8th Grade Team


Inshan1819Ahmad Inshan, Project Based Learning Teacher
Ahmad joined the ADS team in 2015 as a PBL instructor. He was born in Guyana and immigrated to the US with his family at an early age.  Ahmad obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with minors in Leadership Development and Chemistry from Stony Brook University. He also obtained a Masters of Education from Queens College.  Ahmad is very passionate about empowering students and creating a culture of reciprocation for their community among the students. Ahmad is very proud and excited to be part of the ADS team

DeLaCruz1819Julio De La Cruz, Mathematics Teacher Señor De La Cruz is excited to be a part of the ADS family as a mathematics teacher!

Ferreyra1819Stephanie Ferreyra, Reader's Workshop Teacher
Stephanie studied psychology at Hunter College.  She's been working with students for six years in Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx focusing on children with behavioral or health issues providing both academic and socio-emotional developmental support in a self-contained classroom environment. Stephanie is now pursuing a degree in bilingual childhood education at City College.  She's passionate about helping students reach their full potential. She also really likes math!

Duque1819Michael Duque, English Language Arts Teacher
Señor Duque was born and raised in Florida and spent many hot humid years developing his love for reading, writing poetry, and central air conditioning. He comes from a large, loving, and loud Cuban family who taught him how to reach for his goals, apply himself in school, and how to roast a pig in the backyard. In 2008, he graduated from Florida State University and moved to NYC to teach ELA with Teach for America. He has been teaching for 11 years! He enjoys sharing his love of books with students and loves when a student is excited about picking up a book and diving right into reading. Michael Duque is very excited to be a part of the ADS family.  

Satin1819Nathan Satin, English Language Arts Raised in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Nathan went on to graduate from Binghamton University with a double major in History and PPL (Philosophy, Politics, & Law), and delivered the Commencement Speech for the 2011 graduating class. After working as a writer and editor in New York City, Nathan brought his love of words and history into the classroom. Teaching at Academics West in Manhattan and Academic Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, Nathan has connected deeply with the mission at ADS, and is excited to bring the American Dream alive for students in this wonderful community. Nathan is proud to be apart of ADS! 

Vasquez1819Awilda Vasquez, Spanish Language Arts Teacher
Awilda Vasquez, Spanish Teacher Mrs. Vásquez is very excited to be part of the ADS family. She just completed her M.A. in Secondary Spanish Education from City College this past May. She identifies with the school’s mission and ideology because of she, as many of the students at ADS, migrated from the Dominican Republic at an early age and was an ESL learner. She faced many challenges to adjust to the new country and school but excelled to become a college student and ultimately earn a college degree. She graduated from Lehman College in 2005 with a Mass Communication/Marketing degree and worked as a News desk assistant in NBC 4 NY and as a Marketing/sales associate in Time Warner Cable. Teaching has always been a career that she wanted to pursue and after having her child in 2009, she returned to school to pursue a M.A. in Secondary Spanish Education.

PerezSarto1819Carlos Perez-Sarto, Spanish Language Arts Teacher
Señor Perez-Sarto is excited to be a part of the ADS family as a Spanish Language arts teacher!


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