Our story begins in 1999. We were both teaching 8th grade at the NYC Lab School in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Kerry, an English-turned-social studies teacher at the time, was at the start of her second year and Stephen was filling in for an earth science teacher on maternity leave. A year later, Stephen moved one floor below to the NYC Museum School, which was followed by ten years with the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History. During those years, Kerry remained at the Lab School until leaving to begin both her doctoral studies in English education and work as a curriculum consultant and literacy coach at Teachers College. In 2010, Stephen bade farewell to the Museum and started a new chapter as a STEM consultant in schools in NYC and around the country.
Throughout those many years, Kerry and Stephen discussed their deepening experiences with and understandings of education - particularly public education in NYC - as they trekked together from the Catskills to Kilimanjaro and remained parts of each other’s growing and extended families. In the spring of 2016, Kerry completed her doctorate at Teachers College.
That summer, we decided to start our own education consulting venture driven by decades of experience - as teachers, teacher educators, curriculum coaches, professional development advisors, and public school advocates - and a shared passion for education.