Bios and Resources
Andrea Ellis is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has made education her career for the past ten years. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Second grade and is currently the Dean of Students at Albany Community Charter School. She has a wonderful Husband; Christopher Ellis; and an awesome son; Nathan Ellis.
Albany Community Charter School
Andrew Glanton is a Junior at Tech Valley High School, who is dedicated to service learning. He is president of Key Club, and is a varsity member of the Cross Country team. He aspires to be an ethical business owner in the future.
Bhawin Suchak is a filmmaker and educator who uses film and digital media to promote expression, communication, and connection. He has produced, directed and edited several short documentary films and co-directed the feature length documentary, Free To Learn. Suchak has taught at The Albany Free School () for 14 years and is the founder and program director of Youth FX (), a summer filmmaking program for inner-city teens based out of Grand Street Community Arts.
The Albany Free School
Branda Miller, who is a media artist and Emmy award-winning editor, is Professor of Media Arts at Rensselear and Arts & Education and Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
George Lopez grew up in Troy and is currently a Junior at Siena College. George is a Bonner Service Leader at Green Tech High. He brings his passion for community service to his work both as a college student and a mentor to students at Green Tech.
Bonner Service Leaders
Green Tech High Charter School
Black and Latino Achievers – Capital District YMCA
Heather Buskirk, a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Science, is a high school physics teacher in Greater Johnstown School District, New York. She is an educator at The Learning Project, a half -day program for Johnstown Seniors.
The Learning Project
Katie Ferguson is a second grade teacher at the Jessie T Zoller Elementary school in Schenectady and the New York State Teacher of the Year 2012. She brings her personal passion to "be the spark" for her students to all of her work. You can learn more about Katie by visiting teachereye.blogspot.com.
Leah Penniman is a science educator at Tech Valley High School. She focuses on connecting youth to the intricate miracle that is this living planet and to their own power as agents of positive change in the community.
Information on Haiti work
New Technology Network
Students Studying Invasive Species
Photos of Tech Valley HS Community in the US and Haiti
Monica Wilson-Roach has been playing cello and bass for over thirty years. Monica most recently served as String Arranger and string performer on the soundtrack to a documentary about Angela Davis, entitled "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners". Her husband, Michael Roach, was the strings engineer. The film was master scored by Vernon Reid and produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jay Z.
Empire State Youth Orchestra
Black Book Project
The jazz trio consists of the following instrumentation: Electric Cello, Electric Bass, Keyboards/Piano, and Drums. The two core members are Monica Wilson-Roach and Michael Roach. The third member of the group is Paul Borrello. The influences of traditional jazz, progressive jazz, R&B, and classical music do not necessarily stand independently in the compositions. Rather, they blend together for an alarmingly fertile and sometimes entrancing sound.
Noelene Smith is the Program Director of The Baby Institute. The objective of Baby Institute is to increase children's literacy and language skills by helping parents understand how to help their children become Pre-K ready to increase the number of students entering school prepared to learn.
Richard Smith is the Director of Liberty Partnerships Program at the Schenectady County Community College. He is currently a doctoral student, working on a Ph.D. in Social Welfare at UAlbany.
Schenectady County CC’s LPP summer program
Liberty Partnership Program
LPP Facebook Page
Richard Smith Speaks
Vanessa Threatte is the Executive Director of the NYS Cradle to Career Alliance recently launched by SUNY. She works to support developing collective impact for education partnerships across upstate NY, as well as, NYC and long Island.
NY State Cradle to Career Alliance
The Strive Network
Learn about the 2013 summer youth enrichment program.