Member Spotlight:


Sierra Van Ryck DeGroot Education Assistant The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Sierra's exposure to the arts began in the womb with the carefully selected playlists of her parents hoping to awaken the creative nature of their child. Since then, she has aspired to be a vet, biomedical illustrator, astronaut, and graphic designer before finding her "just right" match in museum education. 

A proud alumna of Seton Hall University (B.A in Graphic Design, Fine Art and Art History) and Bank Street College of Education (M.S.Ed in Museum Education with a specialization in Childhood Education), Sierra explores the intersections of art, design, history, and play in her work as the Education Assistant at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. You can often find her covered in glue and some form of marker, paint or glitter, surrounded by children or in a gallery, in the midst of a tableau. 

She is the current Secretary and Peer Group Liaison for the NYCMER Board.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Early Childhood + Outdoor Education Peer Group Meeting

Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Environmental Education Center
111 Plymouth St
Brooklyn, NY

When:5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Science, Nature + Outdoor Programming for Young Children

Make way for Spring! Join us for a tour and conversation about science, nature, and outdoor programming in early childhood at Brooklyn Bridge Park, co-hosted by NYCMER peer groups for Early Childhood and Outdoor Education.


Education Coordinator Lhana Ormenyi and Lead Environmental Educator Christina Tobitsch will introduce the onsite Environmental Education Center, providing opportunities for hands-on learning for young children through classes and drop-in open hours for families.  


We will explore the implementation of place-based education, inviting attendees to share their own experiences with program development, related challenges, and potential goals.


Please RSVP to Early Childhood Peer Group Coordinator, Laura Kujo (

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