Who We Are
The CITYterm team is an eclectic mix of collaborative educators from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Each faculty member joined CITYterm because they are fascinated by experience-based learning, living in a tight-knit community, and New York City. CITYterm affords each faculty member the opportunity to teach in a creative, transformative environment and to learn alongside students.
Click below for faculty contact info and bios!
Isabelle is CITYterm’s French teacher. A French native, Isabelle worked as a French teacher at The Brearley School in the Middle School and Upper School, teaching 5th, 6th, 7th and 10th grades. She also taught at the Upper School of Horace Mann School, teaching 9th through 12th Grade. Isabelle received her B.A. in Teaching French as a foreign language and her M.A. in American Literature from Institut d'Anglais Charles V, Université de Paris VII, France. Outside the classroom, Isabelle enjoys spending time with her son and being a part of the New York City art scene.
Erica Chapman is CITYterm’s Director. She has a long, unique
relationship with CITYterm. She is a CITYterm alumna (Fall 1999), a former faculty member and the co-facilitator, along with David Dunbar, in creating Teaching for Experience, a workshop that introduces teachers to the principles of experience-based learning. Erica holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied history, literature, psychology and writing with an interdisciplinary lens, and a M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in non-profit leadership. Erica has held leadership positions at Achievement First Charter Schools, New Leaders for New Schools and at the New York City Department of Education. In each role, Erica’s aim has been to improve student learning experiences by advancing and supporting the effectiveness of teachers. Erica lives on-campus, along with her husband, Steve, and their son, Theo.
David Dunbar is CITYterm’s Co-Founder and Academic Dean. He is also the Coordinator of Teaching and Learning Initiatives for The Masters School. David earned his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.A.R from Yale University Divinity School and is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Japan Fulbright Fellow. He has taught at Deerfield Academy, Milton Academy, and Albuquerque Academy. In 1996 he co-founded CITYterm. David is the editor, with Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University, of Empire City: New York Through the Centuries. Each summer David and Erica run the Teaching for Experience workshop for educators from all over the country who are interested in engaging in experience-based learning techniques. In addition, David consults with private and public schools.
Phone: (914) 479-6503
Jennifer Hughes is CITYterm’s Spanish Teacher. A native of Chile, she has enjoyed teaching Spanish, French, and Italian at public and independent schools for seventeen years. This will be Jennifer’s third year teaching at CITYterm. Jennifer's passion for languages began at a young age, studying English in grade school, French in middle school, and Italian in college in Italy. She also studied in France and Switzerland. Her three children are bilingual. She enjoys assisting foreign students, riding her bicycle, and walking her sweet dog, Princess.
Jason Hult is an Urban Core Teacher at CITYterm. This will be Jason’s eighth year as a member of the faculty and residential team. He attended Concord Academy and is a CITYterm alumnus (Fall 2000). Jason earned a B.A. studying history at Davidson College and spent semesters abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Cape Town. After graduation, he joined Teach For America and was placed at the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem. Jason spent two years teaching elementary school while also earning a M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Jason also has a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from the New School for Public Engagement.
Phone: (914) 479-6652
Erik Johnke is the Math and Language Coordinator at CITYterm. In addition, he teaches Math and is part of the Urban Core faculty. Erik has been a member of the CITYterm faculty for the past twelve years. He received a B.A. from Haverford College and completed an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He served as both the Math and Theater Department Chairs at The Solebury School, and taught at The Pennington School and at Friends School in New Jersey. Additionally, Erik has written about a dozen plays and musicals. His musical “God’s Country” was performed at the New York Musical Theater Festival in July 2013.
Phone: (914) 479-6501
Ravi is the Associate Director of Admission for CITYterm. He came to Masters from the unique and challenging industry of outdoor retail, where he managed stores for The North Face and Fjӓllrӓven in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Before that, Ravi earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. While there, he also studied cognitive science, jazz history, film studies, and English literature. In addition to his retail management experience, Ravi spent time as a teachers’ aide at Dodge Nature Center, a language arts tutor for middle school students at Breakthrough Twin Cities, and recently served as an alumni ambassador for Lawrence University. As an alumnus of The Taft School, he is thrilled to return to the independent school community. Ravi lives on campus with his life partner Rachel Katkar, who teaches MS Life Science at Masters, and their two cats.
Phone: (914) 479-6413
Mitchell Krieger is a Math Teacher at CITYterm. He is also a member of the residential team. Mitch grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan where he graduated from Oakland Early College in 2011, and more recently he graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His main interests include the role of technology in education, progressive and experimental pedagogy, residential education and de-stigmatizing math. In his free time, Mitch enjoys rock climbing and exploring all that life has to offer. He spends his summers working at camps in a variety of roles. Mitch is thrilled to be a part of the CITYterm team and is excited to explore New York with students.
Phone: (914) 479-6608
Alyse Ruiz is CITYterm’s Dean of Residential Life. She is a member of the residential team and a CITYterm alumna (Fall 2003). She graduated from Brown University in 2009, earning a B.A. in Urban Studies. During the five years following graduation, Alyse taught English at the high school level in Miami, Florida. After earning an M.S. from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, Alyse served as the English Department Chair. In that role, she oversaw the building and strengthening of the English curriculum within her school as well as within the school's larger charter school network. In her free time, Alyse serves as President of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council and enjoys traveling and running.
Phone: (914) 479-6604
Eva Seligman is an Urban Core teacher at CITYterm. She is also a member of the residential team. Eva earned a B.A. with a double major in Religion and Gender Studies at Oberlin College. After graduation, she taught high school in Romania for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Eva has a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Bard College and spent three years teaching writing and history at the Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn. She is deeply excited to share her profound love of New York City history and culture. When she is not teaching, Eva can usually be found with her nose in a book, on a yoga mat, or trying to spark an impromptu dance party.
Phone: (914) 479-6509
Leigh Yakubowski is CITYterm’s Program Coordinator. In the classroom, Leigh brings her positive energy, sociological imagination, and fearless rugby background together. She has taught middle school English with The Fresh Air Fund and Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, as well as at The Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica. A graduate of Vassar College, she was awarded for her leadership of the Vassar English Language Learner Outreach Program. Leigh is happy to continue devoting her work to the support of authentic and meaningful educational communities at CITYterm. In her spare time, Leigh enjoys cat cuddling, the ocean, and outdoor adventures.