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

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Barbara G. Raho, Co-Chair

​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.

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 private foundation that focuses on improving educational opportunities for disenfranchised youth in New York City. He is member of the Donor’s Education Collaborative and the Early Education Partners, both housed at the New York Community Trust. He is a long time board member and past chairman of the board of Symphony Space and a board member of the Westside Campaign Against Hunger. He serves on the Dean of the College’s council at Brown University. He has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Aisha Haynes

New York University doctoral candidate engaged in educational policy research. Aisha’s career has largely focused on providing academic-enrichment activities to help first-generation and low-income high school students make a successful transition to college. She participated in a Columbia University college access program and taught at The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering for eleven years.

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.

Margery Mayer

Past President of Scholastic Education, Margery led the development of effective intervention programs such as READ 180, System 44, and MATH 180. She currently serves on the boards of private equity-owned education businesses and of Public Prep, a NYC-based charter school network. In 2012, she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishing Hall of Fame.

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.

Jane Pollock

Jane has served on the boards of arts, educational, and reproductive rights organizations including: the JCC, the West Side Montessori School, Symphony Space, and National Institute for Reproductive Health. She has many teachers in her family.

Mary Singh

Board member of Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY.

Sam Swope, Ex Officio

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

Will Thompson, Board Treasurer

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

Wayne Tobias

Wayne is an award-winning educator of advanced mathematics and computer science at Williamsburg Preparatory High School in Brooklyn. He is a school leader who has been recognized for his advocacy of educators’ rights. Wayne has degrees in computer science, secondary math education, and educational leadership.

Felipe Vasconcelos

As a serial entrepreneur, Felipe consults internationally and has owned businesses ranging from information technology to manufacturing to fashion. He worked for a Shark Tank company, holds degrees from Rutgers and the Simon School of Business/Rochester, and is fluent in three languages and learning a fourth.

Elly Wong

Dean of the Class of 2022 and history teacher at Trinity School in Manhattan. Ellie has worked in education and museum education for over twenty years. She is also vice president of the board at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. She earned her BA from Barnard College and her MSEd from Bank Street.


Alan Cheng

Christian Clarke

Elizabeth B. Dater

Peter J. DiFiore

Irena Goldstein

Roy Moskowitz

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, vice president

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