Curious-on-Hudson offers innovative learning opportunities for students in K-5 and middle school. We develop and deliver STEAM enrichment programs focused on science, technology, engineering, as well as creative and applied arts. From woodworking to MAKER classes to coding, our classes are all hands-on, inquiry-based learning focused on encouraging the inspiration to explore, develop new skills, and GROW.

Our telephone number is 914-274-8205 or you can reach us by email at [email protected]

Meet our Team

Jackie Bastardi

Jackie Bastardi

General Manager

Jackie Bastardi is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. She began teaching at Curious-On-Hudson in the summer of 2014 when she subbed-in for the Da Vinci Workshop Camp and was hooked ever since. Jackie oversees the development team and develops most of our science and engineering camps/classes. As an educator and developer, Jackie personifies enthusiastic learning—proud of her geek side, she finds joy in inspiring and motivating young people to explore their world.

Christine Advincula

Christine Advincula

Creative Programs Manager

Christine Advincula is the Scratch and web coding curriculum developer, inspiration behind Young Tinkerers, and empress of Minecraft programs. She makes. She codes. She asks a lot of questions. Did you know that she’s also Curious-On-Hudson’s prototype instructor robot? She has been programmed to stay forever curious, just the way we found her.

Adonis DeLeon

Adonis DeLeon

Operations Coordinator

Adonis is the man behind the scenes at Curious-On-Hudson. Responsible for all class materials, he ensures a quality lesson will be taught before it even happens. He strives to not only engage students, but also fuel their imagination and creativity. Adonis is very keen on self-expression and loves to add that quality to any and every class. How does he do it? Adonis not only adds materials he thinks will set students’ projects apart, he also creates additional unique project examples to really inspire any and every student. Not to mention, Adonis is the brains behind the masterfully organized storage room in the office. He is like a human database for project materials! If you don’t know where to find something in-office, you can just ask Adonis. He knows where just about everything is in the office, not that you’ll need to ask because everything is already clearly labeled!

Adele Falco

Adele Falco

Founder & CEO

A long walk with the dog along the Hudson River sparked the idea for Curious-on-Hudson. It started as an antidote to impersonal learning and would become a place where learning is accessible, person-to-person, and hands-on. Both Curious-on-Hudson and Adele have evolved since we started in 2013, but she is still curious and she still gets her best ideas while walking her dog. [email protected]

Nate Long

Nate Long

STEAM Developer and Instructor

Nate is a multi-talented Swiss-Army-knife-of-skills and creative talent; a developer who writes, builds, and delivers some of our most innovative programs, including our woodworking and STEAM Uke curriculum. He composes music (most recently a film score) and is the idea-master of unique ways to inspire kids in our enrichment programs through projects and games. He is a graduate of Ithaca College of Music and the official dog whisperer for Curious-On-Hudson.

Stephen Marmolejos

Stephen Marmolejos

Operations Manager

Stephen is the Operations Manager for our busy organization. He’s the one who dreads snow because it means we have to reschedule umpteen classes for the 47th time…but he does it well. He keeps us posted on changes to schedule, tells staff what they need to know, and keeps watch over who’s coming and going. You’ll also find him keeping tabs on our managed program sites. In essence, Stephen is the one person here who can quickly tell you the date and time without looking at his phone.

Meredith McKunes

Meredith McKunes

Summer Program Manager

Meredith grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts and attended Keene State College, where she majored in film production. Throughout her time there, Meredith worked in the college day care facility, after which she worked for Franklin TV, a local cable channel. While there, she produced content and mentored high school interns. She enjoys a host of activities from painting, photography, cooking, and running (she’s a x-country and track person). Currently, she develops our curriculum videos for our instructors and teaches some of our STEAM curriculum.

Howie

Howie

Office Manager & Health Coach

Howie is Curious-on-Hudson’s Office Manager. His many jobs include security, announcing visitors when they come in, and Hudson River water quality tester.