Welcoming Medina as the BFS Executive Educational Director

Dear Brooklyn Free Space Community,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the conclusion of our search for the BFS Executive Educational Director. After a thorough interview process, we unanimously agreed on a candidate from within our own community—Sunshine Head Teacher Medina Khalil. Medina has accepted the job, and we invite you to join us in welcoming her to this exciting and newly-configured role.

Our search process introduced us to many interesting and qualified candidates from throughout the New York City area. We had great conversations with people from different educational and administrative backgrounds, but in the end our choice was clear. Medina embodies the values that BFS holds dear and is ready to take the next step in her professional journey as an educator. In her role as EED, she will oversee both educational and operations functions for BFS. While continuing to support our already strong teaching staff, and continuing to develop the BFS curriculum and philosophy alongside them, Medina will also be charged with ushering BFS to its next phase, and its eventual new home.She has demonstrated that she is not only ready for this challenge, but enthusiastic about the possibilities.

Prior to serving for eight years as a Sunshine Head Teacher at BFS, Medina held several elementary school teaching positions in New York City public schools, including at Brooklyn’s PS 29, and was a Creative Writing instructor at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. During her time at BFS, Medina has been a voluntary member of the BFS New Home Task Force, in which capacity she has been integral to the search for a new home for BFS. She has been a frequent presenter of professional development workshops for BFS teachers, has served on the hiring committee for new teachers and was Acting Director for a portion of Summer Camp 2017. Outside of BFS, Medina recently taught a Child Study Inquiry course for graduate and undergraduate students at Long Island University (LIU). While at LIU, she also mentored Teaching Fellows from the public school system.

As we look ahead to the transition, we remain thankful for the thoughtful, inspiring and steady guidance of Educational Director Stacy Roupas, whose wisdom and resources have been so important during the search process. Our appreciation of Stacy is heartfelt and we are grateful to her for all she has given to our community as both director and teacher for over 14 years. We will miss Stacy dearly, but know that a piece of her vision will live on under the stewardship of Medina.

Any mention of the EED search process would not be complete without a warm thank you to the many parent and teacher volunteers who participated in and enriched the process every step of the way—in particular to Assistant Educational Director Daniela Vancurova and Operations Director Mikia Eatman. Above all, we are incredibly grateful to Makeba Rasin, whose insight and determined organizational skills were invaluable throughout the search. Thank you Makeba for sharing your talents with us.

As usual, please feel free to reach out with questions about the hiring process and/or the transition: trustees@brooklynfreespace.org.


The Board of Trustees and the EED Hiring Committee