9th Grade team


Johanna Quizhpe, 9th grade Spanish Teacher

Johanna is originally from Cuenca, Ecuador. She came to this country at 15 years old and lived in Queens, New York ever since. While in high school she encountered obstacles learning a second language, that's when she realized that her passion was to help others learn a second language, as it opens many doors and it allows to see the world with different eyes. Johanna graduated from Hunter College in 2016 with a B.A in Spanish Adolescent Education (7-12), the following year she started to work on her  Master's degree at St. John's University in the field of Special Education. n her free time, she enjoys reading literature from Hispanic authors and traveling.

9th grade teacher 
Jessie Stiller was born and raised in The Bronx.  She is proud of both her Puerto Rican and Costa Rican heritage. Jessie realized at a young age she wanted to be a teacher. She wanted to make school an educational and enjoyable experience. She received a B.A in History from Iona College and an M.S in Education at Molloy College. She is excited to be working at The American Dream School.  She is a mother of three, who enjoys cheering for the Mets, watching classical movies and spending time with her family.

Anacelia Gomez, 9th grade ELA

Anacelia is a proud Bronx gal-born and raised in this rugged city she calls home. She attended public schools for most of her life and made it her mission to remain in The Bronx from which everyone else around her was trying to escape. The question of accessibility and quality of education became important at the age of 13 when she joined the R.E.A.D program-a reading program for kids K-2. Through her journey, she committed herself to a variety of programs such as the BuildOn, a volunteer group established in a variety of high schools in The Bronx and designed to make students aware of their communities and allows students to actively discuss and find solutions for issues around literacy. Once she graduated Allegheny College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Psychology, she joined Teach for America as part of the 2015 Corps and began her teaching career at a school specifically created for at-risk youth. She learned much about the system and hopes to continue in her mission to decrease educational inequity. When she's not in the classroom laughing and learning with students, she is actively blogging about womanhood and cooking it up on her blog page. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her big family.

Greg Miranda, 9th grade teacher
Greg Miranda is extremely proud to join the American Dream School team and family. He will be entering his 9th year teaching middle school mathematics this upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. He is very passionate about the content he teaches and looks forward to building positive relationships with his students and their families as well.  He also graduated from University of Albany at New York with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics as well as a Master of Science in Secondary Education. Being a native New Yorker from the South Bronx himself, Greg is excited to give back to one of the communities that made him who he is today.


Alejandro Feliz, 9th grade Math

Alejandro Feliz was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic. Alejandro began his professional life in the hotel industry sector, occupying different positions in the sector, such as Room Division Manager.Through time, because of his passion for Mathematics, he decided to change his career. That decision led him to enroll in the career of Mathematics Education at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A few years later he received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Teacher Education. He graduated as the valedictorian of his College.

One year before his graduation, he joined the team of teachers at O & M Hostos School, a monolingual school (English) in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, as a High School Math Teacher.

Alejandro has a personal math websitet that he enjoys cultivating. The main goal of this website is to host videos of Regents Math Exams from the New York State, specifically for Spanish speaking students.

Alejandro's favorite pastimes are reading and playing chess.


Alex Gutierrez, 9th grade Spanish Teacher

Alexander is from the Basque Country in the top north of Spain. First, he studied an A.A in Telecommunications and worked for a big company.  He got a B.C in Social Work in 2007 and a Graduate Degree in Sociology in 2010 by the Deusto University in Spain. He lived and studied in Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City in 2010. He obtained an M.A in secondary education at Deusto University in 2012. He has previously worked as a School Social Worker in Spain and as a High School teacher. He came to the U.S.A five years ago. He speaks Basque, Spanish and English. When he is not working, he likes hiking, eating and cooking new foods and gardening.

Israel Morales, 9th grade teacher 
Israel Morales and will be leading the Project Based Learning class with your students. He previously taught for five years at Bronx Preparatory Charter School, and is excited to work at ADS because it offers  an amazing opportunity for your children to learn in an amazing environment. Originally from southern California, Israel speaks fluent Spanglish. He hope's to learn as much from our students as they will learn from us. 


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