Ms. Cushman graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature, and she earned honors in nonfiction writing. Her nonfiction thesis combined science writing and memoir to examine her family’s enduring relationship to the ocean. After college, Ms. Cushman taught English literature at Athens College, an independent school in Athens, Greece. She is also a visual artist, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art.
Ms. Cushman loves working with young people, and she is very excited to return to her English literature roots for a third year at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. She chose BASIS Independent for its incredible faculty and the creativity and autonomy it allows teachers to have in the classroom.
In her spare time, Claire can be found reading, writing songs, and painting.