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Rick Romain has been a teacher at the Bronx New School for eight years. The Bronx New School is a small learning community that provides progressive,lively curriculum for students and creative instruction in a warm, nurturing environment. It has been one of the top performing schools in the Bronx, earning two consecutive A's on the New York Department of Education's progress report from 2010-2012,one of only two schools in the Bronx to achieve to do this. Rick has has served as the second grade team leader and as a teacher mentor. He has helped make important decisions affecting the school community as a member of the school leadership team, math team, hiring committee and C-30 committee. Rick also helped plan the second grade social studies curriculum and coached the school's basketball team/club.As a member of the 2013 SPA cohort, he aspires to prepare urban kids to learn the critical thinking skills necessary to compete in an increasingly global world and help urban communities realize the power of education.