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 I.A.F.A.

 

 "It's A Family Affair!"

 A gathering of families and educators to explore the next   generation of 21st century education. 

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 A Glance: The I.A.F.A. Speakers & Presenters!

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Excited to announce world-renowned children's book author, illustrator and paper engineer, known best for designing the impossible in his acclaimed pop-up books will be sharing his incredible skills at I.A.F.A.

  Esther Nzuzi Phambu   Esther Nzuzi Phambu is a senior at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Urban Environments. With her degree, she aspires to work in the beauty industry as a cosmetic engineer. Esther is heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE), where she serves as Chapter President. She has also been involved in NYU's Project OutReach, a service and social justice pre-orientation program for first years and transfers, being both a participant and peer mentor for two years and also serving as Service Sites Coordinator for the program. Outside of NYU, Esther works as the New York Office Assistant for Anisa International, a beauty manufacturing company. In the evenings, she loves to attend her usual 7 or 8pm kickboxing class at CKO Park Slope.

Esther Nzuzi Phambu

Esther Nzuzi Phambu is a senior at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Urban Environments. With her degree, she aspires to work in the beauty industry as a cosmetic engineer. Esther is heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE), where she serves as Chapter President. She has also been involved in NYU's Project OutReach, a service and social justice pre-orientation program for first years and transfers, being both a participant and peer mentor for two years and also serving as Service Sites Coordinator for the program. Outside of NYU, Esther works as the New York Office Assistant for Anisa International, a beauty manufacturing company. In the evenings, she loves to attend her usual 7 or 8pm kickboxing class at CKO Park Slope.

  Edwin Reed-Sanchez   Edwin Reed-Sanchez is the founder of SayCel, a company that implements low cost communications infrastructure solutions in developing regions. Currently SayCel operates a network on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, and won the 2015 Stern Berkeley Social Venture Award. His work in communications technology grew out of research started at ITP’s Tower of Power class, and low cost GSM technology became the focus of his thesis. Edwin and his research group at SayCel is funded by the RiskEcon Lab at NYU’s Courant Institute, and they focus on open source development of cellular solutions. SayCel held a hackathon at Courant, where they collaborated with members of Rhizomatica, a Mexico based non-profit running 16 indigenous community networks, and with FreeRadio Brazil. SayCel is also active member in the Telecom Infra Project, a Facebook initiative that aims to reimagine the deployment of communications infrastructure.

Edwin Reed-Sanchez

Edwin Reed-Sanchez is the founder of SayCel, a company that implements low cost communications infrastructure solutions in developing regions. Currently SayCel operates a network on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, and won the 2015 Stern Berkeley Social Venture Award. His work in communications technology grew out of research started at ITP’s Tower of Power class, and low cost GSM technology became the focus of his thesis. Edwin and his research group at SayCel is funded by the RiskEcon Lab at NYU’s Courant Institute, and they focus on open source development of cellular solutions. SayCel held a hackathon at Courant, where they collaborated with members of Rhizomatica, a Mexico based non-profit running 16 indigenous community networks, and with FreeRadio Brazil. SayCel is also active member in the Telecom Infra Project, a Facebook initiative that aims to reimagine the deployment of communications infrastructure.

  Miriam Belogovsky   Miriam Beloglovsky is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. Miriam is a public speaker, community organizer, and book author. Her college teaching experience covers courses in child development, infant and toddler development, children with special needs, curriculum and interactions in early childhood education, child family and community, culture and diversity, adult supervision and mentoring, and learning environments. She has served as Department Chair and as the regional coordinator of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.  Miriam has been a keynote speaker, and presented numerous workshops on child development, loose parts, play, and early learning. She has also led community building and leadership training for non-profit organizations and community agencies. Before embarking on her Journey as an early childhood educator and play advocate, Miriam was a newscaster, weather reporter, and media executive in Los Angeles, California. She is co-author of Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, Early Learning Theories Made Visible, Loose Part 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers, and Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments. Beloglovsky received a BA in Radio, Television and Film, an MA in early childhood education, and an MA in marriage, family and child counseling from California State University, Northridge.

Miriam Belogovsky

Miriam Beloglovsky is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. Miriam is a public speaker, community organizer, and book author. Her college teaching experience covers courses in child development, infant and toddler development, children with special needs, curriculum and interactions in early childhood education, child family and community, culture and diversity, adult supervision and mentoring, and learning environments. She has served as Department Chair and as the regional coordinator of the California Early Childhood Mentor Program.

Miriam has been a keynote speaker, and presented numerous workshops on child development, loose parts, play, and early learning. She has also led community building and leadership training for non-profit organizations and community agencies. Before embarking on her Journey as an early childhood educator and play advocate, Miriam was a newscaster, weather reporter, and media executive in Los Angeles, California. She is co-author of Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, Early Learning Theories Made Visible, Loose Part 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers, and Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments. Beloglovsky received a BA in Radio, Television and Film, an MA in early childhood education, and an MA in marriage, family and child counseling from California State University, Northridge.

  Riley Jones, IV   Riley Jones is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating access to opportunity. This is rooted in his experience growing up on Chicago's South Side.In 2015, he co-founded Bloc, a company that uses artificial intelligence to coach students of color through their careers. He is a second-year law student at the New York University School of Law where he is the inaugural Grunin Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship and Law. His research there focuses on the intersection of law, business, and society. Riley graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies in 2017. In his spare time, Riley is a professional singer and regular theatergoer.

Riley Jones, IV

Riley Jones is a social entrepreneur with a passion for creating access to opportunity. This is rooted in his experience growing up on Chicago's South Side.In 2015, he co-founded Bloc, a company that uses artificial intelligence to coach students of color through their careers. He is a second-year law student at the New York University School of Law where he is the inaugural Grunin Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship and Law. His research there focuses on the intersection of law, business, and society. Riley graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies in 2017. In his spare time, Riley is a professional singer and regular theatergoer.