The Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship

Matt Bartells
Spring Creek Community High School, Brooklyn, NY

“The Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my teaching career. That is not hyperbole. This has been the first time I have gotten solid skills and content to grow my practice and engage my students intellectually. I have never felt more taken care of, heard and more at ease than at this program. You helped build better teachers and a great community. Thank you.”

Attend a Virtual Info Session!

Attend one of our live Zoom information sessions, held in January and February 2024!

Reignite Your Passion for History and Learning

Engage with renowned historians

Learn important, equity-centered content on this year’s theme: Long Reconstruction: The African-American Experience 1865-1965

Enjoy field excursions to New York City museums and cultural organizations

Emily Lake
The High School for Fashion Industries, New York, NY

“The guest speakers were absolutely phenomenal!”

Reinvigorate Your Love for Teaching

Build rigor to build equity

Innovative and engaging pedagogy in close reading, discourse, and historical thinking

Resources, documents, lesson ideas and more

David Nasser
Uncommon Schools Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY

“So far this has been one of the best professional developments that I've attended. I have improved my craft more in the past few months than I have in my 10 previous years combined.”

Connect Together

Join a diverse community of great social studies teachers who will become cherished colleagues in the work.

Be treated like the professional you are

Feel seen, heard and valued!

Joseph Davis
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science

“This program provided me with a community of like-minded individuals who help me feel seen and supported–a community of thought partners who are always willing to share resources and wisdom. I couldn't have asked for a better experience to reinvigorate my passion for teaching and history”

Who attends the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship?

The program is open to:

High school social studies teachers

With 3+ years of experience (Even teachers with 20+ years have loved it!)

Who live in the New York City area. Participants will be expected to attend programming at the Relay office at 25 Broadway in Manhattan and be available for visits from a coach throughout the year.

Our cohort hails from different types of schools, including district, charter, private and Catholic schools. Preference is given to teachers who teach in under-resourced communities.

What is the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship experience?

The Hollyhock Fellowship is a one-year experience, where Fellows will:

Attend our two-week Summer Seminar:

July 15 - July 26, 2024

Join four Saturday intersessions:

Oct. 19th & Dec. 7th, 2024; March 1st & May 17, 2025

Receive supportive coaching throughout the year to apply what they have learned

Build community with one another - sharing teaching resources and supporting each others’ growth

Learn more about each exciting part of the program below!

What resources does the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship provide?

Stipend:

$3000, disbursed throughout the Fellowship

Supportive Coaching:

Video-based and in-person coaching sessions throughout the school year with expert practitioners and peers

Professional Education Credits:

75 CTLE Continuing Education Credits and an opportunity for A+/P Credits.

Materials:

Access to high quality, resources, primary documents, and professional growth opportunities throughout the school year

Summer Seminar 2024

July 15-19 and July 22-26, 2024

At the Hollyhock Summer Seminar, fellows participate in two weeks of exciting, practice-based professional development, based in rich history content and pedagogy. They learn from renowned historians and examine primary sources and artifacts. The pedagogy sessions focus on building rigor to build equity through methods like:

Facilitating close reading and discourse

Developing historical thinking using the Four Question Method

Integrating equity-focused approaches in our pedagogy

Jesse Curti
Fordham School for the Arts, Bronx, NY

"Overall, I am so happy with the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship! At first, I was very hesitant about dedicating a full two weeks of my summer to work. However, I was more than rewarded with awesome speakers, solid instruction and great colleagues who became friends. 10/10 recommendation to anyone who wants to step up as a teacher!"

Our content focus for Summer 2024:
The African-American Experience in the Long Reconstruction: 1865-1965.

Summer Seminar Faculty

Prof Eric Foner

Prof. Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. His work concentrates on the intersections of intellectual, political, and social history, and the history of American race relations. As a national expert, Dr. Foner will be focusing on the history of Reconstruction.

Prof Terry Anne Scott

Professor Terry Anne Scott is the Director of the Institute of Common Power and an award-winning historian, author, and speaker. Dr. Scott’s research interests focus largely on African American social and cultural history, and political and social movements. She will be focusing on the history of lynching and the Great Migration.

Prof. Yohuru Williams

Professor Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas. His research interests include African American history, civil rights, Black Power movements, African-American constitutional and legal history, and social studies pedagogy. Dr. Williams will focus on Long Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Jon Bassett and Dr. Gary Shiffman

Jon and Gary are the authors of From Story to Judgement: The Four Question Method for Teaching and Learning Social Studies, a text we read for the seminar. Jon and Gary are long-time public school history teachers and they engaged us in learning how to apply this 4QM method to our own instruction.

What Fellows Are Saying:

Edward Acosta
Lincoln Park High School, Newark, NJ

“Loved the lecture by Dr. Foner! Getting intense content knowledge presented by such a qualified professor was excellent.”

Deandra Mason-Nelson
KIPP High School, Bronx NY

“Professor Williams’ session really is at the heart of why I applied to be here...Equity in education is really getting clear about ways to frame complex and contentious historical content.”

Carolyn Ferrari
Energy Tech High School, Long Island City, NY

“The lectures from Professor Scott both days have been both emotionally and intellectually moving. Her insights and resources have truly reframed my ability to teach hard history.”

Summer Seminar Activities

Cultural Institution Visits

Fellows will visit renowned museums and community cultural institutions on guided tours from curators and experts, analyze and interpret the arguments of the exhibits, and explore ways to connect the cultural institution to their classrooms.

For example:

The Museum of the City of NY

The New York Historical Society

The Tenement Museum

Inside Out Tours: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in NYC

The Museum of Modern Art

Jose Estevez
MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Academy) Charter High School

“I enjoyed the trips a lot. I learned a lot about our city's history.”

Shy Burgos
Theater Arts Production Company School

“The trips were a great reminder of the African American history that is already present in the city that we can bring into our classes.”

Professional Development Workshops

Fellows engage in rigorous, practice-based, content pedagogy workshops. Fellows will develop their own lessons and practice executing them and receive feedback from faculty and colleagues. Much of the pedagogy is taught by Jamey Verrilli, who has over 25 years of experience in teaching and leading successful urban schools, and a dozen years experience training teachers.

Joseph Davis
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, Bronx NY

“It has given me more in my career than any other professional development opportunity. It has given me community. Reignited my flame for teaching. Given me effective and accessible tools to incorporate into my practice, and surrounded me with loving and caring fellows and coaches.”

Rebecca Egler
KIPP High School, Bronx, NY

“I just really want to say thank you for the best professional development I've gotten in over a decade of teaching.“

Community Building

Fellows will engage in daily community building, and mindfulness activities for their own participation and to learn ones that they can bring back to their students.

Clioria Buchanan
Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Health Care, Brooklyn , NY

“This fellowship ignited my flame and made me realize that teaching is truly an act of love and reminded me of why I became a teacher”

Is the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship right for me if I don’t teach US history?

Absolutely! Our cohort regularly includes World History, Economics, and Government teachers. We think you will really enjoy learning content that is outside of your regular curriculum and will find connections to your area of expertise. The pedagogical methods are applicable to any social studies course.

During the School Year

Intersessions
Oct. 19th & Dec. 7th, 2024;
March 1st & May 17, 2025

Fellows will participate in four Saturday intersessions throughout the year. These intersessions will continue the learning with practice labs and workshops designed to sharpen your teaching strengths. Fellows will also continue to have guest lecturers and work with New York City cultural organizations.

Shy Burgos
Theater Arts Production Company School

“This was a transformative experience.”

Jesse Curti
Fordham School for the Arts, Bronx, NY

“If I could give 11 out of 10, I would!“

Year-Long Supportive Coaching

Instructional coaching supports Fellows throughout the school year. As part of a networked professional community, fellows will be observed in-person or virtually across the school year with expert instructional coaches. Fellows will upload videos of their classroom teaching in order to discuss and explore ways to strengthen instructional practice. They will share lesson materials, and delve into issues of equity in their classroom, while building a community with each other that enriches their experience in the education profession.

Carmen Cruz
Sunset Park HS, Brooklyn NY

“The support is immeasurable. I feel so validated and supported by my coach. I feel understood and celebrated.”

Joseph Davis
Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science

“The coaching comes from such a place of love — a love for both teaching and for developing teachers. My experience in coaching constantly affirmed why I decided to become a teacher in the first place.”

Information Sessions

We encourage you to attend an online information session prior to applying.

JANUARY

  • Tue Jan. 9, 2024 5:30- 6:15pm
  • Wed Jan. 17, 2024 6- 6:45pm
  • Thu Jan. 25, 2024, 5:30-6:15pm
  • Tue Jan. 30, 2024, 5- 5:45pm

FEBRUARY

  • Wed Feb. 7, 2024, 5:30- 6:15pm
  • Thu Feb. 15, 2024, 5:30- 6:15pm
  • Tue Feb, 27, 2024, 6- 6:45 pm

MARCH

  • Wed March 6, 2024, 5:30- 6:15 pm

If you can’t make an info session, you can always ask us questions via the interest form.

Ginette Amezquita
Uncommon Charter High School, Brooklyn NY

“Here are my reasons to recommend this program:
1) Access to resources, 2) Building connections among like-minded NYC educators, 3) Elevating the teacher profession, 4) This program can be instrumental in ensuring higher teacher retention rates across all NYC schools.”

Nominate a Teacher

Do you know a teacher or teachers who would be interested in this program? Nominate them, and we will reach out personally to invite them to apply!

Daryn Cohen
Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, Brooklyn, NY

“I could not have asked for much more. I am reinvigorated as a teacher, I have a ton of new tools in my tool belt, I have new colleagues and friends to bounce these ideas off of, and a great support system!”

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a high school history or social studies teacher (Teachers from any curricula are welcome - including government, economics, and world history)
  • Have at least three years of teaching experience.
  • Maintain at least a part-time classroom teaching position at your current school site for the duration of the fellowship
  • Attend the Summer Seminar
  • Participate in and prepare fully for all of the school-year, coaching sessions, and Saturday workshops
  • Have access to a computer that can support the technology interface
  • Preference is given to teachers who teach in under-resourced communities with greater than 50% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

Criteria for Selection

  • A belief in equitable outcomes for all students
  • A belief in personal responsibility to work for those equitable outcomes for all students
  • Demonstrated growth mindset to continuously improve with openness to feedback and a willingness to practice and to be videoed while teaching.
  • Investment in collaborating with a community of colleagues
  • Support from school administration to participate fully during the summer seminar and school year and bring what you learned back to your school

Application Timeline

Applications open each year on December 1st and we have rolling admissions through April 5th, 2024.

  • Round 1: Application due by Feb 5, acceptance by Feb 15
  • Round 2: Application due March 5, acceptance by March 15
  • Final Round: Application due April 5, acceptance by April 15

When and where are the Summer Seminar and the Saturday Intersessions?

In 2024, the Hollyhock Summer Seminar will be held: 

-July 15th - July 19, 2023 and July 22 - July 26, 2024. 

-Classes will run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 

-There are no classes on the weekends. 

The Saturday Intersessions will take place on:

-Oct. 19, 2024, Dec. 7, 2024, March 1, 2025, and May 17, 2025. 

-They will run from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Our current plan is for all classes - both Summer Seminar and intersessions to be in-person at Relay Graduate School of Education’s campus, 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10011.

How do I contact Relay about the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship?

To request more information, please email us at jverrilli@relay.edu and put “Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship” in the subject line.

When are the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship applications available?

Applications open for the 2023-24 cohort on December 1, 2023.

Should I apply if I am not sure I can make a commitment to participate in all activities in summer and across the year?

We prefer that teachers only apply if they can fully commit to attending the entire two-week summer seminar, the Year-long coaching and Saturday workshops.

Is the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship only for US History Teachers?

The content focus of the Hollyhock Fellowship (The Long Reconstruction- The African-American Experience 1865-1965) is focused on US History. But all social studies teachers (including global, government and economics teachers) are invited to apply for four reasons:

1. The Long Reconstruction period is important history for all teachers to know. 

2. Our pedagogy sessions focus on broadly applicable skills and concepts such as document use, close reading, discourse, and equity which will surely be useful in your classroom.

3. Our supportive coaching will align to whatever curriculum you are teaching .

4. We know that teaching careers are fluid - you may find yourself teaching US history in the future!

What is the difference between the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship and the Relay Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship?

The Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship is a special program hosted by the Relay Graduate School of Education for experienced humanities teachers in the New York Metro area. It is designed to focus on developing just high school history/social studies teachers. The Hollyhock Fellowship is a one-year program. The Stanford Hollyhock program is a national two-year program hosted by Stanford University’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching for school-based teams of teachers in English, History, Math and Science. Both programs are possible because of the generous support of the Hollyhock Foundation.

Why is the eligibility only for teachers who have at least 3 years of teaching experience?

Experienced teachers need support and opportunities for growth to help them thrive in the classroom. We want to work with teachers who are still seeking to grow and improve for their students and to help them become much-needed teacher leaders in their schools.

For the 2024-25 school year, we only offer fellowships to high school teachers who teach in history/social studies.


What is a typical day like at the Hollyhock Summer Seminar?

The Institute typically runs from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with additional opportunities for socializing and community-building activities on the weekday evenings. Fellows will attend classes at the Relay Graduate School of Education Campus on 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan. We will have professional development sessions where we deep-dive into content, participate in daily intellectual discourse on relevant topics and work on practice-based pedagogy. Daily coffee, beverages, snacks and lunch will be provided each day. There will also be afternoon trips to NY’s renowned cultural institutions on certain days of the week.


Our hope is that all these experiences will build a community of teaching professionals that lasts long after the two-week summer institute ends.


What kinds of things do I need to do to prepare for the summer institute if I am accepted?

Fellows are invited to write a short biography about themselves and their school for our website. Additionally, we will send out 2 short books to read and we will ask you to read specific documents and to review others in a collection of primary source documents.

How do the continuing education units (CTE’s) I earn at Relay Hollyhock get documented?

Relay will email each Hollyhock Fellow a transcript with a record of the CTE’s earned after each summer and each school year. Fellows can use this transcript as verification of their professional learning hours from Hollyhock. Please note that these are not graduate credits as fellows are not enrolled at Relay as graduate students. Hollyhock fellows will also need to keep track of their own CTE documentation throughout the fellowship.

May I apply if I am a SPED or ESL teacher?

If you are a SPED or ESL educator who teaches history/social studies then you may apply. At this time, we do not offer separate sessions for SPED or ESL teachers.

2024-25 Hollyhock Cohort

Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship is excited to welcome these educators from NY and NJ to learn and grow together as a community. Click on each photo to see their Teaching Superpower!

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Nicole Arendt

Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I try to teach with passion, creativity and a sense of humor with a personal and approachable style of engagement with my students based in my expressed genuine effort to assist them as the future adults in our world.

Nicole Arendt

Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare, Brooklyn, NY
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Sarah Baggs Eastwood

Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

Instructional design is my jam! My super power is being able to take in an entire context of a new story that I'm learning about and digest it into an engaging lesson or unit in real time (this is a superpower best done with other people as thinking partners 😄).

Sarah Baggs Eastwood

Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Manhattan, NY
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Audrey Beegle

Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

I know a sense of humor is the best approach with teenagers and work overtime to find the "in" to lessons that will make them engaging. I also do a lot to not whitewash US history because kids are really cynical about that.

Audrey Beegle

Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, Bronx, NY
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Amy Berman

Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching superpower is rigor!

Amy Berman

Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattan, NY
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Richard Brathwaite

Abraham Lincoln’s High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching Super Power is making learning accessible to students of different abilities.

Richard Brathwaite

Abraham Lincoln’s High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Waju Brown

Achievement First Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I bring passion  and enthusiasm to engage my students in the classroom in a way that sparks curiosity about history!

Waju Brown

Achievement First Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY
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Cosette Brown

Theater Arts Production Company, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

I bring excitement and enthusiasm for history. and I can make connections with my students.  I find ways to help them relate to events we are discussing.

Cosette Brown

Theater Arts Production Company, Bronx, NY
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Nick Capicotto

Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I excel at connecting historical and political content to students lived experiences.

Nick Capicotto

Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Andrew Chirdon

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I think I am good at explaining concepts and building relationships.

Andrew Chirdon

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brooklyn, NY
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Nathanial Courtney

Advanced Math and Sciences III, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

My love for humanity and my passion for education is what makes me a great teacher.  I believe in the power of Culturally Responsive/Sustaining Pedagogy.

Nathanial Courtney

Advanced Math and Sciences III, Brooklyn, NY
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Mads Coyne

Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

My relationship and rapport building create a human, warm, and joyful environment.  This makes for an engaging classroom. My bread and butter as an educator is socratic seminar.

Mads Coyne

Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Vanette Dandridge

Mott Hall High School 05M304, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

My ability to engage students in boring content,

Vanette Dandridge

Mott Hall High School 05M304, Manhattan, NY
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Nyasia DiBona

Gateway Academy Charter School, Newark, NJ

Teaching Superpower

I am incredibly passionate about my subject! I love history, and I love teaching it. When my students are able to connect to the content and I see that light bulb go on, it is why I do what I do!

Nyasia DiBona

Gateway Academy Charter School, Newark, NJ
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Alison Dorfman

Academy of American Studies, Long Island City, Queens, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching Super Power is my ability to collaborate. I love working with my co-teacher, colleagues and students to engage learners in dynamic lessons from multiple perspectives, access points, and activities that foster critical thinking and meaningful action.

Alison Dorfman

Academy of American Studies, Long Island City, Queens, NY
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Joe Ettore

North Star Academy - Washington Park High School, Newark, NJ

Teaching Superpower

I believe my teaching super power is the ability to cultivate strong classroom culture and have that translate into high levels of effort, trust, and collaboration.

Joe Ettore

North Star Academy - Washington Park High School, Newark, NJ
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George Gandy

Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I believe that my flexibility and high expectations are what make me a good teacher. As well as my ability to build rapport and connections with my students.

George Gandy

Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Andrew Geathers

Bedford Academy HS, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I have the power of relatability. I’m able to take lessons and make them apply to everyday life.

Andrew Geathers

Bedford Academy HS, Brooklyn, NY
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Robert Horowitz

Bronx Lab School, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

Making History exciting.

Robert Horowitz

Bronx Lab School, Bronx, NY
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Marion Howell

George Washington Carver HS for the Sciences, Queens, NY

Teaching Superpower

I can make the most complicated topic easy to understand! I can make really great student centered worksheets!

Marion Howell

George Washington Carver HS for the Sciences, Queens, NY
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Susie Kim

Grace Church School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

Getting my students to read and write like historians

Susie Kim

Grace Church School, Manhattan, NY
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Kelley Kurrelmeyer

Opportunity Charter School , Manhattan-Harlem, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching super power is patience.

Kelley Kurrelmeyer

Opportunity Charter School , Manhattan-Harlem, NY
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Conrad Lesnewski

Democracy Prep, Manhattan-Harlem, NY

Teaching Superpower

What makes me a great teacher is my inclusion of varied formats in many lessons.

Conrad Lesnewski

Democracy Prep, Manhattan-Harlem, NY
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Martina Madden

Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

I try to bring a ton of energy and positivity to my classroom.  I love history and current events so much, that I try to make my passion for it contagious.

Martina Madden

Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan, NY
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Ethan Manis

Frank McCourt High School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

My commitment to growth and progress for all. I believe that with the right practice, we can all achieve excellence.

Ethan Manis

Frank McCourt High School, Manhattan, NY
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Lisa Martin

Broome Street Academy Charter High School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

The inclusion of every Scholar is what makes a class. We learn as a class; it takes us all.

Lisa Martin

Broome Street Academy Charter High School, Manhattan, NY
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Azareal McCarthy

Longwood Preparatory Academy, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

As a teacher, I believe that empowering students to reach their highest potential is crucial. I strive to get students invested in themselves and their education, helping them to reimagine their future. By creating a supportive and encouraging environment, I have seen incredible growth and success in my students.

Azareal McCarthy

Longwood Preparatory Academy, Bronx, NY
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Tykia Moore

High School of Economics & Finance , Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching superpower would be my SuperVision which allows me to see my students as individuals. This visions aids me in reaching all students inside and outside the four walls of my classroom.

Tykia Moore

High School of Economics & Finance , Manhattan, NY
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Nancy Ocampo

High School of Language and Innovation, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

What makes me a great teacher is my understanding of my students and being able to learn from them everyday.

Nancy Ocampo

High School of Language and Innovation, Bronx, NY
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Laura Pamplona

Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching superpower is to engage students in multilingual conversations and tap into their prior knowledge in different languages.

Laura Pamplona

Sunset Park High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Thomas Payero

Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, Staten Island, NY

Teaching Superpower

I'm able to connect historical concepts to what is going on in my students' lives.

Thomas Payero

Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, Staten Island, NY
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Tatyana Penn

Broom St. Academy Charter High School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

First and foremost, I am passionate about learning. I am patient, understanding, and kind. I’m understand that everybody has different learning styles and it’s my job to find them.

Tatyana Penn

Broom St. Academy Charter High School, Manhattan, NY
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Nadia Ponce

Spring Creek Community School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

Flexible, if something goes wrong in a lesson I keep it moving. Attention to detail, what I put in front of students is really important to me

Nadia Ponce

Spring Creek Community School, Brooklyn, NY
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Tiffany Reid

Northside Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

What makes me a great teacher is my ability to be able to make even the “toughest” kid smile, even if it takes a few tries. My super power is my ability to always find a way to make myself relatable to my students .

Tiffany Reid

Northside Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Geordana Roa

York Early College Academy, Queens, NY

Teaching Superpower

I am an encourager. I see the limitless potential of all the children I am blessed to serve.

Geordana Roa

York Early College Academy, Queens, NY
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Ayesha Sayyeda

Washington Park High School, Newark, NJ

Teaching Superpower

I put humor within my lessons, this allows for students to be engaged and look at history in a whole new light.

Ayesha Sayyeda

Washington Park High School, Newark, NJ
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Matthew Silber

Unity Preparatory Charter School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

Strong emphasis on warm relationships with high expectations.

Matthew Silber

Unity Preparatory Charter School, Brooklyn, NY
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Russel Skinner

HS of Language and Innovation, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

High Expectations, resilience, creativity, flexibility. + I know how to write IEPs and support with union rights.

Russel Skinner

HS of Language and Innovation, Bronx, NY
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Laura Smykla

Central Park East High School, Manhattan, NY

Teaching Superpower

My thoughtfulness. I am always thinking about the connections of the content and the assignments so that everything in the classroom has meaning.

Laura Smykla

Central Park East High School, Manhattan, NY
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Nick Sowa

KIPP NYC College Prep High School, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

I am never comfortable "just running it back" and am constantly seeking ways I can improve my curriculum.

Nick Sowa

KIPP NYC College Prep High School, Bronx, NY
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Kanesha Stith

New Visions Advanced Math & Science, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

What makes me a great teacher is that I am always looking to develop in my profession whether it is a class I take, professional development or even visiting my colleagues' classrooms. This is because of my passion for education, especially special education.

Kanesha Stith

New Visions Advanced Math & Science, Brooklyn, NY
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Nairée Taveras

Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

My ability to connect the lesson to the students and their lives.

Nairée Taveras

Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science, Bronx, NY
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Samantha Terry

Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I think my superpower as a teacher is being able to engage my students by bringing in random facts that have to do with our lesson that make them more interested and get them to start asking questions. My best lessons have always been the ones were I can spend a little time giving random tidbits to students and letting them take the discussion from there and relate it to content they already know.

Samantha Terry

Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY
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John Wasmund

East Bronx Academy for the Future, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

Versatility in integrating new strategies and contemporary content into my curricula. Also, my corny jokes!

John Wasmund

East Bronx Academy for the Future, Bronx, NY
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Jordan Watson

Brooklyn Prospect High School, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

Making history fun and engaging by emphasizing humanity and connecting the past to the present.

Jordan Watson

Brooklyn Prospect High School, Brooklyn, NY
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Erik Weese

Gotham Professional Arts Academy, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

My teaching Super Power is getting to know students and building relationships. I meet students where they are at, and support them in building their Thinking Like a Historian skills.

Erik Weese

Gotham Professional Arts Academy, Brooklyn, NY
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Latoya Wilmot

KIPP College Prep High School, Bronx, NY

Teaching Superpower

I try to see you for who you are before I get you to where the class needs you to be

Latoya Wilmot

KIPP College Prep High School, Bronx, NY
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Ladan Ziaee

Benjamin Banneker Academy, Brooklyn, NY

Teaching Superpower

I work collaboratively to offer great learning opportnities for my students.  I am always avialable for them.

Ladan Ziaee

Benjamin Banneker Academy, Brooklyn, NY

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