Who We Are

Our program curriculum is being designed and taught by Alison Schuettinger and Fran Agnone, two wonderful and seasoned environmental education teachers. There will be an assistant teacher joining as well.

Maia Bromley-Dulfano

Maia Bromley-Dulfano is an environmental educator and plant lover.  She is a recent NYU Environmental Conservation Education Masters student with a background in Psychology and Art from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon.  She began teaching art in studios and incorporates creative projects in her current teaching practice of place based environmental sustainability education. Maia fell in love with teaching kids outside during her service as an Americorps member at a community garden in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently an educator at the Queens Botanical Garden and hopes to continue to share the joys of nature that she benefits from with those in her community.   

Shinara Sunderlal

Shinara Sunderlal is an environmentalist from New Delhi, India. She is also a recent NYU Masters graduate in Environmental Conservation Education with a background in Environmental Policy and Biology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She enjoys the integration of science and the engagement of the auditory sense in facilitating a connection between children and their environments. She has loved her work with students in India, Costa Rica, and California to develop environmentally responsible attitudes and has also worked at grassroots organizations such as Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund. Living in Brooklyn, she is currently an Educator at Brooklyn Bridge Park and is motivated to continue building environmental stewards for a more sustainable tomorrow in her community. 

(Fun fact: she is also an Indian Classical singer!) 

Program Founders and Managers

Katherine Radke and Lori Vroegindewey, directors of Education at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.