6th Grade Team

Erika Cipriani, Projects Based Learning Teacher

Erika was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with her mother in 2004 to join the rest of her family. She finished the last two years of high school in the US while struggling to learn the language. She attended college and obtained her Bachelor's degree in biology. She is currently working on her Masters in Science Education. She loves science. She wants to share her knowledge and awaken students’ curiosity about the world. She also enjoys playing sports and played soccer at her college.

Nataliya Zakharchuk
, Project Based Learning Teacher
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe where I was born and spent 17 years of my life. The best part about living there was growing up within close proximity of my extended family that played a key role in my childhood and upbringing. In 2006 I graduated from high school. It seemed that the whole world was in my hands, for the first time I realized that I alone was responsible for my future. At this point I was faced with one of the greatest decisions of my life, choosing a university. My life changed after my parents informed me that we are moving to the United States. America was the country of opportunities for me and I was excited to see the world and taste the “American dream” as the people said

Glory Carrion, Mathematics Department Chair and Teacher

Glory will be teaching 6th-grade mathematics at ADS. She is originally from the Dominican Republic and has been teaching for eleven years in both the South Bronx and Harlem in dual language settings. Glory has obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Albany, a Masters of Education from Mercy College and a Masters in Mathematics from the City College of New York. Glory enjoys cooking, reading, and brain teasers. She is also very passionate about helping students and parents plan for and understand their choices in preparing for high school and beyond. As a Dominican immigrant and a native Spanish speaker, Glory is very excited to join the ADS family. 

Sabrina Caminero, Music Teacher Sabrina is excited to be the new music teacher at ADS. She is passionate about music education and excited to share her love of music with her students. Sabrina has previously taught in Anne Arudal County Public Schools and Baltimore City. Sabrina obtained her Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in 2015.

Niki DeGiorgio,
Niki was born in the Bronx and raised in southwestern Connecticut. Growing up, Niki’s Italian American family taught her the importance of family, communication and compassion. They also taught her to fight for what she believes, to laugh and to always bring herself genuinely into situations. This first education has served her well over the years.  After receiving her bachelors degree, she began work at a charter school as a Family Advocate, a role that allowed her to support the students in school and the families in their homes.  Working with the high and complex needs of these inner-city families, inspired her to go back to school for her masters in education, special education and social work.  Since completing her grad school work, she’s worked in various middle school settings tirelessly supporting the academic and social growth of her students.  Niki is beyond excited to be a part of the team at the American Dream School and to share her love of books, writing, sports, cupcakes and movies with her new community!!


Dan Zauderer, Humanities Teacher Dan has a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Philosophy from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Before working at ADS, Dan lived and worked in Costa Rica for 1.5 years, where he taught English as a Foreign Language to adults of all ages and levels.  In addition to teaching, Dan has a background in business development and sales in the NYC startup community.  When Dan isn't in the classroom, you might find him traveling the globe, singing in the Teachers College Community Choir, listening to live jazz, or tickling the ivories.  

Picture Coming Soon! Susan Davila, 6th grade teacher

Susan Davila is a graduate of Bank Street College of Education and holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a leader dedicated to improving early education, childcare, and the development of dedicated early childhood professionals.  She served as Executive Director at one of the largest CUNY Campus –Base Centers for over 15 years. Also, she has served as past Chair of the Childcare Council and has presented at multiple conferences.  Her career highlights include the development of the first formal Spanish language program in the Bank Street lower school and middle school for children, serving as a Children's Defense Fund fellow and keynote speaker at the International Pre-School Education Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2004.  Susan served as a respected Instructor at Boricua College for seven years in their Bachelors Childhood Education program.Susan has come full circle in her career and has returned to the classroom. She really feels passionate about ADS and its mission of "academic excellence in both Spanish and English, preparing students to excel in college. Susan has been committed to teaching in the South Bronx for over twenty years and continues to feel the joy of teaching and is a lifelong learner.



Jordan Werwa, Spanish Language Arts Teacher

Jordan is originally from New York, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began teaching after receiving a B.S. in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis on K-12 education. He received a B.A. in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and spent several years teaching English in Colombia, where he taught grades 7-11. After returning he earned an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with an emphasis in K-12 education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He enjoys reading, traveling--especially in Latin America, learning languages, and going to Ohio to visit his family.


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