Susan has over 25 years of experience creating, developing and managing educational and social service programs in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about both individuals' and organizations' potential for growth and learning. She has broad-ranging experience in administration, including program and staff development, financial oversight, grants management and fundraising for nonprofit organizations and schools. She has brought her professional skills to the public school system by serving on the School Leadership Team and other committees of P.S. 295 in Brooklyn. In the private sector, she oversaw national employer-sponsored child care programs and customized early childhood schools for clients such as Intel and Ford Financial. In her teaching and educational consulting practice, Ms. Tenner worked directly with parents, teachers, students and organizational clients on curriculum and program development, with a focus on constructivist and experiential learning models. She earned her B.A. with honors from Brown University and received her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Greenwood Heights with her husband and children, and is an active, enthusiastic member of the community and public school system.
Wynette joined BUGS in 2015 and brings with her over ten years of experience as a special educator, professor, and administrator. She formerly taught several grade levels at PS 372K, The Children’s School and continues to be an Adjunct Professor of Literacy at Long Island University’s (LIU) Brooklyn Campus, where she has taught since 2012. Wynette holds a Bachelor’s/Master’s of Science in Childhood Education and Student with Disabilities along with a Master’s of Science in Teaching Literacy from LIU. She also holds a Postgraduate Advanced Certificate in Education Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook. Wynette was born in the sunny island of Trinidad, West Indies and was raised there until the age of 17. She connects the school's sustainability theme with use of water collection systems as this is a valued resource in many areas of her native island.
Lydia is thrilled to be at BUGS as the Director of Operations. She joined BUGS in March 2016, when she relocated to Brooklyn, NY after spending the past 9 years in Washington D.C. working in charter schools, education associations, and various nonprofits committed to closing the achievement gap. She attended the College of William & Mary where she received her degree in Government Affairs. Lydia enjoys reading, being outdoors, and traveling to new places. She looks forward to truly experiencing New York, especially exploring the beautiful borough of Brooklyn!
Dameon is one of BUGS Deans of School Culture. For over 6 year he has been a Dean in Brooklyn. Prior to being a Dean, Dameon taught in Atlanta, Georgia for ten years (grades K-6). With an undergraduate degree from William and Mary and a Master's from Brenau University, Dameon hopes to use all of his experiences to enhance the rich culture that has been established at BUGS.
Lucie is Dean of Students at BUGS. She has 15 years’ experience teaching elementary and middle school, both in general and special education classes. Lucie is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science. Later she received an MSEd. in Elementary Education from Lehman College and is currently pursuing a 2nd Master’s in Educational Leadership at City College. As a native New Yorker, Lucie is excited to show city kids where nature exists in the concrete jungle. In her free time Lucie enjoys cooking, cheering for the Knicks, traveling and quilting.
Aaron is ecstatic to return to the BUGS team as an 8th grade writing teacher. Aaron received a B.S. in Literature, Language, and Writing and a History minor from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. While in school, he worked for the school newspaper and helped curate a film series of documentaries about schools and teaching. After completing his undergraduate degree, Aaron worked at schools in the Detroit, MI and Flint, MI areas before moving to Brooklyn where he taught at a high-performing high school as a 9th grade teacher. Aaron looks forward to bringing his boundless passion and excitement for Writing to BUGS.
8th Team Leader & 8th Grade Interdisciplinary Sustainability Coordinator
Aaron is the 8th grade team teacher leader and one of the sustainability coordinators. He teaches 7th grade Science Fiction project block, 8th grade Urban Gardening project block, and Global Scholars. Mr. Aaron is a big fan of video games such as Overwatch and Super Smash Bros.
Alexandra comes to BUGS with over 20 years of experience teaching middle school and high school Spanish. Alex received her B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature, and Civilization from The College of Staten Island and her M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University in Chicago. She loves sharing the culture, celebrations, and customs of the Spanish speaking world with her students, providing them the opportunity to learn and practice Spanish using real world situations. Alex believes in a judgement-free classroom where students are encouraged, supported, and feel safe, speaking Spanish as much as possible and hoping her students attempt the same.
Anali began her youth work over 15 years ago as a youth development counselor at a Boys and Girls Club on Long Island. She graduated from Molloy College with a B.S. in Psychology and went on to receive her Master's in School Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post. She has worked as a school counselor at both elementary and high school charter schools in Brooklyn. Anali came to BUGS as the founding Guidance Counselor in 2013, because of the school mission focused on community, exploration, and student voice. In addition to counseling, she oversees the Advisory program and High School Placement Process. She looks forward to continued collaboration with BUGS students, parents and faculty to help every student develop strong character, life skills and academic skills. On her free time, Anali enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with her family.
Andre was born in East New York, Brooklyn. The education he received in his neighborhood zone school was subpar, and his mother decided to move the family upstate to Buffalo, N.Y. Life in Buffalo felt much different than Brooklyn, so it took him some time to adjust. His goal was to graduate high school and then attend college, where he was accepted to Buffalo State College. This is where he pursued his undergraduate degree in liberal arts. After college, Mr. Williams decided to move back to Brooklyn to start his career as a teacher. He worked for the Department of Education for 5 years, went back to get his master’s degree at Touro College, a private school in East New York, Brooklyn and then on to charter schools in Downtown Brooklyn and East Harlem. He comes to us with over 10 years of teaching experience, and is looking forward to working with the scholars at BUGS this year.
Anela was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She came to BUGS in early 2016 from Brooklyn College where she earned a bachelor's degree in Childhood Education (1-6), and a Master's degree in Teaching Mathematics. She has experience working with children of all ages. Anela has worked at BUGS for the past three years as a 6th Grade Math Teacher and an Academic Support Teacher for grades 6-8. Anela is passionate about math and loves to share her learning with the students and staff at BUGS. Anela's hobbies include running, yoga, traveling, watching hockey, and spending time with her family and friends.
Antoinette is a Southern California native, and a Ditmas-Park Brooklyn transplant. Stewart received her BS in Broadcast Journalism from Saint John’s University, and has had various roles within the Media field & start-up brand support/management. She is a mom to a vivacious toddler, and mischievous infant. In any spare time she enjoys documentaries and curating aesthetically pleasing design spaces. Antoinette’s mission to BUGS is to help bridge the gap between communication of all departments here at the school, and create a solid workflow for all staff.
Betsy is delighted to be back for her second year at BUGS! As BUGS’s reading specialist, she helps students improve their reading and spelling skills. Her favorite part of her job is the end of the school year, when students reflect on their growth and see how far their hard work has taken them. She loves the inclusive, nurturing environment that BUGS has built. Betsy holds a M.A. in reading instruction from Teachers College at Columbia, and a B.A. in secondary education and English from Boston College. In her free time, Betsy runs in Central Park with her hound dog Reba, reads books written for middle school students and adults, and visits her family in Idaho.
Breanne is thrilled to be at BUGS teaching her favorite subject, reading! She earned her Master’s degree from Touro College and is dual certified in General and Special Education. She is excited to work with students toward a better future through sustainability education. Breanne grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and has been living in New York City for the past 12 years. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.
6th Grade Reading Teacher and ELA Department Chair
Callie holds a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from Castleton University and a Master's Degree in Literacy from Queens College. This is Callie’s 5th year as a BUGS teacher. Callie came to Brooklyn Urban Garden School with over three years of field study experience in a variety of settings including Elementary and Middle schools in Vermont. After honing her instructional leadership working with English Language learners in Italy for two years, Callie returned to her roots in New York. She chose BUGS as she was drawn to the curricular emphasis on sustainability and student exploration. Callie is passionate about education and seeks to build positive relationships with students and their families. In her free time, Callie enjoys traveling, reading and participating in winter sports.
Ms. Quan is excited to join the BUGS team this year as an 8th grade math teacher! Caroline has a Bachelor degree in Integrated Mathematics and Science and Master's degree in Adolescent education in Mathematics. This is her 4th year teaching 8th grade math and 2nd year at BUGS. Caroline is excited to be back at BUGS for another awesome school year! In her free time, Caroline likes to cook/bake and spend time with family.
Cay came to BUGS in 2014 via a circuitous route involving graphic design, motherhood, bookkeeping, and leading her children’s PTA. She has been organized and organizing others all of her life, and is thrilled to get to do it all day at BUGS! She loves living in Brooklyn (for over 20 years!), but still thinks of herself as a Virginia girl. Cay loves to read, knit and cook for her family & friends. She does not love to go running or vacuum.
Danielle is so excited to join the BUGS Team as the Quiet Time Site Leader. Ms. Dani, as she's known around BUGS, is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Minor in Psychology from St.Francis College in Brooklyn. She loves helping students reach their full potential through their practice of Transcendental Meditation and seeing them shine their light into the community. Dani loves visiting her family in Trinidad, hitting the beach, and having movie marathons with her husband and son.
8th Grade Special Education Social Studies, Social Studies Dept. Chair
David was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn. From there, he went to the State University of New Paltz where he lived for 6 years. He earned his B.S in adolescent education social studies and then continued to get his master’s in special education. While going through school, he managed an Advance Auto Parts and found a hobby in fixing cars. He joined the BUGS faculty in 2015 and enjoyed relocating to his old neighborhood and serving its students. In addition to his passion for teaching, he enjoys watching tons of TV shows on Netflix, traveling, and rooting for the New York Mets.
Fiona discovered her love for teaching ten years ago while working part time at a local school during her studies at Fordham University. She discovered how rewarding it was to help students who didn’t speak English. Since then, she has completed her M.A. in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. She has taught ESL in some of NYC’s most unique and challenging high schools, and has taught English abroad in Turkey. She has been teaching English as a new language now for seven years. A native New Yorker, Fiona is thrilled to start her fourth year at BUGS, working amongst a diverse staff to enrich the lives of young adults and especially help children of immigrant families acclimate to life and learning in NYC. Her hobbies include bike riding, cooking vegan cuisine, and all things cats.
7th Grade Special Education Social Studies Teacher
Georgia joined BUGS in the fall of 2017 after teaching for three years in the Bronx. She studied International Studies at the University of San Francisco and later received her Masters in Special Education at Hunter College in New York. She is a 2014 Teach For America corps member and is passionate about teaching social studies and history. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked for a low-income housing development corporation in San Francisco. In her free time she loves to cook, run, and travel.
Glenn is thrilled to join the BUGS community teaching in the sustainability studio. He has taught environmental science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden and the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Glenn has an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard, a master of science in urban sustainability from City College of NY, and is currently completing a masters in adolescent science education at Brooklyn College. Glenn believes that helping young people connect with and understand our environment is critical for the sustainability of our planet. In his free time, Glenn loves gardening, cooking and bird-watching with his children.
Ms. Brown is in her third year at BUGS and is very excited to be teaching 6th grade math. Born and raised in Queens, Harriet lived in Maryland and South Carolina before returning to New York City. She received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam, and a Master’s in Education from Touro College. Harriet has 10 plus years experience teaching high school and middle school and while she enjoys teaching math, her hobbies are reading fiction, writing fiction and traveling.
Hilary holds a B.A in English Literature and a Master's in Teaching from Simmons College. She has taught 7th grade ELA for the past four years and is incredibly excited to see what year five will bring. Hilary joined the BUGS community because BUGS prioritizes student centered learning. Hilary is most passionate about creating a kind, cohesive and productive classroom environment where her students support each other and hold themselves to high expectations. In her spare time, Hilary loves to hang out with a good book in the park, explore new neighborhoods and eat delicious food.
Jaime has come to BUGS looking to bring access to mathematics to all students and offer insight into preparing for and succeeding in high school and beyond. Her preparation through the New York City Teaching Fellows program and high school teaching since 2002 has laid the foundation of her professional experience. After her undergraduate education, earning her a BA in English from Dartmouth College, she entered into Adult Education and small group instruction. Teaching Fellows allowed Jaime to complete a Master's degree in Math Education from City College in 2005. Jaime also completed her Math Leadership degree from Bank Street College. As a Brooklynite of Haitian descent, Jaime continues to make her home in Clinton Hill Brooklyn where she lives with her two children. Jaime is also very active in her faith and looks forward to the meditation portion of the day at BUGS. Her personal mission statement: “I'm committed to always seeking ways to improve myself and the lives of others.”
Jay is excited to be starting her first year at BUGS as a 7th grade Reading and Writing teacher. Prior to coming to BUGS she worked extensively in different nonprofits working with youth education in a variety of contexts, ranging from Mathematics intervention to Teen Pregnancy. She is an NYU graduate with a lifelong love of the Humanities, art, writing, history and psychology. When not in the classroom, teaching or learning, she can usually be found under a tree, on top of a mountain, or cuddling with her kitten.
Jen is excited to be the science department chair and general education Living Environment teacher at BUGS. Jen received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Master of Arts degree in education from the University of South Florida. Jen has been teaching science and math for 14 years, she has been part of the leadership teams at her school, and she was a founding member of her school’s Urban Farm and Garden, Renegade Roots. Jen moved to Brooklyn with her husband, 2 children, and golden retriever in June and she is looking forward to New York winters! She has a daughter who will be attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the fall and an 11 year old son who will be a 6th grade student here at BUGS. Science at BUGS is hands-on, inquiry-based, collaborative, and fosters a life-time love of science! Jen enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, Sophie, and watching Crime Dramas.
Jenna previously taught English Language Arts in East New York and is thrilled to take what she learned from that time and transition into the field of Social Studies here at BUGS. Jenna received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy from West Virginia University. After a few years of trying on some various career hats and not finding any open Philosopher positions, she decided to go back to school. She earned her master's degree in secondary education, English Language Arts from California University of PA. Jenna feels like she finally found a career that suits her and looks forward to growing as an educator. The biggest influencers in her life were educators and she can only hope to have the same impact on her students. In her free time, Jenna enjoys running, cooking (eating even more), and traveling. She is passionate about fighting for human and animal rights.
Jess came to BUGS in 2014 after five years as a program developer and facilitator at a grassroots community center in Richmond, Virginia. Jess is the author of several published works and presents on arts integration, social practice, and experiential education. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking and a Master's of Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jess enjoys experimenting with materials in her studio that could lead to exciting new projects in the classroom and beyond the walls of the school.
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher & 7th Grade Team Leader
Jessica loves teaching at BUGS because of its reputation as a place where students' creativity and curiosity shine! Jessica is a graduate of NYU with a Master’s in Social Studies Education and of Ithaca College with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies. Jessica has been teaching in NYC schools for 5 years as a 6th grade Social Studies teacher. She is now bringing her enthusiasm and joyfulness to the 7th grade team as Social Studies teacher and Grade Team Leader. Jessica also serves as the Instructional Technology Coordinator here at BUGS. Jessica is committed to understanding each of her students' individual learning needs and meeting them where they are with targeted, engaging instruction and opportunities to grow. On the weekends, she can be found cooking, pampering her rescue cat Louie, reading a thought-provoking book, or pursuing her passion for travel.
Señor Josh is passionate about his work at BUGS. Whether he is supporting families both new and returning, or in the background synchronizing the technology needs of students and staff, Joshua is driven by being able to provide solutions for the BUGS community. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Joshua graduated from Baruch College, where he earned a B.B.A. in Marketing & Psychology. Prior to arriving at BUGS, Josh developed his passion for education and working with families by running an after-school tutoring center in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Joshua is committed to helping foster a strong family and community presence at BUGS so that students have a well-rounded support system. In his free time, Joshua enjoys hosting competitive game nights with family and friends.