If Brooklyn resident/Poughkeepsie native John Sardo has his say, math will soon be viewed as less inscrutable and formulaic, and some of its best minds will come back from other fields to teach its fundamentals in the classroom. Sardo, who completed his undergrad studies at SUNY New Paltz and teaches middle school in West Harlem, recently enrolled at Touro to achieve his Masters in Mathematics Education. Apart from additional certification, you might ask why the 35-year-old would pursue further academia when he’d already developed a steady career track.
It would be easy to assume that Dafna Ben-Anath’s pursuit of helping others learn English originated after immigrating to Rego Park, NY from Tel Aviv, Israel when she was eight. While she remembers that adaptation process as being “sink or swim,” Ben-Anath actually acclimated to her American surroundings reasonably well.
It’s a long way from early childhood in the Dominican Republic to receiving the United Federation of Teacher's Outstanding Career and Technical Education Award in New York City. Then again, there are only so many Claudio Garcias. Garcia moved to NYC when he was 9, and after studying Graphic Arts during his teenage years, Garcia polished his knowledge of Fine Arts and Art History at Boston College.