Kaitlin Holt is Brooklyn Connections’ program manager. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Public Library as an educator in 2013, Kaitlin worked as a public programs facilitator at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia where she helped patrons track down illustrious immigrant pasts, and as an educator at the British Museum in London, England where she frolicked with mummies and the Elgin Marbles. She earned an M.A. in Museum Studies in 2010 from the University College London and B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. Kaitlin spends all of her free time (and money) traveling to the far corners of the earth with her Aussie husband and little girl.
Julia Pelaez is Brooklyn Connections newest educator. She holds a M.A. in Teaching History from Bard College and has worked previously as an educator at the American Museum of Natural History. Julia advocates for the learning-disabled community, which she is a part of, to ensure that teachers are trained to integrate engaging materials and techniques to create inclusive classrooms. A true Brooklynite, Julia worked in both the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Aquarium as a teen and grew up admiring her historical hero, Lady Deborah Moody, the founder of Gravesend where she has lived most of her life.
Jen Hoyer is an Educator with the Brooklyn Connections program. She joined the team after running a music outreach program in South Africa, working as a school librarian in Montreal, and organizing the archives of the oldest public lending library in Canada. Jen loves helping people realize how amazing the history of their community is, and when she’s not talking about the neat material in the Brooklyn Collection, she volunteers her time to organize programming at Interference Archive in Gowanus. As the team’s resident Canadian, Jen firmly believes that the alphabet ends with the letter “zed”.