Faculty & Staff
WHO: Nyika Buccello
ROLE AT PURNELL: Director of Advising, Senior Class Dean, Assistant Dean of Students, Math Instructor, and Custis Dorm Parent.
FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING AT PURNELL: I love all the traditions especially my team! I love both the disciplinary system and the advisory aspects of the school. Each student is treated as an individual and their experiences are taking into account either through successes or challenges. My most favorite thing is Project Exploration. I like the opportunity of exploring new things. Through Project Ex, I have traveled to New Orleans, Mexico, Spain, Morocco, and Ecuador. I have studied photojournalism, the Spanish culture, art series, developing film, history of Louisiana, ecosystems, cooking, women in media and soon putting on a musical production. Both the teachers and students become a learning team. You are no longer are the expert and it's awesome that students get to see you like that.
OUTSIDE HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I continue my love of traveling and learning during the summers as much as I can & all things Disney.
YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT: I have taken NYC public school students on cross-country adventures where we hiked the Grand Tetons, saw Ole' Faithful, Mount Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon. We also enjoyed nature and saw bears, a snake, and buffalo. We spent time on an Indian reservation and experienced a sweat lodge. We did community service along the way as well: building bridges, working at Girls Inc., and the Yellowstone National Park.
I have worked with Rustic Pathways as well. I lived in New Orleans for a summer while leading groups of high school juniors and seniors. We helped build and refurbish houses that were lost in hurricane Katrina with Habitat for Humanity and worked on saving the wetlands while experiencing the culture of the city.
B.S. SUNY New Paltz
M.S. Canisius College
M.F.A. Maryland University
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University
Ed.M. Harvard University
Ed.D. Harvard University
PGCE Oxford Brooks University
M.A. Chichester University
Ed.M. Seton Hall University
M.Ed Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University
M.S. Oklahoma State University
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
M.Ed. Temple University
Ed.M. Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A. Mills College
M.S. Pratt Institute