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Meet The Proposed Alumni Slate


 Jim Clay

James Clay '88, Educational Leadership

BSCAA President

James (Jim) Clay is a 1988 graduate of the Educational Leadership Program.  He has served on the Advisory Board of BSCAA since 2006, as secretary from 2009 to 2013, and since then as president.  He was part of the search committee for the current President of Bank Street College.  He has been the coordinator of Bank Street alumni events in Washington DC since 2006 as well, facilitating over 20 programs for alums during that period!  He is the director of School for Friends, an accredited Quaker preschool in Washington DC.  In the world of Quaker education he serves on the Membership Committee of the Board of the Friends Council on Education. 

 

Margaret Ryan, ’01 Early Childhood and Elementary Education    

BSCAA Vice President
Margaret Ryan is in her 20th year in public education. In 1997 she moved to New York from Boston as a Teach for America Corps member and remained in the classroom for six years as a middle school and elementary teacher. She is a 2001 graduate of the first cohort of Bank Street’s Teacher Recruitment Initiative (TRI) through which she earned a Masters in Teaching. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Education Leadership from National Louis University since 2007. In 2003 she left classroom teaching and co-founded Harlem Link, a PreK-5th grade public charter school, serving over 400 students from Harlem and the South Bronx. For the first six years at Harlem Link she served the community as its founding principal from 2005-2011 and is now the school’s Director of Curriculum, Professional Learning & Student Support. Margaret has been a member of BSCAA since 2013 and has served as the Advisory Board’s Secretary since 2015. Equity in education is a deep passion of Margaret’s as well as her commitment to infuse the Bank Street philosophy into public education through her work at Harlem Link. To stay the course in her work she thinks of Nelson Mandela’s wise words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Erica Davis, Principal’s Institute ‘11

BSCAA Secretary

Erica Davis is a 2011 graduate of the Principals Institute.  She first became involved with Bank Street when she participated in action research with the technology program Project ConText and with Saturday Math seminars.  She is currently an Assistant Principal at PS 234 after having taught PreK – 3 for almost fifteen years in the NYC public schools. Erica has also served as a consultant for Math Solutions for eight years, and an on-site curriculum coach for both math and social studies.  An important part of her current leadership work has been around deepening the social-emotional learning of children and keeping this work growing and alive in the school community

 

Labiba Abdur-Rahman ’93, Early Childhood & Elementary Education

BSCAA Representative-at-Large

Labiba Abdur-Rahman is a 1993 graduate of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program at Bank Street. She joined the BSCAA Advisory Board in 2010 and has served as BSCAA Treasurer for two terms and Representative-at-Large for the past two-year term. Labiba is an Early Childhood Instructional Coordinator in the New York City Department of Education. She works collaboratively with administrators, directors, teachers and staff members to facilitate best practices in Early Childhood Education. Labiba worked as a Bank Street facilitator in the “Getting Ready for Pre-K Summer Institute” in 2014. She has also served as an Elementary School teacher in the New York City Public Schools for over fifteen years. In addition to her tenure as an educator in the NYC DOE, Labiba has pursued her passion for Storytelling, serving as an adjunct professor and teaching “Storytelling with Children” at Bank Street College.

 

Becky Hamilton, ’08 Middle School Special & General Education   

BSCAA Representative-at-Large

Becky Hamilton is a 2008 graduate of the Middle School Special and General Education dual degree program.  Becky has worked in the college access field in New York for the past twelve years. Becky currently serves as Director of College Access and Career Services for KIPP Through College in New York City where she helps provide students and families with the essential knowledge and preparation needed for success in college.  Earlier in her career, Becky served as an Academic Advisor for the Liberty Leads program at Bank Street College.  Becky joined the BSCAA Advisory Board in 2013 and also serves on the Ambassador Board for the World of Children Award.