Teaching Team

Matt — Philosophy/Debate, Analytical Writing, Latin & Senior Seminar

FlexSchool_Teacher-MattMatt grew up in Idaho. He has a BA in Classics (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. His dissertation is a global study of oral poetry and music in ancient and traditional cultures. He has taught a wide range of literature, language, and writing courses at St. Peter’s College, Deep Springs College, Rutgers University, and Whitman College. He translates Latin poetry and Italian academic prose.

Matt has taught in a lot of big and small universities and likes the size here at FlexSchool. “We are making it work as we go. We are inventing every day, not shackled by bureaucracy or politics or unions. We are teachers, kids, and parents making a happy place of learning for our students.”

Bob — History

FlexSchool_History_Teacher-BobBob has an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in literature and a masters in European history, all from Rutgers. Bob was a member of ROTC during college and then an officer in an elite Army Ranger Paratrooper unit. He has been a history teacher, detective, and horse farmer, in pretty much that order.

He comes from a family of teachers: his father was a university professor, his mother a high school teacher and grandfather a renowned scientist and professor. Though he has worn many hats, those professions came back to instructing, training or advising young people. FlexSchool is the perfect place – with the freedom to teach in an unencumbered way.

Betty — Math

FlexSchool_Math_Teacher-BettyBetty has been teaching high school mathematics for more than twenty years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from San Pedro Nolasco University in Argentina, where she also worked for many years writing math curriculum for high school and adult education. Throughout her lengthy teaching career, she has taught everything from pre-algebra to calculus and statistics.

Betty sees FlexSchool as a place where learning and academics are taken seriously and are the priority.
“We have seen kids change and become better, and it’s all done in a safe and warm environment.”

Paul—Math/Computer Science and Italian/French

FlexSchool_Teacher-PaulPaul teaches all levels of math, French, Italian, economics, and computer science from middle and high school through college. Paul grew up in the Wallonia (French-speaking southern region of Belgium) and graduated from the University of Mons, also in Belgium. Later, he pursued graduate business studies at Michigan State University where he worked as a teaching assistant in French.

Arpit — Science and Computer Lab

FlexSchool_Teacher-ArpitArpit earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Rutgers University in 2013. He has researched bacterial photosynthesis and is currently pursuing teaching degrees in Biological and Physical Sciences. Arpit is also converting some of the teachers to tea drinkers.

For Arpit, the students are the whole reason he’s here and he admires how the school provides an environment for them to thrive: being taught to critically analyze data, fathom holistic ideas and apply them. Naturally, he feels we’re just as rigorous as other institutions, if not more so.

Lisa – ESL, Creative Writing, Advanced Psychology

FlexSchool teacher LisaLisa holds a BA in Theology/Media Studies from Fordham University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and has taught English as a Second Language, Creative Writing (Prose, Poetry, Drama), Public Speaking and Verbal Test Prep for many years. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, sewing, and doing companion animal charity work.

Daniel – Creative Writing, Philosophy, Music, Art

“FlexSchoolDan is a dedicated educator who has nineteen years of teaching experience. He graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Art History. Then he moved to New Haven in 1992 and earned his master’s degree in Theological Philosophy from the Yale Divinity School. After deciding to make New Haven his home, he became active in the art and music community. He began teaching as a poetry instructor at a magnet school where he ran Creative Writing workshops for high school students. Then he worked in a 19th-century style, multi-age classroom where he taught all subjects to elementary students. He established an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum intended to connect events from the past to the present. On the high school level, Dan has taught American History, World History, and English Literature. He believes in teaching with passion, humor, and encouragement.

Jesse – Science

FlexSchool science teacher JesseJesse is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University in Science Education/Exercise Science. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from State University of New York and a Masters in Exercise Science from Syracuse University. When Jesse is not teaching, he enjoys weight lifting, strength training, and outdoor activities. He is currently investigating how to use genetics to predict athletic performance and his current reading material is how various stimuli can impact genetic expression or repression.

Cheryl — Engineering and Physics

FlexSchool_Physics_Engineering_Teacher_CherylCheryl began teaching after a 30-year career in traffic engineering, having previously served as Jersey City’s Director of Transportation and Newark’s Manager of Traffic and Signals. She received a BSCE from MIT, an MBA from Columbia University, and a PhD in Transportation from NJIT. Cheryl especially loves working with students, providing them with technical skills and teaching them how to harness their creativity to solve today’s problems. She is an entrepreneur, having founded Bandbox LLC, which markets innovative bicycle helmet-hats across the globe. She is also a competitive Scrabble player, currently ranked 10th in New Jersey. Cheryl lives in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey with her husband, 23-year-old daughter, two Arab horses, a Sheltie, a cat, a canary, and a fish.

Julian — Math

FlexSchool_Math_Cloud_Classroom_Teacher_JulianJulian Banks was valedictorian of his high school class, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, a certification in Sustainable Energy Technology, and has completed his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He is currently working for Flex School, as a teacher, and as an adjunct instructor at St. Phillips College. He has been tutoring since he was in 2nd Grade and has a life-long love of learning and helping others to do the same. His passions are entrepreneurship, understanding how things work, and problem-solving. His latest hobby has been traveling the globe and working on his plans for taking over the world.

Amy — English, Social Studies, Learning Specialist

FlexSchool_Teacher_AmyAmy holds an MA in Counseling from New York University as well as an MS in Education from Hunter College. Her undergraduate studies were at Binghamton University where she earned a BA in English. Amy served as an academic advisor and counselor at New York University and the City University of New York. She also taught at The Buckley School in New York City and Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. As a teacher, Amy always believed in customizing the curriculum to best serve the needs of her students without compromising the content. She has extensive experience as a parent volunteer in the Westfield Public Schools. Amy’s dream educational environment is at FlexSchool where the students, parents and faculty work together to provide the best learning experience for our students.

Lisa — Yoga, Mindfulness

FlexSchool_Teacher_LisaLisa Altarescu is a passionate yoga and mindfulness teacher, student and practitioner. Lisa feels as though the practice of mindfulness is especially beneficial in youth in order for students to value themselves, their bodies, their minds and the present moment. She believes that mindful practice in youth is especially helpful for students to be more kind to one another, more compassionate and to feel less judged. Lisa has been working on mindful movement at FlexSchool New Haven and will be incorporating a mindfulness curriculum. Outside of Flexschool Lisa teaches Yoga and meditation full time and will shortly be licensed in physical therapy.

Maria — Learning Specialist

FlexSchool_Teacher_MariaMaria brings twenty years’ experience as a teacher of the gifted and special educator to FlexSchool. Originally from New Jersey, Maria earned her BA in English from Fordham University and her JD from Villanova University School of Law. After her admission to the Pennsylvania bar, she co-founded and practiced at a private law firm. As the parent of a child identified as gifted, Maria reevaluated her career path and earned an MA in Education from New Jersey City University. She became a special educator at a public secondary school in Southeastern Pennsylvania, teaching students identified as special needs, gifted and 2e, including those identified on the autism spectrum. Maria also supported her students as a Mock Trial, Model UN, and Quiz Bowl Team Advisor and was recently able to put that experience to good use as a contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy!

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