Noah Mayers: Founder and Lead Teacher 

Noah has been a teaching artist, puppeteer, and artisan since 2001.  He has had the honor of teaching at such august institutions as Eugene Lang College/New School University, Village Community School, LEAP, R.A.D. School, Brooklyn Free School, and with Teachers and Writers Collaborative.

Noah is passionate about exploring the unique learning environment of New York City.  He’s thrilled to share his enthusiasm for investigating the mechanisms that give the city life.  As a young adult, he was inspired by his alternative schooling experience, and he is honored to pass on the same gift. 

Amy Carrigan has been caring for, educating and playing with children for 25 years. She is a singer, puppeteer, artisan and mother of one shiny 4 year old. Amy believes in fostering autonomy, cooperation, independence, empathy, limitless thinking, community, creativity, problem solving, divergent and convergent thinking, love, compassion, personal growth, spontaneity and curiosity as a way to help children develop their leadership skills and sense of purpose in the world. She is currently in a vocal improvising lab in residence at Carnegie Hall and is working on co-creating an opera for babies to premier at Carnegie in April 2019.  She has been a puppeteer and co-artistic director of Brooklyn puppetry company Drama of Works for nearly 20 years.

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Alexander Khost has been a young people's civil rights advocate for the past twenty-five years as an educator and as a father. He is the co-founder of play:groundNYC, a junkyard playground for children in New York City and was the founder of the Teddy McArdle Free School, a democratic school that was portrayed in the documentary, Approaching the Elephant. He has an MFA from Parsons School of Design, the New School University; a BA from Mason Gross, Rutgers University; and he is a certified K-12 art teacher in New York. See more of his with children work here:


Tarsis Rodriguez is a graduate of Hunter College's Education program, and has been teaching since 2015. A skilled bilingual storyteller and creative writer, Tarsis works to inspire and nurture the love of language in students. In addition to being an educator, Tarsis is a social worker in the New York City LGBTQ community and during the summer she travels to Maine to work with a migrant education program. In addition to writing, she is a biking enthusiast and mechanic. Tarsis is passionate about immigrant rights advocacy and education reform. When she's not biking she is dancing or practicing martial arts.

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Gerardo Ramirez has been teaching at Brooklyn Apple since 2015. Besides his incredible tinkering skills, he is also a breakdancer, visual artist, and graphic designer.


Jenni Mahnaz is BAA’s Parent Coordinator. When she isn’t coordinating all the things for BAA, she can be found offering homeschool workshops, working with the self-directed community on furthering the rights of the child, photographing free spirited childhoods, or generally raising her two spirited, fully autonomous, self-directed young people. In all her free time, she also really likes to read.

Yoni Kallai started playing in the womb and has never stopped. These days he focuses on physical playing through circus partner acrobatics. Finding out about adventure playgrounds was like finding a home in a cold unhealthy world. Excited to work and play with kids, Yoni is looking forward to learning, teaching, healing and playing along side people of all ages who are interested in riding the roller coaster of life in a fun, intelligent & flexible way.

Jenni Mahnaz
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