November 6, 2012 - Election Day (No School)

November 22nd and 23rd - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 10th - 14th - Student Showcases at School Sites

December 24th - January 1st - Winter Break

Bridging School Transitions

The Heritage School


Jaleesa Adams
Hello my name is Jaleesa Adams. I am from Sacramento, California where I graduated from Foothill High school. I attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia where I received my BA in psychology. Currently I attend Teachers College where I am working on my masters in Clinical Psychology.

In the Expanded Learning Opportunities' I work on the Bridging School Transitions piece at Heritage High School. In the past I have worked with Kindergarten through Fifth grade, so this will be my first time working with high school students in an after school club. I am very excited about this opportunity, and feel eager and competent in my mission to motivate and inspire youth. I enjoy reading, learning, traveling, and going to the movies in my spare time.


Julio Torres
Julio was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico before moving to Atlantic City, New Jersey. He graduated from Atlantic City High School where he was strongly involved with the marching band and the National Honors Society. He attended the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and obtained his B.S. in Mathematics in May 2012. The upper west side of Manhattan is Julio's new home where he attends Teachers College in pursue of his Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education.

The best part of after-school programming for Julio is the extra help and involvement that students are able to obtain. Julio is very excited to work with the Expanded Learning Opportunities: Bridging School Transitions and make a positive impact in the educational future of ninth graders in Heritage High School. Julio loves to dance salsa and to work out on his spare time.


Melva Perez
Melva Perez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) in English and History. She was a member of Teach For America in Houston, TX and has taught 7th – 10th grade English and English as a Second Language throughout the South Texas region. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Melva will be working within the Bridging School Transitions program. She enjoys after-school programing because it allows for project-based learning. During her free time, Melva enjoys the theater and reading!