Chancellor Walcott Visits Bank Street Head StartPosted by Nick Gray on November 16, 2011
Dennis Walcott, Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, visited Bank Street Head Start on November 14, 2011. Accompanied by Sophia Pappas, Director of the NYC Office of Early Childhood Education, this was the Chancellor’s first visit to a community-based Head Start/Universal Prekindergarten classroom since assuming his position.
Reflecting his experience at the start of his career as a Kindergarten teacher, the Chancellor very comfortably interacted with the children in several classrooms during a free play period. He joined the children in block building, working with play dough, goop, and other manipulative materials, as well as painting and assembling train tracks.
In one classroom, assisted by a stuffed bear named “Zumpkin” at the suggestion of a four year old boy, Mr. Walcott read “The Three Bears” to a rapt audience.
The Chancellor also met with Tony Asnes, Chairperson of the Bank Street College Board; John Borden, Vice President of Institutional Advancement; and Fern Khan, Special Advisor to the President of Bank Street College on Community Affairs. The Chancellor spoke at length with Steven Antonelli, Administrative Director of Bank Street Head Start, to learn more about the program and its connection to Bank Street College of Education.
Bank Street Head Start provides comprehensive educational, health and nutrition, and family service to 60 low income families at its site located on East 13th Street in Manhattan.
Photo: Bank Street Head Start Administrative Director Steven Antonelli with New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.