• Teachers in a Master Class with NYU President John Sexton. Photo by Pat Swain.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Joy Hurd

Co-Chair. Joy is Director of Upper School at the Buckley School, where he also teaches English. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Diana Revson

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

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.

Elizabeth B. Dater

Managing Director at Angelo, Gordon & Co. She sits on the boards of NYU Langone Medical Center, the New-York Historical Society, Prep for Prep, and the Irish Georgian Center, and is on the Investment Committee of the New York Community Trust. She comes from a family of educators.

Peter J. DiFiore

Portfolio Manager for Cartesian Re, an alternative investment manager. He received an MA and PhD from the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University where he was honored with the Arnold Guyot Teaching Award.

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

Partner at Trenk DiPasquale, resident in their New York City and New Jersey offices. Irena’s brother is an award-winning high school English teacher.

Aisha Haynes Harrison

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.

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.

Roy Moskowitz

General Counsel & Vice President for Legal Affairs at The New School. He has worked in education for 25 years, including four as deputy to the regional superintendent of the NYC Department of Education. For ten years, he taught teachers at Bank Street.

Karen Russell

Author of Swamplandia! and collections of short stories. Among her many honors, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer in Fiction and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award.

Danny Schott

Public high school teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School and is in his 30th year of teaching English in NYC public high schools. He is a Rutgers University graduate and currently serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

Will Thompson

Partner at Marble Arch Investments. He is a graduate of Harvard College.

Wilson Tong

Graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently was a Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, at Hutchin Hill Capital, a global multi-disciplinary investment firm. He is a graduate of The Wharton School and College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a University Scholar.


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

Dean. 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

Jordan Kravitz

Associate Dean. Jordan works as a staff developer at The Reading & Writing Project, where he supports schools in New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and California. He spent 10 years teaching middle and high school in public and private schools in New York and Chicago, and has a Bachelors Degree in English from Amherst College and a Masters Degree in English education from Teachers College at Columbia University. jordan@academyforteachers.org

Katie Pyott

Project Director. Katie works at the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates at Rutgers University. Previously she was at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. She has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. katie@academyforteachers.org