Lea Bender’s work reflects her passion for the use of creativity and play to promote learning and personal development and to encourage new ways of interacting with our environment and communities. Her background in performance has ranged from avant-garde theater to indie film to circus. In addition to her role as Arts Education Program Director at Koko NYC Lea is also the Education Director at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture.
Marley Silverman is originally from Boulder, Colorado where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She has recently moved to New York after living in Belgium for two and half years, where she got her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies. Her position as Arts Administrator for Koko NYC coincides perfectly with her interest in public and community art, as well as learning how to make art more accessible to a wider audience.
Sara Bouchard holds a B.A. from Yale University. She has taught and developed curriculum for art, science, music and literacy programming at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Discovery Programs before joining Koko NYC. A practicing artist and musician, she employs a hands-on, exploratory approach in her teaching, prompted by the philosophy that children learn best by doing.
David Lower graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in philosophy in 2008. Since then, he has spent 5 years working with special needs students. He worked for two years as a certified para at Adelphi Academy, and three years as a Special Ed teacher at the Association for Metro Area Autistic Children (AMAC). Recently, David left law school in order to go back to teaching. David is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education at CUNY Hunter.
ANDREW J. HAUNER
Andrew Jan Hauner is an art educator and artist. A native New Yorker born to Czech émigrés, he pursued his higher education in universities and an art academy in Prague. Andrew holds a BFA in Photography, a BA in Romance Languages & Literature and an MFA with an added practicum-based concentration in Art Education. He has worked as a museum educator, having assisted, for example, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in their Sensory Room. He is also a Wertheim Study scholar-in-residence at the New York Public Library, researching arts-based learning/research and feminist pedagogy.