Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education Faculty
|Dr. Rupam Saran – Associate Professor and Department Chair of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Rupam Saran is an Associate Professor at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, and is the Department Chair of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary. Dr. Saran’s field of specialization is mathematics education for minority immigrant children, socio-mathematical authority, teacher education, and mathematics teachers’ mathematics identity, preparing effective mathematics teachers, educational attainment of second-generation immigrant youth in urban school. She writes primarily about mathematics education of immigrant children and youth. She authored the book Model Minority Stereotype: Understanding Asian Indian Youth in South Asian Diaspora (Routledge, New York). Dr. Saran has co-authored the book, Beyond Stereotype: Minority Children of Immigrants in Urban Schools with Dr. Rosalina Diaz. Her forthcoming book is, Deconstructing Media Representations of Teachers and Learners in the History of American Education (Brill Publishers, Netherlands). She has also published many journal articles in the area of her research interests specifically in the area of mathematics education. Dr. Saran has been a presenter at NCTM and AERA Conferences since 2009, and has presented her research internationally in many countries.
|Dr. Tabora Johnson
Dr. Tabora Johnson’s expansive career as an educator began almost two decades ago as a high school teacher in Bushwick, New York. She later served as an assistant principal in Oakland, CA before joining the ranks of the professoriate as a teacher educator in the nation’s most diverse public university system—The City University of New York. Dr. Johnson’s research specializes in race, culture, and identity in education. Her peer-reviewed scholarship has been published and presented within the United States and globally. Her current research focuses on recruiting Black female STEM majors to teach in high-needs urban school districts.
|Dr. Deborah Greenblatt – Assistant Professor of Multicultural Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Dr. Deborah Greenblatt is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Early Childhood and Childhood Education & the Clinical Coordinator for the School of Education at Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York. She has a PhD in Urban Education with a focus on educational policy and leadership from The CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Greenblatt has a passion for partnering with schools for clinically-rich teacher education and has served as the Co-Chair for Clinical Practice Work Group for the New York State Education Department in 2017-2018. Dr. Greenblatt is on the Board of Directors for the National Network for Educational Renewal, Board of Directors and Advisory Board for Community of Volunteer Educators, Advisory Committee for FY21 THIRTEEN Educational Services, and Partnership Collaborative’s New York University Steinhardt Innovation Network committee on Social and Emotional Learning & Responsive Classroom. Dr. Greenblatt is the co-author of Reimaging American Education to Serve All Our Children: Why Do We Educate in a Democracy? You can find her research on ResearchGate and Academia. Dr. Greenblatt is interested in issues of social justice, equity, and democracy in education and teacher education. She has a love for children’s literature and was a public elementary school teacher for many years.
|Adero-Zaire Green – Professor
Professor Adero-Zaire Green is a full-time lecturer living in Brooklyn, New York with her family. She completed her B.A. in English with a minor in Communications from St. Francis College and her Masters of Arts in English Education from New York University. Professor Green has worked in the field of education for over 20 years and currently has the privilege of working with pre-service early childhood students in the School of Education at Medgar Evers College. She is also the Director of the Medgar Evers College Brooklyn Pipeline Program, which provides college readiness access to K-12 students throughout school districts in Brooklyn. Professor Green is currently completing her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education at St. Peter’s University. Her research interest includes examining the achievement gap between college readiness access and the pipeline to college in communities of color. Her expertise is in children’s literature, college readiness access, culturally responsive teaching, English education, student Centered Instruction.
Yolanda Simmons is a much-acknowledged educator with over 27 years of experience in teaching and educational administration in both local and international schools.
Ms. Simmons has experience working with elementary, middle, high, and college-level students. Her role as an educator is further enhanced by her ability to uplift others in their identity and spirituality. Simmons attended Sir Arthur Lewis Community College where she received her first teaching degree in 1993. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Special Education at Medgar Evers College in 2012, Simmons acquired a Masters's Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching. Throughout her studies, she has focused on developing her knowledge of Africa and African people. In particular, she has focused on African anthropology, sustainable development, affordable education, self-government, and political economy. Maintaining roles as an educator, Simmons has held positions as Special Education Teacher at New Design Middle School in Harlem, The Newport School in Brooklyn, and Adjunct Lecturer at Medgar Evers College. At Medgar Evers College, she has taught several courses in Math in Education, Critical Issues in the History of Education, and courses that prepare candidates for certification exams.
Julie Castineiras has been a special education teacher for over 30 years. She has been a service coordinator, service provider, QA supervisor, Program Director, and Bilingual Education Evaluator for the Early Intervention Program and CPSE programs. She has been a lecturer for Bronx Community College in the Education and Academic Reading Department for the past seven years, where she taught Literacy, Child Development, and Supervising Student Teaching. She is an ABA-trained teacher, working with EI students on the Autism Spectrum. Ms. Castineiras is the President of Access Consulting, where she trains individual evaluations and EIP and CPSE programs, She also conducts in-service trainings on how to conduct evaluations.
|Keith Hoell – Professor
Professor Keith Hoell has over 20-years of experience as a faculty and program chair, instructing in both online and in-person modalities. He has taught courses in instructional technology and learning theory, management, computer applications, programming, and networking. Professor Hoell’s specialties are in instructional technology and design systems tailored to how students learn. He has over a decade of project management and instructional design experience and has managed curriculum design projects in the information technology and education sectors and has partnered with faculty to develop numerous online courses using the latest instructional design and pedagogical practices. Professor Hoell also has served as the director of assessment for a large college in New York where he leveraged his knowledge of student assessment with technology to produce metrics that fostered regulatory compliance and accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He has written two Microsoft Access database textbooks, which have been translated into seven languages. He enjoys presenting webinars about integrating technology into the classroom.