8th Grade Team


  

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Israel Morales, Science Department Chair and 8th grade Teacher

Israel will be leading the Project Based Learning class with ADS students.He previously taught for five years at Bronx Preparatory Charter School,and is excited to work atADS because it's offering an amazing opportunity for children to learn in an incredibly rich environment. Israel is  originally from southern California, so he speaks fluent Spanglish. He hopes to learn as much from our students as they will learn from us.      










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Ahmad 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







Niki
Niki DeGiorgio, Humanities 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!!




Kim H Kim Higdon, Humanities Department Chair / ELA Teacher Kim Higdon, Ph.D., has been teaching since 1991 in South Korea, Washington, Texas, and most recently as a university professor in Florida. As a K-12 teacher, she has taught all ages, from Pre-Kindergarten through middle school. In addition to teaching, Dr. Higdon presents workshops at national and international conferences on literacy and using technology to motivate and enhance literacy learning with adolescents. Her dissertation and other research are on supporting beginning teachers in urban schools, and she is very passionate about supporting students to be successful in middle school, high school, and not only to get accepted into college, but to graduate with a degree so they can live their dreams and help others along the way.







Awilda Awilda Vasquez, Spanish 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.  Mrs. Vásquez resides in the Bronx with her husband and son and is inspired to work with her students this upcoming year.









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Yeni Martinez, Spanish Teacher

Yeni Martinez joined the American Dream School in December 2014 as a teacher Assistant.  Yeni is ecstatic to be part of a family that share her same values and beliefs which are to help students succeed academically, master English & Spanish and best of all become great leaders in our community. Yeni shares the same story many young immigrants are living through.  Her parents immigrated to America in order for her and her brothers to be successful and have an education.  In 2012, Yeni accomplished one of her many dreams which was to graduate from a university.  Yeni is a firm believer that no dream is unattainable.  If we work hard everything is possible and achievable.  Yeni is very proud to be part of the ADS team and help students reach for the stars. 







Satoia
Satoia Wright , Math Teacher 
Satoia is extremely excited and grateful to be joining the American Dream team. She will be entering her 5th year teaching middle school mathematics. She has traveled and taught in several different cities, but takes the most pride in her time spent in the South Bronx. She is very passionate about mathematics and strives to give students high quality and rigorous instruction daily.  She received her B.A from Syracuse University in Spanish and Psychology.  She also hold a  M.A in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. Along with mathematics, Satoia is very passionate about Civic Engagement and loves giving back to her community.









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Atef Chaudhury , Math Teacher 

Atef is a new member of the ADS family. He will be co-teaching in 8th Grade Math. He moved to NY state at age 13 and has been a New Yorker even since. He finished his undergrad with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing and did his graduate school in Lehman College where he received a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Atef likes to participate in recreational sports, spend time with his family and he loves to travel. He is very passionate about Math and is looking forward to grow with our young scholars as he joins our ADS family.







Sabrina
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.