Matt — Philosophy/Debate, Analytical Writing, Latin & Senior Seminar
Matt 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
Bob 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
Betty 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
Paul 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
Arpit 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.
Patricia — Learning Specialist
Pat’s Ph.D. is in Human and Organization Development Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She has a BS in Education from Boston University and an MA in Communication Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Special Education from Montclair University. She also studied French for one semester at the Université de Montpellier in France. Pat worked for part of her career in business, where she headed up Training, Quality, and Change Management in three different companies. Her years teaching and serving on Child Study Teams as a case manager and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant are the other half of her work. Pat enjoys nothing more than seeing students relax and enjoy building their strengths and self-esteem, loving life and its possibilities.
Karen – Mandarin
Karen is a native Chinese language speaker. She started teaching Chinese both in Chinese schools and privately since 2009. Outside of teaching her interests include hiking and traveling and writing two blogs in Chinese.
Karen likes the need to tailor their curricula to each student’s needs and her favorite time of the year is the end of the school year when everyone can they all see the big progress they students have made through their hard work.
Lisa – ESL, Creative Writing, Advanced Psychology
Lisa 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
Dan 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
Jesse 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
Cheryl 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
Julian 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.
Don — Spanish
Don has worked in the field of education for over forty years. He earned a BS in Forestry and Wildlife Biology from Rutgers University and began his career as a volunteer in the Peace Corps/Honduras. Donald then earned an Ed.M. (Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments) from Harvard University. He taught science and technology at Crossroads (Public) Middle School in South Brunswick, NJ for 27 years. Donald has worked at many educational institutions including Around the Corner (Cambridge, MA), Big Brothers/Big Sisters (Boston, MA), Children’s Home Society (Trenton, NJ), Educational Testing Services (Princeton, NJ), Indian Acres Camp (Fryeburg, ME), and Youth Empowerment Services (New Brunswick, NJ). Donald learned Spanish almost 40 years ago and currently studies French at Rutgers University. Donald resides in East Brunswick, NJ.
Amy — English, Social Studies, Learning Specialist
Amy 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
Lisa 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.
Andrea — Spanish
A native Spanish speaker, Andrea is a music therapist by training. She holds a bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music. She has been working professionally with children and adults with disabilities, as well as aging adults since 2009. In 2015, Andrea was hired to help design and develop a grief program for the Latino community in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she worked providing counseling and education in a culturally relevant and competent way. Andrea moved to New Haven in 2017 and began working for Flexschool that summer. She is passionate about teaching creatively and trying to reach each student by figuring out their unique strengths.
Maria — Learning Specialist
Maria 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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