Last Friday evening was a busy one. It began with the fifth grade graduation and ended with a party, celebrating Alyce Barr, the departing principal of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. I share with you my words about Alyce:
I first met Alyce in 1988 when each of us started working at BNS: Alyce was the reading teacher while I was teaching third and fourth graders. Back then we worked in the building that now houses the Red Hook Neighborhood School. As I recall, Alyce’s room was a garret, reached after climbing some winding stairs. She managed to make this secluded space cozy, a safe haven for our non-readers.
We started talking and I realized that I was in the presence of a great mind. Alyce in essence became my teacher. It wasn’t long before we were co-teaching on the same grade level. We found ourselves collaborating on everything so instead of each of us having to invent and create unique ideas yearly, we shared our thoughts and devised incredible curriculum.