Strawtown Art July 12th 2018 Alan Cass, Lisa Mechaley, Katie Ginsberg, Sherrie McClam, Vicky Garufi

Katie Ginsberg

Katie Ginsberg, CELF Founder and Executive Director, oversees program development, partnerships, fund development and operations. She established the CELF Summer Institute in 2005 and has continued to work with leading educators from across the world to provide best practices in Education for Sustainability to K-12 educators and organizations.

Katie has conducted and participated in a broad range of seminars, conferences and courses on sustainability and on re-orienting education through global and place-based education. She works with thought leaders in this emerging educational paradigm who are advising schools and educational systems worldwide.

She was a featured presenter at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and has presented at national conferences such as AREDAY 2018, the EPA P3 Sustainable Design Expo and the Swedish Consulate. She served as Chair of the County Executive’s Westchester Global Warming Task Force for the Education Sector, which developed a blueprint to integrate sustainability across the campuses, curriculum and communities of Westchester, NY schools. Ginsberg graduated from Northwestern University with honors and BA in Psychology.

Vicky Garufi

As Director of Education, Vicky is responsible for guiding CELF's educator team in the planning and implementing all professional development programs. Prior to joining CELF, Vicky spent 12 years at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) in Yonkers. There she designed, implemented and oversaw all K-12 environmental education programs focused on the Hudson River. She provided outreach to connect school districts, community groups and Hudson River organizations to develop partnerships with CURB.

Vicky holds a BS in Psychobiology from Long Island University's Southampton College and a Master of Science in the Art of Teaching from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the subject area representative for environmental science through the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) and serves on the advisory board for the Regional Environmental Educators Forum. She also enjoys being a mentor to graduate students in the field of science and education.

Sherie McClam

Dr. Sherie McClam is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Education for Sustainability in Manhattanville College's School of Education in Purchase New York. With an extensive background in social and ecological justice, she created and directs an advanced certificate program in education for sustainability that is designed to generate educational leaders for a sustainable future. In 2004, Sherie took an appointment with the University of Melbourne in Australia where she served as a Deputy Director for their Office for Environmental Programs, and coordinated the Education Steam of their internationally recognized Graduate Environmental Program. Since returning to the United States she has served a founding co-chair of the Education for Sustainability Special Studies Group within the Association of American Colleges for Teacher Education, and as a member of the K-12 & Teacher Education Sector Steering Committee for the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. As an active scholar, she has published articles on the promises and challenges of Education for Sustainability (EfS), and she leads an international research group that is exploring the effects of EfS in teacher education, professional development and community engagement.

Lisa Mechaley

As a CELF educator, Lisa collaborates with other education staff on the design, implementation and delivery of professional development programs. Prior to joining CELF, Lisa spent more than fifteen years teaching middle school science, served as education director for the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, worked as a staff developer through Bank Street College, and developed and conducted environmental programs for Hudson Valley conservation and educational organizations.

Most recently, Lisa worked for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, developing and presenting the River of Words program -- mixing poetry, art and watershed science -- in the region’s schools. Through personal experience, she has come to appreciate how creative writing and drawing have deepened her connection with the natural world.

Alan Cass 

Alan has been on the Summer Institute faculty for five years. He is the former Director of Education for CELF, during which time he provided professional learning in EfS for K-12 teachers in public and private schools. During his classroom teaching career, Alan was both an elementary and middle school classroom teacher at several grade levels and in different subject areas as well as an Assistant Principal. His belief in an interdisciplinary approach to learning is reflected throughout his work. While teaching middle school science and math, Alan spent two summers as a participant in NASA's Educator in Space program where he created a Young Astronauts Program for grades 5-6. His work as a mathematics teacher led him to create several interdisciplinary programs such as Mall Math and the Math Chef, which he has presented at numerous National Council of Teaching Mathematics conferences.

Alan holds a BS degree in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College, an MS degree in Education from the State University at Buffalo, an MS in Educational Leadership from Pace University and he completed his Advanced Certificate in Education for Sustainability at Manhattanville College.