Founder & Co-leader of Troop #1
Mary Bronstein is an educator, rogue feminist scholar, creatrix and mother living in South Williamsburg. She holds a bachelors of fine arts degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (theater arts), master degrees from from both Bank Street College of Education (child life) and Teachers College/Columbia University (psychology in education, emphasis on applied child psychology) as well as an advanced graduate certificate in gender & women’s studies from Western Kentucky University. She is the award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker behind the film Yeast (2008), which has been shown internationally and on PBS. Mary is the co-founder and co-director of the progressive Brooklyn preschool The Playschool and the founder and co-leader of The Code, a radically progressive puberty and menstruation education program for young people. Mary also publishes feminist scholarship for presses such as Lexington, McFarland and Demeter and is in the midst of launching her own small press called Burn & Shine Media, which will publish radical feminist/humanitarian themed photo books for young children.
Mary is extremely passionate about creating communities for children and families to develop, flourish and learn with love and support. She is especially concerned with creating sacred spaces for girls and women to express, discover and process their femaleness and how to transcend the patriarchy that constantly attempts to effect them. Mary believes that teaching both girls and boys through a feminist lens is a way to build communities in which people of all gender identifications are treated as full and worthy human beings.
Co-leader of Troop #1
Kirsten Mahoney graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education in 2011. She is a crafter, performer and art-maker who has been working in the field of professional in-home child care for over 15 years.
Kirsten's calling is as an early childhood educator and she hopes to be an advocate for children and families in the realms of equal opportunity education, social justice and women's health and reproductive rights.
She places an emphasis on building the knowledge, confidence, creativity and self esteem of young children through both learner-led and teacher-guided participation and experiences in all facets of visual art.
Her personal ethos is to be present, mindful, patient and kind in all areas of her life and in dealing with all people.
Leader of Troop #2
Bio coming soon!