Meet the FCSAP Team

Meet our Program Director, Quentara!

Hello Everyone,

I am pleased to announce, that I am the NEW Program Director for the Fall Creek School Age Program. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I have over 8 years of experience working with nonprofits and school age children. I have a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Georgia. GO DAWGS!!! I genuinely enjoy working with children and serving my community because I believe it takes a village to help each child reach their full potential. Furthermore, when I am not actively serving my community, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and cooking.

As the new Program Director of the FCSAP I hope to continue the work of the previous Program Directors, by developing more inclusive, fun, and diverse after-school programming that all Fall Creek students and families can enjoy. It is my goal with the help of the Fall Creek School Age Program Assistant Director, Izzy, and the FCSAP staff to provide each family with the best quality after school care that your family can trust.

Warmest Regards,

Quentara Johnson

Meet our Assistant Director, Izzy!

Hi! My name is Izzy, and I am the Assistant Director of FCSAP. I have been in the program for almost 5 years. I was in the program as a counselor and then shifted into the Assistant Director role. I was born in Ithaca and attended Fall Creek and FCSAP as a child. After living out in the Pacific Northwest for several years, I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and returned back to the Fall Creek community. I have a history of working with infants through school age students, in addition to teaching students with special needs. Some of my specialties when working with children include outdoor education, farming, gardening, and art.

Meet Dave!

(4th-5th Grade Cohort Counselor)

(Bio coming soon)

Meet John!

(2nd-3rd Grade Cohort Counselor)

Who am I? I am a cat loving baseball fanatic who loves canoeing on Cayuga Lake and kayaking in the Adirondacks with a friend, surrounded by all nature and no people.

At After School I love playing chess, checkers, cards (poker and casino), and telling riddles that must be solved with yes or no questions, and I don't tell answers. I also love modeling and imparting a sense of caring about everyone else's feelings as much as our own. Your kids are great at this. It is so gratifying working with people who really get this and practice it daily.

Personal and professional aspirations? Unless I could be the center fielder for the Chicago Cubs, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I solved that problem by not growing up. I am exactly where I want to be.

Meet Mike!

(Kindergarten-1st Grade Cohort Counselor)

I have been working at Fall Creek After School Program for 15 years and I have been working in the Ithaca City School District for 16 years. My passion for working with kids/youth started in 2001 when I worked at George Junior Republic as a Residential Counselor. Ever since then, I have worked with kids in various summer camps and youth advocate program settings in the Ithaca area. I grew up in Ithaca and I played Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Baseball, and Basketball as a kid. I love building rapport with students at the elementary school level because it gives me a chance to assist them academically, socially, and emotionally. FCSAP is a top-notch program that allows students to be themselves but also assists them to be good people, listeners, and team players while still being “funny and silly kids”. FCSAP is like no other program because of how we present and implement S-H-A-R-K. It stands for "SAFETY, HONESTY, ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT, and KINDNESS". This allows students and staff to be on the same page while building rapport with one another.

Meet Carole!

(4th-5th Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hi, my name is Carole and this is my 3rd year as an after school counselor at Fall Creek School. Originally from Rochester, I have degrees in Business and Cultural Anthropology/Native American Studies. I have worked with students in K-8th grades at the Maxwell Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was employed at the University of Oklahoma in several Native American programs. In Austin, Texas I conducted free lance classes in local history and art for several private elementary schools. Most recently I was the 8 Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Director at the History Center in Tompkins County for 17 years. I engaged with 4th grade students and teachers in Tompkins County in facilitating the living history program at the historic 1892 schoolhouse in Dryden as part of the Kids Discover the Trail initiative. Currently I work with Dave as the cohort for the exhuberant 4th and 5th graders where I also hope to inspire their creative side with weekly art projects.

Meet Asma!

(2nd-3rd Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hi, i'm Asma. I have a M.A in Education and Language from Punjab. I have a teaching Certification and have spent 15 years in the past as a Principal, Vice Principal, and Teacher of grades 6 and 10. I love to work with kids.

Meet Tiffany!

(4th-5th Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hello! My name is Tiffany and I am the counselor for the K-1 and 4-5 cohorts. I am from New York City, and I am an undergraduate at Cornell University. I am planning on studying Biology and Society and would like to work in pediatric healthcare in the future. In afterschool, I love talking and playing with the kids while keeping them safe and healthy. When I’m not busy studying, I like spending time with close friends and playing games.

Meet Nicole!

(Kindergarten-1st Grade Cohort Counselor)

(Bio and picture coming soon)

Meet Nathaniel!

(Kindergarten-1st Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hi. I’m Nathan. I have been a teacher at a Montessori school, a carpenter, and a blueberry farmer. I love to draw pictures, read aloud, and make up stories. Long ago I worked in a lab studying how insects grow. I recently moved to Fall Creek with my family. My wife teaches Social Work. We have a son who is in High School.

Meet Hadar!

(2nd-3rd Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hi! My name is Hadar and I am a Senior at Cornell studying Design and Environmental Analysis. I have worked at Fall Creek in the past through the REACH tutoring program and couldn't be more excited to be back at Fall Creek as an FCSAP counselor this year! My favorite activities are dancing, arts and crafts, and spending time outside.

Meet James!

(4th-5th Grade Cohort Counselor)

(Bio and picture coming soon)

Meet Sophie!

(2nd-3rd Grade Cohort Counselor)

Hello! My name is Sophie, and I recently graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. In my free time, I love to go for walks around Ithaca’s parks, and read and write short stories and poetry! I believe the key to learning is excitement and curiosity, and it’s my goal to impart a love of learning to the students at Fall Creek!

Meet Shanalee!

(Program Aide)

My name is Shanalee Hallett. I've been working as a teacher aide at Fall Creek for 3 years now. During this time I also help out with the after-school program. When I'm not at Fall Creek, I enjoy spending time with my family.