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MEET OUR TEAM

Above and Beyond Community Classes
Above and Beyond Community Classes

DIRECTORS

CHRISTINE HAWKINS, LMSW
Executive Director

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Christy's 20-year career spans diverse education roles worldwide. From teaching street children in Kenya and Tanzania to teaching English and Psychology and leading the Environmental Club in a therapeutic high school in upstate New York, Christy has always been driven by a passion for youth empowerment. Christy has a Master's in Social Work and for the past 13 years, she has counseled students and taught classes such as Social Psychology, Communications, Environmental Studies and Mindfulness at a college program on Long Island. Christy is grateful for the evolution of the nonprofit, Blue Umbrella Experience, and the incredible team of instructors and students that come together for Above and Beyond Community Classes, Inc.

​​Master of Social Work, Marywood University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Binghamton University
SIFI Certified,
Adelphi University Certified Safe Conversations Coach
Certified Imago Counselor
Certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner

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Jason Baron, M. ED
Assistant Director

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As a Master in Education, Jason has over 15 years of experience working with children, young adults, and adults. He has taught Literature, English, Health and Executive Functioning at the college level. Jason’s diverse educational background ranges from Music Appreciation to Writing to Media Communications, which has allowed him to provide support for students attending college classes including public speaking, advertising, TV and Visual production and many more. Jason is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Jason's commitment to bringing high-quality, meaningful experiences to participants of ABCC is a top priority. When he is not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his two boys, where you can find them anywhere- from a concert to just about any kind of outdoor recreation.

Master of Special Education/General Education

Dowling College
Bachelor of Science, Mass Communications

University of Hartford

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PAST INSTRUCTORS

Meet some of the amazing people who have taught at Above & Beyond Community Courses. Although they do not have any courses scheduled at this time, check back in as new classes are released.

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Bill Russell, Above and Beyond Community Classes
Helene Schorr, Above and Beyond Community Classes

WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM?


Are you passionate about sharing your expertise and making a positive impact in the lives of others? Join our team at Above and Beyond Community Classes! We're always looking for dedicated educators who are enthusiastic about teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for our fantastic community.

If you're interested in teaching opportunities with us, please reach out to Christy Hawkins, Executive Director of Blue Umbrella Experience, at CHawkins@buexperience.org.

We can't wait to welcome you to our team!

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