PENCIL Personals: Team PENCIL 2019

The TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3rd is nearly here, and we’re so excited to have Team PENCIL joining the race to help open eyes, open minds, and open doors for NYC public school students. With just under a week to go, we want to take a moment to introduce you to a few of this year’s incredible team members. Learn what inspired them to run on behalf of PENCIL, and we hope that you will consider supporting their efforts and PENCIL’s mission to connect students to success.

Thank you so much to Team PENCIL and good luck to everyone on November 3rd!


Name: Tim Barnes
When Tim’s local gym signed up for the marathon, he knew didn’t want to miss the opportunity to join. Looking for educational organizations to support, he found PENCIL on the TCS NYC website and knew it was a good fit. “I am a former teacher, and now work with Salesforce for their K-12 team,” he says. “College and Career Readiness is something that is extremely important in my work but also my personal life. I was a mentor in Year Up and am a mentor for Denver Kids now!”





Name: Erik Johnson
A member of PENCIL’s Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Erik was inspired to run by his friend, who entered the marathon last year. As a student who went through the public-school system, he says he “had a hard time connecting to the right companies to achieve positions.” Today, it is important to him to connect New York City students to success to ensure that they have access to these opportunities.






Name: John Richey
After thinking about running in the marathon for years, John finally made the plunge, signed up, and committed to training with a friend. As an artist and arts administrator, he believes strongly in education, especially arts education, and access to the arts. He says, “by allowing our young people access to information through mentoring, internships, immersive experiences, and in-school partnerships we are giving them the tools to communicate in a clear and concise manner, ultimately setting them up for success!”





Name: Constantine Savvides
Constantine learned about PENCIL through his fellow Team PENCIL member Erik. Since recently moving to New York City, he wants to fully engage in everything the city has to offer, including the marathon! Asked why it is important to support PENCIL’s mission, he explains “It is my responsibility and pleasure to foster growth and provide opportunity to youth in my community. That which is good for the bees is good for the hive.”