Meet Your Alumni Officers

Jim ClayJames Clay '88, Educational Leadership

BSCAA President

James (Jim) Clay is a 1998 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. 

Whendy Carter '03, Early Childhood EducationWhendy Carter

BSCAA Vice President

Whendy Carter '03 has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the field of early childhood education in New York City.  Most recently, Whendy served as Director at Montclare Children’s School on the Upper Westside. Before that, she founded The Church of the Epiphany Day School, where she served as Director for ten years.  Earlier in her career, Whendy spent many years at Park Avenue Methodist Church Day School.  Whendy has served as a BSCAA officer since 2005 and recently became a board member of Covenant House in New York City.

Margaret Ryan, ’01 Masters in Teaching   

BSCAA Secretary

Margaret Ryan 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 has served on the Advisory Board of BSCAA since 2013. She is the co-founder of Harlem Link Charter School, PreK-5th grade, where she was the founding Principal from 2005-2011 and is now the school’s Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning. Margaret is a 1997 Teach For America alumnae and taught in New York City Department of Education Schools in the South Bronx and Harlem from 1997-2003. 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.”

Labiba Abdur-RahmanLabiba Abdur-Rahman '93, Early Childhood and Elementary Education

BSCAA Representative-at-Large

Labiba Abdur-Rahman '93, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, is an Early Childhood Instructional Coordinator in the New Department of Education. She works collaboratively with administrators, directors, teachers and staff members to facilitate best practices in Early Childhood Education. Labiba 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. Labiba served as BSCAA Treasurer for two terms and as representative-at-Large for the recent two year term. She worked as a Bank Street facilitator in the “Getting Ready for Pre-K Summer Institute in 2014.

Pat PincusPatricia Kramon Pincus '76, Counseling

BSCAA Representative-at-Large

Pat Pincus '76, Counseling, has worked in public, private, and parochial school settings, special education programs, and organizations centered on education. Pat joined the BSCAA Advisory Board in 2010 and served as Representative-at-Large for the recent term. Currently, Pat works privately as a Crisis Intervention Counselor with adolescents. She is also an early childhood and middle school consultant to schools for teachers and students specifically in the area of school adjustment issues.