The 2012-2013 academic year marks Dr. Bleecker’s 20th year in education. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Russian and working in the New York State Legislature, Dr. Bleecker became interested in poverty related issues and pioneered the Brownstone School, a program aimed at improving literacy skills and overall academic outcomes for homeless children living in the New York City shelter care system. Over time she went on to complete graduate work in social work at Columbia University, earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Leadership, and most recently a Professional Diploma as a Consultant Teacher in Special Education. Her interest in Waldorf Education started over a decade ago when she served as the Assistant Chair of the Upper School at Manhattan’s Rudolf Steiner School. She later went on to work for the City University of New York as part of a team that created several new innovative Early College schools that partnered with different CUNY Colleges. She then became an Assistant Principal at the prestigious Hunter College Campus Schools, a public school serving gifted students in Manhattan, where she oversaw Students Services and College Guidance. During her tenure, Hunter College High School was featured in several magazines for having the best college placement record to highly selective colleges of any public school in the country. Alongside these experiences, Dr. Bleecker has worked as a professor at Manhattan College’s Graduate School of Education for the past five years. Dr. Bleecker joined the Waldorf School of Garden City in 2011 as the Director of Admissions. When she is not working; she enjoys spending time out-of-doors with her husband and young daughter.