Barbara Sarbin is the Director of Educational Programs for Something Good in the World. She is responsible for the overall running of educational programs, including not only the Earth School programs for homeschoolers, but also those for public schools and private groups, and all of the other SGITW projects: the Blue Star Youth Movement, the Children’s Peaceful Garden, the Sounds Good Music for Families workshops, the Turtle Island Summer Camp, and the Backyard Farmer. She also oversees the GET curriculum for all of the age groups.
Barbara has a BA in Theatre Arts with Honors from Brown University. She performed extensively as a professional actress and movement theatre artist, and has worked as an Artist-in-Residence in New York area public and private schools for over 25 years. For the past twelve years, she developed the Golden Education Template (GET) curriculum for Elementary and Middle School grades, and has been teaching homeschooled children inside of an “Earth As School” environment since 1998.
Jamie Lauren Posa
Jaime moved back to her hometown of Pleasantville, NY in June 2016, after 6 years living predominantly in Central America. Most recently, she left her work as an integrative health coordinator and educator at New Summit Academy, an alternatively designed therapeutic boarding school for youth in Costa Rica. She has over 10 years of bilingual educational experience, including work with youth with special needs and at-risk groups. Jaime hold’s a Masters in Environment, Development and Peace from the United Nations mandated University for Peace, with a specialization in Sustainable Food Systems. She has a Bachelor’s in Finance, Cum Laude, from the University of Florida. Jaime is certified Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Yoga 200hr Teacher, and Integrative Health Coach, as well as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (El Salvador 2010-2012). Jaime loves to be outside, read, write, draw, cook, practice yoga, play sports, be with animals, be around children, listen to music, hang out with her Mom and three sisters and dog, explore and grow. It is her passion and her strength to continue working as an educator in unique learning environments, where children can let their inner genius emerge and flourish on a regular basis. She is thrilled and humbled to join the team and community at Something Good in the World.
Holly Stagliano has been teaching inside of a GET dynamic since 2003. She is the Handwriting Without Tears instructor for ages 5 – 7, teaches farm-based crafts and cooking in the Earth School-to-Farm programs, and has been a Turtle Island Summer Camp educator since 2009. Holly graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Arts and Science, and continued her studies at FIT in NYC, for a degree in fashion and merchandising. She had her own hand-made children’s clothing company called “Nolly Designs,” teaches sewing privately and at “Groovy on Grand.” Holly has attended numerous GET teacher training seminars and workshops, and she is a certified Handwriting Without Tears instructor.
Gayle Lamb is the art teacher for the Earth School classes once a week. All classes are aligned to the age and curriculum needs of the students, integrated with their “lump-learning” themes. Gayle has a Bachelors of Science degree in Textile Design, and over 17 years experience as Design Director for textile corporations in NYC. Gayle works as the Executive Director at the Croton/Cortlandt Center for the Arts, teaching art classes as part of their in-house programs, as well as in public and private schools. She has been teaching inside of the GET school environment for the past seven years, for ages 4-12.
Siena Siegel has been an assistant and after school teacher for the past four years. Siena graduated with a B.A. from Brown University, and worked as the Director of Training Programs for American Ballet Theater, which included running the Summer School program for hundreds of young dancers around the country. She helped to found the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, A.B.T.'S year-round dance academy. She is the author of “To Dance,” a graphic-novel memoir for children, and winner of the American Library Association's prestigious Seibert Award. For the past few years Siena has been earning credits towards becoming a certified dance/movement therapist. Her children currently attend Earth School, and her husband Mark Siegel has assisted in pioneering SGITW and the GET system through many art and graphic design projects over the years.
Natascha Sabert has been assisting and teaching Earth School programs since 2011 and has worked as an educator for Turtle Island Summer Camp. Natascha graduated with the "Abitur" from Gymnasium Langenhagen, Germany and went on to teach children ages of 1 to 4 at the "Verein fuer Kleinkindpadagogik Lustige Latzhosen" in Hannover, Germany. She was also very involved in her first son's self-governed, independent "Kinderladen Kornstrasse," a kindergarten co-op that was part of the educational reform movement in Germany. After moving to the United States, she attended Valencia College in Orlando, Florida and worked in an environmental group for water conservation under Dr. Deborah Green. In New York, Natascha continued to work in childcare and started her own dog-walking business. She tutors German, continues her studies at WCC and volunteers for the "Fresh Air Fund.
Liz Nolf has been SGITW's music teacher since 2011. Liz has been teaching music in school, camp and private settings for over 8 years, to children of all different ages, abilities, and educational backgrounds. Her greatest love is helping children to experience the joy of making music together. After a career at IBM in software strategy and marketing, Liz switched gears to become a stay-at-home and then homeschooling mother. She holds a Bachelor's degree, and studied music throughout her schooling. She plays guitar, flute and piano, and sings backup for a local singer/songwriter in her spare time. She has experience with special needs children, and also taught preschool for 4 years.
Sara Olivia Garcia
Sara Garcia has been a staff development consultant and advisor for Something Good in the World and Earth School since 2002. She holds teaching certifications in regular, special education, and bi-lingual education in Spanish, with her special expertise in the area of children with learning differences. Sara has over 25 years of experience teaching at-risk students in Regular and Special Education in Elementary, Middle and High School in Tucson, Arizona, Boston, Massachusetts and the South Bronx, New York. Her teaching experience includes staff development for teachers in low- performing schools as a National trainer for the Efficacy Institute, Inc. as well as developing and delivering culturally appropriate education workshops for parents of diverse populations. Her Doctoral work in Fielding Graduate University focused on identifying Indigenous people’s wisdom and worldview on care of planetary resources as part of character education.
Mary McInerney has taught numerous creative writing and poetry workshops for Earth School and has been one of the educators for Turtle Island Summer Camp since 2010. She received her BA in Elementary Education at City College of New York, and her MA in Gifted Education at the College of New Rochelle. She holds Certifications in both Gifted Education and in Teaching Literacy. She has a number of years teaching in New York's elementary schools and at the graduate level for Gifted Education. She has extensive experience in consulting for numerous school districts in the area as well as traveling internationally, specializing in identifying and accommodating for gifts and talents in students.
Anya Steger has been teaching art and crafts for Earth School students and at Turtle Island Summer Camp since 2011. Anya has exhibited her own artwork in numerous solo and group shows in New York City, Chicago, Warsaw, Edinburgh, Paris, Dusseldorf, and Krakow. She has an MFA degree in Painting from Hunter College, NY, and a BFA degree in Painting from School of Visual Arts, NY. She also studied at Warsaw Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, Poland, and Brighton University, Brighton, UK. She has taught drawing and painting courses at Hunter College Fine Arts Department and at Montclair Art Museum, in Montclair NJ.