Central Office Staff
This is a team of people with diverse backgrounds including software development, finance, events and school administration. They provide a variety of behind-the-scenes leadership and infrastructure.
Beth Neville, Associate Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, oversees technology, finances, and special projects, including AssessmentPro. Beth is the co-author of the DVD Resources for Primary Writing with Lucy Calkins.
Marisa Altamura, Project Coordinator, provides logistical and administrative support for TCRWP events and services including conference days, study groups, institutes, and special projects including the Lucy Calkins Classroom Libraries. Prior to joining the Project team, Marisa worked as a copywriter, editor, and event manager in the non-profit arts, design education, and menswear industries.
Jose Baires, Senior Software Engineer, brings over 15 years of Web/IT experience to TCRWP. Jose has worked for various non-profit institutions developing and maintaining websites and web applications. At the Project, Jose maintains the website and internal web applications. He holds a degree in Management from Embry-Riddle University.
Ana Bermudez, Financial Coordinator, is responsible for finances: contracts, accounts payable and receivable, and for personnel issues. She is the financial liaison to NYC Department of Education, NYC and Suburban schools for Summer Institutes and Professional Development Services.
Lisa Cazzola, Associate Director of Administration and Operations is responsible for logistical planning and operations of all events hosted by the Project. Working closely with the senior leadership team, she leads the Project coordinators in executing a brimming calendar of institutes, conferences, and Teachers College-wide events across the year. She is a liaison to all Teachers College departments.
Joseph Danna is the Administrative Assistant for the Reading and Writing Project, helping facilitate program functions, projects, and institutes. He is an active member in the LGBTQ community and volunteers at New Alternatives For LGBTQ Youth and serves on the Emerging Leaders Council for the Stonewall Community Development Corporation. He has a BA in Communication Studies and is pursuing an MA here at TC in Social Organizational Psychology.
Dara Finkel, Project Coordinator & Assistant to the Senior Deputy Director facilitates the Project's partnerships with the New York City schools. Additionally, she coordinates and executes a number of events including the Saturday Reunions, Principals Conferences, and several institutes. Prior to joining the Project Dara worked in the Housewares industry, at CNN, was a spatial organizer, and a concert pianist. Dara is a graduate of Purchase College and currently a student of puppetry.
Rebecca Godlewicz, Associate Director of Administration and Operations, oversees and executes the Project's events, including the Saturday Reunions and Principals Conferences. Working closely with senior leaders, she also supports the Project's yearlong work in schools across New York City. Prior to joining the Project, Rebecca worked in city government. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College.
Alexandrea Jackson, assistant to the Reading Rescue Coordinator and Project Coordinator for TCRWP events team, provides support to the Reading Rescue literacy initiative and assists with the logistical planning and operations of Project events. Prior to joining the project, Alex worked on progressive political campaigns in New York City. She has a BA in Political Science from Lehigh University.
Christina Julien, Project Coordinator, provides logistical support for the Project's events. She helps run the Project's in-house think tanks, "Thursdays," and major College-wide events. Christina has expertise working in higher education settings prior to working with the Project. She hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education.
Heather Kesselman, Project Coordinator, provides logistical support for the Project's events, institutes, and special projects. Prior to joining the Project, she was a middle school teacher in New York City. She is a graduate of Vassar College and also holds Master's degrees in Literacy and International Education Policy.
Suzanne Korn, Senior Project/Digital Coordinator, provides logistical support for the Project's events. As the in-house graphic designer, she creates promotional materials for the Project including flyers and social media posts. Prior to joining the Project, Suzanne worked in Higher Education. She is a graduate of The New School.
André Martins, Production Manager, works alongside project leaders and staff developers to produce and manage TC video content and photography critical to the progression of our curriculum development program. André also orchestrates TC logistics and provides audio-visual classroom support for the many TCRWP workshops, institutes and special events. He graduated from the Emerson College Honors Program in film and has previously worked on several productions from feature length documentary films to advocacy campaign videos in the nonprofit sector.
Mary Ann Mustac, Associate Director of Special Projects, manages and oversees the planning and operations of special projects by the TCRWP. She is also a liaison to the Project and the Literacy Specialist students of Teachers College, a Columbia University alumni, and a TC Masters candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program.
Kathy Neville, Executive Administrator, is a coordinator for school based staff development. Kathy communicates with school and district leaders in order to assign staff developers to particular sites, matching talents and backgrounds to the needs of the school and district.