Program Director / ART INSTRUCTOR
A Forest Hills native, Han-Ching Lin received his Master of Science in Education degree from Queens College and has been teaching in the New York City public school system for 13 years. He taught in the classroom for eight years, teaching third grade for two years and second grade for six years. During these years, he planned and designed curricula in all the major subject areas. Lin then began teaching elementary art, working with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. He plans his own curriculum based on the Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts. Several of Lin's students have had their artwork selected to be exhibited at the Queens Museum.
Director of Finance and Administration
Jenny Lin received her Bachelor of Business Administration concentrated in Finance and Master in Public Administration concentrated in Nonprofit Administration from Baruch College. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for 13 years focusing in educational nonprofit accounting/finance. During these years, she has managed and maintained budgets, payroll systems and accounting software.
Jane Martin-Lavaud, a certified music teacher, has been teaching in the New York City public school system for 14 years. From her earlier studies at the Greenwich House Music School in Greenwich Village, through junior high school band, Performing Arts High School (of the movie Fame fame), and music studies at City College, she found her way to teaching through children’s workshops she taught at 6/15 Green, a community garden in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her love of music performance, combined with the joy of teaching children, brought her back to the band room, this time as an educator. She has taught elementary enrichment programs, middle school band, and high school core music classes, focusing on instrumental music performance. She continues to perform with a variety of community ensembles and loves to share her varied experiences in the Arts, through hands-on activities, with creative young musicians.
Anna Kong has been teaching in New York City public schools for over 10 years. She is also an avid athlete and believes in the importance of fostering physical and mental wellbeing in all individuals of all ages. Anna first began introducing yoga as a tool to help her first graders recenter their academic focus and connect with others. She then became a Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa teacher and has been teaching beginners, family and kids yoga in her elementary school and at Daya Yoga Studio.