Ali McKersie is a teacher and lifelong learner whose commitment to progressive education has grown exponentially over the years. She began teaching at Bank Street School for Children in September of 1998 after earning an MS in early adolescence education from Bank Street College. Over the course of her tenure at Bank Street, in addition to classroom teaching, she has been lucky to wear many hats, serving as a union representative, a staff associate trustee, and an editorial board member of the Bank Street Occasional Paper Series, a scholarly journal that seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy.
Ali is a National Fellow with iCivics-Educating for American Democracy, where she is developing an American History curriculum for middle school. She is also a Fellow with Citizen University’s Civic Seminary Program. Ali facilitates Building Bridges, an innovative civic engagement project through Bank Street College that brings middle school students together to engage in civil discourse around topics of national and global importance. Ali has led teacher training at the Rato Bangala School in Nepal, as well as other educational institutions, and has presented at numerous progressive education conferences.
An avid gardener and hiker, Ali is co-owner of the Marbletown Multi-Arts Center in Stone Ridge, NY. She holds a certificate in leadership from NYSAIS Emerging Leaders Institute and a BS from Cornell University.