MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
DR. SONIA M. TOLEDO
Sonia M. Toledo holds a PhD in education (with the focus on global training & development) and has more than 25 years of experience working in the after-school field, building quality programming for students in elementary through high school during out of school time. Sonia is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur whose primary focus is emotional intelligence training, youth development, and organizational culture change. She has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Children’s Aid Society, Child Care Inc., and has served as the President of NYS Network for Youth Success (formerly known as NYS School Age Care Coalition).
DR. MARINA A. BADILLO-DIAZ
Marina Badillo-Diaz completed her Doctorate in Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work in 2021. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Social Work in 2011 from Columbia University's School of Social Work and obtained her social work clinical licensure from New York State in February 2015. She is currently completing a fellowship with the United States Department of Education completing a capstone project titled “An Advisory Model for 21st Century Skills in an Alternative High School Setting” for the 2023-23 academic year. She is also an adjunct professor at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work teaching courses on school social work and a consultant at Dignity of Children, a company specializing in 21st-century skills curriculum for youths K to 12. Prior to these current positions, she was a full-time counseling director at a charter transfer high school from 2019 to 2022, a social worker director for grades K through 8 at a middle and elementary charter school from 2015 to 2019, and a clinical social worker in a community mental health agency from 2011-2015. She also obtained a Post Graduate Clinical Supervisory Certification from Smith College for Social Work in 2017 and has over 10 years of providing clinical supervision and training for social workers, school counselors, and interns working towards their clinical licensure. Her interests and specialties include school social work supervision & crisis training, school organization structure & leadership, social-emotional learning & program development, data collection & data analysis, and 21st Century skills & curriculum development.
DR. ANUSHA SUBRAMANYAM
Anusha Subramanyam is a dedicated behavior analyst utilizing the science of behavior and learning to improve outcomes for participants in educational and social services programming. After obtaining a BA degree at Rutgers University, Anusha acquired an MA degree and dual general + special education certification at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. From 2006 to 2015, Anusha served in the classroom and afterschool settings teaching a broad range of children from Pre-K to Grade 4. In 2015, Anusha graduated with a Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she also served as an Adjunct Faculty member for four years. Since 2015, Anusha has engaged in program evaluation and leads data-driven continuous quality improvement efforts, including building staff capacity through professional development and coaching. After working at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society as the Director of Education and Research from 2015 to 2018, Anusha now serves as the Director of Evaluation and Quality at Hudson Guild, a multiservice non-profit community-based organization.