Our Team

 
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Taylor McGraw

Editor & Co-Founder | taylor@bellvoices.com

After teaching for five years at charter schools in Harlem and Bushwick, Taylor left the classroom in 2016 to help launch The Bell.

In addition to producing Miseducation, he facilitates our second program, Teens Take Charge, and travels the city speaking to groups of high school students about educational inequity. His education writing has appeared in USA Today, The Hechinger Report and Narratively. In his spare time, he works on a book about a summer he spent playing chess with men in Washington Square Park.

Taylor holds a B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Adrian Uribarri  

Chief Advisor & Co-Founder | adrian@bellvoices.com

A former teacher and journalist, Adrian has consulted with education nonprofits and social entrepreneurs since 2013.

Most recently, he managed creative operations at Google and led the Esquire Mentoring Initiative, the Hearst magazine’s award-winning effort to rebrand the concept of male mentoring. His writing has appeared in journalism textbooks and major newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, and he has lectured on journalism ethics and press freedoms throughout Latin America on grants from the U.S. Department of State.

Adrian holds a B.A. in political science and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Florida. He grew up in Miami, where he attended New World School of the Arts.


Spring 2018 Miseducation Interns

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Alberto Lugo

Alberto is a sophomore at Achievement First Univerisity Prep in Brooklyn. He is a talented instrumentalist, produces his own music and DJs at venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Public Library. His work has been featured in podcasts, including "The Relentless" and "Caught," a new show from WNYC about juvenile detention. He works with Building Beats, an organization that teaches entrepreneurial and life skills to underserved youth.

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Yasmine Chokrane

Yasmine is a freshman at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. She is an avid reader, writer and hazelnut coffee enthusiast. She is known for being quite opinionated, having a big mouth, along with big hair. Along with immersing herself in literature, she has a hobby of catching her hair on fire (two times, to be exact).

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Hiba Hanoune

Hiba is a senior at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn. She competes on her school’s mock trial/moot court team, debates in the Model United Nations program and is a martial artist. Hiba is an avid New York City photographer, and when she's not glamming up her Instagram feed with her epic shots, she advocates for women’s educational rights in third-world nations. Hiba will continue her fight for women’s rights as a human rights major at Columbia University.

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Sabrina DuQuesnay

Sabrina is a senior at Brooklyn College Academy. She is a member of Teens Take Charge, a student led movement for educational equity. Her goal is to advocate for students across NYC, so that she can help to eradicate school segregation and help students of all backgrounds obtain a quality education in well resourced schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, sleeping, and Netflix.

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Maya Vesneske

Maya is a sophomore at New York University, where she studies social work and maybe something else, too, if she could just make up her mind. When she is not in class, she can be found working in a middle school special education classroom in Manhattan's Lower East Side, organizing lobbying trips, writing poetry or music with her friends, or scouring the city for the best bagel south of 14th Street. She welcomes any tips on where to find that magic bagel.

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Nyeda Sam

Nyeda is a senior at the Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. She loves to label herself as someone who “dabbles in the arts.” And, she really dabbles. Nyeda’s interests include painting, drawing, poetry, playwriting and dance. Through these mediums she has found herself exploring complex issues such as race, socioeconomic status and sexuality. She expands upon these notions in her daily life by participating in discussions centered around social justice.

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Terrence Freeman

Terrence is a senior at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx. He loathes the traditional way schools educate students. In March 2017 on a panel at SXSWedu, he discussed how schools must adapt to our changing world by implementing student-centered learning curricula. In the fall, he will be leaving New York to attend Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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Zoe Markman

Zoe is a sophomore at the High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx. She is an active member of her school’s debate team, math team, and women’s empowerment club. When Zoe isn’t busy studying or procrastinating, she loves to watch Parks and Recreation or Gilmore Girls.