Our Faculty

Abby Kerlin

Program Director, Early Childhood, Childhood, Cross Age, and Advanced Standing General Education

Abby Kerlin, MSEd, MA, spent the first decade of her career teaching kindergarten through third grade at PS 234 in Lower Manhattan. During her years as a public school teacher, she developed an enduring interest in integrated and emergent social studies and science curricula design. She believes strong curricula are deeply rooted in children’s relationships, culture, geography, and innate curiosity about the world around them.

Abby has taught courses in geography methods, curriculum, child development, and practicum at Bank Street for over 10 years. She has also served as a fieldwork advisor and the academic director of the Long Trip program. She is currently the director of the Early Childhood, Childhood, Cross Age and Advanced Standing General Education programs. In addition to her teaching and program directing roles, Abby conducts research exploring children’s relationships to their physical environment.

Before joining the faculty at Bank Street, Abby taught courses in social studies curriculum development at Hunter College and served as a fieldwork advisor to students at Teachers College, Columbia University. Abby has also conducted research and developed curricula for schools in Auckland, New Zealand and Gisenyi, Rwanda

Educational Background

MSEd, Bank Street College of Education; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA, Hampshire College