The Teaching Team

Resize 2012_BeyondBL_20090626_747-2The school is led by the Executive Director and Founder, Zuleika Fertullien and is supported by the director, enrollment administrator, office managers, and a deeply committed teaching team. Their shared passion for education is attributed to their personal commitments to excellence and practicability in the classrooms.

Each classroom is staffed with a lead teacher, assistant teachers, and teacher aides. The lead teacher creates instructional programs and activities that support differentiated learning, which is a learning approach that takes into consideration each child’s learning style and interest. The assistant teachers implement and support the classroom curriculum.

Our team also thrives on communicating with parents about their child’s progress and encourages parents to stay connected and engaged with their child’s progress. As an example, all teachers, from the infant classrooms through the kindergarten classrooms, send each family a weekly email with updates on classroom activities and teacher-parent dialogue is always welcomed.

Since we consider classroom readiness such an integral part of our educational culture, especially as it pertains to the well-being of our children, we go the extra mile. For example, in the area of classroom safety, although the state requires that one person per school be trained and certified in Infant/Toddler CPR, our entire staff, including the Executive Director, is trained and certified. In addition, our teaching team exceeds the minimum level of training mandated by the State of New Jersey and New York to retain their licenses by pursuing other Early Childhood training opportunities such as:

  • Bank Street College of Education: Math, Literacy, Infant Toddler Development
  • Infant Institute Conference sponsored by Bank Street
  • NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies: Child development, Art for Young Children
  • The Reggio Emilio Approach sponsored by Reggio Emilio North America
  • Museum workshops focused on young children
  • Urban League child development workshops
  • Museum of Natural History: Displaying nature for children
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Nature and its place in the classroom
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children