Amber Charter School
VASTHI REYES ACOSTA is the Head of School/Principal at Amber Charter School in East Harlem. Vasthi Acosta is a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College where she was awarded both a Doctor of Education and Master of Arts degrees. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University.
Dr. Acosta has worked in the NYC Department of Education as Assistant Principal, Consultant and teacher. She was a college professor at Hostos Community College in the Early Childhood Education department, a curriculum developer and teacher trainer at Teachers College. While at Teachers College, she was responsible for training teachers throughout the North Eastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She has been a national validator for early childhood programs seeking accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Dr. Acosta has presented scholarly work at national and state-wide conferences. She has published several articles, the two most recent, a book review of the book Language, Space and Power: A Critical Look at Bilingual Education and a commentary titled, Stung by Buzz Words, both in the Teachers College Record. As an author, her novella is published in the anthology A Big Apple Christmas. She is also a columnist for El Diario/La Prensa where her weekly column, “La Maestra del Pueblo” appears every Monday.