Head of School
Before joining Hudson Lab School, Kenny served as the NY Schools Operations & Innovation Lead at project-based AltSchool and as the Head of Lower School at the Brearley School on the Upper East Side. He began his career as an experiential-learning educator in Austin, Texas public schools and as a fourth grade teacher at the Town School in Manhattan. He earned a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College and brings a wealth of talents. He attended the Summer Writing Institute at Columbia University and pursued a personal passion of furniture design and building through his own company Creed Furniture. Kenny is an avid cyclist, woodworker, gardener and outdoor enthusiast. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Cate is the founder of Hudson Lab School. She has helped startups raise over $100M in early stage capital and worked with entrepreneurs to build company value through mentoring, strategic planning, practical problem solving, and fundraising. Cate began her career as a Quantitative Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, she co-founded Launch Collective, and she set up and managed the finances for Managed by Q. Cate is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Barnard College. Cate was inspired by Bayswater Maria Montessori School, Little Leaf Forest School and Portfolio School. She enjoys surfing, yoga and TED talks.
Stacey is a partner at Prehype, a group of entrepreneurs who help established companies and VC’s facilitate spin-outs, incubation and venture partnerships. Prehype runs programs for companies such as LEGO, Newscorp, Verizon, Kaplan and Coca-cola identifying new innovation and business opportunities and creating new adjacent businesses through a proprietary lean incubation process. A startup junkie, Stacey has also worked with numerous startups from Managed by Q to Barkbox, CuteCircuit, Joost and others. Stacey received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor's degree from Brown University.
Middle School Teacher
Kim is celebrating her 25th year as an educator and school leader. For seven years, she was the Assistant Head of Lower School at The Spence School in Manhattan. Kim has also worked in public and independent schools in both urban and rural settings serving grades K-12. Also an entrepreneur, Kim founded SAS for Women, a consultancy helping divorced women. Kim holds a BA in Education from Miami University, a MS in Science Education from Wright State University and is licensed in Educational Leadership through The Ohio State University.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Hailing from Alabama, Kate has taught at both museums and schools across New York City. For the past three years, Kate has taught at AltSchool and currently co-teaches with Nick Johnson. Kate received her Masters in Museum and Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and brings a passion for experiential learning and education through hands-on, minds-on investigations of objects and materials. Her own enthusiasm for learning and exploration informs her joy-infused, inquiry-based classroom practice.
Lower Elementary Teacher
With over ten years of teaching experience, Nick believes in cultivating sensitive and observant students who think deeply about themselves and the world around them. He seeks to create authentic learning experiences by engaging students in projects that are meaningful to them and provide the context through which they grow academically and emotionally. This could lead to designing, prototyping, and building a small-scale neighborhood, tracking animals to study their behavior, or conducting a survey of emotional states in the classroom and examining the data to look for trends.
Upper Elementary Teacher
Ashley is the head teacher for our 2nd - 4th grade class. Formerly she taught at the Blue School in Manhattan. Ashley grew up in Westchester where her fourth and fifth grade teachers inspired her to pursue a career in education. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Elementary Education, Ashley earned a masters in literacy from Bank Street College where she wrote and illustrated a children's book for her masters project. Ashley uses children's innate curiosity and excitement to direct her teaching. Outside of the classroom, Ashley enjoys doing yoga, crocheting, and creating artwork.
Marie comes to Hudson Lab School with years of classroom teaching and administrative experience at both independent and public schools. She most recently completed nine years at the Spence School in New York as a middle school math teacher and advisor. Marie believes that math instruction in a project based environment combines rigor and relevance to real world application through problem solving. Her work with students K through 12 brings a broad perspective and understanding of learning needs and of best ways to reach each student. Marie has also served as an administrator at the district and building levels in several Westchester school districts, including Chappaqua, Briarcliff Manor and Bronxville. She received her BS and MS degrees from St John’s University and PD certification from Fordham University. Her work with teachers as a staff developer and mentor has been personally rewarding and affirms her belief that curriculum development is an ongoing process that must evolve and be evaluated with a goal of continual improvement. Marie’s interests outside of school primarily involve family and travel with friends, cooking and enjoying eclectic food experiences and learning something new: ukulele, bridge and most recently, pickleball! “I believe that new challenges help me grow and keep me humble.”
Digital Fabrication and Maker Specialist
Monica is a designer and art practitioner with a masters in industrial design from Parsons School of Art and Design. Before studying at Parsons, she worked in art, design and technology in NYC, predominantly at the intersection of art and public engagement. As a designer, she aimed to make products and services that help facilitate experience-based learning for all ages. Monica has worked as the Tinkering Teacher at Camp Hudson for two summers providing kids with the tools (both physical and emotional) to be ambitious through planning, collaboration and hands on testing. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and grew up in Los Angeles, where she trained extensively in silver-smithing.
Joanne has 15+ years teaching in both preschool and elementary schools in New York and California. She majored in Child Development and Liberal Studies and earned her Teaching Credentials from Dominican University in CA. She has taught in both public and private schools including Innovative Learning Community in Marin County, CA, with a focus on project-based learning.
Known as “Mo,” Muhammad supports kids at play at Hudson Lab School. Kids love Mo because he is kind, fun and empathetic, and he’s always up for a game of tag, a front handspring, or a long Pokemon discussion. Mo spends his free time working on films, including a documentary with the Mount Vernon Doles Center.
Sara Lehman is a Professor of Spanish / Director of Latin American and Latino Studies at Fordham University. She works on Colonial Spanish American Literature, the picaresque, and second language acquisition. She has written and contributed to Spanish textbooks by Prentice-Hall, National Textbook Corporation, Houghton-Mifflin, and others. Sara is author of five academic books on topics in Latin American Studies. She is also pursuing fiction writing through study at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute, where she has completed her first novel and is currently working on a children's chapter book series. Her first degree was in music, and she is an active singer and collaborative pianist in lower Westchester. She loves the idea of combining her lifelong interests in Spanish language and cultures with music at Hudson Lab School.
Yvette is an early childhood trainer with Ramapo for Children. She graduated cum laude from Stony Brook University in 1996 and went on to Cornell Law School where she graduated with a J.D. in 2003. Yvette worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County Domestic Violence Bureau and continued practicing law for over 6 years until the birth of her first child. After her second child came along, she rediscovered her passion for educating. Noticing a lack of cooperative, hands-on, and affordable early childhood education in her area, she partnered with local moms to create the Not-So-Preppy Pre-school creating core ideologies, curriculum and a weekly schedule for 2-3 year-olds. Yvette is a trained Doula and also an instructor with Lifetime Fitness Academy, teaching dance, yoga, art, school readiness Spanish and more to children ages 3-11.
Mentors & Advisors
Little Leaf Forest Nursery School
Theresa is the Founder and Director of Little Leaf Forest School. She is also a NY state licensed elementary school teacher with six years of teaching experience in inclusive classrooms. Theresa has a Masters of Teaching and a Masters of Fine Arts, is a Harvard grad, and a Teach for America alum. She has spent time studying Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge Institute. She is a Hastings-on-Hudson resident and mother of three young children. Theresa can often be found on family adventures, in yoga class or bustling about in the rivertowns. She revels in a good nap whenever she can find the time!
Babur Habib, Doug Schachtel and Nancy Otero, the founding team of Portfolio School, have been incredible mentors leading the way. Portfolio School is a project-based K-12 school in Tribeca that opened in September 2016.
Author & Innovation Lecturer
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is the co-author of "Innovation as Usual", a Harvard Business Review Press book on the art of driving innovation in regular organizations. His research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, BBC Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times. Recently, Britain’s HR Magazine included Wedell-Wedellsborg on their list of “Top 20 International Thinkers”.
Product & Experience Designer
Berk Ilhan uses innovation as a pillar to cultivate delightful experiences via novel and meaningful interactions. His design work has been recognized by 15 international design awards including the prestigious iF Design Award, International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), Red Dot Best of the Best Award, International Design Award (IDA), and A’ Design Award. His design recipe involves rigorous primary research, holistic system modeling, latent need identification, participatory design, empathy, play, minimalism, and chasing wild dreams by pushing against accustomed constraints.