Our Teachers

Kate Daley is an artist and educator who has taught art, science and social studies to children of all ages and abilities in public and private schools, museums and other cultural institutions throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and English Literature from Binghamton University and continued her studies in visual art at the New York Studio School. Kate received an M.S.Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street College.

Dan Fisherman has been doing philosophy with children for the past 14 years at both the Randolph School and Poughkeepsie Day School. He has worked with children at every grade level from 1st through 12th, conducting age appropriate philosophical inquiry according to the curriculum developed by Matthew Lipman and the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. Dan has a Masters degree in analytical philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a doctoral candidate in Montclair State University’s Philosophy and Pedagogy program, where he teaches educational philosophy to undergraduates. He is currently writing his dissertation on the nature of everyday questioning.

Ilana Friedman received her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Brown University and taught third grade at a progressive public school in New York City called the Brooklyn New School. In 2011, she co-founded the Brooklyn Craft Workshop. She also works as a potter and took classes at Haystack Mountain and Penland Schools of Craft. She knows first-hand how incredibly fun it is to explore materials and create alongside other passionate makers.

Ilana loves nurturing a spirit of collaboration among students. Working together, students ask questions, solve problems, and find even more joy in the process of making things.

After moving upstream to the Hudson Valley, Ilana founded Beacon Craft Workshop! She lives with her husband Bryan, her daughter Samara, and Schermerhorn the cat.

Deb Lucke: Once upon a time she was just a kid in Ohio whose grandmother said, “That kid can draw.”

Art lessons followed.

By high school others were taking note of her talent. For instance, her Spanish teacher, Señora Lance, once said in front of the entire class, “Senorita Lucke! Are you doodling again? Have you heard a single palabra I’ve said?” Deb was so proud.

Thus encouraged, Deb majored in art, went to work in advertising, won awards, rose as high as Vice President of an international ad agency, chucked in all in, took film and writing classes, audited Mike Nichols’ classes on acting, became a director, and made a short film that aired on television in NYC, Canada, Texas, and Japan. Noting that people liked her storyboards as much as they liked the finished film, she returned to drawing. This led to a number of children’s books: Sneezenesia, published by Clarion Books, Never Say Boo! with Robin Pulver, published by Holiday House, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim, published by Clarion Books, The Book of Time Outs, published Simon and Schuster, and ultimately to a graphic novel, The Lunch Witch, published by Papercutz.  The latter has received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal and been accepted into The Society of Illustrator’s 2015 Comic & Cartoon Annual. Deb would like to thank her grandmother and Señora Lance.

Lisa Marie Martinez holds a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies with a concentration in Cuban Studies. She is passionate about music and child development and the important role of play for people of all ages. She has studied in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba and Mexico, which has influenced her approach to learning, language acquisition and child development.

Kathy Moss has taught visual arts in many schools, from Middle Schools, to Colleges, to Senior centers. She works in multiple mediums and her work can be seen at kathymoss.com

Tara Vamos has been a Feldenkrais practitioner since 2002 and an Anat Baniel Method for Children practitioner since 2006.  Prior to becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner, she taught children and teens with multiple disabilities at the Texas school for the Blind and Visually Impaired and taught literacy through dance in NYC public schools.