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Natasha Bhandari
Gillian Larson

Gillian Larson joined Avenues in the fall of 2013 and has enjoyed teaching in the Early Learning Center for the past several years. 

Gillian’s first job in education was teaching 3- and 4-year-olds at the International Preschool in New York. She then spent four years at Apple Seeds in Chelsea developing curricula and teaching classes created for 2-to-5-year olds, including science, art, storytelling, cooking, ballet and tap. 

Prior to Apple Seeds, Gillian was with New York University’s Department of Psychology as a research coordinator, where she worked on a longitudinal study of the development of children’s social identities. She conducted interviews with elementary and middle school students from immigrant families, as well as with their teachers and parents, using both standardized and adapted social and developmental psychology measures. She also trained and supervised 15 N.Y.U. undergraduates in the psychology department. 

Before working at N.Y.U., Gillian was a research coordinator at Bellevue Hospital studying treatments for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She has also worked at a travel public relations firm, where she oversaw marketing and public relations for hotels in Paris, London, Milan and Nantucket.

Gillian has a B.A. in history from Brown University. She is in the process of completing a master's in Early Childhood Education at Fordham University. 

Outside the classroom, Gillian immerses herself in urban adventures with her twins, who are 3rd graders at Avenues. On weekends, she frequently spends time with family on a farm in New Jersey, where favorite activities include climbing trees, feeding Black Angus cattle and interacting with a herd of donkeys. Gillian is learning Mandarin from her 4-year-old students and Spanish from her 8-year-old twins, all of whom love to correct her accent! Whenever she can find a free moment, she voraciously reads novels. 

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