Shawn Hindes is originally from Fallsburg, New York and graduated from State University of New York at Albany in 2004 with a B.A. in History. He then graduated with his Masters in Secondary Education in Social Studies from State University of New York at Albany in 2005. Since 2005 Shawn has lived in the New York City area. He is currently in his fourth year of teaching 8th grade Social Studies at MS324 in Washington Heights, New York City. In his free time, Shawn enjoys New York Sports (specifically The Mets) and taking advantage of everything New York City has to offer.
Favorite Teaching Moment: After teaching a class about D-Day, Shawn overheard a student telling another student that the American military ripped off Call of Duty.
Alyssa Kasanoff is originally from Westport, CT and graduated from Hamilton College in 2013. She joined the Teach for America movement and is currently teaching 4th and 5th Grade Special Education at P.S 59 in the Bronx.
Favorite Teaching Moment: When Alyssa asked her class if anyone knew what a synonym is, one boy raised his hand and earnestly said: “Yes. Like Cinnamon Toast Crunch”.
Rebekah is originally from Pittsburgh, Pensylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. Upon graduation and acceptance as a Teach for America corps member in 2007 she moved to New York City and taught for three years at the Women's Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. She currently teaches 10th grade Global History at KIPP NYC College Prep.
Favorite Teaching Moment: Watching Randy's face light up as he received his French Revolution essay back; all marked up with purple pen and comments everywhere but at the end - a 4 with a circle around it! He went from writing level 2 essays to level 4 essays in a matter of two months by coming in to tutoring and working extremely hard. To be able to witness our kids realizing their full potential and what they are truly capable of is the best part of this job.
Felix Li is originally from Los Gatos, California and graduated from Duke University in 2007. After graduating as a Public Policy Studies and Sociology double major, he joined the Teach for America movement and is currently teaching 8th Grade Mathematics at MS324 in Washington Heights.
Favorite Teaching Moment: One afternoon after a very successful interdisciplinary unit on the Great Depression, two students demonstrated their learning with some higher-ordered skills on Bloom’s Taxonomy: witty banter in the form of “Yo Mama” jokes. As we lined up for dismissal, one student said “Man, yo momma’s so poor she lives in a Hooverville!” The other student, not to be outdone, replied “Oh yeah? Well yo mama’s so fat, she ATE the dustbowl!”