2012-2013 Community Development Team
Janine Martire, Email Address: email@example.com
JP Passero, Floors 2-4. Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
JP grew up on Long Island with his parents and two brothers, all of whom averaged out to be second favorite in their parents' eyes. After a pretty typical upbringing, he shipped up to Boston where he attended the business school at Bentley University, for four years. Sometime in the middle of those years, he came to the conclusion that he hated business, but decided to finish out his bachelor's degree anyway. Thinking to pursue new avenues, he completed two long and grueling years of AmeriCorps, working first with elementary and then high school students. Feeling that education was the way to go, he came back to his native state to attain a Masters in English Education, toward which he is now working. A self proclaimed nerd, you can usually find him wearing a Superman shirt, with his nose sniffing the pages of a book.
Erica is currently a third-year doctoral student pursuing an E.d.D. in Educational Leadership and School Change. Originally from Venezuela, Erica grew up in the capital city, Caracas, but spent her last three years of high school in Kuwait. Passionate about teaching, particularly elementary education, Erica graduated from Vanderbilt University and then, lured again by the wonders of the Middle East, taught grade five there for three years. After a brief break to pursue her Masters degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Erica went back overseas, this time teaching third grade in Indonesia. Erica absolutely loves traveling and can frequently be found plotting her next adventure. She is absolutely thrilled about the prospect of serving the diverse and incredible community of residents at Teachers College. Erica, however, has issued out a warning: She has an identical twin sister who frequently visits. So, if think you happen to see “Erica,” but she doesn’t smile back or say hi, it’s most likely her twin, something which has already happened numerous times over the past year!
Janet Jang, Floors 8-10, Email Address: email@example.com
Janet is currently pursuing her M.A. and teaching degree in the TESOL K-12 Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her other passion is in educational technology and curriculum development. In her free time, she volunteers as a graphic designer for Project by Project, goes on photo walks around the city, and makes handmade pretty things for people. Janet's future aspiration is to travel the world and teach language, creativity, and benevolence.
Michael Laucello, Floors 2-4, 6-7, 9-10N. UAH Floors: 2-6S, Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Upstate NY, Mike Laucello is an Ed.M. student in the School Psychology Department. Before joining Teachers College, he spent two terms with AmeriCorps, performing home repairs for low income families in St. Louis, and working with high risk youth in Upstate NY. In his free time Mike enjoys skiing, soccer, and tennis. He looks forward to continuing his role as a Community Assistant.
Serge Romero, Floors 11-18N, UAH Floors: 7-11S. Email Address: email@example.com
Serge Romero is a Master's student in the Department of Organization and Leadership. Before joining Teachers College, Serge lived in Washington D.C. where he consulted for various agencies within the Federal government in the fields of change management, communications, and learning. He is currently using his background in his exploration of different research topics. Work and school aside, Serge is an avid learner and listener. He feels that everyone’s story is unique and is often fascinated by the different ways in which these stories are told. Serge is a returning Community Assistant and looks forward to getting to know this year's residents.
Karin Van Orman, Grant and Sarasota Halls. Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin grew up in Vermont and completed an undergraduate degree in English and French at Boston University. After a brief but successful career in marketing, she decided to turn her attention to education. She taught English in public, private, and independent schools in Vermont, New Jersey and California before taking up her doctoral studies in English Education here at Teachers College in 2010. Karin appreciates any chance to travel, cook, speak French, explore New York, and see great movies or plays. When she's not studying, Karin most often enjoys watching her daughter make new discoveries about the world. She looks forward to getting to know her fellow residents!