Honeybirds Playschool

CO-OP PRESCHOOL IN CLINTON HILL/BED-STUY, BROOKYLN

Ms. Juli serves as Director

Juliana Pinto McKeen (Juli for short) brings over a fifteen of experience in working with small children, as well as a diverse multi-cultural background that includes fluency in Spanish and French.  As an immigrant and previous DACA-recipient, Ms. Juli’s professional and educational journey has had lots of twists and turns, all the while maintaining the consistency and passion in working with children. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia she worked as a camp counselor and caregiver for children with disabilities. While attending Seton Hall University for a short time, Juliana continue to work with children and their families as a caregiver, even after taking a hiatus from school. In 2011 she moved to Brooklyn and enrolled at Hunter College in 2013. Juliana co-founded, taught at, and co-managed Honeybirds Playschool while attending school full time. In 2017 she graduated from Hunter with a BS in psychology and a minor in African American, Puerto Rican, and Latino studies.

Juliana brings a deeper understanding of the children’s needs while preparing them for what is ahead.  Ms. Juli loves to play and be silly with the children, and can often be found pretending to be an animal and/or friendly monster. She now serves as the School Director. Juliana enjoys throwing ceramics, making sourdough, taking her dog to the dog park, and reading for her book club when she isn't playing pretend with preschoolers.  Ms. Juli is currently pursuing a clinical Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University.

Ms. Tamar is the Lead Teacher at Honeybirds. 

Tamar Grimm-Feeser has two decades of experience working with young children and raising her daughter. She was a founding teacher at The Brooklyn Waldorf School and led a nursery and mixed-aged afternoon program. Tamar trained and received her Master's of Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge Institute in Chestnut Ridge, NY. She has a deep curiosity for and love of the natural world and loves to share this sense of wonder with young children through storytelling, puppetry, and gardening. She loves traveling and uses her adventures as fodder and inspiration for her stories. Her experience teaching children in an urban environment has led her to embrace the rhythmic warmth, artistry and holistic approach that Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf pedagogy provides as a palliative to urban living. Additionally, she loves the diversity of cultures, languages, and potential friendships around every corner. One of her favorite aspects of teaching young children is to support their imaginative free play and to be fully present for the resourcefulness and joy their imaginations bring to each day. Ms. Tamar has been at Honeybirds since the Fall of 2017.

Ms. Kate serves as Pedagogical Administrator

Kate May-Price began her educational journey in English and Horticulture, receiving Bachelor's for each from Virginia Tech. While there, she became passionate about teaching, so she pursued her graduate degree at Cornell University where she received a Masters of Professional Studies in Education with a concentration in Community Development. When she was researching topics for her thesis, she came across Biodynamics and Waldorf Education. This new interest eventually led her earning a 542.5 hour certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge Institute in 2014.

Just as her educational background is varied, so is her professional development. Kate spent several years as a gardener and horticultural educator, working with diverse age groups. After moving to NYC in 2011, she began working at the Brooklyn Waldorf School in the early childhood department as an assistant teacher. While teaching in the nursery program, she pursued several opportunities to support the development of the school. Interested in developing her administrative and managerial skills further, she left the school to manage a recreational cooking school for adults. She has served as Pedagogical Administrator at Honeybirds Playschool since the Fall of 2019.