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Greater New York WIPRO SEF Cohort 2 (2015-2017)

Alexandra Danz

City School District of White Plains

Alexandra Danz is an 8th grade science teacher at Highlands Middle School in White Plains. She earned her B.S. in secondary education with a concentration in Earth Science and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program through Stony Brook University. She has been teaching earth science for 3 years and has involved herself in a number of after school programs and committees which include tutoring at the homework center and coaching J.V. girl’s lacrosse.  She values integrating technology and hands on applications into lessons and sets out to make her students ask questions about science both in and out of the classroom. Alex is an avid triathlete and world traveler.

Contact:  alexandradanz@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

 

 

David Erenberg

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

David Erenberg currently teaches chemistry and living environment in Sleepy Hollow High School.  He graduated from Brandeis University with a BS in 2000 and Pace University with an MS in 2005.  Before beginning his teaching career he worked at Acorda Therapeutics as a research associate where he worked on projects to help treat people with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.   He spends his free time with his wife Debbie and daughter Isabelle traveling and trying to see movies.

Contact:  derenberg@tufsd.org

 

Giordano Garcia

City School District of White Plains

Giordano attended Rutgers University and Lehman College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, respectively. He taught physics and earth science at the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music for four years and has been teaching physics and engineering at White Plains High School for the past three years. Next year Giordano is planning on organizing a physics department trip to Great Adventure to experience the physics of roller coasters. He has a love/hate relationship with running and this past Fall and finished the New York City Marathon in just over four hours.

Contact:  giordanogarcia@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

George Gierer

City School District of New Rochelle

George received his BA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and his MA in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College in the Boogie Down Bronx.  He is certified in both biology and earth science.  In recent years, he has written and developed a curriculum for The Science Of Food/Molecular Gastronomy, a multidisciplinary senior science elective, which covers botany, biochemistry, zoology and human anatomy.  Outside of school, George is the President of the non-profit group Tribes Hill, a collective of Hudson Valley singer/songwriters and musicians.

Contact:  ggierer@nredlearn.org

Susan Levin

City School District of White Plains

Susan Levin graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in chemistry. She went on to work in research and in sales and eventually followed her passion to become a teacher. She earned her Master’s at Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught 2nd and 4th grade in New Rochelle. After staying home while her children were small, she began teaching 6th grade science in White Plains in 2007. Susan also serves as the advisor for the Community Service Club at Eastview School, is on the Avid Site Team, and the Eastview School Renovation Committee. Outside of school Susan has been involved in Boy Scouts, and has been named Outstanding Girl Scout Leader, leading a group of girls from 2nd grade through 12th grade.  Susan enjoys travel and gardening and has a passion for reading.  

Contact:  susanlevin@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Patricia McCue

City School District of New Rochelle

Patricia earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. For 6 years she taught math and science in New York City; has been teaching 6th and 7th grade Science at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle since 2002; and has been a coach of their Science Olympiad Team for the last 13 years. Her experience last summer doing research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has sparked her interest in alternative energy and ways to teach this topic to her students.

Contact:  writemccue@gmail.com

Alexander Miller

Port Chester Public Schools

Alex attended Purchase College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology doing research using electron microscopy to study the response of fish to low oxygen waters.   He received a Master’s in Science Education through Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has taught regents chemistry and living environment at Port Chester High School.  He is the advisor and founder of the school's environmental club and works with students in the club to raise awareness of environmental issues in the community and globally.  In addition to teaching, Alex has served as an Emergency Medical Technician in Port Chester for almost 8 years, responding to thousands of calls for assistance and receiving decorations for meritorious service and life saves. 

Contact:  amiller@portchesterschools.org

Daniel Peppe

City School District of New Rochelle

Dan received a BA in Biology from Hartwick College and a MA in Zoology from Rutgers University. He began his teaching career working in various American and British international schools in Rome, Italy where he taught general biology, human physiology, AP biology, IB biology, and the GCSE and A Level biology classes of the British curriculum. He is now teaching general science and living environment at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle. Dan also enjoys playing guitar and songwriting.

Contact:  dpeppe@nredlearn.org

Nena Restrepo Gil

City School District of White Plains

Nena Restrepo Gil currently teaches 4th grade science and mathematics. She is a Spanish zone teacher in the dual language program in White Plains City Schools. Nena attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she received a MA in 2005 in Art Education, and a second MA in Bilingual Bicultural Education in 2007. Prior to Teachers College Nena attended Purchase College, where she received a BFA in Printmaking and Bookmaking and a minor in Art History. Nena lives in New York City with her sons, Elijah and Tafari, and her husband, Cassius. During her spare time she enjoys visiting New York City museums and parks.

Contact:  nenagil@wpcsd.k12.ny.us

Maia Starcevic

City School District of New Rochelle

Maia attended Hunter College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English Literature. Maia received a Master’s degree In Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York. In addition, she has an ESL Certification from Long Island University. Maia taught at The Muscota New School in Upper Manhattan in NYC for 9 years and for the last many years has been at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle, first as 1st grade teacher and for the last 7 years as a joyous kindergarten teacher. In addition she is also an adjunct professor for Manhattanville College.

Contact:  msteach7@gmail.com

Aletta Eliseo

Port Chester Public Schools

Aletta attended Pace University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Science, and a Master’s in Special Education. She has been teaching for 14 years in the Port Chester School District where she integrates science into the curriculum for a more hands-on, interdisciplinary, cross curriculum model. Recently, she created a unit of study on the topic of Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome in an effort to link 3rd grade biomes with the 4th grade curriculum study of New York State. In addition, Aletta has also worked as the science specialist for her local town summer camp.

Contact:  aeliseo@portchesterschools.org

 

Aimee Ferguson

City School District of New Rochelle

Aimee attended Manhattanville College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Literacy. Currently she teaches 4th grade students math and science at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle. Aimee plays an active role in the school community and continues to seek professional development opportunities. She plans to continue to foster and develop children’s curiosity in the area of science and encouraging them to be good Earth Citizens.

Contact:  aferguson@nredlearn.org

 

Jenna Garguilo

Port Chester Public Schools

Jenna earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from SUNY Oswego and her Master’s in Secondary Science Education from Manhattanville College.  She has interned at the Syracuse and Bronx Zoos where she was able to blend her love for animals and education. She is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Port Chester Middle School, where she has taught for the past four years. Jenna loves to travel and in the  summer she taught English to students in China and was able to explore the country’s ancient wonders with the program. She also traveled to Japan with Mercy College’s Teach Japan Project!

Contact:  jgarguilo@portchesterschools.org

 

Cortney Kuperman

East Ramapo Central School District

Cortney attended The College of New Rochelle where she earned her Master’s in Building Administration and Leadership.  Additionally, she completed a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the City College of New York.  Cortney has been working with the East Ramapo Central School District since 2000.  During her fifteen years at Summit Park Elementary School, Cortney taught 1st, 3rd, and is currently a 2nd grade teacher.  Additionally, she works with her local PTA, is a member of The OJC School Board, and is the leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  Cortney is passionate about everything she gets her hands on, including her four chickens, her backyard gardens, cooking, and most importantly, her four amazing children.

Contact:  ckuperman@ercsd.k12.ny.us

Robin Levine

East Ramapo Central School District

Robin started her career in East Ramapo as a teaching assistant in 1995. Since then she has taught 4, 5, and 6th grade students at Hillcrest Elementary and Kakiat Elementary. Robin has served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers every year. She is one of the Science 21 turnkey leaders in her building. Additionally, she has been trained through NYSUT’s Peer Coaching program. Robin has also worked to write curriculum and pacing guides for ELA and Math to be used district wide. She has a BA in Psychology/Business from University at Albany. Robin has also earned an MS in Special Education from Dominican College and an MS in School Administration and Supervision from Long Island University. When she is not teaching, Robin enjoys traveling to Florida and spending time with her husband and two children, who also attend SUNY Albany.

Contact: levine913@aol.com

 

Marcia Manzueta

Port Chester Public Schools

Marcia earned a BA in Elementary Education from Iona College and a Master’s in Literacy from the College of New Rochelle. She began her 21 year teaching career as an elementary teacher in Peekskill, but later found her passion teaching students with learning disabilities. Marcia is now a bilingual special education teacher at Edison Elementary in Port Chester. Since 2010, she has spearheaded World Read Aloud Day, run a student newspaper, developed parent workshops, and worked closely with the PTO to empower parents. Whether exploring a coconut, making rain in a bottle or drawing a blue whale to scale, she loves finding ways to bring the natural world to her students.

Contact:  mmanzueta@portchesterschools.org

Anthony Patierno

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Anthony earned an MAT in Biology from Quinnipiac University, and currently teaches Science at Sleepy Hollow Middle School.  He believes that good teachers are lifelong learners that pursue knowledge continuously in order to find ways to improve the minds and lives of their students.  He spends time as a youth soccer coach; works for a non-profit sustainability program mentoring high school students; and has started a summer track program for students with special needs. He is engaged and recently bought a new home.

Contact: apatierno@tufsd.org

Carrie Poulos

Port Chester Public Schools

Carrie attended Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in Social Studies. She earned her Master’s degree from Iona College in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Science. She is currently teaching 2nd grade at Edison School in Port Chester, New York. She has spent the last 20 years teaching 5th and 3rd grade at Edison.

Contact:  cpoulos@portchesterschools.org

 

Sharon Stephenson-Rojan

East Ramapo Central School District

Sharon is a graduate of the City College of New York where she received her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology. She then attended The College of New Rochelle where she earned her Administration and Supervision Certification. Sharon realized her love for teaching in graduate school where she taught several laboratory biology classes. Her research in Thymic Nurse Cells was published in the Journal of “Cellular Immunology” and she remains a researcher at heart. In 2002, Sharon joined the East Ramapo Central School District as the AP biology teacher. During her time at Ramapo High School she has served as an Academy Leader, Summer School Principal for BOCES and a mentor for new teachers. In 2007, the superintendent nominated Sharon as Teacher of the Year and she also received the Deans’ Award at SUNY New Paltz. She is the advisor of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, and Science Olympiad. She organizes and directs her students in community service events, peer tutoring and fundraising.

Contact: sstephenson@ercsd.org