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.  


Elizabeth Sanchez, Math Teacher Assistant

Elizabeth is a Bronx native; She recently graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Where she earned a B.S in Biology and a B.A in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. While in college, Elizabeth worked with an organization known as Emory Reads. She tutored elementary students in math and science. She was also a part of the Latino student organization at her university.


Israel Martinez, Spanish Teacher.

Israel Martinez was born and raised in Mexico. He came to this country at the age of 15. He attended Westchester Community College where he received an associates degree in Liberal Arts. Israel graduated from CUNY Lehman college this past June. He received his B.A. in Spanish, minor in Middle and High School Education and B.S. in Recreation Education with an emphasis on Exercise and Sports. He is proud to be part of the wonderful ADS family. He loves to help students so they can succeed in Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and running.



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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