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Our leadership team is comprised of educators working to green their schools and communities, and create a more sustainable education system in New York City and beyond.

Leadership

Gabriel Willow

Director of Environmental Education, Educating Tomorrow
Gabriel Willow is a naturalist & educator living in Brooklyn.  He has worked on numerous projects seeking to bring greater awareness of all things wild living among us in the city.  He currently designs curricula, school programs, and science content for The WildLab, www.thewildlab.org, an innovative citizen-science project.
Gabriel was for several years the Senior Naturalist at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the nation’s first urban Audubon Center.  There he designed curricula and exhibits, taught classes, and gave tours and lectures. 

He provides teacher trainings at NYBG & for the UFT, and leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon and Wave Hill, ranging from boat trips on the East River to kayaking on Newtown Creek to seeking the elusive Peregrine Falcons nesting on skyscrapers in the financial district.  His tours focus on seeking out the overlooked and ignored elements of wilderness hiding all around us.

He has led tours to all five Boroughs, throughout NY, and abroad.  He is also an artist, illustrator, and DJ.

 

COQUILLE HOUSHOUR , M.S.ED., M.S.ED

Director of Envrionmental Education, Educating Tomorrow
Teacher/Data Specialis, Green School: Academy for Environmental Careers, Brooklyn, NY
Chair, UFT Green Schools Committee

Coquille Houshour grew up in Oregon and earned a BA in Environmental Studies and International Studies from the University of Oregon where she worked with the campus recycling team. As part of her studies, she volunteered in England through Willing Workers on Organic Farms, at The Agroforestry Research Center in Belize and on Costa Rican coffee farms through The Earth Island Institute. After working with non-profits around human rights, she became a New York City Teaching Fellow, receiving Masters in Teaching in 2005. She has incorporated environmental awareness into her curriculum, including composting in her classroom and implementing a school-wide recycling programs. In its first year, her previous school won the NYC Department of Sanitation?s Golden Apple Super Recyclers award for the borough of Brooklyn. Her environmental educational projects received of grants from Captain Planet, the Go Green Initiative and Target. Concerned that most NYC schools were not recycling, she co-founded Educating Tomorrow in 2007 and the UFT Green Schools Committee in 2008 to help make NYC schools more eco-friendly. In June 2008, she testified before the NYC Council about the lack of recycling in NYC schools. That same year, she received her MA in Education Administration with the hopes of starting a model eco-school in NYC. In the meantime, she is working on getting her current school recycling, gardening and composting. She is a certified Master Composter, Brooklyn Urban Gardener and Globe teacher. She works on the Park Slope Food Coop Recycling Squad. You can reach her at coquille@educatingtomorrow.org.

 

RACHEL KORNHAUSER , M.A.

Director of Envrionmental Education, Educating Tomorrow
Teacher, Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment
Director of Educator Enrichment, Educating Tomorrow

Rachel Kornhauser is an environmental educator from Long Island.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies at Binghamton University and a Master's degree in Adolescent Earth Science Education from Hunter College.  She decided to pursue environmental education after working at an environmental education center in the Catskills.  She realized she especially loved exposing urban students to nature and the environment and pushing them to expand their comfort zone in the outdoors.  After several years in upstate New York she moved to Brooklyn where she began working with the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Botanic Garden in their partnership with BASE (Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment) High School.  She is the excited teacher of the Field Studies program at BASE.  All ninth graders pursue field research and outdoor experiences through this class that takes place in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  She pushes her students to explore the environment and their role in it and to recognize the interdependence of all parts of nature.  She is a soon to be Certified Master Composter. You can reacher her at rachel@educatingtomorrow.org.

 

ADAM J. SCHWARTZ, M.ED., M.S.

Director of Sustainable Practices, Educating Tomorrow
Economics Teacher, Academy of Urban Planning, Brooklyn, NY
Member of the Board: Earth Matter, EcoStation NY and NY Geographic Alliance

Adam Schwartz he has long been a dedicated environmentalist, but his advocacy work really started the moment he found out he was going to be a father. He teaches and serves as the sustainability coordinator at the Academy of Urban Planning where he helped form the Bushwick Green Team, dedicated to greening all three schools in a century-old building. His campus is a GrowNYC Recycling Champion, has partnered with the Green Guerillas to provide fresh greens to the Bushwick Farmer's Market, and worked with SolarOne and EcoStationNY to start a 3,000 square foot school farm. He is working with community partners to develop a green jobs internship program at Bushwick Campus. In his eight years in education, Adam has taught ESL, Global History, and Urban Planning, Government and Economics. He is excited to bring concepts of systems thinking, sustainability, and economic justice into the traditional curriculum. Outside of academia, Adam is a fan of local history. On some weekends, he can be found leading guided bike and walking tours around Brooklyn, and is currently serving as the sustainability tour guide for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He earned an M.S. in the History of Imperialism, focusing on history education in post-Apartheid South Africa, from the London School of Economics, and an M.Ed as a NYC Teaching Fellow at Long Island University. His education is ongoing. You can reach him at adam@educatingtomorrow.org.

 

Board of Directors

Helen Barry, M.S, MS.ED.

Teacher, MS 131, Brooklyn, NY

Helen Barry at helen@educatingtomorrow.org.

 

MITCHELL PORCELAN , M.A.

Teacher, Middle School 51, Brooklyn, NY

Mitchell Porcelan has been working in environmental education for more than 20 years. During the last 10 years, he has been designing an environmental education program at Middle School 51 that proves to be a great benefit for his special education students. Mitchell has a B.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University, a Certificate from the Earth Institute at Columbia University in Conservation Biology, and a Master Naturalist Certificate from the Colorado State University. Mitchell also studied the Biodiversity of the Hudson River on a Summer Fellowship with the Center for Environmental Research & Conservation at Columbia University. His experience includes work and partnerships with the following: The US Forest Service in the Rio Grande National Forest in Southwestern Colorado, The Front Range Natural Science School in Boulder, Colorado, the Discovery Science Museum in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Central Park Conservancy, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, the NYC Compost Project, NYPIRG, Greenpeace, Save the Long Island Sound, Scholastic Books, Livable Streets Education, the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at NYU lead by Professor Mary Leou, and the Rainforest Action Network. His thinking has been influenced by the work of Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, E.O. Wilson, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and David Orr.  His present research is focused on how the urban natural world impacts the learning and well-being of special needs children in collaboration with the Old Stone House Historic House in Park Slope, Brooklyn and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. You can reach him at mitch@educatingtomorrow.org.