Leadership

Jane Johnson Jane Johnson is the Executive Director of New Song Community Learning Center. She was born and reared in the Sandtown-Winchester community (where the Learning Center is located), and has been involved with the school since its inception in 1991. After enrolling her children in the preschool and after school programs, Jane began her work at New Song as a parent volunteer and was quickly promoted to part-time Teacher’s Assistant and later to full-time Administrative Assistant. Her ongoing commitment and competency earned her the opportunity to co-direct New Song Learning Center along with founder, Susan Tibbels in 2008. After 20 years of working side-by-side with Susan and building a working knowledge of the Learning Center, Jane successfully succeeded Susan as Executive Director in 2013. Jane holds a certificate in Early Childhood Administration and is currently completing her degree in Early Childhood Education. She remains dedicated and committed to providing quality educational opportunities to the children and families in the Sandtown-Winchester community. She enjoys working with the staff, students, parents and supporters to help make New Song a place that fosters love, hope, high expectations for learning and develops future leaders. Jane has three children who have graduated from New Song Academy, and one who is currently in the 5th grade. Three of her grandchildren also currently attend New Song.
Nancy NilesonNancy Neilson has been an educator in the Baltimore City Schools for over 42 years. Currently in her third year as principal of New Song, she brings a wealth of experiences in the school system, including teacher, language arts educational specialist and director, director of reading, assistant principal, principal, coordinator of the school system’s Performance Based Evaluation System, Professional Development Schools, and Network Team Lead.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s degree in Reading from Towson University, and Advanced Certification in Administration and Supervision. It was as Team Lead that Nancy had her first experience with New Song.  After working for a year with the students and staff, she was hooked. When asked to consider becoming the principal, Nancy used the balance sheet approach to make her decision. “I made a list of all of the reasons why I should become a principal again, and every reason came back specifically to New Song: strong professional staff, wonderful children, supportive welcoming parents, and a school climate that nurtures children in a way that is unique and special. I could not think of one reason not to take such a wonderful opportunity. It is a decision that I have never regretted.”

IMG_2808Jennie Wiggins has been an employee at New Song Learning Center for the past 14 years. She started volunteering with New Song Academy in 1994 when her son was enrolled in the preschool program. After volunteering, she became a teachers aid then a leading preschool teacher. She is currently the Preschool Director.

 

Breai Mason-CampbellBreai Mason-Campbell is a 13-year veteran at New Song Community Learning Center. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard, and a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University. A Baltimore native, she made the decision to return to her hometown after graduate school to work for the betterment of her community through cultural transformation. African Diasporan Arts are the modality Mason-Campbell employs to broaden the perspectives of her students, their families and supporters regarding their place in society, history and the future. In her tenure at NSCLC, Mason-Campbell served as an English/Language Arts homeroom teacher for 4 years, the Director of After School Programs for 8 years, and lead dance teacher for 7 years.