Patrick W. Comstock is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.A. in Religious Studies), Pace University (M.S.T. in Early Childhood Education), Harvard University (M.T.S. in Religion, Ethics, and Politics), and Columbia University (Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education). His doctoral dissertation, “The Retrieval of Contemplation: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Education,” addressed the educational value of contemplative practices. His research interests include the philosophy of education, ethics, Buddhist philosophy, and philosophy for children. Patrick is currently Assistant Professor at Relay Graduate School of Education.
(board chair) Jordan Huller has worked in urban education for the last 5 years, in both instructional and operational capacities. Since the time he was in school, he has been drawn to all types of expressive mediums, and truly values the benefit of an art program that generates, and refines, students' abilities to be creative in the classroom. In his current work, Jordan works heavily in the talent management sector of Explore Schools, seeking to find, retain, and develop the best teachers for students. Jordan is incredibly excited to extend his work in schools, and with teachers, to a programmatic focus with Doodles Academy.
Tempest NeuCollins is originally from Solon, Iowa. She moved to Portland, Oregon to study at Pacific Northwest College of Art for her BFA, then went on to New York City to receive an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Studio Art. After graduating she worked for many non-profit organizations around New York City that provide an arts education to students in underserved communities, including TimeIn! and Free Arts NYC . Eventually she was asked to found and run an arts program at a Brooklyn based charter school, which she did for two years before founding Doodles Academy. Tempest continues to make her own artwork, design lessons for Doodles Academy as well as act as Executive Director. Her lesson plans have been recognized and published in SchoolArts Magazine.
Joana Ngo is from San Jose, CA and has been a New York City transplant for the last eight years. After studying business, she started her career in the for-profit sector, working at various large organizations in finance and accounting roles. Upon relocating, Joana transitioned into non-profits, hoping to utilize her professional talents for more meaningful missions. She has spent the last seven years in education, and is currently a school administrator, leading the operations teams at Exceed Charter School. She is passionate about educational equality and fair access to opportunities. She was drawn to Doodles Academy because of the critical need for arts access, the changing landscape of education and the important impact art can make on lives.
Cathy has worked in arts education for over five years. Originally from the UK, she worked on major arts education programs in London, supporting schools, arts and youth organizations to deliver creative projects with young people. Cathy moved to New York in 2015, and currently works as Programs Assistant at the Center for Arts Education in NYC. She believes passionately in the right of all young people to have access to a holistic, high-quality creative education.
After growing up in Michigan and attending Northwestern University for a film degree, Carey Swanson began her teaching career in the South Bronx starting in 2001 through Teach for America. Carey remained in education, teaching in Harlem and Brooklyn and eventually transitioning to school administration in 2007. She earned an EDM in School Building Leadership through Teachers College at Columbia University and went on to become the founding Academic Director for Explore Exceed Charter School. After serving in this role and then as the Director of Instructional Leadership until 2016, Carey spent time as an educational consultant. She is currently an ELA and Professional Development Specialist for Student Achievement Partners.
Alessandra Mosenifar is a UI Designer at charity: water, a nonprofit organization that uses innovative technologies to raise money to provide clean and safe drinking water for people in developing countries. There, Alessandra leads the strategy and design work of charity: water’s fundraising platform, as well as manages the internal tools that help the organization run more efficiently. Before coming to New York, Alessandra was in China earning her master's in cross cultural design, and ultimately staying to work at a branding agency called Thread Design. Alessandra is passionate about helping people find their creative confidence and is excited to apply this passion toward the important work of Doodles Academy.
Doodles Academy would like to thank the following volunteers for their contributions: