Whitney I. Mufson is a new BTNY Middle School Director at our Brooklyn site. Whitney, who started with us in June, is an Aspen, CO, native. Whitney now calls Manhattan home and is an avid modern dancer and musical theatre singer.
At BTNY, Whitney is responsible for leading all middle school programming activities for the organization's Brooklyn site, designing and implementing rigorous academic programming during the school year after-school program and summer intensive program for 90+ middle school students, and the development and training of Teaching Fellows and School Year Tutors as well as implementing annual recruitment and selection processes for both students and staff.
Whitney served as a BTNY Teaching Fellow in 2011, after her junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Education. “My Breakthrough experience inspired me to continue my efforts to close the achievement gap and truly prepared me to be a transformational classroom teacher and successful member of Teach for America,” she says.
After graduating, Whitney stayed in touch with BTNY and was eager to return “create change on a larger scale.”
“The students are motivated and driven. They are intelligent, creative, innovative and eager to learn,” she says. “It’s so reinvigorating to work with each and every one of them because they inspire me daily to push myself to be the best person and educator that I can be, because every day they are doing the same.”