Staff

Asari Beale

Executive Director
Asari Beale joined Teachers & Writers in May 2019, bringing her extensive experience as a teacher, writer, fundraiser, and communications professional. Most recently, Ms. Beale served as the Director of Communications and Community Relations at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (LSA), a human services agency dedicated to the wellness of families in East Harlem. Prior to that, she served as Communications Manager at Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an early literacy and school readiness program. She has taught literature and creative writing as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Fordham University. In addition, she is a writer of young people’s literature and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Ms. Beale holds a BA from New York University and an MFA from Brooklyn College.

 

Nancy L. Weber

Education Director
Nancy L. Weber is a fiction writer and teacher. Prior to joining the Teachers & Writers staff in September 2019, Ms. Weber was an Adjunct Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, as well as a Fiction and Business Writing teacher at Gotham Writers Workshop. She was also a Founding Board Member, Program Director, and Workshop Facilitator for NY Writers Coalition, a non-profit arts and social justice organization providing writing programs to disenfranchised youth and adults throughout NYC. Ms. Weber received a BFA in Film Production from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College.

 

Amanda Volel

Communications & Development Associate 
Amanda Volel is a poet and educator, who joined Teachers & Writers in November 2018 as a teaching artist before transitioning into this role. Ms. Volel received her BA in English Writing from DePauw University and her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. During her time there, she worked as a teaching assistant at SUNY Purchase and in the “Right to Write” program where she taught workshops to incarcerated women in Valhalla, NY.