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

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:

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, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 316

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

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 705

Bio and photo coming soon!

SHELBY, SITE COORDINATOR

SCHOOL: PS 770

Hello! My name is Shelby. I grew up spending most of my time outside and have carried that love for the outdoors into adulthood. I love traveling, camping, hiking, and anything that lets me explore! I’m a graduate from the University of Texas in my hometown of Austin, Texas where I studied archaeology (yes, EXACTLY like Indiana Jones) and Osteology.
I’ve spent the last two years working after school and summer camp in Texas and can’t wait to bring my passion for youth education to Brooklyn!

KYARRAH, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 770

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.

PHYLLIS, SITE COORDINATOR

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Bio and photo coming soon!

SADUDA, ENABLER

SCHOOL: PS 705

JULIA, PROGRAM SPECIALIST

SCHOOL: All Schools

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, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

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

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

RAE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

JACOB, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

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!

ELAZAR, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

Hello, my name is Elazar. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and now live in New York City. I went to Pratt Institute for my degree in Fine Arts. Currently, I paint and do photography of people and scenes in New York. For the last two summers I have worked with children teaching gardening and leading nature programs in day camps. I love working with kids and I am excited to help kids grow in their appreciation of the environment as a group leader at Trail Blazers.

KHADIJA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

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

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

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

SHECHARJAH, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

DIAMOND, ENABLER

SCHOOL:

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!

TIFFANY, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL:

Hola amigos, my name is Tiffany and I am 26 years old. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Dominican Republic. I am currently attending Touro College where I am majoring in Psychology. I have worked with kids of all ages as a Registered Medical Assistant in different pediatrics offices. I also have experience in early childhood ranging from infant thru elementary working at child care facilities and summer camps. I love experiencing the “new” with the children as they are seeing the simple beauty of everyday. I also find it extremely rewarding in getting to know the children and the families. I am so grateful for the chance to work with you in Trail Blazers after school program.

JULIA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL:

Hello, I am Julia John. I grew up in Ithaca NY, a place where I had the chance to swim in local bodies of water and run through the woods as a child. I am a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art where I studied Fiber and Art Education. I am an artist, garment-maker, print designer, and teacher. I find much of my artistic practice relates to interactions with young people, who fill me with inspiration and joy. I am so excited to be a part of Trail Blazers; I am excited to get to know a group of students over the year, learn more about the environment around me, sing, dance, and play games!

KENEFA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

DESIREE, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

ALMASI, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 241

HAMNA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

TEFFONIA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

KITTY, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

JAMES, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 241

WILLIS, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

LYVETTE, GROUP LEADER

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LISETTE, GROUP LEADER

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VERONICA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

MARVIN, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL:  PS 770

IFUEKO, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 316

BRIANNA, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

HEAVEN, GROUP LEADER

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ROBERT, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 705

NAEEM, GROUP LEADER

SCHOOL: PS 770

More staff coming soon!

More Staff Coming Soon!

More Staff Coming Soon!

More Staff Coming Soon!