Lauren Escobar, 6th Grade

Ms. Escobar is very excited to be returning for her third year teaching ELA at UASCJ.  She received her undergraduate degree at New York University,where she also played lacrosse,  and continued on to Pace University for her master's degree in teaching.   Ms. Escobar loves teaching reading and writing, and hopes that her students enjoy literature as much as she does!

Ms. Escobar was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, but now calls Brooklyn home. When she's not teaching, she enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her cat, Milo, and watching and playing all kinds of sports. She also loves exploring all the opportunities New York City has to offer.

Joyce Hansen, 7th Grade   

 Focusing on writing in her undergraduate work at Binghamton University, Ms. Hansen always knew she wanted to do something with words. She spent a few years writing for a construction trade journal, and freelanced at a local paper for some time in Syracuse, NY. It wasn't long before she realized teaching was a good fit, and she completed her Master's at SUNY Cortland. For the past four years, she's been teaching upstate, but the allure of the big city was too much to resist. This summer she moved to Brooklyn, and she's excited to be working at UASCJ teaching English 7 and Sports Literature. 

  Some things never change, and others change so much they stay exactly the same. That's the case with yearbook and Ms. Hansen. When she was in middle school, she joined the yearbook staff and stuck with it all throughout her own high school years--even going to yearbook camp in Gettysburg, PA over the summer twice: as a student, and then later as an adviser. After spending the last three years as a yearbook adviser upstate, she's ready to join the team at UASCJ and help make this book a gorgeous time capsule of hard work and dedication as it records the endeavors of UASCJ's graduating seniors. 


  Sloan T.F. Gallaher, 8th Grade

I was born in Apia, Western Samoa; a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Soon after my parents returned to the United States and we moved to Larchmont, NY where I spent my early life and teenage years. I have one older brother and a younger sister.

After attending Mamaroneck High School where I played on the football, soccer and swimming teams, I went on to Boston College. I thoroughly enjoyed my education there, and soon after graduating wanted to become a teacher in order to give back some of the great experiences I had in school to a new generation of learners. I have been teaching in the New York City school systems as an English teacher for 17 years, and am excited to be a new member of the UAS Criminal Justice teaching staff.

Although I have lived in New York City ever since I became a NYC teacher, I moved to New Jersey last year when my son, Ryan was born. We live in Totowa, New Jersey, and as you can see from the picture, we spend most of our time during the summer at our summer house in southern New Jersey.

Some of my interests and passions include reading (of course), creative writing, skiing, sailing, riding our new wave runner (jet ski), hiking, and, perhaps most importantly, traveling. The most important things I ever learned in life are that people are more important than any possession, and the greatest joy in life is the gift of a child.

Jamie Boileau, 9th Grade

Ms. Boileau is very excited to be joining UASCJ this year! Prior to joining UASCJ, she taught English and Theater at a transfer high school in Brooklyn as well as in a GED program at Lehman College. She holds a BA in Theater from George Mason University and a MA in Educational Theater and English from New York University. A lifelong theater lover, Ms. Boileau was a professional actor in her "previous" life. In her spare time, Ms. Boileau primarily chases her two year old son Leo around. She also enjoys to cook, catch up on episodes of "New Girl" and "Downtown Abbey," and if she's lucky, read the Sunday New York Times.

   Leona K. Broderick, 10 & 11th Grade

Ms. Broderick grew up in Brooklyn and has been teaching since 2000 in Orlando, New York City and most recently Seoul, South Korea.  She received a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in Arts and Humanities Education from New York University.  She has taught literature to multiple grade levels, as well as creative writing and film. Ms. Broderick enjoys travel, and her latest excursions were to Jeju Island and Tokyo.  In her spare time she reads, loves theatre/film and is an avid practitioner of yoga.


Saara Liimatta, 9th & 12th Grade Writing 






Lauren Biggs, 12th Grade English and AP Literature and Composition

Ms. Biggs went to high school in Honolulu, HI before moving to New York to attend Columbia University, where she received her B.A. in Philosophy. After college she taught for two years in a rural village in Mali as part of the Peace Corps, where she learned to pull her own water from a well twice a day and how to harvest peanuts. Ms. Biggs then moved back to New York to work for the nonprofit Eye to Eye, where she organized youth leadership conferences for students with learning disabilities. She holds her M.A. in English Education from Teachers College. In her free time, you might find her cooking, jogging in Prospect Park, or reading the New York Times and the New Yorker