Angela Wolff

Staff
angela Angela has been homeschooling her three children, ages 6 to 11 years old, since realizing her oldest child’s learning style was poorly suited to a conventional classroom setting. A strong believer in children’s natural desire to learn and grow, as well as the value of children’s opinions, voices, and preferences, she is eager to bring South Mountain Co-op, a democratic free school, to her community. Angela has worked in public relations, and has written for and edited regional and national magazines, web sites, and other news outlets. What she enjoyed about both sides of the communications profession was learning new, often complex, things and figuring out how to share that information with disparate audiences. That skill has served her well as she homeschools her polar opposite children. Angela lives in South Orange, NJ, with her husband, Adam, and their children: Joseph, Hannah, and Miriam. Angela has collected numerous certifications including ice diver, postpartum doula, and oxygen administrator. She loves to garden, sew, dance, volunteer at her synagogue, and have Google races with her husband. She fights for equality. She is good in an emergency. She is never bored. angela@southmountaincoop.org

Liliana Gomez

Staff
Lilliana Liliana is a mother and has been an educator for over 10 years, having worked in democratic free schools for 3 of those years. Liliana joined the northeast free school movement shortly after returning to the United States in 2007 after 11 years of living abroad. In her time outside of the US, Liliana followed her dream of becoming an organic farmer and learning to build homes out of natural materials, such as earth cob, waddle and dob, and adobe. In her journeys she also helped to found the School for Alternative Living in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Santa Marta, Colombia, a fruit farm cooperative which developed workshops for all ages in permaculture and natural construction. Liliana is passionate about youth, the earth, and working towards peace and compassionate social horizontalism. She believes that empowering young people through community engagement, social activism, and democratic education, can foster a future where social justice will thrive. She is thrilled to be helping to expand democratic educational opportunities in northern New Jersey. liliana@southmountaincoop.org

Susan Baglieri

Board of Advisors
sue Sue works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University. Prior to Montclair, she held positions as an Associate Professor at LIU-Brooklyn and as a high school teacher in NJ public schools. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching and pursues inquiry and ideas related to Disability Studies in Education (DSE) and inclusive education. She is co-author of the 2012 book, Disability Studies and the Inclusive Classroom. Sue began involvement at South Mountain Co-op as a volunteer and researcher during the 2014-15 year, and is enthusiastic about supporting the expansion of opportunities for people to participate in democratic education. She is a lifelong resident of NJ and currently resides in Hackensack with her husband and two young children. She likes comedy and the beach and thinks (probably too much) about the varied possibilities for preparedness in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

Heidi Vickery-Uechi

Board of Advisors
heidi Heidi is a homeschooling mom and jewelry designer in Montclair NJ. She has a Master's degree in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research. She worked at Planned Parenthood of NYC developing community-based adolescent pregnancy prevention programs as a part of a Mott Foundation grant. Heidi is passionate about alternative education and the ways in which technology can accommodate and inspire students with diverse needs and learning styles.

Alexander Khost

Board of Advisors
Alexander Alexander Khost has worked with young people and has been involved in educating them for much of his career. He is a New York State certified teacher, has taught all ages from kindergarten to postgraduates, and has worked as a camp counselor for many years. In 2006-2008, Alex founded and directed the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey. He has taught at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and many other schools domestically and abroad. He holds a Master’s from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor’s from Rutgers University. Alex is also a professional web developer and has worked as an artist out of his painting studio in Union Square for the past dozen years

Elizabeth McCarthy

Staff
Elizabeth Elizabeth is an educator and activist, a homeschooling mom and lifelong learner. She worked at Teddy McArdle Free School, first as a teacher and later as the director of the school. She has taught GED classes, gifted and talented enrichment programs at an NYC elementary school, and English as a Second Language classes, as well as civics and engineering classes to local homeschool students. Her students have taught her to believe in the power of curiosity, collaboration, and self-determination. elizabeth@southmountaincoop.org

Shana Ginsberg

Staff
Shana Shana received Masters in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia and has worked in the field of adolescent sexuality issues and youth development for about 15 years. Her experiences range from facilitating peer education programs to teaching health courses at the high school and college levels. While providing pregnancy prevention programming in elementary, middle and high schools in Austin, Texas, she realized the need for long-term programming and co-founded the Ashera Project, where she was the Programming Director of a long-term, youth development program that followed teenagers from 9th grade to graduation. The program incorporated service learning, pregnancy prevention, job shadowing and support for postsecondary education and professional careers beyond high school. While living in St. Thomas, She was involved in programming that introduced youth to the worlds of volunteerism and philanthropy. There her primary role was to facilitate internships between high school students and community service agencies. Not long after moving to Maplewood, New Jersey, she began volunteering at South Mountain Co-op where her two children started school last year. Now she's delighted to be a part-time staff member.

Philip Klaus

Board of Advisors
philip "I am ‘on the side of the child’, promoting children’s rights, democratic education and the need for an ethics of caring. My childhood involved numerous moves to different countries on various continents leaving me with a concept of ‘home’ that encompasses the entire world and requires no more than a pillow: a true Third Culture Kid. I studied and began teaching primary school in London; climbed a few trees; gained an MEd in Politics, Development and Democratic Education from Cambridge; built a few forts; and worked at Summerhill School for five years as a teacher and houseparent. Summerhill has had a profound impact on me as an educator and person. My new home is Brooklyn and the United Nations International School amongst my new playgrounds."

Steven Greenstein

Board of Advisors
Steven Steven Greenstein grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Georgia State University. He has taught high school in both urban and suburban school settings for a total of nine years. While living with his family in Austin Texas for 10 years, he earned a Masters degree in Mathematics from Texas State University and a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Austin. After Austin he moved with his family to Saint Thomas, USVI, where they settled for two years, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of the Virgin Islands. Steven, father to a 6 and 11 year old, has been living in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and children for the past 2 years, and currently works as Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Montclair State University. Steven’s work includes teaching mathematics teacher preparation courses to undergraduates, specialized content courses to practicing teachers, and theory and research methods to doctoral students. His primary research interest is in issues of education and social justice with a strong consideration for culturally resonant pedagogy and children’s mathematical thinking. He sits on the Board of Advisors for South Mountain Co-op and enjoys teaching triangles and trigonometry at the school. In addition to enjoying his work and family, Steven enjoys being outdoors, cycling, and 35 mm photography. His two children are thrilled to be attending South Mountain Co-op.

Amanda Rose Wilder

Board of Advisors
Amanda Amanda is a filmmaker with years of experience working and being silly with young people. She is currently editing Approaching the Elephant, a feature documentary about 1 year at The Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey. Amanda has worked with kids ages 5 to 18. This summer she has plans to build dream catchers, robots out of old jewelry, toad shelters, conduct science experiments and spells all over Brooklyn, write poetry, make videos, a garden, mosaics, yummy food, dress up as a dragon/subway train, and lots more.