, my friends picked up that I was becoming overly informed and defensiv...
One of my earliest memories in life is traveling with my grandmother back in my native Ghana. As a self-made woman who didn’t receive a formal education, she never missed an opportunity to remind me about the importance of learning. She informed me that she “learned” everything she knew about running a business by always listening to others, questioning when she didn’t understand, and helping those in need. Though she passed away over 20 years ago, these principles have stayed with me all these years. It forms the cornerstone of all the work that I do at EdLab and beyond.
As head of recruiting, I am constantly learning new ways to make the process easier for the organization and prospective employees. As a researcher and a member of publishing team, I seek feedback and advice on my work from colleagues to improve my research and writing skills. All of this also requires me to ask tons of questions. The process of learning is a lifelong adventure—an adventure that...
Education has been called the ongoing task of our lives, and I’ve always been fascinated by the role writing has to play in this, through the ability to bridge between worlds, personal and social, and to inhabit or conjure a sense of palpable immediacy. It lives, in its voice, on the page. The very concept of education may in itself imply that a spirit of generosity and a vision of common dignity are inseparable from this work.
Before arriving at EdLab I was a book editor at HarperCollins, and an independent researcher for bestselling biographies, business books, and film projects. My dedication to the arts led me to found The Prelude Press, a literary publisher that releases several books and an anthology each year. The thread running through these projects is, I believe, an attraction to the exchange of ideas and to the kinds of communities that such exchange requires and creates. My first modem, some years ago, clocked in at 2400 baud, and as paltry as that may l...
Janne is a german director- cinematographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She studied Media Practice at the University of Tuebingen and San Francisco State University before moving to New York City for her Master in Media Studies at the New School as a Fulbright Grantee. Coming from a background in both documentary and narrative film Janne strives to create evocative and emotive imagery organically through composition and lighting – a pursuit of cinematography that is born out of character, story, subtext and genre. Today she functions as a video Producer for EdLab.
Lorraine LaPrade can best be described as a “Jack(ie) of all trades.” She is a newby librarian, performance artist, and self-defense instructor. She holds a M.S. in Library Science from Long Island University, CW Post, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Lauren is a science and tech journalist by day and a Gottesman Library Services Associate by night. She likes to talk about a lot of things, but mostly covers how technology affects our health, behavior, education and culture. She recently attended NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and received a Master's degree in journalism. For fun, she collects comic books and browses digital library archives.
Emily is a musician, audio engineer and artist from Orlando, FL. She's spent most of the last decade in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, or on tour. In addition to music making, she loves mixing and mastering audio, baking, shooting film photography, video collaging, graphic designing and painting (when space allows). She's spent time working with books and technology in various retail environments, as well as cataloguing media as a DJ. She's always found comfort in the quiet and inspiring environments of libraries and all of the aforementioned interests and experiences have brought her here to EdLab. Emily is a mother of two cats and she hopes that number grows in the future.
Ever since his first interaction with computers and programming through the language 'Logo' in grade 3, he wanted to be a programmer. And once he experienced the magic of interaction design several years into a career of software development, he realized it perfectly brought together everything he loved about technology - the ability to solve a problem.
Sabarish is now an avid user experience designer + user interaction engineer. He has a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan, School of Information (Ann Arbor, MI) and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (Bangalore, India).
On an ordinary weekday afternoon, my mother took my sister and me on our weekly visit to the local library to find books on our latest curiosities. For my sister, puzzle and fact books, a stack of picture books, and bridge novels like the Magic Tree House series. For me, anything on the supernatural: reported ghosts and hauntings, urban legends, mysterious sightings of Bigfoot, the Salem witch trials, spellbooks and potions, a few Fear Street novels. My grandfather’s copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained,
Dr. Hughes’ educational research focuses on media and social infrastructure. As a philosopher, he writes about how conceptions of excellence influence creative practices and artistic traditions. He holds a B.A....
When I was young, I spent whole afternoons looking at the world map. With the pencil in my hand, I never tired of drawing the outline of the unknown land and imaging the bottomless pit on the ocean floor or the past civilization lost in the rainforest.
I see myself as a story teller. I have always loved to read, but have become more interested in how stories are told. As an artist, I am constantly pushing the boundaries of communicating ideas in a purely visual way to allow the viewer to author their own story about what they see.
As a mother, I feel it is important to maintain a strong presence at the schools that my children attend. One of the things I greatly enjoyed at their elementary school was participating in the parent volunteer staffed library. While involved, I read to children, taught sustainability classes, processed books, and shelved - shelved - shelved!
Other than that, I enjoy working with people and solving puzzles, which is why I so enjoy working within a library.