Future Head of School
Starting in Fall 2019, Kenny will join Hudson Lab School as the Head of 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.
Current Head of School
Mara was a Founding Teacher at the Blue School in Manhattan and the Founding Head of School at the AltSchool Brooklyn campus. For four years, Mara contributed to AltSchool Brooklyn's design and build out, established a vision, recruited teachers and students, built a school-based community, supported families, and overseen school wide pedagogy. She graduated from the University of Vermont where she focused on Early Childhood Education and has a Masters in Educational Leadership as a School Building Leader from New York University.
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.
Upper Elementary 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.
Future Upper Elementary Teacher
Starting in Fall 2019, Ashley will join Hudson Lab School as the head teacher for our 2nd - 4th grade class. Ashley currently teaches at Blue School. She 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.
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.
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.
Educators in Residence
Francesca Rosella & Ryan Genz
Founders of Cute Circuit
CuteCircuit is a fashion brand and a pioneer in the field of wearable technology. Founded over a decade ago, CuteCircuit sparked the fashion and technology revolution through the introduction of groundbreaking designs and concepts that merge the worlds of fashion, design and telecommunication.
Professor, Entrepreneur & Designer
With a broad entrepreneurial, design and product development background, Steven has designed and built new ventures, products and services for some of the most innovative consumer health and wellness brands. A leader in the field of behavior change, personal infomatics and health innovation, he is a frequent speaker at industry forums. Steven is an adjunct professor at New York University's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and has taught courses on service design and innovation at Parsons The New School for Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.
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”.
Kim Druce Sava
Kim Druce Sava studied costumes, fashion and textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to motherhood, she worked in costume design and fashion styling in theatre, film, television and advertising. She now designs costumes for the Hastings-on-Hudson school theatre and is delighted to join Hudson Lab School. “Children have the most wonderful ideas! I love teaching the art of craft. It helps them bring their ideas to fruition.”
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.