Founders

Margaret (Peggy) Sharkey

Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Sharkey, a New York State certified language teacher and school administrator, has developed educational programs at the elementary, secondary, and college levels in Spain, Japan, and the United States. She received a BA in Spanish and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been recognized by local, state, national, and international institutions for her educational leadership. In 2006, she received a grant from the United States Department of Education to create a Language and Culture Resource Center (LCRC). With the support of multiple grants valued at more than $1.5 million, one of her main accomplishments was to establish an extracurricular K-12 Chinese language program (after-school, online, and summer) which offers similar opportunities to those found in traditional school day programs. Project Chinese, a member of the Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classroom Network of Model Programs in New York State, has served hundreds of students in more than one dozen districts. Another honor that Peggy has received is the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. Peggy also served eight years as a volunteer on a district-wide committee addressing the needs of gifted students. Her son was an alumnus of the Davidson Young Scholar Program, which provides services for profoundly gifted students. She lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and two children.

Mary Holmes

Ms. Mary Holmes teaches French and Spanish for the New Paltz School District and presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on language practices. She served as president of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT). She also served as the Associate for LOTE at the New York State Education Department, where she worked on standards revision, curriculum, certification, and professional development. Mary received the 2008 NYSAFLT President’s Award, which recognized her for her contributions to language programs throughout the state. Previously, Mary taught French and Spanish for over 13 years in the Marcellus Central School District and was a national presenter for Blaine Ray Workshops. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from Syracuse University. In addtion to loving languages, Mary loves theater. Her theater program in New Paltz has welcomed hundreds of students. She looks forward to developing a theater program for our students.

Robin Harvey

Ms. Robin Harvey is a Master Teacher in the Multilingual & Multicultural Studies Program at New York University (NYU) . She is also coordinator of NYU's Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT), which provides mentoring and professional development for pre- and in-service Chinese language teachers and technical support for school districts, BOCES and individual schools in establishing or enhancing Chinese language programs. Project DCLT holds a monthly training forum for Chinese teachers; attendance at each event averages 50 teachers. Robin is the founder and head teacher of Greenwich Village Chinese School, which provides Mandarin programs in non-traditional settings for children from infancy through 8th grade, Chinese program curriculum development, and teacher training and support. Her interests lie primarily in immersion and dual language education, teaching foreign language through drama and song, and foreign language education in non-traditional settings. She is co-author (with Pauline Huang) of Rhythms and Tones: Inventive Songs & Chants for Learning Chinese.

Patricia Schuler

Dr. Patricia Schuler, a National Certified Counselor, co-founded Creative Insights, a counseling and educational consulting practice in Castleton-on-Hudson, New York. She specializes in working with high ability children, especially those who are Twice Exceptional. Dr. Schuler has master's degrees in gifted education (College of New Rochelle) and counseling psychology as well as a doctorate in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented Education) from The University of Connecticut. Her experiences in education include: regular classroom teacher, Examination Services Specialist for the New York State Department of Education, coordinator and teacher of elementary through high school school-wide enrichment programs, and research associate at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

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