• Teachers in a master class with NYU President John Sexton. Photo by Pat Swain.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Diana Revson, Co-Chair

Board member of the ERA Coalition and The Gordon Parks Foundation. Her father was a professor of history.

Roy Moskowitz, Co-Chair

Roy is a professor of professional practice at The New School, after having served as its general counsel for the past twelve years. He has worked in education for twenty-five years, including four as deputy to the regional superintendent of the NYC Department of Education. For ten years, he taught teachers at Bank Street.

Steven Aresty

Managing trustee of a family foundation which focuses on improving educational opportunities for disenfranchised youth in New York City. He is also chairman of the board of Symphony Space, a Manhattan-based performing arts center, and the president of Alfred Dunner Retail, a ladies’ apparel retailer. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alan Cheng

A deputy superintendent at the New York City Department of Education. He was previously the principal of City-As-School High School.

Michael Glazebrook

Chairman of the board of The Point, a center in the South Bronx dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of Hunts Point. He taught middle school English.

Irena Goldstein, Board Secretary

Attorney practicing with Paul Hastings, resident in its New York City office. Irena’s brother is an award-winning high school English teacher.

Aisha Haynes

Public high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Villanova University, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy at New York University.

Joy Hurd

Joy is the head of school at Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, Illinois. During his years in New York City, he taught at St. Bernard’s School, Riverdale Country School, and the Buckley School. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Caroline S. McBride

Co-founder, chief investment officer, and a managing director of Forum Partners Investment Management. She is a trustee of Middlebury College. Her daughter teaches science in a public school in Chicago.

Barbara G. Raho, Board Treasurer

​Angel investor and managing director of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm with a focus on women leaders. ​Currently, she sits on the boards of My Sisters’ Place and POTS (Part of the Solution)​, and previously served​ on the board of the Rye YMCA. Barbara holds a BA in ​religion from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Sam Swope, Ex Officio

Sam is the founder and president of The Academy for Teachers.

Will Thompson

Will is a managing partner at White Post Investments. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Elly Wong

History teacher at Trinity School in Manhattan. She has worked in education and museum education for over twenty years. She is also board secretary at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. She earned her BA from Barnard College and her MSEd from Bank Street.


Christian Clarke

Elizabeth B. Dater

Peter J. DiFiore

Chloe Pinkerton

Karen Russell

Danny Schott

Wilson Tong


Sam Swope, founder and president

Sam is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He was founding dean of the Teacher Institute at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. His books include Gotta Go! Gotta Go!, The Araboolies of Liberty Street (which has been made into an opera and a musical), and I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids, and Their World of Stories (which has been translated into five languages).

Rebecca Montville, director of operations

Rebecca spent 9 years teaching middle school in public and private schools in New York City and has a Masters Degree in Secondary Math Education from Fordham University. Before becoming an educator, she was a researcher in microbiology and virology at Rutgers University and Yale University. rebecca@academyforteachers.org

Rene Marion, dean of Fellows

Rene taught history at the secondary and collegiate level for more than twenty years, primarily at Bard High School Early College-Manhattan. More recently, she developed agro-ecology and food studies programs for both students and teachers at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She has a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University. rene@academyforteachers.org

Rachel Papert, project coordinator

Rachel graduated from Bard College with a BA in American Studies. She is also a proud graduate of the New York City public school system. Some of her interests include contemporary literature, American history, and comedy. rachel@academyforteachers.org