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2007-2008 Rickel Teaching Scholars

Jerry Bridges was raised in North Carolina and recently moved to New York City. He is attending The Borough of Manhattan Community College and is interested in teaching high school science and English. Jerry wants, “ be a positive and encouraging force for students who need a dedicated teacher...”
Yasmin Enoch was born in Harlem and has lived in New York City her entire life. She will be finishing her education at Kingsborough Community College in the fall of 2007 and plans to continue her education as a Science Teacher. Yasmin “sees city living as a lifestyle of hands-on learning ... and hopes to introduce these opportunities to students in the classroom.”
Fatima Flores spent her early years in Ecuador and has lived in the United States for the past 16 years. She is attending Queensborough Community College and aspires to teaching high school mathematics. Fatima believes, “ helping people to learn mathematics they will have a better appreciation for and understanding of it...”
Danny Guzman will be in his second year of studies at Kingsborough Community College in the fall 2007. He is a math major and would like to teach high school or college mathematics. Danny has had to overcome obstacles in his life in order to continue his education and would like to mentor students who are experiencing difficulties to do the same.
Chameese Hawkins was raised in Virginia and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He works at the New York Hall of Science where he assists students in a variety of school programs. Chameese attends The City College of New York and wants to become a middle school biology teacher. “I am looking forward to joining the ranks of public school teachers.”
Alison Lanza has lived in New York State all her life and currently is attending The Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is interested in teaching physical science to high school students in the New York City public schools. Alison says, “...teachers’ genuine unconditional care for my success is why I am here today studying to be one of them...”
Ericka Lowndes grew up in the Bronx and upon graduating from Thurgood Marshall Academy she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member. She is attending Hostos Community College and majoring in math and science education. Ericka believes, “...teachers can make an enormous impact on children’s lives. Not only do they teach, but they are role models, mentors and leaders.”
Charlene Morgan was born in Jamaica, West Indies and is currently living in Queens, New York. She is a student at The College of Staten Island and is interested in teaching high school biology. Charlene has participated in many public service activities and believes that, “...becoming a teacher will give me the opportunity to be able to have an everlasting impact on the lives of those who I teach...”
Stephanie Moshier lives in Clintondale, NY. She is in her second year at Marist College and is interested in teaching Biology to high school students in the public school system. Stephanie says, “…Public schools provide diversity and are helpful to kids. I graduated from a public high school and loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to go back and teach at one.”
Gabriela Polo is a native of Ecuador and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a student at Queensborough Community College and tutors students at the Mathematics Learning Center. Gabriela plans to be a high school math teacher and, “...wants to serve as a role model, a source of information, and an inspiration for students who are struggling with mathematics.”
Jesus Santos is currently attending Marist College majoring in Math Education. He is also on the Marist Swimming and Diving Team and volunteers his time as a Diving Coach. Jesus, “…enjoys working with others because it results in a good feeling after you help them. Becoming a teacher would be ideal because I would get the chance to help others and still be my own self.”
Christopher Sarvis was born and raised in New York. He is a mathematics major at Queensborough Community College where he has been active in the Math Club. Christopher also has spent 6 years volunteering at the Special Olympics and believes that as a teacher, “...I can open my future student’s eyes to the gift of knowledge.”
Raluca Toscano was born in Romania, and currently lives in Glendale, NY. As a student at Kingsborough Community College, she is majoring in Math. Raluca says, “…I want my future students to have fun and learn at the same time, and to encourage them to have desires and achievable dreams in becoming very important individuals in our society.”

Continuing Rickel Scholars are:

    Doris Betances
    Mary Bullen
    Keisha Messado
    Lisa Silverman


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