ENGLISH

  Kiran Adams-Sivera   Kiran is a 6th grade ELA teacher at MS 297. She started her career teaching ESL in the Czech Republic and France. Wanting to teach in diverse communities back in the States, Kiran began working for the NYC Department of Education and found her passion teaching middle school ELA. She thoroughly enjoys teaching reading and writing to, and learning from, the curious, creative, and humorous minds of middle schoolers. She loves traveling, trying new foods, and, of course, reading!    Kiran@75Morton.org

Kiran Adams-Sivera

Kiran is a 6th grade ELA teacher at MS 297. She started her career teaching ESL in the Czech Republic and France. Wanting to teach in diverse communities back in the States, Kiran began working for the NYC Department of Education and found her passion teaching middle school ELA. She thoroughly enjoys teaching reading and writing to, and learning from, the curious, creative, and humorous minds of middle schoolers. She loves traveling, trying new foods, and, of course, reading!

Kiran@75Morton.org

  Jessica Beck   Jessica is entering her 15th year in secondary education. She continues to be inspired by the brilliance, humor, and honesty of middle school! Before coming to New York, Jessica also taught in Austin, Houston, and Shanghai. She feels passionate about sharing her deep love of reading and writing with students, particularly as a way to find our place in the world and understand other people. Jessica also loves travel, swimming, and her two sweet cats!    Jessica@75Morton.org

Jessica Beck

Jessica is entering her 15th year in secondary education. She continues to be inspired by the brilliance, humor, and honesty of middle school! Before coming to New York, Jessica also taught in Austin, Houston, and Shanghai. She feels passionate about sharing her deep love of reading and writing with students, particularly as a way to find our place in the world and understand other people. Jessica also loves travel, swimming, and her two sweet cats!

Jessica@75Morton.org

  Adrienne Calandra   Adrienne has been teaching middle school English Language Arts for the past seven years and she is very excited to join the MS 297 family this fall. Adrienne has a passion for teaching and learning and hopes to continue nurturing adolescents into stronger readers and critical thinkers. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling to new places.    Adrienne@75Morton.org

Adrienne Calandra

Adrienne has been teaching middle school English Language Arts for the past seven years and she is very excited to join the MS 297 family this fall. Adrienne has a passion for teaching and learning and hopes to continue nurturing adolescents into stronger readers and critical thinkers. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling to new places.

Adrienne@75Morton.org

  Donna Santman   Donna joins the MS 297 team with 25 years experience teaching middle school students and their teachers. She has a passion for helping young people develop their own ideas about the books they read and the world around them and to turn those ideas into original poems and stories and essays and articles. Most recently, Donna was an Academic Director at a middle school in Harlem and she is most excited to return to her own classroom this Fall.    Donna@75Morton.org

Donna Santman

Donna joins the MS 297 team with 25 years experience teaching middle school students and their teachers. She has a passion for helping young people develop their own ideas about the books they read and the world around them and to turn those ideas into original poems and stories and essays and articles. Most recently, Donna was an Academic Director at a middle school in Harlem and she is most excited to return to her own classroom this Fall.

Donna@75Morton.org

  Theresa Soto   Theresa Soto is enthusiastic to be part of the team at 75 Morton. Having taught for the past 9 years, Theresa loves working with young people and being a part of the growth, curiosity and excitement that surrounds middle school. Originally from Ohio, Theresa earned her BA in Comparatives Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University and her MS from Long Island University, certified in both English and Special Education. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Andrew and their two-year-old, Sophia.    Theresa@75Morton.org

Theresa Soto

Theresa Soto is enthusiastic to be part of the team at 75 Morton. Having taught for the past 9 years, Theresa loves working with young people and being a part of the growth, curiosity and excitement that surrounds middle school. Originally from Ohio, Theresa earned her BA in Comparatives Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University and her MS from Long Island University, certified in both English and Special Education. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Andrew and their two-year-old, Sophia.

Theresa@75Morton.org

 

MATH

  Alanna Cabrera   Alanna joins the team at 75 Morton with 15 years of teaching middle school Math. She loves to make Math engaging for all students and aims to cultivate a fun learning environment for all. In addition to her love for teaching she loves traveling, skiing, cooking, shopping and watching what her husband says is “really bad television." Most of her free time is spent with family and friends.    Alanna@75Morton.org

Alanna Cabrera

Alanna joins the team at 75 Morton with 15 years of teaching middle school Math. She loves to make Math engaging for all students and aims to cultivate a fun learning environment for all.
In addition to her love for teaching she loves traveling, skiing, cooking, shopping and watching what her husband says is “really bad television." Most of her free time is spent with family and friends.

Alanna@75Morton.org

  John Fisher   Fish joins MS 297 as one of the math teachers. He has over 20 years experience working for an investment banking firm on their Institutional Fixed Income Sales & Trading desk. Fish is from Boston, Massachusetts and is a New England Patriots fan. He received his BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his MBA from New York University - Stern School of Business. Fish lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. When Fish is not teaching, he enjoys traveling with his family, watching football, cooking and skiing.    Fish@75Morton.org

John Fisher

Fish joins MS 297 as one of the math teachers. He has over 20 years experience working for an investment banking firm on their Institutional Fixed Income Sales & Trading desk. Fish is from Boston, Massachusetts and is a New England Patriots fan. He received his BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his MBA from New York University - Stern School of Business. Fish lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters. When Fish is not teaching, he enjoys traveling with his family, watching football, cooking and skiing.

Fish@75Morton.org

  Ramsey Merritt   Ramsey is one of the founding math teachers at 75 Morton. He enjoys volleyball, beach-going, 90s sitcom reruns, and traveling (20+ countries and counting). He has lived in Buenos Aires, London, and Paris; and speaks Spanish fluently, as well as a bit of French and Italian. Ramsey holds a master's in math education and is an honors graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's journalism school. Prior to becoming a teacher, he worked for the New York Times.    Ramsey@75Morton.org

Ramsey Merritt

Ramsey is one of the founding math teachers at 75 Morton. He enjoys volleyball, beach-going, 90s sitcom reruns, and traveling (20+ countries and counting). He has lived in Buenos Aires, London, and Paris; and speaks Spanish fluently, as well as a bit of French and Italian. Ramsey holds a master's in math education and is an honors graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's journalism school. Prior to becoming a teacher, he worked for the New York Times.

Ramsey@75Morton.org

  Bill Poley   Bill joins the MS 297 team after teaching seventeen years in both Brooklyn and the Bronx. It is his goal to help all students recognize their mathematic potential, and strive to become a mathematical thinker. Bill is a resident of Putnam County, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and a rat terrier named Maple. When not teaching or thinking about math, Bill can usually be found fishing, kayaking or playing the banjo, badly.    Bill@75Morton.org

Bill Poley

Bill joins the MS 297 team after teaching seventeen years in both Brooklyn and the Bronx. It is his goal to help all students recognize their mathematic potential, and strive to become a mathematical thinker. Bill is a resident of Putnam County, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and a rat terrier named Maple. When not teaching or thinking about math, Bill can usually be found fishing, kayaking or playing the banjo, badly.

Bill@75Morton.org

  Sarah Vasilik   Sarah is delighted to be a part of the Mathematics Department at 75 Morton. She comes with over ten years of experience as an educator, most recently teaching 7th and 8th grade math, as well as Algebra in the NYC Department of Education. She received her Master of Arts in Childhood Education from New York University and holds her BS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Sarah enjoys helping her students appreciate math in the real world. When Sarah is not teaching she enjoys, running (she’s a proud NYC marathon finisher), biking, traveling, going to the beach, hanging out with her family and friends, and exploring New York City!    Sarah@75Morton.org

Sarah Vasilik

Sarah is delighted to be a part of the Mathematics Department at 75 Morton. She comes with over ten years of experience as an educator, most recently teaching 7th and 8th grade math, as well as Algebra in the NYC Department of Education. She received her Master of Arts in Childhood Education from New York University and holds her BS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Sarah enjoys helping her students appreciate math in the real world. When Sarah is not teaching she enjoys, running (she’s a proud NYC marathon finisher), biking, traveling, going to the beach, hanging out with her family and friends, and exploring New York City!

Sarah@75Morton.org

 

SCIENCE

  Olivia Bello   Olivia Bello is from San Diego, CA where she fell in love with the ocean and it’s infinite forms of life. She pursued a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in dance from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Following graduation Olivia joined Teach For America, moved to NYC, and began teaching 6th grade science while earning her Masters in Teaching Science at Fordham University. When Olivia isn’t inspiring curiosity in her students she enjoys spending time surrounding herself with nature and art.    Olivia@75Morton.org

Olivia Bello

Olivia Bello is from San Diego, CA where she fell in love with the ocean and it’s infinite forms of life. She pursued a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in dance from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. Following graduation Olivia joined Teach For America, moved to NYC, and began teaching 6th grade science while earning her Masters in Teaching Science at Fordham University. When Olivia isn’t inspiring curiosity in her students she enjoys spending time surrounding herself with nature and art.

Olivia@75Morton.org

  Valerie Boos   Valerie is one of the science teachers at MS 297. She has a degree in biology, a minor in chemistry, and a masters degree in educational technology. She is excited to engage her students, and hopes to inspire them to pursue science in life. In her spare time she enjoys working out and playing with her dog, Teddy.    Valerie@75Morton.org

Valerie Boos

Valerie is one of the science teachers at MS 297. She has a degree in biology, a minor in chemistry, and a masters degree in educational technology. She is excited to engage her students, and hopes to inspire them to pursue science in life. In her spare time she enjoys working out and playing with her dog, Teddy.

Valerie@75Morton.org

  Danielle DeBenedetto   Danielle DeBenedetto is one of the science teachers at MS 297. Since she was a child, she had always loved science and would often create her own experiments around the house and in her backyard. When she went to college, she knew that she wanted to study science so she focused on biology and chemistry. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dog as well as running and reading.    Danielle@75Morton.org

Danielle DeBenedetto

Danielle DeBenedetto is one of the science teachers at MS 297. Since she was a child, she had always loved science and would often create her own experiments around the house and in her backyard. When she went to college, she knew that she wanted to study science so she focused on biology and chemistry. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dog as well as running and reading.

Danielle@75Morton.org

  Ben Lewin   Ben is one of the science teachers at MS 297. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a laboratory research assistant at Columbia University and the Sloan Kettering Institute. When he’s not encouraging his students to be scientists in the classroom, he enjoys being an amateur botanist (gardening), chemist (cooking), zoologist (playing with his pets), and geographer (traveling).    Ben@75Morton.org

Ben Lewin

Ben is one of the science teachers at MS 297. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a laboratory research assistant at Columbia University and the Sloan Kettering Institute. When he’s not encouraging his students to be scientists in the classroom, he enjoys being an amateur botanist (gardening), chemist (cooking), zoologist (playing with his pets), and geographer (traveling).

Ben@75Morton.org

  Mary Ann Taylor   Mary Ann’s passion is sparking young scientists’ curiosities by leading engaging learning experiences each and every day. She is also dedicated to fostering safe and supportive learning environments by taking time to co-create community among her learners. Prior to teaching, she earned degrees in Biology, Biomedicine and Society, and Teaching Biology to Adolescents. She has also performed research in various life science fields including human genome sequencing, botany, and microbiology. When not in the classroom, Mary Ann’s own curiosity leads her to explore places near and far, read novels, and prepare new recipes for her friends and family.    MaryAnn@75Morton.org

Mary Ann Taylor

Mary Ann’s passion is sparking young scientists’ curiosities by leading engaging learning experiences each and every day. She is also dedicated to fostering safe and supportive learning environments by taking time to co-create community among her learners. Prior to teaching, she earned degrees in Biology, Biomedicine and Society, and Teaching Biology to Adolescents. She has also performed research in various life science fields including human genome sequencing, botany, and microbiology. When not in the classroom, Mary Ann’s own curiosity leads her to explore places near and far, read novels, and prepare new recipes for her friends and family.

MaryAnn@75Morton.org

 
 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  Kate Crowley   Kate is one of the Social Studies teachers at 75 Morton. Kate has been teaching middle school for 16 years and is thrilled to join the amazing team at 75 Morton and help grow the school into a strong, nurturing community where students love to come and learn. Kate is passionate about history, social justice, and helping students discover how the choices they make shape the world we live in. Kate loves working with adolescents as it is a time when children are becoming independent and are open to new ideas as they uncover who they want to become. Kate lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband, two children, and dog.    Kate@75Morton.org

Kate Crowley

Kate is one of the Social Studies teachers at 75 Morton. Kate has been teaching middle school for 16 years and is thrilled to join the amazing team at 75 Morton and help grow the school into a strong, nurturing community where students love to come and learn. Kate is passionate about history, social justice, and helping students discover how the choices they make shape the world we live in. Kate loves working with adolescents as it is a time when children are becoming independent and are open to new ideas as they uncover who they want to become. Kate lives in South Orange, NJ with her husband, two children, and dog.

Kate@75Morton.org

  Melicca McCormick   Melicca got her first job as a middle teacher and never looked back. She has worked as a 7th and 8th grade teacher for 20 years, helping to create a Humanities curriculum which combines American History, Literature and Creative Writing. She is deeply committed to incorporating project-based learning that brings together students of all skill levels. And, as a teacher leader with the New York City Writing Project, she is also committed to using creative writing to explore themes and concepts, share stories, and build community in her classroom. Melicca loves taking modern dance classes, writing poetry, and spending time outdoors with her family.    Melicca@75Morton.org

Melicca McCormick

Melicca got her first job as a middle teacher and never looked back. She has worked as a 7th and 8th grade teacher for 20 years, helping to create a Humanities curriculum which combines American History, Literature and Creative Writing. She is deeply committed to incorporating project-based learning that brings together students of all skill levels. And, as a teacher leader with the New York City Writing Project, she is also committed to using creative writing to explore themes and concepts, share stories, and build community in her classroom. Melicca loves taking modern dance classes, writing poetry, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Melicca@75Morton.org

  Rina Robinson   Rina is a 6th grade social studies teacher at 75 Morton. She worked for 12 years teaching on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, where she lives with her daughter (she also has a grown-up son). Rina loves to sing with her twin sister, run in Prospect Park, and do crazy multi-sport endurance races!    Rina@75Morton.org

Rina Robinson

Rina is a 6th grade social studies teacher at 75 Morton. She worked for 12 years teaching on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn, where she lives with her daughter (she also has a grown-up son). Rina loves to sing with her twin sister, run in Prospect Park, and do crazy multi-sport endurance races!

Rina@75Morton.org

  Fred Rood   Fred is a social studies educator entering his fifth year teaching. He previously taught in Hartford, Connecticut, and then for two years in the Bronx. He is constantly fascinated and inspired by discovering the idiosyncrasies of New York City. A lover of history and all things sociological, he hopes to motivate in the students at 75 Morton the same curiosity and passion for the world around us and the people who live in it. He lives in Brooklyn.    Fred@75Morton.org

Fred Rood

Fred is a social studies educator entering his fifth year teaching. He previously taught in Hartford, Connecticut, and then for two years in the Bronx. He is constantly fascinated and inspired by discovering the idiosyncrasies of New York City. A lover of history and all things sociological, he hopes to motivate in the students at 75 Morton the same curiosity and passion for the world around us and the people who live in it. He lives in Brooklyn.

Fred@75Morton.org

  Nancy Welch   Nancy is one of the 6th grade social studies teachers at 75 Morton Street. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has been teaching for 17 years in the New York City Public School System. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Nancy has worked as a National Park Ranger in Alaska and Maine. In her free time, Nancy enjoys travelling, Nordic Skiing, rock climbing, hiking in the mountains and roller skiing on Governors Island. She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with her husband Michael and three cats, Sophie, Sammy and Sebastian.    Nancy@75Morton.org

Nancy Welch

Nancy is one of the 6th grade social studies teachers at 75 Morton Street. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has been teaching for 17 years in the New York City Public School System. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Nancy has worked as a National Park Ranger in Alaska and Maine. In her free time, Nancy enjoys travelling, Nordic Skiing, rock climbing, hiking in the mountains and roller skiing on Governors Island. She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with her husband Michael and three cats, Sophie, Sammy and Sebastian.

Nancy@75Morton.org

 

SPECIALISTS

  Marsha Baxter - MUSIC   Marsha’s curiosity in global musics cross many cultural borders. She studied Ecuadorian music with a New York City subway performer, Chinese dizi with a former professor of the Beijing Conservatory, and cedar flute with a Native American storyteller and musician. Her passion for Afro-Cuban music culminated in producing and directing the documentary film  For the Love of the Mambo . She loves to share and exchange eclectic music with her students, to help them probe and think deeply about the music they hear, and to guide their work as composers and improvisers. She taught music at PS 87 and was Professor of Music Education at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, where she directed the Crane Latin Ensemble. Marsha holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches each summer. She is also currently on the faculty of NYU.    Marsha@75Morton.org

Marsha Baxter - MUSIC

Marsha’s curiosity in global musics cross many cultural borders. She studied Ecuadorian music with a New York City subway performer, Chinese dizi with a former professor of the Beijing Conservatory, and cedar flute with a Native American storyteller and musician. Her passion for Afro-Cuban music culminated in producing and directing the documentary film For the Love of the Mambo. She loves to share and exchange eclectic music with her students, to help them probe and think deeply about the music they hear, and to guide their work as composers and improvisers. She taught music at PS 87 and was Professor of Music Education at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, where she directed the Crane Latin Ensemble. Marsha holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches each summer. She is also currently on the faculty of NYU.

Marsha@75Morton.org

  Josh Heim - PHYS ED   Josh brings a wealth of experience as a Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director and Coach to MS 297. He thoroughly enjoys teaching children sports-specific skills, how to work as a team and sportsmanship. Josh promises to give every student an opportunity to be successful and have a positive experience in his PE class. His spare time consists of either playing or watching sports and living a healthy/active lifestyle.    Josh@75Morton.org

Josh Heim - PHYS ED

Josh brings a wealth of experience as a Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director and Coach to MS 297. He thoroughly enjoys teaching children sports-specific skills, how to work as a team and sportsmanship. Josh promises to give every student an opportunity to be successful and have a positive experience in his PE class. His spare time consists of either playing or watching sports and living a healthy/active lifestyle.

Josh@75Morton.org

  Jessica Lewis - DANCE   Jessica is a dance educator, dancer, choreographer, director and producer, born and raised in the West Village. Jess holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from NYU, and a M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College (with honors). Jess has taught dance, interdisciplinary arts, and health for the past 8 years in NYC, and is excited to bring her knowledge in dance and education to 75 Morton. When not at school, Jess is the artistic and educational director of non-profit, Jessica Lewis Arts. Her dance classes empower students to express their own artistic voice through authentic movement and choreographic concepts.    Jess@75Morton.org

Jessica Lewis - DANCE

Jessica is a dance educator, dancer, choreographer, director and producer, born and raised in the West Village. Jess holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from NYU, and a M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College (with honors). Jess has taught dance, interdisciplinary arts, and health for the past 8 years in NYC, and is excited to bring her knowledge in dance and education to 75 Morton. When not at school, Jess is the artistic and educational director of non-profit, Jessica Lewis Arts. Her dance classes empower students to express their own artistic voice through authentic movement and choreographic concepts.

Jess@75Morton.org

  Dan Mauck - MUSIC   Dan is a composer and performer from Rochester, New York. He has been living and teaching in New York City for fifteen years. He majored in harpsichord performance at Nazareth College and received his M.A. in music education from Teachers College. He currently plays keyboard and rhythm guitar for a local rock band, The Medicine Makers, and composes music for film and media. He has been living and teaching in New York City for fifteen years.    Dan@75Morton.org

Dan Mauck - MUSIC

Dan is a composer and performer from Rochester, New York. He has been living and teaching in New York City for fifteen years. He majored in harpsichord performance at Nazareth College and received his M.A. in music education from Teachers College. He currently plays keyboard and rhythm guitar for a local rock band, The Medicine Makers, and composes music for film and media. He has been living and teaching in New York City for fifteen years.

Dan@75Morton.org

  Amy Musick - MUSIC   Amy Musick has been building Music programs in the NYC public schools for over 15 years. She received her Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, and started her teaching career at PS9 on the UWS. She then built the Music program from the ground up including Core, Band/Orchestral and Choral Music offerings at The Anderson School. In 2010, Amy founded and directed the Chorus program at New Voices MS in S. Park Slope, and also built an award-winning Green Team. When she is not in the music classroom or supporting student performances, you can find her running in the park, cooking vegan meals, or backpacking, hiking and canoeing expeditions-based camp for high-schoolers with her husband and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains. She is so excited to join the 75 Morton community and help to build a robust Music program.    Amy@75Morton.org

Amy Musick - MUSIC

Amy Musick has been building Music programs in the NYC public schools for over 15 years. She received her Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, and started her teaching career at PS9 on the UWS. She then built the Music program from the ground up including Core, Band/Orchestral and Choral Music offerings at The Anderson School. In 2010, Amy founded and directed the Chorus program at New Voices MS in S. Park Slope, and also built an award-winning Green Team. When she is not in the music classroom or supporting student performances, you can find her running in the park, cooking vegan meals, or backpacking, hiking and canoeing expeditions-based camp for high-schoolers with her husband and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains. She is so excited to join the 75 Morton community and help to build a robust Music program.

Amy@75Morton.org

  Yashira Perez - ENL, DRAMA   Yashira is an educator of both Theater Arts and English as a New Language for grades K-12, with a BFA in Musical Theater from Wright State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Theater from New York University. As an artist, Yashira performed with Broadway national and international tours. Yashira is thrilled to come back to 75 Morton this year as both an ENL and Theater teacher!    Yashira@75Morton.org

Yashira Perez - ENL, DRAMA

Yashira is an educator of both Theater Arts and English as a New Language for grades K-12, with a BFA in Musical Theater from Wright State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Theater from New York University. As an artist, Yashira performed with Broadway national and international tours. Yashira is thrilled to come back to 75 Morton this year as both an ENL and Theater teacher!

Yashira@75Morton.org

  Nicole Schorr - ART   Nicole graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in apparel design. As an artist she personally enjoys working in many mediums-apparel, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting! When she is not busy, Nicole loves to cook and work on commissioned drawings of her own. As a seasoned teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her student artists, sharing her love of creativity, technique, and artistic expertise.    Nicole@75Morton.org

Nicole Schorr - ART

Nicole graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in apparel design. As an artist she personally enjoys working in many mediums-apparel, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting! When she is not busy, Nicole loves to cook and work on commissioned drawings of her own. As a seasoned teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her student artists, sharing her love of creativity, technique, and artistic expertise.

Nicole@75Morton.org

 
 

ACADEMIC SERVICES

  Andy Adler - ICT   Andy is excited to be a part of 75 Mortons first 7th grade ELA & Social Studies classes. He cannot wait to implement project based learning in social studies and teach English in an authentic workshop environment. His primary mission in education is to create an environment of inclusion and accessibility, encouraging students to find their own interests and supporting them as they learn how to learn. Sadly, Andy plays no musical instruments and is patiently awaiting the matrix style upload that will transform him from teacher to keyboardist in a struggling band. For now, he must put this dream on hold and focus on raising his two children with his wife, while taking care of the three cats and dog that have taken over his house.    Andy@75Morton.org

Andy Adler - ICT

Andy is excited to be a part of 75 Mortons first 7th grade ELA & Social Studies classes. He cannot wait to implement project based learning in social studies and teach English in an authentic workshop environment. His primary mission in education is to create an environment of inclusion and accessibility, encouraging students to find their own interests and supporting them as they learn how to learn. Sadly, Andy plays no musical instruments and is patiently awaiting the matrix style upload that will transform him from teacher to keyboardist in a struggling band. For now, he must put this dream on hold and focus on raising his two children with his wife, while taking care of the three cats and dog that have taken over his house.

Andy@75Morton.org

  Brian Curry-Hartmann - ICT   Brian is a 6th grade ELA and special education teacher who thrives on helping students build confidence as readers and writers. He takes pride in seeing students develop as independent, creative thinkers who can confidently share their ideas about the world. Brian previously taught at a public middle school in East Harlem. Before entering the world of education, Brian worked for nonprofit culture and civic organizations in NYC. He brings his passion for arts and social change into his classroom. When not teaching, Brian enjoys cooking, running, and watching soccer with his daughter. He lives in the East Village with his wife and daughter and a golden doodle named Bea.    Brian@75Morton.org

Brian Curry-Hartmann - ICT

Brian is a 6th grade ELA and special education teacher who thrives on helping students build confidence as readers and writers. He takes pride in seeing students develop as independent, creative thinkers who can confidently share their ideas about the world. Brian previously taught at a public middle school in East Harlem. Before entering the world of education, Brian worked for nonprofit culture and civic organizations in NYC. He brings his passion for arts and social change into his classroom. When not teaching, Brian enjoys cooking, running, and watching soccer with his daughter. He lives in the East Village with his wife and daughter and a golden doodle named Bea.

Brian@75Morton.org

  Brooke Goldfeder - SETSS   Brooke has been a special education teacher for the past eleven years. Additionally, she works at a NYC non-profit; The GO Project, as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, where she collaborates with teachers to provide successful academic and social emotional experiences to under-resourced and academically-struggling students. Brooke is extremely excited to join the 75 Morton family as a 6th grade SETTS teacher and looks forward to working with students to build their academic self-confidence. When Brooke is not teaching, she enjoys yoga, barre class, reading and trying different sushi restaurants around the city with her husband Greg.    Brooke@75Morton.org

Brooke Goldfeder - SETSS

Brooke has been a special education teacher for the past eleven years. Additionally, she works at a NYC non-profit; The GO Project, as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, where she collaborates with teachers to provide successful academic and social emotional experiences to under-resourced and academically-struggling students. Brooke is extremely excited to join the 75 Morton family as a 6th grade SETTS teacher and looks forward to working with students to build their academic self-confidence. When Brooke is not teaching, she enjoys yoga, barre class, reading and trying different sushi restaurants around the city with her husband Greg.

Brooke@75Morton.org

  Simona Herschitz - SPEECH   Simona is excited to join 75 Morton, where she will be working as a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist. She enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their speech and language goals so that they can generalize these skills to improve their overall academic performance in the classroom. On the days that she is not at Morton, she is a speech-language evaluator for the NYC Dept of Education. Simona has worked as a Speech Therapist in the preschool, elementary and middle school settings over the last seven years. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, husband and her baby daughter.    Simona@75Morton.org

Simona Herschitz - SPEECH

Simona is excited to join 75 Morton, where she will be working as a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist. She enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their speech and language goals so that they can generalize these skills to improve their overall academic performance in the classroom. On the days that she is not at Morton, she is a speech-language evaluator for the NYC Dept of Education. Simona has worked as a Speech Therapist in the preschool, elementary and middle school settings over the last seven years. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, husband and her baby daughter.

Simona@75Morton.org

  Ginger Laforestrie - ICT   Ginger comes to 75 Morton with ten years of teaching students with learning disabilities in grades 6-8. She has a dual certification in special education and social studies. Ginger has a deep passion and appreciation of learning and teaching history. Prior to teaching, she practiced law as a litigation attorney and ran her own Immigration Law practice. She is an avid traveler and has lived in London. She lives on the Upper West Side with her two kids, husband, and their bearded dragon.    Ginger@75Morton.org

Ginger Laforestrie - ICT

Ginger comes to 75 Morton with ten years of teaching students with learning disabilities in grades 6-8. She has a dual certification in special education and social studies. Ginger has a deep passion and appreciation of learning and teaching history. Prior to teaching, she practiced law as a litigation attorney and ran her own Immigration Law practice. She is an avid traveler and has lived in London. She lives on the Upper West Side with her two kids, husband, and their bearded dragon.

Ginger@75Morton.org

  Cristine Maisano - ICT   Cristine is a math and science special education teacher who also works as a Lead Teacher with the Urban Advantage Program at the New York Botanical Gardens. She has worked in middle schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn and is excited to join the 75 Morton team as it grows. Besides science and math, Cristine loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Kevin and baby daughter, Emma and playing soccer. Before joining the Teaching Fellows program in 2012, Cristine worked as lawyer.    Cristine@75Morton.org

Cristine Maisano - ICT

Cristine is a math and science special education teacher who also works as a Lead Teacher with the Urban Advantage Program at the New York Botanical Gardens. She has worked in middle schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn and is excited to join the 75 Morton team as it grows. Besides science and math, Cristine loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Kevin and baby daughter, Emma and playing soccer. Before joining the Teaching Fellows program in 2012, Cristine worked as lawyer.

Cristine@75Morton.org

  Nicki Miller - SETSS   Nicole Miller is a special education teacher with over 20 years of experience in the NYC Department of Education. She has taught grades K through 8. Nicole is passionate about sustainability and protecting our environment. She is a busy mom of two girls, Eden and Drew.    Nicki@75Morton.org

Nicki Miller - SETSS

Nicole Miller is a special education teacher with over 20 years of experience in the NYC Department of Education. She has taught grades K through 8. Nicole is passionate about sustainability and protecting our environment. She is a busy mom of two girls, Eden and Drew.

Nicki@75Morton.org

  Hannah Morse - ICT   Hannah is a special education teacher who comes to MS 297, after teaching math at a private special education school. She received her bachelor's degree in Math Education with a minor in American Sign Language and her master's degree in Special Education from New York University. She has lived and gone to school in NYC her whole life. When Hannah is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing the piano, and listening to music.    Hannah@75Morton.org

Hannah Morse - ICT

Hannah is a special education teacher who comes to MS 297, after teaching math at a private special education school. She received her bachelor's degree in Math Education with a minor in American Sign Language and her master's degree in Special Education from New York University. She has lived and gone to school in NYC her whole life. When Hannah is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing the piano, and listening to music.

Hannah@75Morton.org

  Kayla Villante - SPEECH   Kayla is the Speech Therapist at MS297. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, she worked as a special education teacher, thus she enjoys collaborating with teachers when targeting student's goals. With a passion for student's academic and social growth, Kayla works with students in groups within classroom lessons. Additionally, she provides support in group and individual session in the speech room. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and baking.    Kayla@75Morton.org

Kayla Villante - SPEECH

Kayla is the Speech Therapist at MS297. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, she worked as a special education teacher, thus she enjoys collaborating with teachers when targeting student's goals. With a passion for student's academic and social growth, Kayla works with students in groups within classroom lessons. Additionally, she provides support in group and individual session in the speech room. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and baking.

Kayla@75Morton.org