Teachers as Leaders Project

CUNY BMI NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS AS LEADERS PROJECT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

With the generous support of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and The Schott Foundation for Public Education , CUNY BMI has created the Teachers as Leaders Project which offers CUNY students: (1) full scholarships; (2) New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) workshops; (3) career development and public policy workshops; (4) clinical education experiences and (5) mentorship from current and former New York City public school teachers.  TALP scholarships are renewable depending on continued funding as well as the scholarship recipient's level of participation and progress in the program.

During the spring 2008 semester, twenty-four (24) students, nineteen (19) men and five (5) women, were admitted into the first cohort of the Teachers as Leaders Scholars Program. Eleven (11) students, six (6) men and five (5) women, were admitted into the second cohort during the fall 2008 semester. CUNY BMI will admit a cohort of CUNY students into the Teacher as Leaders Scholars Program each semester.

 

Meet the CUNY BMI TALP Scholars
2008-2010

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

Gilbert Barboza
CUNY College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Major: Bilingual Childhood Education
Undergraduate Education Beginning Spring 2007
Will pursue a Bachelors Degree on Bilingual Childhood Education at CCNY
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010 (A.A.) and 2012 (B.A.)
Gilbert Barboza was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the Fall 2008 semester. Mr. Barboza will graduate with an A.A degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College at the end of the fall 2009 semester and will transfer to The City College of New York, where he is committed to earning a BS.Ed by spring 2012. With the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Barboza will pursue his goal of becoming a New York City public school teacher with a Bilingual Childhood Education degree. Gilbert Barboza resides in Washington Heights with his wife and two daughters.

Alexander D. Canchola
CUNY College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Major: Bilingual Childhood Education
Undergraduate Education Beginning Spring 2007
Will pursue a Bachelors Degree on Bilingual Childhood Education with a Co-Major in Spanish at CCNY
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010 (A.A.) and 2012 (B.A.)
Alexander D. Canchola was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars in the beginning of the spring 2008 semester. Mr. Canchola currently works for BELL (Building Educational Leaders for Life), an after school program in Manhattan and the Bronx. He will graduate with an A.A. degree from BMCC in the fall 2009 semester and will transfer to the City College of New York where he plans to earn a BS. Ed by the spring of 2012. Mr. Canchola has passed one of the required exams needed for preliminary certification, the LAST, and is planning to take the remaining exams within the next two years. He was also selected to represent TALP in an educational tour of Germany public schools during the summer of 2008. Mr. Canchola resides in Washington Heights where he was born and raised.

Leroy Dyer
CUNY College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Major: Early Childhood Education
Will pursue a Bachelors Degree on Early Childhood Education at CCNY
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010 (A.A.) and 2012 (B.A.)
Leroy Dyer was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars in the beginning of the spring 2008 semester. Mr. Dyer currently works for the Early Childhood Center at BMCC. Mr. Canchola has passed one of the required exams needed for preliminary certification, the LAST, and is planning to take the remaining exams within the next two years. He was also selected to represent TALP in an educational tour of Germany public schools during the summer of 2008.

Alesandro Hume
CUNY College: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010 (A.A.) and 2012 (B.A.)
Alesandro Hume intends to graduate with an Associate's degree from BMCC. Mr. Hume plans to pursue a B.S in Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York. He hopes to continue to the Hunter College School of Education for graduate school. He currently works for Bright Horizons, a childcare center , and has worked with children with developmental disabilities. During the spring 2010 semester, Mr. Hume plans to work with BMI project administrators at BMCC to prepare a for the NYSTCE tests needed for preliminary certification. He plans to become an intentional, motivated and effective early childhood educator.


Brooklyn College

Nicholet Meritil
CUNY College: Brooklyn College
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Political Science
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2011
Nicholet Meritil was selected to participate as a Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2008 semester. Ms. Meritil has passed the LAST and is making provisions to complete the ATS-W and the CST for preliminary certification. Her goal is to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on Mathematics at the secondary level.

Rafael Adrian Toro
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island/CUNY
Major: Political Science
Graduated from The College of Staten Island: May 2008
Graduate Education began Fall 2009:
Brooklyn College/CUNY - MS in Secondary Education with a focus on Physical Education
Rafael Adrian Toro was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. A former United States Marine and New York City Police Officer, Mr. Toro is a recent graduate of the The College of Staten Island (CSI) earning a BA in Political Science. At CSI, Mr. Toro worked as an academic counselor with the Liberty Partnership Program and provided individualized tutoring to high school students at Curtis High School. Since he was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in late 2007, Mr. Toro has passed the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST (Physical Education), the three (3) New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Toro is pursuing a graduate degree (MST) in Secondary Education at Brooklyn College/CUNY. Mr. Toro is fully committed to earning his MS in Secondary Teaching (concentration Physical Education) from Brooklyn College/CUNY and taking the remaining exams needed to achieve full certification. He hopes to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on Physical Education.

Ashley Warmington
CUNY College: Brooklyn College
Major: Music Education and Psychology
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2012
Ms. Warmington is a double major in Music Education and Psychology at Brooklyn College. She believes that having a background in psychology will enable her to incorporate counseling and mentorship into her role as an educator. Ms. Warmington’s second passion is research. As a result, she is a member of the CUNY Pipeline Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, a program that encourages teaching and research. The purpose of Ms. Warmington’s devotion to research is that she hopes to focus on education policy reform as well as teaching. At present, Ms Warmington is researching the effects of exercise on the learning capacity in young children. Since the recession, many urban schools have had to cut back on recess or afterschool sports. She believes that, in the future, she will be able to work on education issues as a researcher and a NYC public school teacher. Through various Teacher as Leaders meetings Ms. Warmington has encountered teachers who are also interested in education research. As a result of this exposure, Ms. Warmington has decided earn a doctorate in Educational Psychology.

Joel Williams
CUNY College: Brooklyn College
Major: Physical Education and Exercise Science
Anticipated Date of Graduation: Spring 2010
Joel Williams was admitted into the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars. His ultimate goal is to become a Professor in Physical Education & Exercise Science specializing in the field of Kinesiology. His passion for teaching is driven by his enthusiasm for learning. Mr. Williams is the President of the Black Students Union at Brooklyn College. He is also an active member of the National Black Science Student Organization, the Caribbean Student Union & the Haitian Student Club. At present, Mr. Williams is learning more about teaching in the New York City public school system through his current student teaching experience at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to teaching, Mr. Williams also pursues his passion of music. Mr. Williams uses his musical talent to raise money for local and global charities.

Exodus L. Williams
CUNY College: Brooklyn College
Major: Africana Studies/ Anthropology / Children Studies
Graduate Education beginning Spring 2011
Exodus Williams was selected to participate in third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars for the fall 2009 semester. Williams is a former community health outreach worker from California. She decided that attending a CUNY school would place her on the right path to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an educator. Leaving her career behind as a community health worker, she enrolled in Brooklyn College, where she is an active participant in the ERIS/BMI program as a mentor and retention manager. Ms. Williams is also a research assistant for Dr. Haroon Kareem in the Brooklyn College School of Education.


The City College of New York (CCNY)

Abudulah Beretay
CUNY College: The City College of New York (CCNY)
Major: History Anticipated Graduation Date June 2011
Abudualah Beretay was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. A member of the Honor Society of Black Student Scholars at BMCC, Mr. Beretay transferred to CCNY, after earning his A.A. degree at BMCC, and is now pursuing a B.A. in History and Education. Mr. Beretay hopes to become a high school social studies teacher.

Anthony L. Heyward
CUNY College: The City College of New York (CCNY)
Major: Childhood Education
Anticipated Graduation Date June 2011
Anthony Heyward was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. Mr. Heyward is a current Black Male Initiative mentor and has participated in several educational clinical experiences. In the summer of 2009, Mr. Heyward worked as a site-director with the organization Let’s Get Ready, where he supervised SAT preparation, college advising, and mentorship for disadvantaged high school students. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Heyward was selected with 9 other TALP scholars, to represent the Teachers as Leaders Program on a educational tour of German public schools.

Javon John
CUNY College: Kingsborough Community College (A.A. )
CUNY College: The City College of New York (CCNY)
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2011
Javon John was admitted to the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars while a student at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC)., where he earned his A.A.. He currently attends The City College of New York and is a Secondary Education major focusing on English Language Arts. He plans to take the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST (English), the first three of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification. While at KBCC, Mr. John was an active member of he Black Male Initiative program which he joined in summer 2006. A year later, he was employed by the KBCC Men’s Resource Center as a college assistant and served as a mentor to incoming students. In his time with the BMI program, he has gained valuable experience and skills which has allowed him to take advantage of numerous opportunities. Through his participation in the BMI program, Mr. John has been able to obtain scholarships, participate in various campus organizations and network. Ultimately, Mr. John plans to earn a MS in Education and work as a New York City public school teacher.

Eberechi Mercy Kalu
CUNY College: The City College Of New York (CCNY)
Major: Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Concentration: Math/Science
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2011
Eberechi Kalu was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the beginning of the Spring 2009 semester. Ms. Kalu is Nigerian, born and raised in Lome, Togo. She is a recent Honors graduate of the Borough of Manhattan Community (BMCC ) earning an A.A. in Childhood Education. At BMCC, Ms. Kalu worked as a Biology tutor and also mentored many of her schoolmates. Since she was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in early 2009, Miss. Eberechi has passed the LAST, one (1) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Ms. Kalu is pursuing a BA degree in Childhood Education at City College/CUNY. Ms. Kalu is fully committed to earning her BA and MS in Childhood Education (concentration Math/Science) from City College/CUNY and taking the remaining exams needed to achieve full certification. Her hope is to pursue a career as a New York City public school Elementary educator.


The College of Staten Island (CSI)

Bernard Adamitey
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island
Major: Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Bernard Adamitey was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the spring 2008 semester. Mr. Adamitey is currently a student at the College of Staten Island and works as a math and science tutor for the SEEK Learning Center and the SEEK Strategies for success after-school program. Since he was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in mid 2008, Mr. Admitey has been on the Dean’s List each semester. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Adamitey is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Mathematics. He hopes to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on math and science.

Jeffrey Cooper
CUNY College: College of Staten Island
Major: Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2012
Jeffrey Cooper was selected to participate in the Teachers as Leaders Scholars program at the end of the fall semester in 2008. He has worked for the last four years as an After-School Coordinator on Staten Island for the New York City Parks & Recreation Department. He also works with at risk teens as a counselor for the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Cooper is pursuing his Bachelors degree in Education at College of Staten Island/CUNY. Mr. Cooper is preparing to take the LAST, ATS-W and the CST for New York State Certification this summer to earn preliminary certification. Upon graduation from CSI and after earning a MS in Education, he hopes to become a fully certified New York City public school teacher.

Emy-Luz Encarnacion
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island
Major: Spanish and Studio Art/Secondary Education
Anticipated Graduation Date; January 2011
Graduate Education beginning: Spring 2011
Emy-Luz Encarnancion was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. With the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP), Ms. Encarnacion will graduate in January 2011 with a BS in Spanish and Studio Art. Ms. Encarnacion plans to sit for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) shortly to pursue her goal of becoming a New York City public school teacher focusing on Bilingual Education or Special Education. Ms. Encarnacion resides in Staten Island with her son.

Lance Raymond Gailyard
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island
Major: English Literature/Secondary Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010
Lance Raymond Gailyard was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Teachers as Leaders Project at the end of the Fall 2007 semester. Mr. Gailyard is pursuing a B.A in English Literature/Secondary Education. He recently had the distinguished honor of receiving Dean’s List recognition and will graduate in May 2010. Mr. Gailyard is currently a CSI Teaching Scholar which affords him the opportunity to tutor at his alma mater, Port Richmond High School. He has taken and passed two (2) of the three (3) exams needed for preliminary certification. He is scheduled to take the CST (Content Specialty Test) in 2010. Mr. Gailyard hopes to become a high school English teacher.

Leigh-Ann Renaud
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island
Major: Childhood Education (grades 2-5) and Psychology Undergraduate Education Beginning Fall 2006
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2011
Leigh-Ann Renaud was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. Ms. Renaud will graduate with a B.A degree from The College of Staten Island in the fall 2011 semester. With the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Miss. Renaud will pursue her goal of becoming a New York City public school teacher by earning a Childhood Education degree at The College of Staten Island. Leigh-Ann Renaud resides in Staten Island with her mother, son and daughter.

Tania Rae Sanchez
CUNY College: The College of Staten Island/CUNY
Major: Science Letters and Society/ Elementary Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: January 2010
Plans to enroll in The College of Staten Island/CUNY - MS in Special Education program
Tania Rae Sanchez was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the Spring 2008 semester. An alumni from the Prep for Prep 9 program and the prestigious Tabor Academy, in Marion Massachusetts, Ms. Sanchez chose to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher focusing on students who attend high need schools. At the College of Staten Island, Ms. Sanchez worked with the Teaching Scholars program in a special education kindergarten class for two semesters in P.S.14, Stapleton, Staten Island. She is currently completing her bachelors degree and she student teaches in P.S.16, a high need school in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Ms. Sanchez has passed the LAST, the ATS-W and plans to take the CST (Multi-Subject). At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Ms. Sanchez is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at the College of Staten Island/CUNY with anticipated graduation date of January 2010. She has also been accepted into the College of Staten Island Masters Program, where she will begin classes in Spring 2010 majoring in Special Education, Grades 1-6. She looks forward to a rewarding career as a New York City public school teacher.


Hostos Community College

Sharnie Bennett
CUNY College: Hostos Community College
Major: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: January 2010
Sharnie Bennett was selected to participate in the second cohort cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2008 semester. Ms. Bennett is aiming to pass the three New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification including the LAST, ATS-W and the CST. At present, Ms. Bennett is a member of the Hostos Leadership Academy and president of the West Indian Association. Upon graduation from Hostos Community College, she hopes to transfer Hunter College or The City College where she will go on to pursue a dual degree in education and child psychology.


Hunter College

Ronald Alvarez
CUNY College: Hunter College Graduate School of Education
Major: Childhood Education Grades 1 - 6
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2010
Ronald Alvarez was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the beginning of the fall 2008 semester. Mr. Alvarez is a graduate of Florida International University earning a BA in Liberal Studies in 2004. Mr. Alvarez has passed the three New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification including the LAST, ATS-W and the CST (Multi-Subject). Mr. Alvarez has worked as a NYCDOE substitute teacher since fall 2005 and finds it rewarding to work in NYC Public Schools. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Alvarez is pursuing a graduate degree in Childhood Education Grades 1 – 6. Mr. Alvarez is fully committed to earning his MS in Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter College and taking the remaining exams needed to achieve full certification. Upon graduation from the Hunter College Graduate Program, he hopes to become a fully certified New York City public school teacher and continue on to become a leader in his profession.

Shawn Elgart
CUNY College: Hunter College
Graduate School of Education Major: Childhood Education
Anticipated Date of Completion of Graduate Studies: Fall 2010
Shawn Elgart was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the beginning of the fall 2008 semester. Ms. Elgart graduated from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA where she earned a BA in Psychology. She then moved to New York City to pursue a career in education and has found that her background in psychology has been extremely helpful in the classroom. Ms. Elgart is in her final year at Hunter College, currently completing her student teaching internship. She will receive her Master’s in Childhood Education. Since being selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in late 2008, Ms. Elgart has taught with Citizens Schools and has passed two of the New York State Teacher Certification exams, the LAST, and the ATS-W. She looks forward to becoming one of the New York City public school teachers who make a positive change in the lives of urban school children.

Kurt Sealy
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology (A.A.)
CUNY College: Hunter College
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Kurt Sealy was admitted into the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars. After earning an Associate’s degree from the New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Mr. Sealy transferred to Hunter College where he plans to earn a BA in English/ Education. Although he is now a Hunter College student, Mr. Sealy continues to work with City Tech students as a mentor and a tutor. His commitment to the development of young people does not stop with City Tech however. Over the past two years, he has worked with SIMBA and various other youth development programs at a mentor and a tutor. Driven by his own difficult childhood, he is convinced that high educational standards and equal opportunities to achieve, should not be a privilege, but a right afforded to all members of any society. Upon his graduation from Hunter, Mr. Sealy hopes to pursue his master's degree in Education while transforming the lives of young people through teaching in a New York City Public School. His ultimate formal educational goal is the attainment of a PhD in Education. Mr. Sealy continues to be inspired not just by the sacrifices of the many women and men that have chosen to be the facilitators of change for the next generation, but also by the those children with whom he has had the opportunity to work. In his own words,"these are the real heroes, everyday many of them set aside the struggles and hurts and continue to pursue their dreams. If I can help but one of them to succeed, then I too would have succeeded."

Carlyn Scott
CUNY College: Hunter College
Major: Psychology Anticipated
Graduation Date: Spring 2012
Carlyn Scott was admitted into the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars. Born and raised on Staten Island, New York. Mr. Scott attended Curtis High School. He is a current sophomore at Hunter College. In addition to his full-time studies at Hunter College, Mr. Scott works for the El Puente after school program in Bushwick, Brooklyn as a Group Leader and Activity Specialist for middle school children. He hopes to become a middle school teacher.

Marlon Willie
CUNY College: Hunter College/CUNY
Major: Economics and Urban Studies
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2012
Marlon Willie was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the start of the spring 2009 semester. A former bank employee in Jamaica, Mr. Willie is a sophomore at Hunter College pursuing a double major in Economics and Urban Studies. This past summer Mr. Willie worked with the BELL Summer program as an assistant teacher at P.S 22 in Brooklyn. During this period, his work with the children was observed and approved by the Fit 4 Life team, an enrichment group for children. He was asked to work with them in their school program, Fit 4 Life Kids. Since being selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar earlier this year, Mr. Willie has taken the LAST exam and looks forward to completing the next two exams, the ATS-W and the CST to achieve preliminary certification. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Willie is fully focused, and on track to complete his undergraduate degree with a view to contribute to public schools across New York City as soon as possible.


New York City College of Technology (City Tech)

Salim Arfaoui
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Computer Information Systems
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Salim Arfaoui was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2008 semester. Mr. Arfaoui is a graduate of the The ISECS - College of Tunisia earning a BA in Computing and micro-computing in 2006. Mr. Arfaoui is currently a student at New York City College Of Technology and works as an intern tutor of math and science for City Tech Black Male Initiative club students. He also tutors GED students at a downtown learning center in Brooklyn, New York. Since he was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in late 2008, Mr. Arfaoui has passed the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE). At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Arfaoui is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Arfaoui is fully committed to taking the exams, the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST, needed to achieve preliminary certification. He hopes to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on math and science.

Marlon V. Bailey
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Education Technology
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2010
Marlon Bailey was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. Mr. Bailey passed the three New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification including the LAST, ATS-W and the CST (Education Technology, code 077). At present, Mr. Bailey works for the New York City Department of Education as a Teacher’s Assistant for children with special needs. As a crisis manager for children with special needs, Mr. Bailey is involved in constant monitoring and supervision of children with behavioral issues. Although his job in the NYCDOE is a difficult one, he believes that the gratitude of both parents and students makes working as a NYCDOE paraprofessional a rewarding experience. Upon graduation from City Tech, and after earning a MS in Education, he hopes to become a fully certified New York City public school teacher.

Evita Belmonte
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Technology Teacher Education
Expected Graduation Date December 2010
Evita Belmonte was selected to participate in the Teachers as Leaders Scholars program at the end of the fall semester in 2008. Working as a supervisory aide and a certified tutor as IS 231 in Queens, she was appointed by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in 2002 to become a trustee /board member on the New York City Department of Education’s (formerly the Board of Education) Panel for Educational Policy. Ms Belmonte is a consultant and does Parent Outreach for Reach Into Cultural Heights (RICH) a community based organization. Currently, she serves as the Student Government president, a CUNY Leadership Academy Fellow, and has served in the University Student Senate as a Vice Chair. As a non-traditional student, Ms. Belmonte has passed the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST. Her goal is to continue as a lifelong learner, she intends to “teach the teachers” and pursue her graduate studies towards a doctorate in education.

Andrea Emmanuel
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Liberal Arts and Arts (Education/English)
Anticipated Graduation Date: Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Arts: June 2010 Bachelor’s Degree in Education/English: June 2012
Andrea Emmanuel was selected to participate in the TALP second cohort during 2008. Ms. Emmanuel is about to complete her associate's degree in Liberal Arts and Arts, and enter into an Education/English bachelor program. She has a deep passion for Education, and has participated in numerous internships/programs. Ms. Emmanuel has volunteered at The Down Town Learning Center for three years as a GED and ESOL (English as a Second Language for Speakers of Other Languages) tutor, and worked as an intern tutor of Math and English at the same institution during the summer of 2008. Additionally, during the summer of 2009, she mentored high school students as part of a BMI/LGR (Let's Get Ready) Program, and tutors English to BMI students every semester. Ms. Emmanuel aspires to pursue a career in Elementary and Secondary Education in the NYC public school system, with a focus on English, and later at a doctoral level. Ultimately, Ms. Emmanuel hopes to become an English Professor and a writer.

Gemma Hyacinth
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Human Services
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Gemma Hyacinth was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars in the fall of 2008 semester. Ms.Hyacinth expects to graduate in the Spring of 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked as an Academic Advisor for "College Now" at New York City College of Technology, counseling high school students about their academic performance. Gemma Hyacinth is pursuing courses to enable her to be qualified to be a school counselor and educator in the New York City public schools.

Travion Joseph
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Bachelors of Science: Applied Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Travion Joseph was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. Mr. Joseph is a graduate of New York City College of Technology with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mr. Joseph is currently a student at New York City College of Technology and works as a Peer-Leader for the Peer Assisted Team Learning (P.A.T.L.), a program affiliated with the Honors Scholars Department in New York. After graduating with a G.E.D from the Downtown Learning Center (D.T.L.C), he volunteered as a tutor. Since he was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in late 2008, Mr. Joseph has passed the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE). At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Joseph is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics in Science. Mr. Joseph is fully committed to taking the exams, the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST, needed to achieve preliminary certification. He hopes to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on mathematics and sciences.

Mark McCalmont
CUNY College: New York City College of Technology
Major: Technology Education
Anticipated Graduation date: December 2010
Mark McCalmont was admitted into the second cohort of the Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) as a scholar in 2008. Born and raised in Georgetown Guyana, he migrated to the United States of America in 2005 to continue his education after achieving an associate degree in business management from the University of Guyana. Propelled by love for mathematics, curiosity for computers and passion for teaching, he enrolled in the New York City College of Technology to pursue his BS in Technology Education. Mr. McCalmont joined the Black Male Initiative (BMI) at City Tech, where he became involved in mentoring high school students in research projects. He is currently the Vice President for the Technology Education Club at the college, where he promotes technology education and networks with present and past teachers. Additionally, Mr. McCalmont has passed the LAST, the ATS-W and the CST (Technology Education), the three (3) New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification. He hopes to teach math or technical education at the high school level, while completing his MST in technology education.

Sherma Soodeen
CUNY College: The New York City College of Technology/CUNY
Major: Human Services
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2011
Sherma Sooden was selected to participate in the second cohort of the Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP). After earning her GED, Ms. Sooden enrolled at the New York City College of Technology. Because of her work as a volunteer at an advocacy office for women and children, Ms Sooden decided to choose Human Services as her major. With the support of TALP, she plans to prepare to take the NYSTCE tests to achieve preliminary certification to pursue a career as a elementary educator in the New York City public school system.

Michael Taiwo
CUNY: New York City College of Technology
Major: Unclassified Health
Anticipated Graduation Date June 2012
Michael Taiwo was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars during the fall 2008 semester. Mr. Taiwo is currently attending The New York City College of Technology. During the summer of 2009, Mr. Taiwo worked as a College Mentor for Let Get’s Ready/ College Now/CUNY BMI. Mr. Taiwo is fully committed, as he prepares to take the LAST, ATS-W, and the CST, to achieve the requirements needed to become a teacher. Upon graduation from City Tech Mr. Taiwo plans to pursue a career as a Health Educator in the New York City school system.


Queens College

Ruth Ansah
CUNY College: Queens College
Major: Computer Science
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Ruth Ansah was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars for the spring 2009 semester. She is currently a senior at Queens College with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Business and Liberal Arts. Ms. Ansah began tutoring middle school students in Math and English in 2006 and has also been an English tutor in the SEEK department for three years. In addition, she has served as a Research Assistant and College Assistant to Queens College/CUNY professors which sparked her interest in teaching. Ms. Ansah aspires to teach math and technology to middle school children.

Vanessa Burrell
CUNY College: Queens College
Major: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education/Sociology
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Vanessa Burrell was selected to participate in the third cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2008 semester. She is currently a student at Queens College/CUNY majoring in Sociology and Elementary Education. Ms. Burrell has taken and passed the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written, one of three New York State Teacher Certification Examinations needed for preliminary certification. She plans to take the LAST and the CST in Elementary Education shortly. Ms. Burrell plans to become a New York City public school teacher at the elementary level.

Pernell Duncan
CUNY College: York College
Major: Math Education
Graduated from York College: May 2008
Graduate Education began Fall 2009: Queens College/CUNY - MS in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics
Pernell Duncan was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars. He attended four New York City public schools for his K-12 education. His public school education continued at The City University of New York (CUNY) at York College/CUNY where he developed an interest in education, particularly mathematics education. Mr. Duncan has passed a number of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Writing (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) – Mathematics. Now, as a college graduate focusing on his first year of teaching in New York City, and his graduate studies at Queen College, he looks forward to working closely with students of various backgrounds to provide them with counseling, support as well as the requisite knowledge base to grasp difficult mathematics concepts.

Jennifer Severin
CUNY College: Queensborough Community College (A.A.)
CUNY College: Queens College
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2011
Jennifer Severin was admitted into the Teachers as Leaders Project when she was a second year student at Queensborough Community College. With the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Ms. Severin is now a junior at Queens College studying Elementary Education and Sociology. She is an inductee and member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honor Society for two year colleges, and Kappa Delta Pi, an Education Honor Society. In 2008, she was the only CUNY recipient of the prestigious Coca Cola Scholarship for her academic achievements and commitment to service. She continues to be an active member of her community and is a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).


York College

Shalin Angol
CUNY College: York College
Major: English/Childhood Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2012
Shalin Angol was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars during the fall 2007 semester. She is an active member of the Male Initiative Program at York College, where she works as an SAT tutor for High School Students in a program sponsored by the York College Men's Center. Ms. Angol will be taking the LAST exam shortly. She continues to surround herself with the presence of children because of the joy they bring her. Her past two summers were spent working side by side with New York City Teachers as a teacher's assistant and a camp counselor. A junior at York College, she hopes to one day continue her education by going on to graduate school after earning her Bachelors in English/Childhood Education.

Shani Challenor
CUNY College: York College
Major: Psychology and Elementary Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2010
Shani Challenor is a proud graduate of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). After receiving her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Ms. Challenor began to pursue her B.S. at York College majoring in Psychology and Elementary Education. Ms. Challenor was selected to participate in the Teachers as Leaders Program during the spring 2009 semester. She passed the CPE, LAST, and the ATS-W. At present, Ms. Challenor is working for the Sports & Arts in School Foundation where she teaches inspirational dance to NYC public school students.

Malcolm P. Robertson
CUNY College: York College
Major: Education/ History Minor: English
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2011
Malcolm Robertson was selected to participate in the third cohort of the Teachers as Leaders Scholars project. He has been inducted into three Honor societies; the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (KDP), Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in History (PAT) and Pi Eta Kappa Honor Society, Inc. for Progressive Black Males (PEK). In addition to working and going to school full time, Mr. Robertson remains active in his community. He is a Parent Leader for Girl Scout troop 4326 and 4238. He is also involved in two different PTA’s in Queens. He volunteers at P.S.45 Queens teaching students proper flag etiquette and marching skills as well as serving on the School Leadership Team. For the past three years he has also served as the PTA Vice President of Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School. He has also remained active in his daughter’s former charter school, Merrick Academy, even after she graduated. At Merrick Academy, for the past seven years, Mr. Roberston volunteers and guest teaches classes on Native American history, and has been named the school’s “Resident Historian.” As a York College student, his involvement with the York College Men’s Center has given him the pleasure of helping young people who are attempting to pass the New York State Global History Regents examination. Mr. Robertson has passed two of the three New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification, the Liberal Arts and Sciences test (LAST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W).

Emmanuel Thelusma
CUNY College: York College
Major: History
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2011
Emmanuel Thelusma was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. Mr. Thelusma has had the opportunity to work with underrepresented youths, in grades ranging from 1st to 12th grade. During the summer of 2008, Mr. Thelusma worked as an assistant teacher in an elementary school for BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life. In spring 2009, Mr. Thelusma worked along side his fellow Teachers as Leaders Scholars as a volunteer at Citizen Schools. Through Citizen Schools, Mr. Thelusma worked in a Brooklyn Junior High School as one of the music coaches for a song writing class. During the following summer, Mr. Thelusma worked as a Lets Get Ready coach/mentor at York College. Through Let’s Get Ready, Mr. Thelusma taught a SAT preparation class and coached nine (9) high school students. Mr. Thelusma is currently working as a SAT Prep tutor for the Back On Track program located at the York College Men’s Center. Mr. Thelusma plans to become a high school social studies teacher focusing on history. At present, Mr. Thelusma is preparing for the LAST NYSTCE.

Michael Waugh
CUNY College: York College/CUNY
Major: Mathematics/Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2010
Michael Waugh was selected to participate in the first cohort of Teachers as Leaders Scholars at the end of the fall 2007 semester. At York College, Mr. Waugh worked as a mentor and tutor with the York College Men’s Center Program and provided individualized tutoring to high school students. Since he was selected as a Teachers as Leaders Scholar in late 2007, Mr. Waugh has passed the LAST, one of the three (3) New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification, and will be taking the ATS-W certification exam shortly. At present, with the support of the Teachers as Leaders Project, Mr. Waugh has been able to participate in clinical educational experiences such as working with BELL. Mr. Waugh is fully committed to earning his BS in Secondary Teaching (concentration Mathematics Education) from York College/CUNY and taking the remaining exams needed to achieve certification. He hopes to pursue a career as a New York City public school teacher focusing on Mathematics Education.

Kenneth Wright
CUNY College: York College
Major: Music Education Minor: Health Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Mr. Wright received a B.S. in Marketing in Fall 2004 from York College, the same year he retired from a business career. In 2006, he returned to York College seeking a second degree in Music Education. Mr. Wright was selected in 2007 as part of the first cohort of the Teachers As Leaders Project. He has been working with the Back on Track program, which is part of York College Men's Center, as tutor and mentor. He is a member of Pi Eta Kappa Fraternity Honor Society, Beta Chapter, where he is a mentor and big brother for students at P.S. 23. He was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education in the Spring of 2009. He has performed with the York College Jazz Workshop, York College Gospel Choir and the York College Gospel Choir Band. Currently, Mr. Wright plays lead guitar for the Skylight Gospel Singers. Mr. Wright has passed the LAST and is scheduled to take the ATS-W and CTS to achieve preliminary certification. Mr. Wright would like to make a difference in education as a music educator.

Shaun-Michael Young
CUNY College: York College
Major: English / Childhood Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2010
Shaun-Michael Young was selected to participate in the second cohort of Teachers as Leaders Program at the end of the Spring 2008 semester. During his career at York College, he has served as the Vice President of a breast cancer awareness club named "Pinkology," a college representative for the Black Male Initiative (BMI) Ambassador Program, as well as a college-level writing tutor for the York College's Writing Center and Men's Center. Mr. Young has passed the first of three New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) needed for preliminary certification, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), and will complete the requirement for preliminary certification before graduating from York College in June. He looks forward to applying to New Visions for Public Schools," Hunter College's urban teacher residency program to earn a graduate degree in education.