Abby Kerlin, GSE ’00
BSCAA Distinguished Service Award
After graduating from Bank Street Graduate School in 2000, Abby Kerlin began her career as a public-school teacher in Lower Manhattan, in which she taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades. Inspired by her close observation of children, Abby’s interest in cognitive development and curriculum led her to pursue an MA in Human Development from Teachers College. There, she focused her research on the relationship between inquiry-based instruction and the development of metacognition in young children. Abby went on to supervise student teachers at Teachers College and taught Social Studies courses at Hunter College. Today, Abby serves as an instructor in early childhood curriculum as well as the director of general education programs at Bank Street Graduate School. She is also the academic director of Bank Street’s Long Trip, which seeks to examine the sociopolitical aim of educators in a democratic society.