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The FAO Schwarz Fellows Newsletter

2012 Cohort Update

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Bridgit Paula Ganson

Wheelock College (Boston)

I’m enjoying time with my two small kids at home, Oliver (3y) and Talullah (11 months). I offer part-time programming through my private practice, Early Bird Counseling. Programs include support groups for parents and caregivers, as well as outdoor nature programs specially designed for children ages 0-3 years. 

Kerry Sorensen

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

I just completed my 10th year at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus! In my 11th year, I have taken on a leadership role, and I am now the Assistant Principal of Post-Secondary. In this role, I manage developing and delivering communications, services, programs, and tools to equip students and families to successfully navigate the path from high school to college or career.

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Lakeisha Gerald

The Food Project (Boston)

I had a baby on September 16th! Her name is Khadija! I am now back from Maternity Leave and still a School Counselor at ACA (Attleboro Community Academy). ACA is an alternative diploma bearing high school recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Through a competency based curriculum, we meet the individual needs and interests of each of our students through flexible learning pathways, responsive teaching practices, and student support services. We focus on providing a small, welcoming environment and building healthy relationships while maintaining high academic standards and expectations. Our goal is to allow students to reach their unique potential as they prepare for their future.

Lauren Brincat

Museum of the City of New York (NYC)

Since 2016, I have been the curator of Preservation Long Island, a regional not-for-profit that works with Long Islanders to protect, preserve, and celebrate our cultural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections. I am continuing to work on the Jupiter Hammon Project, a long-term initiative that brings scholars and community members together to discuss the legacies of enslavement on Long Island. Earlier this past year, the project received an Award of Distinction for Community Engagement from the Museum Association of New York. I am also working on a publication focused on the Long Island landscapes of German immigrant artist Edward Lange and recently co-authored an article on the subject for The Magazine Antiques.

Maley Mullin

Maley Mullin Parilla

Jumpstart (Boston)

In September of 2022 I started my 4th year working at The Carroll School in Waltham, MA. Carroll is a special education school serving students with dyslexia. I work with the youngest students in grades first through 4th. I love Carroll and our student population, though these past few years have been incredibly challenging for students, teachers, and staff alike. On a personal note, I am thrilled to share that my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Mairead Frances on September 26th! She is amazing and we are learning something new every minute of every day. I am on maternity leave through the end of February and am trying to soak up every minute!

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