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Infant Toddler Parent Playgroups Staff

Gabrielle Felman, MS. Ed, LMSW

Gabrielle FelmanGabrielle earned her BS/BA in Journalism and Psychology from Boston University. She received a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education (2007) and is certified and licensed in both Early Childhood General and Special Education. She earned a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, completing her clinical residency at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, focusing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, High Risk OB/GYN, Pediatric Mental Health and the Sibling Program. Gabrielle is currently working as a SEIT and Special Instructor in NYC with children birth-5 years old. She has been working with young children both in the classroom and in the community for eight years. Gabrielle is a guest lecturer at both Bank Street College of Education & Columbia University presenting on various topics regarding early childhood development. Before her social work residency, she was a lead special education teacher at the Bank Street Family Center.

Sarah Piel, MS.Ed

Sarah PielSarah received her Masters of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education, earning her certifications in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention and in Early Childhood General and Special Education. Sarah currently works as a Special Education Teacher for the Bank Street Infant Toddler and Parent Playgroups and works as a SEIT for the Bank Street Home and Community Based Services Program. For nearly a decade, she has worked in various capacities at the Bank Street Family Center with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children, led a 2s class at a private preschool on the Upper West Side, run social groups for young toddlers and their caregivers, assisted with preschool admissions, and interned at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, working with mother/toddler dyad therapy groups. Sarah has been a member of the Family Advisory Council at the Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital since 2011 and is one of five founders of New York Early Childhood Professionals, an online professional resource network. Before completing her degree at Bank Street, Sarah worked for a decade in book publishing as a literary agent and development editor.  She earned a BA from Hamilton College in 1992.

Sarah is a lifelong New Yorker who works and lives in Morningside Heights with her husband, two almost-adolescent children, three cats, and one giant yellow dog.