The mission of Something Good in the World is to provide a safe and enhancing environment wherein children may be promoted to achieve their highest potential in learning and development, and to prepare them toward becoming responsible human beings ready to take on the challenges of life.
The Services We Provide
Something Good in the World, Inc. is an affiliated group of concerned teachers and parents seeking to improve the situation of education in America. As a team, we bring together our collective experience and knowledge to try to offer the best possible educational alternatives for children, teachers, and parents.
Something Good in the World, Inc. provides services to the public in the form of educational programs for children of all ages and backgrounds. These programs include a wide variety of extracurricular, alternative, and curriculum-based programs, in schools and outdoors, in private and public spaces that extend to homeschooled children, children with learning differences and children in underserved areas.The activities range from academic arts-integrated and outdoor education programs for Pre-K through Grade 12 (Earth School), to creative arts workshops and field trips for teens (The Blue Star Youth Movement), to music and storytelling for families (Sounds Good), to community garden and landscape projects for all ages (The Children’s Peaceful Garden).
Our services are often given on a volunteer basis to communities and groups throughout Westchester County and the greater New York area. Some of our programming is paid for by parents, school districts, and teachers, and some is funded by Northern Westchester BOCES and the Westchester Arts Council.
Something Good in the World also offers educational services for adults, such as training sessions and seminars for parents and teachers, in order to further the concepts of our learning approach in the classroom, outdoors in nature, and at home. We foster the understanding that the preservation of our inherited and shared physical environment is achieved through practice of the principles of sustainability.
Non-Discriminatory Policy: Something Good in the World, Inc. and its affiliates admit children and students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to children and students at or through the organization. Neither Something Good in the World, Inc. nor its affiliates discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other organization-administered programs.
Board of Directors
President: Barbara Sarbin
Barbara 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, for afterschool, and all of the other SGITW projects that take place at the farm: the Blue Star Youth Movement, the Children’s Peaceful Garden, the Sounds Good Music for Families workshops, and the Turtle Island Summer Camp. She is also the main teacher for Earth School children ages 7-12. She teaches Words in Color to Earth School children ages 4-8, and is overseeing the curriculum for these age groups. Barbara also visits the 3-4 year old children to work with them on special occasions.
Barbara has a BA in Theatre Arts with Honors from Brown University, and has performed as a professional Actress, Dancer, Singer, Mime and Movement Artist, Comedienne and Monologist on stage, television, and in film for over 20 years. She has taught extensively both in schools and universities, as well as independently, and as an invited lecturer throughout the New York area. Earth School workshops and presentations have been conducted in public and private schools, for home-schooled children, and in nature centers in Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York City, and Connecticut. She’s been included in the Westchester Arts Council Roster of Artists.
Secretary: Elizabeth Colquhoun
Elizabeth is a Senior Marketing Research Analyst at the Reader’s Digest Association. She has been involved as a volunteer and employee with Something Good in the World since its inception in 2002 and supports the mission of the organization. Elizabeth received a degree in History and Education from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She spent several years teaching in a private school and in the public school system and occasionally volunteers as a tutor.
Treasurer: Witt Barlow
Witt is a Senior Executive Vice President at Gahagan & Bryant Associates, an engineering firm specializing in dredging projects, including their environmental monitoring. Witt holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, along with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.
Colette Kabasakalian: A licensed real estate broker since 1998, Colette currently works as an Associate Broker for the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, CT. She became an accredited Eco Broker in 2009 and a certified Distressed Property Expert in 2011. Colette graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a BS in Business Economics and a minor in Art History.
Jean McGee: Jean is Director of Education at Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco, NY, where she is thankful for the opportunity to help guide students on their journey to becoming massage therapists. Jean earned a BS in Human Biology at Iona College, NY, and did her graduate work in Physiology of Exercise at Springfield College, MA. She has taught at both schools and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Jean also runs a food co-op and homeschools her children.
Janka Pavelek: Janka earned her BA in Economics from Wells College. She is a senior account manager for Metric & Multistandard, a leading distributor of industrial hardware. In addition,she spent several years in Reno, NV helping to set up the company’s fifth branch office and establish a West Coast presence. It was during this time that she earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Since returning to NY, Janka has been involved in animal care and rescue volunteering with the SPCA.
Sherri Young: Sherri has over thirty years of professional experience in the design industry. She is currently Senior Graphic Designer at Premium Productions, Inc., in Pleasantville, NY. Sherri studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She started working professionally while still in school on freelance projects and went on to gain a breadth of experience in the print industry, traditional ad agencies, a greeting card startup, and in direct mail and online/offline publishing.
Siena Siegel: Siena worked as Director of Training Programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She also wrote the book To Dance for young readers, published in 2006. After taking a few years to raise her two young children, she began earning credits towards a master’s degree in Dance Therapy and teaching ballet and creative movement classes to children and adults. Siena also works as a teacher’s assistant for Something Good in the World’s program for homeschoolers. She earned a BA from Brown University.
Advisory Board Members:
Jana Platina Phipps