Meet The

Creative Soul Team

Meet The Creative Director

Brittany Barker is an educator, performance artist, poet and enrichment program designer. Born & raised in Harlem, she's remained deeply connected to her community both culturally and academically. She has studied in the US and UK, obtaining her Bachelors Degree in English, and a Masters Degree (MAT) in Secondary Education. She's taught in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn, Harlem and the South Bronx.

As a former Dean of Programs where she directed school-wide youth and socio-emotional development at an East Harlem high school, her work in the education field centers holistic growth, imagination-work and self-actualization, which has been recognized by the Walton Foundation in their Teachers Inspire series.

Brittany served as a classroom teacher for several years, first as a 10th grade ELA instructor, then piloted several arts wellness and social justice courses as an Arts & Consciousness, and Arts & Activism instructor. Her work in the classroom helped refined her professional passions.

She currently designs arts,social justice and mind body spirit programs and experiences for youth and adults. Since the summer of 2020, she’s piloted (designed and managed) DREAM Charter High School’s Project-Based Learning employment series, which provides opportunities for Bronx, Harlem, and Brooklyn teens to work while actualizing their passions through interest-based workshops. She's connected her services to many communities as a teaching artist and performer, facilitating arts wellness and intensive workshops, saloons and community discussions to non-profit organizations and educational institutions, such as Girls Write Now, The Harlem Bomb Shelter, Dickinson College, etc.


Her creative work is closely aligned to her professional profile, as she’s produced several projects for her shared communities that push the bounds of what it means to mitigate and navigate the twists and turns of life. Her creative work has been recognized by Dickinson College, DREAM Charter School and Girls Write Now to name a few.

Her Portfolio

Voiceover & Screenwriting

Performance

Community Impact


Professional Development Design

designed and facilitated by Brittany Barker

  • Dickinson College

    • Women of Color Summit, Spring 2020 Retreat

      • Ally Day: Intersectional Allyship

  • Dream Charter School Network

    • Instructional Leadership Team (Quarterly Retreat) Adult Socio-Emotional Learning

      • Juggling Hats: On Balancing Many Roles, 2020

      • The Leadership Diaries: Assessing Your Practice, 2021

    • Whole Staff Inquiry

      • Supporting Students: Effective Advisement, May 2021

      • Responsive Teaching: Embedding Socio-Emotional Learning in Performance Tasks, May 2021

      • Cultivating Genius: Building Culturally Responsive Curricula

      • Wellness Circle: Mitigating a Pandemic, April 2020

    • Youth Development Team (Quarterly Retreats)

      • Curricular Vision: Designing the Studio Course (Backwards Design, Scope & Sequence)

      • Developing Youth Relationships: 1:1 Caseload Management

    • Network Data Day: Social Emotional Learning & Student Life

      • DCHS Data Day, Fall 2020 (Program Metrics & Assessment, Student Interventions)

      • DCHS Data Day, Spring 2021 (Program Metrics & Assessment, Student Interventions)

  • EHE Health

      • Where I'm From: Diversity & Creative Wellness Workshop, Oct 2021

  • Girls Write Now

      • Wellness Wednesdays: Explore Your Feelings, Mentor Edition, 2021

  • Public Service Enterprise Group

      • Where I'm From: Diversity & Creative Wellness Workshop, Oct 2021

Publications

Meet the Chief Operations Officer

Lashae Caines is a business consultant, registered nurse and current assistant nurse manager, born and raised in NYC. Lashae started her career in health care as a PCA at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2008. She graduated from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in 2015 and has recently obtained her MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Capella University. She has dedicated 15+ years to people work as a dedicated frontline worker and a compassionate service leader. Lashae is committed to educating nurses and other healthcare professionals on best practices that can be utilized to ensure patient safety and fair working conditions.

Her skills reside in equitable practice, ensuring quality experience for any receivers of her service work and advocacy for the marginalized. Outside of her healthcare roles, she is an avid creator and a reliable consultant for up and coming small businesses. At Creative Soul, she has provided start-up business advisement and operational input to set solid and sustainable foundations.