Discover the Bank Street alumni that keep us connected as a community.
BSCAA’s leadership is composed of five officers who are elected by the overall alumni body for a two year term. In addition, a group of 20 to 30 Advisory Board members are invited to serve for as long as they remain active participants.
Erica Davis, GSE ’11, Principal’s Institute
Erica first became involved with Bank Street when she participated in action research with the technology program Project ConText and with Saturday Math seminars. Across her over 20 years as an educator in the New York City public schools, she has worn many hats. While in PS 191 in Brooklyn and PS 234 in Manhattan she taught a range of both lower and upper grades and served as a school-based instructional coach with a focus on math, social studies, and SEL learning. After graduating from Bank Street she went on to serve as an Assistant Principal at PS 234 and a centrally-based administrator at the Brooklyn North Field Support Center, supporting the instructional needs of schools across Brooklyn. She is currently the principal of PS 261 in Boreum Hill, Brooklyn. An important part of her work has always been around deepening the social-emotional learning of children and striving to ensure that all children feel seen by their teachers, their community, and the curriculum. She has served on the BSCAA board as a Secretary since 2017.
Margaret Ryan, GSE ’01, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Margaret Ryan has over 20 years of experience in public education. In 1997, she moved to New York from Boston as a Teach for America Corps member and remained in the classroom for six years as a middle school and elementary teacher. In 2003, she left classroom teaching and co-founded Harlem Link, a pre-K–5 public charter school serving close to 500 students from Harlem and the South Bronx. For the first six years at Harlem Link, she served as its founding principal from 2005 to 2011, and is now the school’s Director of Inclusive Learning and Supports. Margaret has been a member of BSCAA since 2013 and has served as the Advisory Board’s Secretary since 2015 and Vice President since 2017.
Becky Hamilton Scudieri, GSE ’08, Middle School Special & General Education
Becky Hamilton Scudieri has worked in the college access field in New York for the past 12 years. Becky currently serves as the Director of College Persistence at KIPP New Jersey. Earlier in her career, Becky served as an Academic Advisor for the Liberty LEADS program at Bank Street College. Becky joined the BSCAA Advisory Board in 2013, became a Representative-at-Large in 2017, and also serves on the Ambassador Board for the World of Children Award.
Nancy Cardwell, PhD, GSE ’88, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Nancy M. Cardwell, PhD, GSE ’88, is an assistant professor in the School of Education at The City College of New York (CCNY). She was a history major at St. John’s University; earned an MS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College; an EdM in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University; and a PhD in Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to her current position, Nancy was a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College and an early childhood public school teacher in Central Harlem. Currently, she is the co-chair of the CCNY College-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Institutional and Academic Culture Working Group. Nancy is also the founder and chair of the BSCAA Social Justice Committee.
Rabin Nickens, GSE ’03, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Rabin Nickens is an educator, author, and consultant who is a trusted thought partner with organizational leaders in education and other fields within both the public and private sectors. She draws from 20 years of experience in diverse roles such as classroom teacher, mayoral advisor, senior instructional specialist, and leadership coach where she has supported the success of thousands of students, teachers, and principals across New York City. Rabin has led initiatives as a BSCAA Advisory Board member, such as the 2018 panel, “From Surviving to Thriving: Success Strategies of African-American Women in Leadership.” Rabin has been part of BSCAA’s Advisory Board for almost a decade.
BSCAA Advisory Board Members
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