Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York, where he teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Videography: Shot on iPhone. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Eric believes that transformative teaching and learning occurs when students construct their own knowledge, collaborate with their peers and then publish their work. Eric also serves as moderator for the Student Tech Team @ Marymount, which plans the annual Student Technology Conference, a global, virtual free conference by students, for all. Eric also has a second career as an aspiring television sitcom writer. You can connect with Eric via Twitter @EWaltersScience
Jaymes Dec is a technology teacher in Marymount's Upper Middle School. After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, Jaymes was the Program Manager at a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. Jaymes is a cofounder of The NYC Makery, a community makerspace for children in Gowanus, Brooklyn. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nerdy Derby, an education non-profit that organizes creative design challenges for children. Jaymes is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Creative Technologies Certification Program. He is the coauthor of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior Fab Learn Fellow by Stanford University.
K-V STEAM Coordinator
Technologist in Residence
Director of Academic Resources & Information Systems; English Teacher
Currently Director of Academic Resources and Information Systems at Marymount School of NY, Martha is interested in connections between ideas and likes questions more than answers. An empathetic computational thinker, Martha loves puzzles and multi-faceted problems. Having taught literature and writing since 1990, to her complex literature and effective writing can be "puzzles" to work on. Martha believes that offering students multiple ways to look at and interact with literature and writing engages them in an iterative process, exploring, tinkering, creating, getting feedback, revising, and persevering, to make meaning. Martha has led workshops on using technology in the classroom and on developing maker projects that meet teachers' course goals. Martha has also co-taught introductory programming electives and has developed systems to address complex school issues. She also likes to spend time with her family and animals, travel, and cook and eat vegan food. She is on twitter: @merskine107
don buckley believes in design thinking as a methodology to solve wicked problems and is dedicated to creating new possibilities in education. He is an author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator with appearances at TEDx, NAIS, NYSAIS CAIS, NWAIS, EduCon, COSEN, PAIS, ISAS, NCGS, EARCOS, INNOVATED, The Global Education Conference, PBS, Edutopia, and more. don is based in New York City and is the co-founder of Tools at Schools, an organization that co-designs products with students and teaches them design thinking. He is also part of the faculty of the Teachers College, Columbia University.
don is an author of “Interactive Science“, the first web-based science series for schools published by Pearson. He is also featured in the book, Blended Leadership – Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off published by Wiley. For more information, find him on Linkedin.
Kara Kutner is Dean of Students, coordinator of international travel and exchange programs, and Spanish teacher at Marymount School in New York City. She has studied Spanish literature and culture, loves to travel, read and dance Sevillanas.
History Teacher, Integrated Humanities Coordinator
Sarah G. Cunningham coordinates the Class IX Humanities program and teaches AP U.S. History and senior history electives in the upper school at Marymount. A teacher for more than 20 years, Sarah hopes her students will build competence, capability, and resourcefulness as they learn about history and about themselves as learners and global citizens. She is particularly interested in material history and the social impacts of new technologies, and founded the interdisciplinary, team-taught Humanities course that combines history, English, and art history in a skills-based study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and Asian worlds.
Margaret McCarthy graduated from Colby College and began her teaching career in the Education Department of the Bronx Zoo. From there, she taught science and Class I at the Chapin School while earning her Master's Degree at Hunter College in Childhood Education. She is passionate about incorporating STEAM education and maker projects into her curriculum. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling and hiking through nature with her husband, dog, and two young children. She has been teaching science at Marymount since 2008.