Brooklyn Leadership and Staff

Sydney Lewis, Educator and Education Coordinator

Sydney Lewis, an educator and activist originally from Atlanta, GA, is in her fourth year as a Brooklyn teacher and school coordinator. She holds an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College and currently teaches first grade at PS 191 in Manhattan. Prior to moving to New York and beginning her teaching career, Sydney graduated from Wesleyan University, where she studied Sociology and Psychology, founded a local summer preschool program, and managed the Bayit, Wesleyan’s on-campus Jewish community program house. During the summer, she teaches at Hollingworth Science Camp. Outside of the classroom, Sydney is most often reading, running, or exploring the wonders of New York City.



lena+paul_engage85Paul Swartz, Educator

Paul Swartz holds a BA from Macalester College (History and Russian Studies, 2008) and an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (2011). Paul works as an educator at the New-York Historical Society, designing and teaching such courses as Constitutional Conundrums and Funny Papers, Serious Subjects: American History Through Comics. For the past five years, Paul has served as an instructor in the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s KidSchool program, where he develops and teaches fourth and fifth grade courses on Jewish folktales and Jewish-American history. During the summer, Paul works as a resident assistant at the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books program. He is also an alumni of the Center’s Steiner Summer Program. Paul is a Yiddish speaker and a perpetual student of the mame-loshn. He is proud to be passing on this piece of Jewish heritage to the next generation.