Eric Appleton

Eric Appleton

Eric joined the PD team in 2014 as a math professional developer and the Science Professional Development Coordinator. Before coming to CUNY, he was a teacher and educational director at an education program for formerly incarcerated people. Eric is a founding member of the Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI).

Contact: eric.appleton@cuny.edu / @eappleton

Ellen Baxt

Ellen BaxtEllen has worked in CUNY’s ESL, literacy and college access programs for 13 years, as a teacher, student advisor, program administrator and professional developer. She developed the intensive advisement component of the CUNY Start program, and is the lead designer of The CUNY CareerKit project. In addition to her work with CUNY, Ellen has taught in the Brooklyn Public Library system and in CBOs such as Lutheran Family Support Center. In addition, she facilitated community problem-solving theater for 8 years with organizations such as Make the Road NY and Falconworks Theater in Red Hook, Brooklyn, through the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory. Her work is informed by popular education models.

Contact: ellen.baxt@cuny.edu

Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt

Kate Brandt has 28 years of experience teaching ABE and HSE at CUNY campuses in all five boroughs. She has served as a Professional Developer for the CUNY Adult Literacy/HSE Program since 1995, writing numerous guides, manuals and curricula using CUNY’s content-based approach to HSE instruction; currently she provides resources and workshops to BE and HSE teachers throughout new York City and State.  She was the lead author of the CUNY HSE Social Studies/ELA Curriculum Framework.

Contact: kate.brandt@cuny.edu

Moira Taylor

Moira TaylorMoira has 25 years of experience in ESL, primarily in New York City. After earning her MA in TESOL at the School for International Training, she taught at the Riverside Language Program. She has also taught NYPL ESL classes, writing and reading classes in The New School English Language Studies Program, the practicum for The New School TESOL certificate program, and reading and writing for ESL students at Parsons School of Design. For the last 12 years, she has worked as the ESL Professional Development Coordinator for the PD team.

Contact: moira.taylor@cuny.edu

Mark Trushkowsky

Mark Trushkowsky

Mark started his adult education teaching career in a small basement classroom in Queens, NY in 2001. Since then, he has taught classes in adult basic education, adult numeracy and HSE math. Since 2009, Mark’s work has focused on teacher training and curriculum development with the CUNY Adult Literacy and HSE PD Team. Mark is a founding member of the NYC Community of Adult Math Instructors (CAMI), a math teachers’ circle in New York. He was the lead writer for the CUNY HSE Math Curriculum Framework: Problem-Solving in Functions and Algebra.

Contact: mark.trushkowsky@cuny.edu / @mtrushkowsky