Teachers & Staff
Julie G: Founder/ Teacher: After almost a decade of teaching science in NYC schools, Julie realized that she needed more creative freedom to help children appreciate the world around them - and the space to make MUCH bigger messes! Julie has daydreams of being called up for the next NASA mission and works on a Horticulture Certification at the BBG when she finds time. A Brooklyn native and mother of two young scientists, Julie G. is a licensed, state certified teacher with a B.S in Biology, a B.A. in Education and an MA in Math and Science Elementary Education. Julie has current infant, child and adult CPR, AED & First Aid certification.
Rick Franchella/Teacher: Rick loves to sing and can often be heard miles from any classroom where he is working. After years of dedicated instruction in the classroom, we have stolen Rick away to pursue his passion: creating meaningful experiences for children while having as much fun as possible! He is immensely excited to join the Tiny Scientist team to establish a future generation of lifelong science lovers. Rick is a licensed, state certified elementary school teacher with an MA in The Art of Teaching. One of the highlights of his teaching career was working on Earth Science with students in Connecticut. Rick has current infant, child and adult CPR, AED & First Aid certification.
Arianna Perez /Teacher: Arianna joined The Tiny Scientist Team last year and could not love it more! She is an avid animal lover (...seriously...neighborhood pets try to visit her at work..) who spends her time volunteering to walk dogs for lower income individuals with disabilities. While working as a preschool teacher in Carroll Gardens, Arianna developed an extensive science curriculum using hands-on materials and is currently pursuing her MA in Early Childhood Education. She is eager to bring her undergraduate work in immunology and biology and her love of science and animals to young scientists at The Tiny Scientist. Arianna has current infant, child and adult CPR, AED & First Aid certification.
Shanady Eugene/ Asst. Teacher: Shanady is amazing at hunting down even the most elusive set of lost winter mittens -she has a BA in Criminology and a minor in Psychology! A natural with children, she has volunteered at after school programs, was the designated family babysitter in a large family and has cared for children of all ages. Planning to pursue a degree in childhood education in the near future, Shanady enjoys learning from children and sharing what she has learned with them. Shanady loves earth science and observing how nature works! She is certified in CPR for infants and adults.