About Us

Barbara McKeon, Ed.D.

Barbara’s career has focused on serving the academic and social needs of the most vulnerable students in both private and public-school settings. She earned her Bachelors in Anthropology from Rutgers University, Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Vermont, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University and is an ASHA certified Speech/Language Pathologist. 

She has written and been featured in numerous articles and has spoken extensively both nationally and internationally on topics in education including improving school culture, school turn-around, aspiring leadership, building relational trust and integrating restorative practices. She has held adjunct professorships at Pace, Brooklyn College and the University of Vermont. 

Barbara recently appeared on CBS This Morning discussing the struggles parents and students face during remote learning.  She co-founded in-SPIRE for families who are struggling to manage the work-life imbalance created by remote learning.

Art Puritz, M.S.

Art has spent the past thirty years as a teacher and administrator in private and public schools in New York City. He has earned a B.A. in English Literature from Long Island University, an M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and an M.A. in School Building Leadership from City College in New York City.

During his private school tenure as an English teacher he worked with a diverse group of students, eager to show them the power of critical thinking and analytical writing. In his role as the Dean of Students for the past ten years working with middle and high school students, his ability to build relationships enabled him to support students and families.  He taught students life lessons from a respect for all lens and helped parents contend with the struggles of raising pre-teens, tweens and teenagers. 

During the pandemic he continued to support families and students struggling with remote learning. In addition to teaching, Art coached basketball and baseball for twenty years and won City championships in both sports.  His passion for coaching reveals itself in his work with students who struggle academically.