HTASC Staff are here because of their commitment to the HTASC mission to provide a program that facilitates academic success, develops strong character and creates independent thinkers with a love of learning.

Oh,...and they love children!

Ms. Simpson: Program Director 

"Ms S" started with HTASC as the teacher of the 3-5 class. In 2018, Vivien Simpson took the reins as Program Director. Since then, she has transformed HTASC into an exemplary program where children learn, build strong character and feel respected and loved.


Vivien has a Masters of Arts in French from St Andrews University, Scotland and a Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. 


In her spare time Vivien loves reading, cooking and any outdoors activity. She is thrilled to join HTASC as Program Director and her passion is to inspire and help all children to be their very best selves both academically, socially and emotionally.

Ms. Kacy Sharpe:  Teacher in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Classroom

Kacy Ann Sharpe was born in Jamaica and has a B.A in Education. She has been an integral staff member at HTASC since 2016. After several years with 3-5 grade students, she recently moved to K-2 classroom. Her compassionate teaching style makes her a beloved favorite amongst our youngest students.


Teaching has been a passion for Kacy for over seventeen years. Her mission at HTASC is to create a stimulating classroom environment that will instill and enhance a lifelong love of learning among her students.  When not teaching, Kacy enjoys traveling, reading and cooking.


She is thrilled to be a part of the supportive and creative team at HTASC and is looking forward to introducing enriching activities that focus on creativity, exploration and fun!

Mr. Jonah Thrasher:  Teacher in 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Classroom


We extend a warm welcome to Mr. Thrasher who joined us in January 2023!


Mr. Thrasher has a Elementary Education from Arizona State University and recently relocated to Poughkeepsie from Arizona where he has lived for a large part of his life. Until recently, Mr. Thrasher was a home room teacher in a third grade classroom.


He enjoys drawing, fishing and the countryside. He is excited to join HTASC and hopes to provide an enriching after-school environment for our students to continue their education in a fun and safe place.


Feel free to drop in to meet him during program hours, either with or without children. 

Mr. Zachery Gephart-Canada:  SEL Coordinator (Social-Emotional Learning)



Mr. Zach is the newest addition to the HTASC staff,...and what a find!


Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Zach moved to the Hudson Valley to attend Vassar College around 4 years ago. He now attends school at National University and hopes to start a career as a high school history teacher after graduating. When not working or studying, Mr. Zach enjoys cooking, traveling, and recreational sports. He looks forward to getting to know all the children at HTASC in the coming months.