Born and raised in the Bronx, Alexis is first-generation American with roots in Ghana, West Africa. During her undergrad years at NYU she studied Politics, History, and Childhood Mental Health, which lead her to join Teach for America in 2018. She is now a Master of Arts in Teaching serving as a 5 th /6 th grade Math Educator and Mentor Teacher for the Chicago Teacher Residency. During her free time, she can be found creating educational songs for mathematical content, narrating books for Audible, or traveling. Alexis is passionate about Social Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and education beyond curriculums. It is her hope that the SPA program will lay a foundation for her to create schools that promote holistic experiencesfor inner city kids.
Steven is currently an 8 th grade science teacher at a public middle school in East New York, Brooklyn. He came to teaching through the NYC Teaching Collaborative after graduating from Brown University with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, later earning a master's degree in adolescent education from St. John’s University. Born and raised in New York City, Steven has seen the inequities of our education system first-hand as both a student and educator and is excited about moving into a school leadership role to address them at a more systemic level. Outside of work, he enjoys riding his bicycle and completed the 5 Boro Bike Tour for the first time this year. He is also a baseball fanatic and avid concertgoer, and as such has a refined expertise in boisterous enthusiasm. He is excited about learning from the fellow members of his cohort at SPA and looking forward to many perspective-shifting conversations to come.
Aron Bodwitch is an elementary school educator working as a Head Teacher at a Title 1 school in Seattle. When he’s not in the classroom, Aron spends his time skiing in Washington’s beautiful backcountry, reading fiction, and taking his dog Olivia on backpacking trips (her level of enthusiasm is variable).
After graduating from Bates College with a B.A. in History, Aron enrolled in the Seattle Teachers Residency at University of Washington. He’s spent ten years working in Seattle Public Schools, and is grateful for the experience he’s gained: as a 4 th and 5 th grade educator, content demonstration teacher, literacy coach, and Racial Equity Team leader.
Aron is passionate about strengthening school communities that understand – and work to repair – the impact that systemic inequity has had on the educational system. He is committed to growing culturally
competent teaching practices founded on the understanding that all students are capable learners. Aron is excited to continue to build his capacity to develop and maintain education settings centered on
equity and collaboration at Summer Principal’s Academy.
I am dually certified in Birth to second grade as well as students with disabilities. I also have an advanced certificate in Autism / Severe Disabilities. I plan on getting a BCBA.
Sixteen years, I have worked with students with disabilities as well as severe disabilities . I am well versed with creating IEPs for CSE as well as CPSE . I have created IEPs using the current DOE SESIS network . I am knowledgeable in creating lesson plans incorporating my students annuals goal as well their assessments. I am also an ABA therapist and have also provided training to new ABA therapists while working with my previous employers. I am a very patient and yet efficient person.
It is a mission and a livelihood for me serving children in diverse communities. I work and do everything in life where I feel I will most be beneficial . I am a team player with the mindset: if there is an issue how can I resolve it. One of the most fulfilling things is when I give a student drive and assurance that they can do things they thought they couldn't comprehend. Making an overall effect of changing their perception. Life is about experiences and taking your time to reflect and see where I can change. All kids need assurance and someone to build upon their
I know from past experience as a New York City teacher, the various challenges one faces. I have faced a lot but it doesn't diminish my goals to educate children . I preferred working for a school/company that shares the same philosophy and is not consumed with their adult worries and neglect to remember the kids in which we serve. I have years of experience, my continuous professional development, the various settings and neighborhoods in which I serve. I observe behaviors and setting and use these tools to help reach a bridge between student, parent and school.
I am knowledgeable in creating lesson plans incorporating my students annuals goal as well their assessments. I am also an ABA therapist and have also provided training to new ABA therapists while working with my previous employers. I am a very patient, yet efficient person and my resume attached, will speak for itself.
I have in the past held a Director position in an Early childhood center. In the past serve as an Afterschool Assistant Director with SES in the Bronx, N.Y.
Currently in the launching phase of a daycare that services general education as well as special education. Maintain the facility, recruit and train staff, ensuring compliance with child care laws, developing the curriculum, ordering supplies, and monitoring employee performance.
Tyra Davis has been a NYC public school teacher for 12 years, but has been an educator -whether as a tutor, adjunct, or volunteer - for almost 20 years. She began her public school career as a middle school teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows Program, and developed a passion for urban education and school reform. Currently, she teaches middle school in an alternative learning center but hopes to create a program with a project based learning model that allows students to have academic experiences rooted in real world applications.
Maha Hasen has a B.A in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Maha started her career in education through Teach for America in 2016 and has taught at her placement school, Fordham High School for the Arts, as a Math and Computer Science Teacher since then. Maha serves in various leadership roles including Mathematics Department Chair, Peer Collaborative Teacher, Teacher Leader on the Instructional Leadership and Equity Team. Maha has also been awarded several fellowships that have shaped her professional growth including Math for America, Teacher-Scholar at Columbia University, Project Invent Fellow, and an Astor International Fellow. Through SPA, Maha hopes to further develop her ability to curate meaningful professional development sessions to promote teacher development particularly with an eye on equity.
It is with great pleasure to introduce myself to SPA NYC 2022. My name is Jaisha Imran, starting as an incoming student at SPA NYC. I am currently a math teacher working at a charter school in the Bronx, NYC. I am proud to be an educator and proud to be working towards a school building leadership professional degree and certificate. I have worked diligently and patiently to be here, and I know as time goes by I will become a stronger professional and educator. I hope to inspire young minds to be capable of leading successful adult lives and find a voice within themselves. I have been teaching and tutoring for the past 5 years now, and this will be my 6th year as a leading educator and math teacher. I hope to continue teaching as long as I am alive! I love teaching math, and instill love in children for mathematics. I also want to create new career and college pathways for students with disabilities and low -ses students. I believe that every child deserves a right to education and college, no matter their financial status. They all deserve to live their lives and become anything they want to become. I know that during the duration of this program I will have strengthened my professional skills and on the path to becoming a strong professional educator.
Erica E. Jackson is a native Baltimorean that has made Lorain County her home for the last 18 years. She is a consummate quantitative professional with over 25+ years of experience in data science, analytic problem-solving, and decisioning technology. In her most recent past, she led analytical team responsible for managing KeyBank’s credit risk decisioning platforms and the very complex business rules for KeyBank’s consumer and deposit account originations. Ms. Jackson utilized her teaching talents as a Keybank Financial Educator where she facilitated Financial Education workshops for through WVIZ’s Ideastream Distance Learning Program and also participated in various Key sponsored volunteer efforts.
In 2019, Ms. Jackson made the decision to pursue her life-long dream of being an educator. From a very age, Ms. Jackson has had the dream of being a teacher of “all-subjects”. She has taken every opportunity to teach on the job, and via various volunteer opportunities; but, now dedicates her talents to training up children in the way they should go and being a role model of achievement. Ms.Jackson is currently a Teach For America corps member and a Middle School Math and Outdoor Leadership Educator with Breakthrough Schools.
Ms. Jackson holds a M.S. in Applied Statistics from Bowling Green State University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Clark Atlanta University.
Ms. Jackson is the founding consultant and principal of Connex Consulting, LLC and is looking to build a non-profit foundation that provides culturally affirming STEM programming in underserved communities. Ms. Jackson is also a retail entrepreneur and has a small jewelry and accessory business, bE Free Accessories.
Ms. Jackson lives by “Culture for Service”. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves as the president of the Lorain County Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Jackson is a philanthropist and former member of the Lorain County Community Foundation African American Community Fund Board. Ms. Jackson is also an active Silver-Life member of the NAACP, Elyria Unit, the Lorain County Section of the NCNW, and the Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators.
The Blackness as she is called by her Sorority Sisters, has always had a passion for learning about her African Heritage, celebrating her Blackness and speaking truth to power in dramatic reading, public speaking and preaching. Ms. Jackson is a member of CABS, Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers.
Ms.Jackson is a former member of Original Church of God where she blossomed as trustee, choir member, bible study teacher and minister under the leadership of the late William H. Allgood Sr.; and she currently attend House of Praise under the leadership of Pastor Gilbert Silva.
Ms. Jackson is a revolutionary and visionary and is always looking for opportunities to serve others and give of her many talents.
Jung Yeun Kim is a Mathematics and economics teacher and leads the Math Club and National Math Honor Society at Eastern Christian High School in New Jersey. Jung Yeun has founded the Math Club, National Math Honor Society, and Economics class at school. Through the Math Tutoring Program and SAT webinar series, she initiated the community outreach program with her students. She values the benefits of diversity in education and, in her effort to create awareness, founded the Korean Club and sponsored the international and ABIDEs(anti-racism & Diversity) club. In addition, she is an education columnist in Mom&I magazines and an education content creator with a YouTube channel. Jung Yeun received B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and M.A. in Mathematics Education from Teacher's College. Through the 2022 SPA NYC cohort, Jung Yeun is looking forward to learning the skills to be the effective and knowledgeable leader that our society seeks.
Nashonn Korbul has served as a New York City Public School teacher since 2016. She currently serves as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York and previously served as a teacher in the South Bronx for three consecutive years. Nashonn believes that teaching is an extraordinary profession that allows her to pursue her passion of making a dynamic impact on the lives of children. She is truly grateful to be given the opportunity to work in an industry that enables her to inspire learning.
As an undergraduate, Nashonn received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown University. After serving as a Wine Specialist for many years, her interest in bringing about positive change in the lives of children ran deeper than her current pursuits. She realized that the field of education would be a profound way to touch the lives of young people, because it would enable her to shape the lives of children through the power of education. Therefore, Nashonn opened a new chapter of her life and became an educator!
Upon receiving a Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education from Pace University, she became a New York City Public School teacher in the South Bronx. As an African American who grew up in the Bronx, she desired to provide children within this underserved community with a solid education to give them a real chance in life to pursue their dreams! Her role as educator and mentor had a profound impact on their lives, for she instilled within them the knowledge that they could achieve greatness through hard work. The positive, uplifting classroom environment that she created inspired her students to want to learn and led to a strong teacher-student bond between herself and her students. The heart-felt words expressed by one of her first grade students still warms her heart to this day. He uttered, “Mrs. Korbul, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I will always remember you.”
After three years, she transferred to a Public School in Brooklyn, New York where she continues to make a difference in the lives of her students. The vital role she plays as a member of the "Culturally and Linguistic Responsive Committee" enables her to lead Professional Development activities in her school that promote a culturally rich school-wide environment.
She is currently pursuing the role of School Building Leader, because serving as Principal will enable her to have an impact on the lives of children through a grand-scale approach. She desires to become an urban School Leader who enables all students to learn within an effective school environment where equity is promoted and where there are endless possibilities for student learning.
Nashonn lives with her husband, two children, and 3 aquatic turtles. She enjoys traveling the world and immersing herself in different cultures. Nashonn looks forward to continuing to serve as an inspiration to others.
Nanesha has been an elementary educator for ten years. She has primarily worked with 3rd and 4th graders, and enjoys getting to learn and laugh beside them everyday. Nanesha is an anti-racist and anti-biased educator who currently serves as a 4th grade teacher and the K-12 equity leader for the Ardsley School District. She loves to ignite her students’ curiosity as they ask big questions, examine and challenge structures of power and bias, and discuss privilege. She is passionate about teaching and dedicated to creating a welcoming and affirming school environment that is academically rigorous and simultaneously culturally responsive and sustaining. Nanesha is also a proud Jasper who holds a bachelor of science in elementary education with a concentration in Spanish and math, a master’s in students with disabilities (grades 1-6), a bilingual extension, and an ENL certificate all from Manhattan College. She is also an avid picture book reader and serves as a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Committee Member which annually recognizes books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.
Katelin O'Hare is a K-8 Visual Arts Educator with 11 years of education experience, currently working at The School at Columbia University. During her time at The School at Columbia, she has served as the Yearbook Coordinator, Grade Level Coordinator, Teach21 Program Director, Coordinator of the Associate Program, and ScheduleCoordinator. She holds a BFA from Lesley University and Masters's in the Art of Teaching from the School of Visual Arts. Katelin teaches and coordinates always with an eye toward social justice and individual expression. As a leader, Katelin encourages collaboration and innovation with her colleagues and students. Through SPA, she wants to gain the necessary skills to become a transformative educational leader, who creates a nurturing environment for students.
As a high school science teacher and tutoring coordinator at Harlem Village Academies High School, I am deeply passionate about harnessing the remarkable potential of all students and using policy to improve public education.
Originally from North Carolina, I graduated from Duke University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Global Health. Following my undergraduate degree, I moved to Dallas, Texas and joined Teach For America, where I taught high school biology and psychology and led the science department at Uplift Infinity Preparatory for two years. During the summer of 2019, I first discovered my passion for education policy through my work with the Urban Leaders Fellowship, where I developed recommendations on best practices in teacher pipeline and retention for the Dallas Independent School District, as well as worked on the creation of a bachelor's degree program in early childhood education at the Dallas County Community College District.
I decided to further explore the vast ways in which education policy and advocacy directly affect teachers, students, and families by studying for a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Oxford. After graduation, I have since returned to the classroom in NYC to continue working toward sustainable and equitable change in public education through both policy and practice.
I am eager to broaden my impact and start on the path toward educational leadership with the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College!
Bria N. Parkman-McCullough developed an interest in education at a very young age. Her mother often tells the story of Bria being in Kindergarten and taking it upon herself to teach the class while the teacher stepped out to talk to someone else. Throughout Bria’s educational journey she realized that she did not have many teachers who looked like her. She did not have her first African American teacher until 10 th grade. But the connection and support she received through that experience left a profound impact on her life. Once thinking her career would lead
to Child Psychology, Bria quickly realized that teaching, particularly students of color, was the path she should pursue.
In May 2015, Bria graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. During her undergraduate matriculation, she became a member of the Nu Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc where she served her
beloved sorority tirelessly. She also became a member of Kapp Delta Pi, an honor society for education students which became a network she has leaned on since she joined. In May 2020, Bria graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Masters’ in Curriculum and Instruction from University of St. Joseph of Connecticut.
Through her personal life experiences and her experiences in the education field, Bria has come to understand education as one the modern Civil Rights fights. She allows the injustices she sees in the education of students of color to fuel her work both inside and outside of the classroom. Bria often refers to her classroom as her march and her teaching as her protest.
For the past 7 years, Bria has been fortunate enough to serve and teach 9 th and 12 th Grade English, African American Literature and College and Career Readiness at Central High School in Bridgeport, CT. She has thoroughly enjoyed being a “cultivator of future generations.” She has also worked to revise the 9 th and 12 th grade English curriculum to become more culturally relevant and sustainable for the students of Bridgeport.
Outside of her career, Bria serves as the Sisterly Relations Chair and Chaplain for the Theta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a board member for it’s philanthropic arm, The Polished Pearls Foundation. When she is not serving her community with her sorority, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and crafting.
Giuseppe (Pepe) Rebaudengo is originally from Germantown, MD and has known since the 2nd grade that he would become a teacher.. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in Spanish Language and Linguistics and a BS in Elementary Education, he moved to NYC in 2017 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Bicultural Education at Teachers College. During his time at TC, he began his career as a 1st and 2nd grade dual language teacher at PS705: Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School. Now in his 4th year of teaching, Pepe has had the opportunity to serve in various leadership roles at his school. He has seen the transformative power shared leadership can have on school culture, teacher efficacy, and student achievement. He is excited to be a part of the SPA NYC community and hopes to learn and grow as a leader with his peers.
Courtney Richardson has over 7 years of experience working in urban educational settings and is committed to working at the forefront of education innovation in the nation's largest cities. Richardson has experience in K-12 schools ranging from New York City, Atlanta, GA & Los Angeles, California and is currently a School Leader Fellow with KIPP SoCal Public Schools.
Richardson prides herself in authentic leadership and enjoys family, travel and fitness.
Areas of Skill:
- K-8 instruction
- LTP & strategic planning
- Leadership development
- Teaching & learning practices
- Leading school culture & climate
- Student investment best practices
- DDI coaching & development
- TLAC execution
- Restorative justice practice
- K-8 teacher development
Roman Catholic/Bronx Native/Social Justice Advocate/Restorative Justice Specialist
Christian Roman is currently the founding Chief Culture Officer for Atmosphere Academy Public Charter School, he implements and oversees restorative practices. Previously, he served as the founding Head Dean at Health, Education, and Research Occupations (HERO) High School and Dean of Students at Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx. In these roles, Mr. Roman worked to provide young people with the discipline, guidance, cultural enrichment, restorative practices and social-emotional development they needed to realize their full potential. Mr. Roman has also served as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coordinator at Unitas Therapeutic Community, where he honed his counseling and management skills. He also facilitated seminars on 6-step conflict resolution that enforced the principle of peaceful problem solving. Mr. Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. St. John’s fostered his restorative justice passion which now supports clients in receiving an equitable experience when situations occur. Growing up in the South Bronx, Mr. Roman developed an undeniable passion for and pride in the people of his neighborhood. Mr. Roman has translated this passion into daily service and dedicated his studies and career to elevating, inspiring, counseling, and advocating for the community. Mr. Roman also served his community through spiritual guidance by working as a religious instructor and assistant director of a youth group at St. Athanasius Parish.
O’Sha is a Black, queer, New York-native, first-generation Jamaican-American teaching 5th graders English Language Arts in Brooklyn, NY. As a person of faith and of marginalized race, gender experience and sexuality, O’Sha honors the intersections of her identities throughnmaking space and content that affirms and equips people from disempowered communities. She draws from her academic training and professional experiences in policy and education to achieve equitable experiences for each and every learner she can access. O’Sha works with youth and community members through organizations and the classroom to empower, embolden and elevate student and teacher school-based experiences. She applies her learning as a Bachelor’s and Master’s-level graduate of Brown University proudly, shares her love of cooking, movement and neo-soul openly, and reps Providence, Rhode Island and Jamaica, Queens heavy.
For the last 3 years, I have taught 8th grade science in Bridgeport, CT. Originally from Southern California, I grew up going to the beach and was always fascinated with all the living things in the sand, water and tide pools. This love of the beach drove me to attend University of California Santa Barbara for my undergraduate studies where I often gave tours of the local tide pools to friends, family and classmates. It was around this time that I realized I had a passion for teaching others about science and nature. Conveniently, this was also the same time that I first learned about Teach For America, the organization that would later facilitate my move to Connecticut to begin my career in education. More recently I have discovered a passion for teaching math and am excited to be transitioning to a middle school math teaching position this fall.
In addition to teaching, I have led my school's computer systems operations team as well as our technology committee which has focused on supporting our staff with integrating technology and best teaching practices to ensure high quality learning both inside and outside the classroom throughout the pandemic. I am especially passionate about this aspect of my work since finding ways to continue student learning beyond the walls of my classroom is central to my teaching philosophy.
Jennipher Yu currently teaches science in a Title I public middle school in New York City and has been an educator for over 10 years, with experience teaching STEM, Robotics, and High School Biology. She is also a leader in her school community, serving as the Content Team Leader, New Teacher Mentor, and the Science Instructional Coach for grades 5 through 8. Jennipher leads professional developments, spearheads new practices, helps launch school-wide initiatives, supports teachers in reflective practices, and brings the school and neighborhood communities together by organizing the yearly STEAM Night. With SPA’s guidance, Jennipher aspires to be a leader who is committed to building strong relationships with stakeholders across communities and develops robust systems of empowerment and support for educators and students.
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