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5th Grade TeacheRS

Name: Mr. Michael Gervais

 

Position: ICT Teacher, 5-408

Hometown: I grew up in Rhode Island. Now I live in Brooklyn. I’ve lived in NYC for over a decade.

 

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Rhode Island College and Master’s degree in Literacy Specialist from Teachers College.

 

Years as an educator: 12

 

Why are you an educator? I love being a teacher! It’s unique to work in a classroom everyday where we connect, grow together, and share experiences.

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? I'm grateful to work in a community that strives to prepare children to build a better world.

Life outside school: When I’m not teaching, I enjoy watching movies, traveling to new places, and laughing with friends and family.

Name: Ms. Amy Parker

 

Position: ICT Teacher, 5-408

 

Hometown: I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and now I live in Brooklyn.

 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Justice Studies from Pitzer College, graduated with Honors.  Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from Relay Graduate School of Education, graduated with Distinction.

Years as an educator: 10

 

Why are you an educator? We need to work and hope for a more just world, and for that world to develop we need the next generation to be critically thinking individuals that contribute to our communities.  I am an educator to collaborate with young people and their families to foster a community where we can all learn and grow individually and together to fulfill that hope.

 

What are STAR Academy’s best qualities? STAR Academy emphasizes that students and teachers actively engage in their education and in their community.  The commitment to collaborate and to work from everyone’s strengths helps build this strong community.

 

Life outside school: Besides growing as an educator, I also love to read, cook, and spend time with friends and family.