PARADYM ACADEMY STAFF
Duane P. Pierre - Founder/Executive Director
Duane is a multimedia producer and youth advocate with over 20 years in both fields. Duane started ParaDYM Academy as a mobile after-school program, originally called the Prime Narrative Project, in 2008. ParaDYM Academy, Inc. has been a leader in digital youth media, college preparatory training, workforce development, and life skills training. Located in Central CT, ParaDYM Academy has partnered with Girls, Inc., the YWCA, CCSU, OIC, the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, the Institute for Municipal Research and Policy, the Boys and Girls Club, and many other community organizations. Duane currently teaches television production at the Hartford Journalism and Media Academy and its satellite campus at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network.
Antonio Kershaw, Middle School Coordinator/Music Instructor
Antonio Kershaw is a teaching artist that has worked with students throughout Central Connecticut since 2016. He has coordinated ParaDYM Academy's music programs at DiLoreto Middle School in New Britain CT and tutored high school musical artists attending the Hartford Journalism and Media Academy. A hometown hero in New Britain CT, Tony has made it his mission to mentor up-and-coming musicians. This combination of community engagement, mentoring and artistry has made Tony the ideal person to lead our middle school programs on and off-site.
Dr. Sedale Williams- Research Coordinator
Sedale is a doctoral candidate and community activist from Springfield. MA. Sedale was a clinician at BHN Carson Center for Human Services before leaving to finish his doctoral program at Springfield College. He worked with the homeless in San Diego from 2010 to 2012 and saw a high incidence of underlying mental-health issues, which are often repressed in the African-American community. He served in AmeriCorps to support the Springfield College School Turnaround Initiative. He is on the board and steering committee for Brothers United to Inspire Lifestyle Development, helps facilitate the annual Constructing Kings Male Youth Summit, and collaborates with Springfield youths and the community to lower the dropout rate. His work has led him to develop social entrepreneurship and life skills training programs for ParaDYM Academy.
Ray Ruiz. - Esports & Virtual Reality Game Design Intern
Ray is a former Superstar and current CCSU student. Ray returned to ParaDYM Academy to revitalize STEAM education by combining Esports and game design. Focusing on online programs like CoSpaces and CIAC Esports standards, Ray teaches the fundamentals needed to pursue 3D rendered programming and app development. Ray headlines our middle school coding programs at DiLoreto Magnet School in New Britain, CT, and is an instructor for the CSDNB CREATE and the CCSU Tech It Out! enrichment program
Our philosophy is simple: play. produce. empower. We encourage students to explore STREAM fields through recreational activities; we have them work alongside industry professionals to learn skills by producing media, and we empower youth voice through community engagement.
ParaDYM Academy evolved from a mobile classroom video production program in 2008. Since then ParaDYM Academy has partnered with Central Connecticut State University to bring STREAM education and programs to nearly 2000 students in Central Connecticut).