2019/20 Gardiner Fellows at Molloy College

Gardiner Fellows

Salamah Adjoua-Mullen currently works as a school library media specialist in the Uniondale School District working with grades K-5. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and earned a master's degree in library science from Queens College.  She also obtained an administration degree from Long Island University. Salamah is a nationally board certified teacher. Her research interests include culturally sustaining pedagogy, social justice curriculum and classroom communities.

Florence Barbour

Florence Barbour is the senior director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development for Harbor Child Care, Inc. Prior to this position, Florence was the center director of Harbor Child Care at RXR Plaza in Uniondale for eight years. In her current position, she is responsible for the implementation of Harbor's educational curriculum across all five Harbor centers and the ongoing professional development of all teachers.  She has over 20 years' experience in the early childhood education field, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Florence has earned a master's degree in psychology from Adelphi University, as well as a master's degree in public administration and a School Building Leader (SBL) certification from Baruch College. Her research interests include social justice and teacher retention in the early childhood education field.

Kelly Bare

Kelly Bare is an instructor in the master's in public leadership program at the University of San Francisco, and active in the school integration movement in New York City and nationally. Her background is in magazines, book publishing, digital media, and strategic communications. She spent almost a decade at The New Yorker, helping the near-century-old magazine adapt to a digital world, and covered the 2016 presidential election for Bloomberg Politics. Kelly currently consults for organizations such as the National Coalition on School Diversity and New York Appleseed, is on the national parent board of Integrated Schools and the leadership team of Live Here, Learn Here in central Brooklyn, and is active in the New York City Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (ASID) as well as community-building efforts in her kids' Brooklyn public schools. She is interested in researching how people build and sustain coalitions across race, class, ethnicity, economic class, social class, and other identities to meaningfully integrate our schools and communities.

Karen Larson Buechner

Karen Larson Buechner has been teaching English language arts for 25 years at all levels from grades 7 - 12.  She has taught writing in the Program of Writing and Rhetoric at SUNY Stony Brook and is a fellow of the Long Island Writing Project. Karen has presented workshops on secondary literacy at such venues as the Long Island Association for Curriculum and Development (LIASCD); the Teaching of Writing Festival at Suffolk Community College; the Long Island Language Arts Council (LILAC); TAC-D Summer Institute at NYU; Long Island English to Speakers of Other Languages (LI ESOL); and, the Applied Linguistics Winter Conference at Teachers College. Areas of expertise include literacy education, multi-literacy approaches to student learning, and dialogic discourse. Karen has also been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to India where she studied language and culture. 

Kathleen Murray

Kathleen Murray currently teaches English as a new language in an elementary school on Long Island, where she has taught for the past 17 years. She earned her post master's degree in educational leadership from Stony Brook University, a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John's University and holds a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from Binghamton University. Her research interests include the effects of poverty on schools and the education of English language learners.

Livia Gama Fagundes

Livia Gama Fagundes is currently an elementary school teacher in the New York City public schools, and an adjunct professor at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College where she teaches various education courses. Livia received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in literacy both from Queens College. She also holds a second master's degree in educational leadership and is certified as a school building leader. Her research interest is the validity of assessments for English language learners.

Mary Stephens

Mary Stephens currently serves as the director of English as a new language and world languages. Mary earned her bachelor's degree in English with a focus on the English language from SUNY Binghamton. She earned a master's degree from Hofstra University in TESOL. She also holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from SUNY New Paltz. Mary held certification in English as a new language from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Mary's research interests include an examination of how the racial and ethnic composition of a teaching staff impacts student achievement.

Nicholas Vasiliades

Nicholas Vasiliades has seven years of interdisciplinary teaching experience at St. Anthony's High School, and also serves as a moderator of Equity Club, a student-run organization dedicated to promote a culturally inclusive environment within the school community. In addition to these responsibilities, Nicholas is a member of the Faculty Incentive Committee, selective team of educators tasked with facilitating the exchange of qualitative instructional practices and fostering a professional learning community at the school.

Robert J. Windorf

Robert J. Windorf graduated from Hofstra University with a C.A.S. in educational leadership, and from St. John's University with a P.D. in instructional leadership. He also holds a master's degree in adolescent education, a master's degree in Near Eastern studies and a bachelor's degree in economics and Russian language and literature. Prior to entering the education field full-time, Robert worked more than 20 years for various corporations in the international financial services industry. He then worked for seven years as the director of administration and finance for an international not-for-profit social services organization, where he also briefly served as its co-representative at the United Nations. Robert is a member of Molloy College's English Language Arts Education Advisory Board and Special Education Advisory Board. His dissertation study will focus on global citizenship education, specifically involving measuring students' global awareness attainment.