Witches, Wizards, and Wands
Eliza Newman earned a baccalaureate degree in Communications from the University of Hartford, but always came back home in the summer to work as a camp counselor, where her love of working with young students blossomed. In 2014, starting off as a TA at P.S. 87, Eliza found her way into the prestigious 87Afterschool program. With a background as a childcare worker, an athlete, and a lifelong goofball, Eliza quickly went from an assistant instructor to head coaching 4 times a week. When the after school directors suggested that instructors start creating unique content, Eliza jumped at the chance to create her own Harry Potter program and thus “Witches, Wizards, and Wands'' was born! Eliza has been a paraprofessional at Booker T. Washington Middle School for the past three years. Eliza is a native Upper West Sider who enjoys exploring the Harry Potter franchise, playing soccer, and eating Gray’s Papaya.