Director of Educational Programs Liana Grey in Athens Square, Astoria. Photo: Maria Eliades
When you hear that Liana Grey not only shares her experiments with food on her blog, Baker Without Borders, but also that the educator and baker started CIANA’s popular Friday cooking program at its SONYC Middle School After School Program, you get the impression that the educator and baker is exactly where she needs to be as CIANA’s Director of Educational Programs.
The New York native’s experiences in education, communications, and baking span from her formal education at NYU and her time at the Institute of Culinary Education – a top culinary school that has hosted instructors like Julia Child – to her masters in childhood education at Pace University and to her work in the New York City Public School system. But her time in non-profits has been among the most formative, Grey argues.
“If you have the background in best teaching practices, bringing that knowledge in can really improve enrichment activities,” Grey says. “I think there’s this tendency of not thinking about the needs of the learners in the best possible way. The key for the little kids is classroom management and making them good citizens. You learn a lot about that in public school teaching. You learn a lot about working with the parents. And you learn a lot about working with the system. I know what they’re getting in school and what they’re not getting in school so that we can support them.”