Staff

Victor Cockburn
Executive Director, Co-Founder, Senior Teaching Artist

Victor has been combining his talents and expertise as a musician, lyricist, producer, performer and teacher to develop and present programs in schools since 1972. He received the Boston Parents’ Paper Entertainer of the Year Award in 1991 and published “The Use of Folk Song and Songwriting in the Classroom” in the Harvard Education Review. A segment on Victor’s work in schools was included in the PBS series, Art to Heart, Early Childhood Creativity. As Executive Producer of Troubadour’s Talking Stone Productions, he has produced audio recordings of hundreds of multicultural narratives, poems and songs for major educational publishers, including Scholastic, MacMillan, Hampton-Brown, Jostens Learning, Harcourt-Brace, Silver Burdett Ginn and Curriculum Associates, as well as 60 episodes of “Try It!” a weekly educational program broadcast on Brookline Cable Television.

 

Judith Steinbergh
Director of Writing Programs, Co-Founder, Senior Teaching Artist

Judith has been active in the field of literary arts for over thirty-five years as a poet, writer, lyricist and teacher. Judith Steinbergh was selected as Brookline’s first Poet Laureate for a term of two years in April 2012.

Judith was Poet-in-Residence in the Brookline Schools from 1986 to 1992 rotating through all grades K-12 and all Brookline schools, leading poetry worksh ops, partnering with teachers, creating curriculum, and co-coordinating readings and poetry anthologies. She also taught part-time at Driscoll School between 1985 and 2006 and continues to lead poetry workshops at several Brookline schools. Judith leads a poetry seminar for teachers through Teachers as Scholars, a consortium of local school systems, providing professional development to teachers.

She has published a book of poems for children (Marshmallow Worlds); four books of poems for adults (Lillian Bloom: A Separation, Motherwriter, A Living Anytime, and Writing My Will); and three textbooks on teaching poetry writing to children (Beyond Words: Writing Poems with Children co-authored with Elizabeth McKim; Reading and Writing Poetry: A Guide for Teachers, Grades K-4, Scholastic Books; and Reading and Writing Poetry with Teenagers, Walsh Publishers, co-authored with Fredric Lown). Judith received a Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship and the prestigious Spencer Foundation Grant for her research on “Poetry and the Developing Child” and has published articles in the Harvard Educational Review, the NCTE Language Arts and Reading Teacher, among other professional journals.

 

Tom Garfield
Program Manager

Tom is a producer, writer, editor, musician and former Teaching Artist. He has more than 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His numerous production credits include live events, audio recordings for major educational publishers and multimedia for medical simulation training applications.

 

Sławek Piegdon
Project Manager

After completing undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins, Sławek worked in software development with a focus on web driven applications. He is experienced in producing software applications ranging from healthcare to e-commerce through their entire development life cycle. When he isn’t coding, he’s writing fiction and running, not at the same time.

 

Susan Forti
Bookkeeper/Accountant

Sue has an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management and has held management and financial analyst positions at two Boston hospitals and Boston University. She is currently with the accounting firm Weiner & Rice, P.C. and also provides private bookkeeping/accounting & organizational support to several small business and non-profit clients.

 

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