Summary Areas of Expertise Selected Career Accomplishments Business Experience T.I.M.M.E. Company, Inc. Highlights Teaching Experience Non-Profit Consulting Selected Publications Published School Curriculum Published Articles





Accomplished, passionate and well-respected artist, educator and published author with the proven ability to create and implement innovative curriculum and lessons which blend various disciplines and innovative hands-on, multimedia art projects to enhance learning, conflict resolution and tolerance. Exhibits a focus on educating children through higher thinking skills leading to literacy. Recognized as a humanitarian who is inspired to teach the underserved. Vibrant, innovative, and supportive.

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Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, 2000
Creative Enterprise Ownership Program (C.E.O.)

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 1997
Scholarship Recipient: Selected for a 9-week residency program 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1995
Master of Fine Arts, Painting & Sculpture

Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York, 1992
Bachelor of Science, Art Education

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New York State Certification in Art Education, K-12

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Pearson Scorer

Trained and scored teaching candidates edTPA submissions for music and art education, 2014-2015

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Selected Career Accomplishments

  • Education Innovation Research Grant with Susan Courey and Roslyn Haber
  • Named Top 100 Visionaries in Education, GFEL in Las Vegas, NV 2021
  • TCUS President’s Research Award 2018-2019
  • FTH Smithsonian Affiliate Gala Honoree 2017
  • 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year, Education Update awarded at the Harvard Club of New York
  • 2016 FCCA Space Grant; Smithsonian Affiliate
  • Keynote Speaker - 2014 National Conference on Bullying.
  • 2012 Program at Sesame Workshop: Black History Month.
  • Appointed Chair of Graduate Faculty Council (Senate) at Touro College & University System; edited / updated 100+ pages Faculty Handbook, organized and ran Town Hall and Assembly Meetings.
  • Conducted workshops to educators at the Core Knowledge National Conference in Anaheim, CA.
  • Developed / implemented a successful district-wide Arts Education-based academic curriculum including lesson plans.
  • Awarded contract to roll out arts based We Are All The Same Inside® curriculum within New York City Department of Education.
  • Collaborated with award winning animator Jim Jenkins; appeared with Muppets Rosita, Abby Cadabby and some honkers during a Sesame Street taping in Stamford, CT.
  • Presented Educating Our Children for a Safer World to United Nations Council which was broadcasted nationwide via Court/Tru TV.
  • Lambda Literary Foundation – Best Biography, 2009 - Nomination.
  • Won Christopher Award Nomination: Best Children's Picture Book, 2001.
  • Grant Recipient: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
  • Wrote / published the children’s textbook, Paper, Scissor & Magic in 2007, ranking nationally on the best sellers list.
  • Created curriculum development for Project Aspire™ arts-based multi-cultural STEM learning, promoting healthy living choices and serving the children of Central Harlem.
  • Mentoring Institute: University of New Mexico.
  • Advise Graduate School of Education students on courses, New York State certification and other requirements.

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Teaching Experience

New York State Department of Education, New York, NY
Trainer - Dignity for All Students Act (D.A.S.A.)
Present a 6-hour project-based course entailing case studies, film clips, guest speakers and simulation.
Prepare teaching candidates on how to report bullying / harassment within the school setting.


Touro College & University System
Assistant Professor of the Graduate School of Education
Course instruction includes: Art Education; GSE edTPA Coordinator; Student Teacher Advisor / Observation; Teaching Social Studies and the Arts; Curriculum Development; Early Childhood Development; and Linguistics.


Lander Center for Educational Research, New York, NY
Partnership with the Success Academy Charter Schools and Touro College
Online instructor in Art Education and the teaching of Social Studies and the Arts.


Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Guest Lecturer / Graduate Level


New York School of Career and Applied Studies (NYSCAS), New York, NY
Adjunct Professor - for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Communication Studies


Fordham University, New York, NY
Adjunct Lecturer – Professional Development for Educators / Continuing Education Credits


Hunter College Elementary School, New York, NY
Studio Art Teacher / After School Art Teacher - Summer Enrichment Program for Gifted


New York University (NYU), New York., NY
E-Class Pilot Study in Literacy via Learning through an Expanded Arts Program


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Business Experience

T.I.M.M.E. Company, Inc.
Founder / Educator

A global multimedia education company that produces innovative arts-based lesson plans that focus on conflict resolution and teaching cultural diversity to youth; population includes general education, the gifted and talented, and special-needs students throughout the tristate area.

  • Design customized curriculum to meet the specialized needs of the project at-hand; determine age-appropriate lessons focusing on required skill sets.
  • Awarded contract with the City of New York and New York City Department of Education to do selling points to administration, transitional housing, and after-school programs.
  • Create and implement school art exhibitions in bookmaking, sculpture, mural-making, architecture, puppet-making and culinary endeavors.
  • Conduct workshops and programs at public schools, cultural institutions, museums, and school fairs.
  • Created / published over 12 publications, including the We Are All The Same Inside® series and acclaimed doll-making workshop.




Company founded We Are All The Same Inside® workshop and publication


Children’s book awards: Christopher Award, Moonbeam, ADL: A World of Difference Institute, and the Lambda Literacy Foundation


Established association with Sesame Workshop, We Are Family Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League.


Educating Our Children for a Safer World.  Presented to UN Council (broadcasted internationally via Court / Tru TV)


Collaborated with animator Jim Jenkins and appeared with Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and some Honkers during a Sesame Workshop taping celebrating the 100th anniversary of CLC (Children's Learning Center) in Stamford, CT


Conducted workshop to educators at the Core Knowledge National Conference in Anaheim, CA.
Workshop traveled to Australia through Youth Ambassador, Will Dorrell.


A Celebration In Song: Performers helped commemorate the 10th Anniversary of We Are All The Same Inside® and the Doll-Making workshop in a special cabaret event in Manhattan's theatre district.


Workshop traveled to Sierra Leone, West Africa with Gloria Jones’ Light of Love Foundation


Collaborated with American Girl


International read-a-loud in Sydney, Australia


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Non-Profit Consulting

  • Matthie J. T. Stepanek Foundation
  • Sesame Workshop
  • New York Times Foundations for the Arts
  • Materials for the Arts
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Herbie Hancock Jazz Institute
  • We Are Family Foundation
  • Learning through an Expanded Arts Program
  • Y.A.I. (Young Adult Institute and Workshop, Inc.)
  • Lincoln Center
  • Single Parents Resource Center
  • MCNY; Children’s Museum of New York
  • Flushing Town Hall
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum
  • Core Knowledge National Conference
  • Girl Scouts of America

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Selected Projects

Young Academic Music
Helping young children learn about numbers, patterns, music notes, and problem solving using fun, engaging activities in the classroom.

The Words Remain Inside Project: Bullying Stops Here! This is an interactive and project-based curriculum that participants engage with a doll that concretely shows what verbal micro-aggressions, harassment and bullying do to young scholars.

Sage Doll Test  A doll making project (based on the Clark Doll study - using the patented Sage doll) which fosters participants to focus on self-perceptions in relation to race, gender, religion, creed, orientations, socio-economic status, etc.


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Selected Publications

Treble Leads the Class, A Sage Book Publication
The Big Idea: Tales at Luv Michael,
APAP Publishers
Forever Green Tree
, A Sage Book Publication
Dasha, Priscilla And The Talent Show, Wayland /T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
La Historia Por Dentro, T.I.M.M.-E. Company, Inc. Translation from English to Spanish
Vu de l'intérieur, T.I.M.M.-E. Company, Inc. Translation from English to French
The Inside Story
Pieces Of Ice, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
Paper, Scissors, & Magic, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
Sage Goes To Kindergarten, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
Theo And The Sisters Of Sage, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
Come And Abide, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.
We Are All The Same Inside, T.I.M.M.E. Company Inc.

2011 2010

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TREBLE LEADS THE CLASS – Animation and multi-media education project funded by the EIR (Education Innovation Research) Grant from the US Government with contributions of the design concepts and writing. Featuring the talents of legendary Herbie Hancock, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars principal singer CJ Emmons and Atomic Kids.

THE INSIDE STORY Musical CD & DVD - Tenth year anniversary commemoration of Sage and the doll making workshop reinforcing the project-based lesson that we are all the same on the inside.

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Published School Curriculum

We Are All the Same Inside ® – Activities, Stories, Doll Patterns and More! Wayland / T.I.M.M.E. Publishing, 2018
We Are All The Same Inside
® – 15th Anniversary Curriculum, The T.I.M.M.E. Company, 2015
The Acceptance Curriculum KD Talent, LLC., 2014 Forward by Timothy Bellavia, Author: Cheryl Kilodavis w/ LaraIne Gaunt
Mama Mae and Lee Lee APP, Publisher: Alicia Keys, 2012
We Are All The Same Inside ® CD & DVD Publisher: TIMM-E Records, 2010
Project Aspire™, Publisher: Touro College, 2009
We Are Family: Educating Our Children for a Safer World, Publisher: Tru / Court TV, 2003
Active Learning Leads to Literacy, Publisher: LeAp USA, 2003

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Radio / Television Appearances

Interviewed by several national radio stations and television including Ira Dreyfus of the Associated Press Radio Network, FOX News Radio and International Artist Debut Radio. National television credits include appearances on: Cable in the Classroom, PBS, Tru/Court TV, Sesame Street, VH1, Pop-up Video, Education Notebook, The Rolonda Show, ABC News and Book TV.

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Selected Research/Conferences

Young Audiences Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2020-2021, Presenter (Rescheduled)

Annual STEM Conference in Boston, MA, 2020-2021, Presenter (Rescheduled)

Annual Research Day at Touro College & University System, 2015-2021
Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative impact of “The Sage Doll Test” based on research.

TED Conference, New Orleans, 2019, Co-Presenter

NYACTE Annual Conference Saratoga Springs, New York. 2017-2019, Presenter

TED Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2018, Co-Presenter

11th Annual Critical Questions in Education Conference in Baltimore, MD, 2015
This is an interactive, project based presentation and case study– a doll making project that helps students focus on self-perceptions in relation to race, gender, religion, creed, orientations, socio-economic status, etc.

15th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations
Abstract Proposal D15P0041 was accepted for 15th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations in Hong Kong. Research paper presentation, 2015.

Twenty-first International Conference on Learning in New York City, 2014. Poster and Focused Discussion Session: The Words Remain Inside Project: Bullying STOPS Here! This is an interactive, project-based visual display. Exhibit participants engage with a doll that concretely shows what verbal micro-aggressions, harassment and bullying do to young scholars.

2014 National Conference on Bullying – Keynote Speaker via School Safety Advocacy Council

Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico, 2013
The Words Remain Inside Project: BULLYING STOPS HERE! Published and presented at the 2013 Mentoring Conference at the University of New Mexico.

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Doll with Interchangeable Characters, United States US 2001/00468330 A1. Issued November 29, 2001.This is the patent for the WAATSI Sage doll-making workshop from the children's title published in 2000.

Revised in 2017 for Note Dolls.

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Learning Strategies Referenced in Various Textbooks

Below are publications that have included my original learning strategies, specific educational materials such as Teacher Tips (that utilize curriculum-proven literacy strategies), project-based learning and the We Are All The Same Inside ® series:

  • Darla Ferris Miller - Positive Child Guidance, Wadsworth Publishing; 8th edition (2015)
  • Core Knowledge Domains 1-4 Grade 2, Workbook, Core Knowledge Language Arts Paperback (2013)
  • Athena Drewes and Eliana Gil  Cultural Issues in Play Therapy  Pearson (2013)
  • Gordon Wolfe, PHD.  No More Faceplants: The Choice At the Fork in Your Life's Path  Pearson (2012)
  • Scrubs Club Touro College Press (2010)
  • Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo - New Kind of Containment: The War on Terror, Race, and Sexuality. (Pearson) (2008)
  • Project Aspire  Touro College Press (2007)
  • Laurie B. Tyle  -  MAKING THE GRADE: Everything your First Grader Needs to Know – Barron (2004)
  • We Are Family: Educating Our Children in the Aftermath of Hate (2003)
  • LeAp Learning Through An Expanded Arts Program - LeAp USA (2003)
  • For Our World Campaign, and our Pathways to Peace Program

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  • First Annual World Book Day
  • Luv Michael – Volunteer, 2019 – Present
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center – Patient Advocate / Volunteer, 2018 – Present
  • DMF (Daniel Music Foundation) – Program Advisee Committee, 2017 – Present
  • Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation – Program Committee, 2011 – Present
  • Sesame Workshop, 2003 – 2011
  • I.S. 292 Career Day, 2014 – Present
  • Girl Scouts of America - Volunteer
  • Sesame Workshop: Black History Month. Mentoring, Building and Enriching the Lives of Children in our Community - Today and in the Future, February 2012
  • We Are Family Foundation – Volunteer, 2003 – Present
  • Nick, Jr. ­– Volunteer, 2012 – Present
  • International Day of Jazz, 2004 – Present
  • Sesame Reads – Word on the Street, 2002 – 2012
  • Principal for a Day: P.E.N.C.I.L., 2002
  • LeAp Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, 1998 – Present

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