Lanny Cheuck - Owner / Executive Director Lanny taught for the NYC DOE for 8 years and held other roles such as Literacy Coach, Department Chair, and a member of the Principal's Cabinet. After moving to San Francisco, she worked in a charter school for 3 years and became immersed in project-based learning and portfolio assessment. She is passionate about investigating how children demonstrate their learning and how they reflect on their own growth. After returning to NYC and becoming a mother, Lanny began working as an education consultant to principals and lead teachers. She taught school leaders on how to integrate portfolios into a graduation requirement for the 20 lowest performing high schools in Detroit, Michigan. This work led to transformative results in those schools.
After having her two young daughters, Maddie and Willa, Lanny became very interested in creating high-quality educational programs that are part-time and flexible for families living in North Brooklyn. The need for such a program and a love for green spaces and nature were the catalyst for wBees Forest School. Opening wBees Forest School has been a true dream come true for her.
Anna Robinson - Head of Schools of North Brooklyn / Head Teacher Anna Robinson holds a B.F.A. in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and just earned her M.S. Ed. in Theater Education from the City College of New York. She has worked professionally as an actor and as a teacher at wBees Forest School for the past two and a half years. This year, Anna started her training at Westside Montessori for her Primary AMS Montessori certificate. She is now the Head of Schools in North Brooklyn and the lead teacher of the co-working classroom. Her time at wBees has really taught her so much about the beauty and order of a Montessori-inspired classroom. Besides having trained in teaching children's yoga, Anna has been bringing her love of story-telling and theater play to our students in both our morning and afternoon programs and is excited to continue her journey at wBees!
Marie Vestermark - Head Teacher Marie has been teaching at wBees for three years as a lead teacher and a dance / creative movement teacher. She has developed classes for the very youngest dancers in preschools in Greenpoint and Williamsburg and before that, she danced professionally with Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, specializing in contemporary and performing on stages from NYC to Guatemala to Scotland. In 2011, Marie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Dance Education from Luleå Technical University in Sweden (she is from the north of Sweden in the town of Skelleftea).
Since joining wBees, Marie has been studying on the Montessori philosophy and different curricula areas of the classroom. She has seen how children as young as two can grow so much in their independence and confidence while moving through a work cycle. Marie loves exploring in nature with children and introducing all mediums of arts to her students. Her daughter Ruth has been a vital part of wBees this year and she looks forward to having Ruth continue to grow with the program!
Gayla Brooks - North Brooklyn co-teacher / Music teacher Gayla Brooks is a musician, teacher, and dog-mom living in Brooklyn. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, spent 3 years in Singapore, and went to high school in San Francisco. Gayla attended college at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch and holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Music Production and Music business with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is currently enrolled in a graduate studies program studying Special Education. Gayla has played guitar for 15 years and the drums for 10 years and plays in a few Brooklyn punk bands. She spent her first year out of college as the assistant music teacher at the Aaron School, a Manhattan Special Education school. At the Aaron School, she worked with kids affected by ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, as well as sensory processing issues. It was here that Gayla saw what a profound effect music can have on children with special needs and sparked the passion in her to continue her studies in this vein. Gayla has been teaching at wBees for the past two years and has been growing in her experience in a Montessori-inspired classroom.