Teachers: Room 1

Head Teacher Michael Amaral

Michael Amaral, assistant teacherMichael, assistant teacher in Room 1, earned his B.A. in Psychology at Hamilton College. He worked with children with autism and those with social-emotional needs before moving to New York City to start his graduate degree in education at Bank Street College. Once at Bank Street College, Michael taught in parent-toddler playgroups, both in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and at the Family Center. He is finishing his third year at the Family Center and is in his final year in the graduate program. After graduating, Michael intends to continue working with children 3 years and under.

Robin Thomas, graduate intern

RobinRobin is in her 1st year at Bank Street College in the Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention Dual Degree program with the Hunter School of Social Work. Robin earned her B.A. in Psychology at Temple University and has been working with non-profit organizations in Brooklyn and Harlem with elementary through High school students for the past few years.

After completing her program, Robin plans on working directly with at-risk families and their children.

Liz Ocampo, student teacher

Liz OcampoLiz is a student teacher who earned her B.S. degree from Manhattan College where she majored in a dual certification Early Childhood/Childhood General and Special Education program. Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Infant and Family Development/Early Intervention with a bilingual extension, from Bank Street College of Education.

Liz has worked as a paraprofessional in New York City district 75 public schools for 2 years, interacting with children with a wide range of differential variations. While at the Bank Street Family Center, she will also be working as a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) for Los Niños Services.