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Fellow Video Profiles
Name: Ken Baum
2001 Fellow Ken talks about founding a new school and serving as principal.
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Ken Baum joined the Teaching Fellows program in 2001 and taught math for two years in Harlem before founding and becoming the principal of the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx. Prior to joining the Fellows program, Ken was a stockbroker in Albany, New York.  He received his Master’s degree in Education from City College.


Name: Ruth Best
2002 Fellow Ruth reflects on the importance of special education.
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Ruth Best immigrated from Barbados to the United States over twenty years ago to pursue her quest for knowledge. Before teaching, Ruth had more than ten years of financial management experience but decided after September 11 that she could do more for the good of society by teaching. In 2002, Ruth joined the Teaching Fellows as a special education teacher in District 75 and now serves as a mentor to support new teachers who work in New York City public schools and an adjunct professor at Mercy College. She received her Master’s degree in Education at City College in 2004 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in teacher leadership at Walden University.


Name: Travis Brown
2004 Math Immersion Fellow Travis reflects on his role as a mentor.
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Travis Brown is a fourth-year Math Immersion Fellow working as a tenth grade math teacher at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. A product of the NYC public school system, Travis studied Computer Information Science at Temple University.  Upon graduating, he first worked as a computer and business consultant and then in the Philadelphia school system. He joined the Teaching Fellows program in 2004. In addition to his responsibilities in the classroom, he also serves as a Dean of Students at Truman and a Fellow Advisor for incoming Fellows. Travis received his Master’s degree in Education from City College.


Name: Teresa Ann Curley
2004 Fellow Teresa discusses her prior career’s impact on teaching.
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Teresa Ann Curley is a fourth-year Fellow and teaches special education, working primarily with students with autism, at P.S. 176 in Co-op City, the Bronx. Before becoming a Fellow, she was a television news producer for ten years and worked on various programs and national networks. Most recently, she worked for “Larry King Live” on CNN and for the Fox News Channel, covering politics and breaking news. Teresa also served as a Fellow Advisor, working hard to train incoming Fellows and helping them to excel in the classroom. Teresa received her Master’s degree in Education from Mercy College.


Name: Coral Jenrette
2005 Math Immersion Fellow Coral reflects on teaching math
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Coral Jenrette is a third-year Math Immersion Fellow currently teaching math at Chelsea Technical Academy in Manhattan. Coral moved to New York from Boston, where she was working as the Events Manager and External Affairs Coordinator for a major foundation. Her time at the foundation included extensive work in Africa, where she planned conferences that trained women in leadership positions. She received Master’s degree in Education from Pace University in May 2007.


Name: Jennifer Joynt
2000 Fellow Jennifer discusses the importance of student achievement.
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A member of the inaugural cohort of Teaching Fellows, Jennifer Joynt taught elementary education in the Bronx until June 2007 when she became the founding principal of The Urban Institute of Mathematics, a new middle school also in the Bronx. Prior to joining the Teaching Fellows, Jennifer worked as a chemist and then as a media and entertainment analyst with Andersen Consulting. Jennifer previously served as a Math Coach at P.S. 140 and as a Fellow Advisor Coordinator during Teaching Fellows summer training. She received her Master’s of Science in Elementary Education in May 2002 from City College.


Name: Ray Ramirez
2004 Fellow Ray reflects on the importance of bilingual education.
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Ray Ramirez is a fourth-year Fellow, teaching math at The Urban Institute of Mathematics in the Bronx. Ray grew up in the South Bronx and went through the NYC public school system, realizing from an early age the impact that teachers have on their students’ lives. Ray joined the Teaching Fellows program right after graduating from Boston College where he studied history and English and initially taught bilingual education at P.S. 33 in the Bronx. In addition, Ray serves as a Fellow Advisor for incoming bilingual education Fellows during the summer pre-service training. He received his Master’s degree in Education from Mercy College.


Name: John Sasko
2000 Fellow John highlights the intellectual stimulation of teaching.
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John Sasko, the son of a NYC police officer, grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, and attended public school there. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree in public administration from NYU, and a law degree from Temple University. John worked for arts and social service organizations and then as a public interest lawyer before joining the Teaching Fellows program in 2000. He is currently the math coach at P.S. 50 in East Harlem and previously taught fourth grade at P.S. 195 in the Bronx. John is also awaiting his license for Administration and expects to finish his Master’s degree in Education Administration in the spring of 2008. In addition, John serves as a lead selector and a Field Visitor Coordinator for the Teaching Fellows program.


Name: Pian Wong
2002 Fellow Pian discusses the challenges of teaching.
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Pian Wong was born and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating from Columbia University in 2002 with a degree in English, she joined the Teaching Fellows. She taught English at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx before moving to the High School for American Studies at Lehman College. Now in her sixth year of teaching, Pian teaches a variety of courses, including Advanced Placement Literature and Advanced Placement Language. She continues to be involved in the Teaching Fellows program as a Fellow Ambassador and a Fellow Advisior and has previously served as a cooperating teacher for new Fellows and a Lead Fellow. 


Name: Inside Travis Brown's Math Classroom
2004 Math Immersion Fellow Travis teaches high school math.
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Name: Inside Teresa Ann Curley's Special Education Classroom
2004 Fellow Teresa teaches math in a Special Education class.
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Name: Getting students to enjoy math
Ken talks about how to get students to enjoy math.
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Ken, a 2002 Math Teaching Fellow turned founder and Principal of the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science talks about how to get students to enjoy the math class experience.


Name: Math Immersion
How math immersion prepares Fellows for the classroom.
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Math Immersion Teaching Fellows, Coral and Travis, talk about their experience in the Math Immersion program and how it helped them prepare for the classroom.


Name: The Growing Impact of the NYC Teaching Fellows program
The growing impact of the NYC Teaching Fellows program.
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New York City public school principals talk about the growing reputation and impact of the NYC Teaching Fellows program on their schools.


Name: The Pre-Service Training
Fellows talk about the pre-service training experience.
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Current Teaching Fellows talk about the NYC Teaching Fellows’ pre-service training and their transition into the classroom.