2017-2018 After School Team

Meet The Staff of Under One Sky
We are so happy to be a part of the Trail Blazers after school program!

KATIA, SITE COORDINATOR

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hello Everyone. My name is Katia, I am a born and raised Brooklynite and will be the Assistant Director for Trail Blazers PLG Day Camp. I started working in Trail Blazers after school and can’t wait for the summer to meet all of you and our campers. I love gardening, making my own hair products, dancing, reading and playing video games.

JOSE, SITE COORDINATOR

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 4

Hola! My name is Mr. Jose but people know me by my nickname, Chief. With a background in education, mathematics and a love for nature, it’s no wonder that I have been in Trail Blazers for almost 3 years and part of the Under One Sky family for 1.5 years. I truly believe in education and the six Trail Blazer values we strive to demonstrate and practice with our kids at Under One Sky. Like I tell my students – If I tell you, you will forget. If I teach you, you will remember. If I involve you, you will learn. Adios😊

NIGERIA, SITE COORDINATOR

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 6

Hello, My name is Nigeria Preston. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I enjoy working with children and I’m happy I’m able to help give them that outdoor experience at Trail Blazers. I have been with this organization for five years now and I LOVE IT!!!

DEJA, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Greetings, my name is Deja Lebron and I’ve been an employee with Trail Blazers for one year now. Prior to working with Trail Blazers , I had the wonderful opportunity of working for Lefferts Garden Montessori school for two years. At LGM I’ve learned that independence is a child’s most important work, and we all aimed to create and maintain an environment where the children can grow and thrive while exploring. The same applies for trailblazers and that’s exactly why I was passionate about Joining the Trail Blazers team. I’m a very adventurous person, I love outdoor adventures, I love exploring natures habitats, I enjoy camping, reading, and family outings. I look forward to meeting all the new children and parents this year!

SODASIA, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 241

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hey there! My name is Sodasia but friends alike call me Soda for short! I’m a singer from eastern Long Island, complete suburbia, and am currently studying as an Arts Management major at Purchase College. This will be my second year at Trail Blazers and I can’t wait to come back and be a part of this wonderful experience all over again. Aside from the Arts, I have always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, hiking, everything included, and really appreciate the time I get to spend here at Trail Blazers. I plan on making TBC 2k17 the best year yet!

DIAMOND, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hey y’all, My name is Diamond! This is my second year at Under One Sky after school and my experiences have been nothing short of amazing. This year I look forward to creating memories, sharing good laughs with the children I work with and also creating a bond with staff and parents. See you soon!

KYARRAH, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 9

Hello! My name is Kyarrah. I am 22 years old from Brooklyn. I am currently a senior in college. Although my major is Law and Society, I have a passion for working with kids. I am going on my 9th summer at TBC and I couldn’t be more excited. TBC is such a magical place that changes lives. Not only does it mold the young minds of the campers, but it also help mold the minds of the adults as well. Transitioning from a camper to a group leader helped me realize that.

KITTY, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 375

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hello, my name Is Kitty and next month is going to make it a year since I started working for Trail Blazers. I started out as a group leader and I am now an enabler at PS 375. Trail Blazers is more than a job to me and I look forward to going to work everyday. I am never scared to be silly and always turn a mistake into a lesson learned.

I am going to be an enabler for the upcoming summer camp and look forward to meeting all the great new kids and parents!

DERVAL, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 

Whats up everyone? My name is Derval. I’m a Jamaican native that moved to Brooklyn a few years ago. I have been working with Trail Blazers for some time now and it has continued to be a great experience for me. I am no stranger to working with children. I have worked with children and after school programs for a number of years prior to Trail Blazers and I truly love it. I enjoy providing the children with new experiences and watching them learn new things. Hope to see you soon!

JULIA, PROGRAM SPECIALIST

SCHOOL: All Schools

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi everyone, I’m Julia and I’m from Wilton, Connecticut. I’m beyond excited for my first year working at Trail Blazers! I graduated from Bates College in 2016 with a major in Politics and a minor in Geology, and I’m passionate about working with young people. I have been teaching outdoor environmental education programs for several years, including a summer as an environmental educator at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and the past year teaching programs in the Children’s Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I love to spend my free time hiking and camping, and otherwise making pottery or jewelry. I’m so excited to join the team at Trail Blazers and can’t wait to meet everyone!

XAVIER, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hello! My name is Xavier, and I am new to the Trail Blazers team. I am a native to New York City, but that does not diminish the fact how much I enjoy being in nature. I appreciate the arts, literature, cooking, and wandering local and faraway lands. As I continue to pursue a degree in Childhood Education at Brooklyn College, I find that my philosophy as an aspiring educator is to provide children with an education that blends emotional intelligence, social responsibility, and an appreciation for their community.
I am delighted to begin working alongside Trail Blazers, as I enhance my skills, but most importantly, improve the lives of children in Brooklyn.

KENITA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi! My name is Kenita. I am 20 years old and currently attending college for Social Work Child Welfare. I love kids and care so much for their well-being. I love to do fun and exciting things from dancing to jet skiing to zip lining, etc. I’m still pretty new to Trail Blazers and feel welcomed here. I hope to get to know everyone better.

ASFIA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

DESIREE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

My name is Desiree, I’ve been working with Trail Blazers since summer camp! I have continued to work with Trail Blazers because I love how hands on we are with the kids. The activities and goal settings – it  is amazing to watch these children grow daily to be future scientists, teachers etc. It is a wonderful feeling to know I was truly apart of such a safe haven for the children and best of all IT’S A FUN SAFE HAVEN !

JACOB, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hey wassup?! My name is Jacob! I am 21 years old from Brooklyn, New York. I have history of working as a youth counselor with multiple organizations which gave me great experience with dealing with kids of all ages. I love doing a variety of activities such as: arts & crafts, exploring outdoors, and icebreaker games. I also enjoy working with kids because you get to see them grow and learn about themselves on a daily basis. Outside of work, I like to play sports such as basketball, soccer and football with friends. Occasionally, I also enjoy going to museums and taking professional photos of events as a hobby. I am looking forward to meeting new kids and having an impactful school year!

BRIANNA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi! My name is Brianna/Bri (for short). I’ve been working with Trail Blazers for the past year and a half, and have had a wonderful experience, thus far. I love how understanding and caring the staff are towards the children enrolled (and workers, alike), as well as how fun each and every activity we share with the kids are. I believe that it’s important to incorporate the team building, social and personal skills that Trail Blazers teaches to the youth within it’s program. These skills will help them achieve and excel in their everyday lives, and as they continue to grow

KHADIJA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi, I’m Khadija! I’m currently a junior in college, studying English Education. I’ve always loved working with young children and being of help to others. Working at Trail Blazers is amazing because every day is filled with laughter and fun activities. Here, there’s always a song to sing and game to play. My daily goal is to send a student home happy and eager to come to after school the next day.

TOVAH, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hello, My name is Tovah. I am 26 years old from Brooklyn and I’m a group leader at Trail Blazers. I love working with kids and I am no stranger to working with them. I have worked with kids in other countries such as Jamaica and Guyana, where I’m involved in a missionary team in my church where we give back to youth, such as supplies , health fairs, and classes that will encourage and build them up !

ESTHER, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 2

Hi my name is Esther, I am currently a senior in Highschool looking forward to going to college. I am a compassionate, loving, patient young woman who adores children. I absolutely love working with kids and discovering their unique personalities. I really enjoy sharing my creativity and love for nature and the outdoors with children. Allowing them to explore and learn is a very rewarding experience

SHAKIE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

Hi, My name is Shakie Walters.  I’m  18 years old and I’m a high school student who will soon be graduating and heading to college. I would love to become a  social worker because of the passion that I have for working with kids. I enjoy  seeing them strive for excellence in their academics and any other area in life in which a child should not be denied the right to strive. I’m looking forward to having a blast with Trail Blazers this year. Awesome team members!!

ISABELLA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

TYLISHA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

LYVETTE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

GENESIS, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

ROBERT, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

KUNSANG, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

HAMNA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

IFRAH, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

TIFFANY, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 241

YEARS AT TBC: 1

TYRELL, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 241

YEARS AT TBC: 1

MARIAH, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

KENEFA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

WHITLEY, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

JASMINE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

WILLIS, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 2

BRITANIA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

SHAKYRA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

REBECCA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

SAEEDA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

YELITZA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

YEARS AT TBC: 1

MAIA, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC: 1

HIRA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

RAE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 375

YEARS AT TBC: 1

AUTUMN, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

YEARS AT TBC: 1

TAMARATA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

YEARS AT TBC:

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