About NYS-TEACHS

New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS) provides information, referrals, and trainings to schools, school districts, social service providers, parents, and others about the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

NYS-TEACHS is funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and is housed at Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC).

About AFC

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) works on behalf of New York City’s children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure. These include children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, immigrants, children who are homeless, children in foster care, children with limited English proficiency, and those living in poverty. AFC provides a full range of services: free individual case advocacy, technical assistance, and training for parents, students and professionals about children’s educational entitlements and due process rights in New York City.

NYS-TEACHS Staff

  • Gilma Bernal, Education Specialist
  • Joao Da Silva, Education Specialist
  • Michelle Frank, JD, Assistant Director
  • Jackie Garbe, Administrative Assistant
  • Emily J. Kramer, Senior Program Analyst
  • Arija Linauts, Senior Program Associate
  • Jennifer Pringle, JD, Project Director