ISA Coaches

ISA Expert Educators

ISA provides its schools with external leadership, content, and school development coaches, who are highly experienced, expert practitioners. Many have been secondary school principals or lead teachers who have started their own schools. Some have been instructional superintendents. Content coaches are experienced secondary school practitioners with strong expertise in their discipline; many have advanced degrees. All ISA coaches have experience providing job embedded professional development and are highly knowledgeable about college readiness instruction, state standards, and a variety of teacher observation frameworks.

Kate Ado

Kate Ado has been a coach with ISA since 2006. She previously taught English at both the middle and high school levels. She has also served as a literacy...

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Kate Ado has been a coach with ISA since 2006. She previously taught English at both the middle and high school levels. She has also served as a literacy coach and an assistant professor of education. Ado specializes in curriculum development, professional development, school change, urban education, teacher preparation and induction, literacy, and inquiry-based instruction. As a coach, she enjoys success in collaborating with teachers to develop and implement curricula that leads to students higher order thinking.

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Julie Arcement
Math Specialist

Julie Arcement has been a Mathematics teacher of ELL and SIFE students at both the middle school and high school level. She was a founding teacher at ELLIS...

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Julie Arcement has been a Mathematics teacher of ELL and SIFE students at both the middle school and high school level. She was a founding teacher at ELLIS Preparatory Academy, an ISA school located in the Bronx, NY. As a classroom teacher she cultivated a learning environment that used an inquiry-based, language-rich approach to solving math problems. She believes that creating authentic activities and tasks capitalizes on students’ interests, curiosity and experiences while creating the impetus for language development. As someone who has been affected and inspired by teacher mentors, she enjoys engaging in the sharing of best practices and talking about mathematics in the interest of helping teachers, and herself, develop and grow professionally.

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Terry Born

Terry Born brought her 30+ years of experience to ISA in 2003. She is an expert in leadership, literacy, curriculum design, collaborative Learning and...

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Terry Born brought her 30+ years of experience to ISA in 2003. She is an expert in leadership, literacy, curriculum design, collaborative Learning and arts in education. Born was an English teacher, theater and photography teacher, and also served in the following roles: founding principal, Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School of Arts and Technology , Faculty Bank Street Principal’s Institute, curriculum and leaderships, Adjunct Faculty/College Now: LaGuardia Community College, professional development: interdisciplinary curriculum, literacy across the curriculum, theater, small school development: Middle College National Consortium.

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Zenon Borys

Zenon Borys joined the ISA coaching community in 2017 and is a mathematics instructional coach at Integrated Arts and Technology in Rochester, New York. ...

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Zenon Borys joined the ISA coaching community in 2017 and is a mathematics instructional coach at Integrated Arts and Technology in Rochester, New York.  Before moving to Rochester to pursue his doctorate in education, he taught mathematics in the South Bronx at Banana Kelly High School.  He also taught ballroom dancing and was the high school’s wrestling coach.  His current research focuses on the design of and teachers’ use of digital curriculum resources.  He brings experience in teacher preparation, professional development, and curriculum development to his practice.

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Jane Bowser

Jane Bowser joined ISA in 2017 with 30 years of experience in science and technology education. She has served as a science teacher and department chair,...

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Jane Bowser joined ISA in 2017 with 30 years of experience in science and technology education. She has served as a science teacher and department chair, assistant principal of an early college, and technology coordinator for the School of Education at High Point University. She has an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her areas of expertise include project based learning, integrating technology into education, and using data to drive instruction.  She is passionate about helping students and teachers connect science and technology to real world experiences and about coaching teachers to grow professionally.

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Sheila Breslaw

Sheila Breslaw has been a school coach since 2007. She was an English teacher, reading teacher and the founding and co-principal of New York City Lab School...

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Sheila Breslaw has been a school coach since 2007. She was an English teacher, reading teacher and the founding and co-principal of New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, where she served for 20 years. Breslaw also worked with new and upcoming principals during her time with the Office of New Schools in New York City’s Department of Education. Breslaw’s areas of expertise include school leadership, and English language arts curriculum and pedagogy.

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Stephen Brodbar

Stephen Brodbar, science coach, has experienced the field of education from three distinct perspectives: as a teacher in the New York City Public School...

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Stephen Brodbar, science coach, has experienced the field of education from three distinct perspectives: as a teacher in the New York City Public School system, as an instructor designing curriculum and professional development programs supporting standards-­‐based curriculum reform at the American Museum of Natural History and as an educational consultant with Teachers College, Columbia University, The New York Academy of Sciences and AUSSIE Professional Development. These three vantage points have given him a unique sense of how schools, universities and informal learning institutions interplay. He has worked with teachers around the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. His interests include bringing scientists and teachers together in professional development settings to see the effects on pedagogy.

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Marylin Cano

According to Marylin she dreamed of becoming a teacher since she was 7 years old:   “I had the great fortune of making this dream a reality by being...

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According to Marylin she dreamed of becoming a teacher since she was 7 years old:   “I had the great fortune of making this dream a reality by being in a Math classroom for 38 years.  During my 25 years at John Bowne High School, I learned that for a teacher to be successful, he/she needs support  and examples to follow. At The Queens High School of Teaching during the  last 13 years, with the help of Jonathan Katz and the support of administrators and peers , I was able to have inquiry based classes.  Now, It’s time to pay it forward. So, I have become an ISA Math coach and dream that the teachers I support have an amazing career, better than mine.”

 

 

 

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Alison Cohen

Alison Cohen joined ISA in 2015 and is thrilled to be coaching at several ISA schools. She is the product of an urban public school system herself (DC...

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Alison Cohen joined ISA in 2015 and is thrilled to be coaching at several ISA schools. She is the product of an urban public school system herself (DC Public Schools) and her experiences as a student made her passionate about working towards a more just educational system that meets all students’ needs regardless of background. Alison has spent more than a decade playing a variety of different roles in public middle and high schools. She has worked as a teacher (English, Literacy, ESOL/ENL, Special Ed), school mindfulness program director, student teacher supervisor, teacher advice columnist, and coach. Her areas of expertise include literacy across the content areas, mindfulness, bias awareness, and growth mindset in urban schools. Alison loves the moment when humanities and STEM teachers she has been working with successfully implement literacy practices in their classrooms and then later share that they have come to see themselves not only as content experts but as literacy educators as well. She is also particularly passionate about the roles growth mindset and mindfulness training can play in improving instruction, student performance, and relationships among school community members. Her website is www.mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.com.

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Melissa Donner

Melissa Donner joined ISA as an ELA coach in Philadelphia in 2017 after teaching for over ten years. Grounded in her own experience as a student, she has...

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Melissa Donner joined ISA as an ELA coach in Philadelphia in 2017 after teaching for over ten years. Grounded in her own experience as a student, she has always found the most satisfaction and success teaching with challenging questions, collaborative projects, and ample writing. While head of a high school English department, she steered teachers towards an inquiry-based curriculum through backwards design unit planning and reflective practices. She also founded and coached a slam poetry team that participated in an interschool league. As a teacher and coach, Melissa enjoys helping students and teachers find their voices and foster their strengths.

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Audrey Federman

Audrey began teaching as a founding math teacher at Bushwick School for Social Justice, an ISA school. Audrey then taught at East Side Community High School...

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Audrey began teaching as a founding math teacher at Bushwick School for Social Justice, an ISA school. Audrey then taught at East Side Community High School for nine years, where she honed her problem-solving based approach to high-level math. During this time, she focused on creating portfolio projects and systems that demonstrate students’ mastery of mathematical content and process strands. She is currently a math coach for ISA and a PhD candidate in Math Education at Teachers College.

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Kimberly Fluet

Kimberly Fluet joined the ISA science team in 2017. She has been a science educator and science teacher educator for 20 years. Kimberly previously taught...

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Kimberly Fluet joined the ISA science team in 2017. She has been a science educator and science teacher educator for 20 years. Kimberly previously taught at the middle, high school, and collegiate levels.  Her current research and teaching interests focus on science teacher development and science curriculum design. Kimberly brings her years of professional development for BSCS and her science coaching with the East High School-University of Rochester partnership to her work at ISA. Kimberly’s greatest accomplishment is empowering science teachers to grow and flourish, along with their students, toward deep conceptual understanding of science and science teaching.

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Diane Giorgi

Diane Giorgi brings over thirty years of teaching, mentoring and professional development experience to her current role as a social studies coach at two...

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Diane Giorgi brings over thirty years of teaching, mentoring and professional development experience to her current role as a social studies coach at two NYC high schools. Prior to joining ISA, Diane taught social studies and writing on the secondary and college levels, and coached novice and veteran educators across content areas. She has presented workshops on the teaching of reading and writing at local, state and national conferences, and is active in National Writing Project initiatives.

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Michael Gonchar

Michael Gonchar has been a school and instructional coach for over ten years in many of New York City’s small schools. He originally taught history and...

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Michael Gonchar has been a school and instructional coach for over ten years in many of New York City’s small schools. He originally taught history and literature at East Side Community High School in Manhattan’s East Village in 1996, where he spent eight years as a humanities teacher. He joined ISA as a coach in 2008. Gonchar specializes in supporting the development of new small schools. He considers his close work with principals in starting two new ISA schools to be a great coaching accomplishment.

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Stephanie Grasso

Stephanie Grasso’s coaching enables her to share her expertise in integrating English language learning and literacy in content area curriculum development...

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Stephanie Grasso’s coaching enables her to share her expertise in integrating English language learning and literacy in content area curriculum development for new English language learners, and SIFE (students with interrupted formal education) with teachers. She was a founding English teacher at ISA’s ELLIS Preparatory Academy in New York City and went on to provide literacy and instructional coaching at ELLIS. Grasso’s work in developing science curriculum with integrated language and literacy approach became one of her greatest accomplishments at ELLIS.

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Christian Gregory

Christian Gregory holds two degrees in literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and is pursing a PHD in English Education...

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Christian Gregory holds two degrees in literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and is pursing a PHD in English Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Mr. Gregory is the recipient two fellowships from the NEH, was a semi-finalist for the Bechtal Award, and received the national JSTOR Lesson Plan award in 2015.  He has presented papers on pedagogy and literature in NYC, England, Ireland, and Poland, and will be presenting his work at four upcoming conferences for the Modern Language Association.  He has taught for over 15 years, recently as a lecturer at TC and Mercy College.

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Jackquelyn Harris Young

“Each One, Teach One” is Jackie’s motto gleaned from the esteemed Alma John.   After serving the NYC public schools as a teacher, principal, deputy...

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“Each One, Teach One” is Jackie’s motto gleaned from the esteemed Alma John.   After serving the NYC public schools as a teacher, principal, deputy superintendent, local instructional superintendent, network leader and ultimately Deputy CEO for Empowerment Schools, she joined the ISA team as a Leadership Coach in 2009.  Jackie works with school leaders by asking the questions that will guide them as they align the work they do with their mission and vision statements.  Jackie also served as a Principal Mentor for District 10 and as an Adjunct teacher at both Lehman College and SUNY Purchase.

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Todd Hawley

Todd is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Teacher Education at Kent State University. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Todd taught high school social...

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Todd is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Teacher Education at Kent State University. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Todd taught high school social studies for four years in the Atlanta Public Schools and for three years at Oglethorpe County High School. Todd’s interests include working with teachers to develop their purposes for teaching social studies, to use inquiry to teach about race in social studies and to engage students through problems-based learning.

 

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Dina Heisler

Dina Heisler’s greatest accomplishment as a coach has been working with teachers to expand their practice to include a more inquiry based, student centered,...

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Dina Heisler’s greatest accomplishment as a coach has been working with teachers to expand their practice to include a more inquiry based, student centered, and collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Heisler has been a coach with ISA since 2011. Her career has included teaching interdisciplinary social studies and ELA curriculum to English language learner high schools students, and taking on the leadership roles of principal, network achievement coach, humanities teacher, and adjunct for the Principals Institute at the Bank Street School of Education. Her areas of expertise include supervision, humanities curriculum, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, ESL, and Webquests.

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Toby Horowitz

Toby Horowitz began coaching with the ISA math team in 2011. She helped to start Pablo Neruda high school, and her experience includes leadership roles...

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Toby Horowitz began coaching with the ISA math team in 2011. She helped to start Pablo Neruda high school, and her experience includes leadership roles at International high schools, Middle College high schools, and in PD math teachers workshops as well as teaching in Pojoaque, New Mexico, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toby was a math and music teacher as well as an internship supervisor. Her areas of expertise are math curriculum development, project-based learning, and group learning. Toby’s greatest accomplishment has been seeing classes where students are excited by what they are learning.

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Natalie Irons

Natalie Irons, a Training Associate for the work of Cognitive Coaching, places the people in the systems she supports as priority. In her work at UCLA...

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Natalie Irons, a Training Associate for the work of Cognitive Coaching, places the people
in the systems she supports as priority. In her work at UCLA Center X since 2002,
Natalie has worked with schools to develop collaborative practices that support positive
academic growth and self-directed learning. Prior to 2002, she spent 12 years in
classrooms in the Los Angeles county area teaching students at various grade levels to
find their voices through reading and writing.
Natalie supports schools with both literacy and leadership coaching to create positive,
trusting relationships that produce collective goals and outcomes. She is also a National
Board Certified Teacher and owner of her own consulting business, Chrysalides
Education Services.

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Shomari Jabulani

Shomari Jabulani began his life in the segregated South. He was born in the colored section of Grady Memorial Fulton County Hospital of Atlanta, Georgia,...

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Shomari Jabulani began his life in the segregated South. He was born in the colored section of Grady Memorial Fulton County Hospital of Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. Shomari arrived in 1950 to married parents who were both African –Americans with high school education and beyond. His 25 year old mother had worked in airplane factories and insurance companies, while his father, a Tuskegee Airman, was a struggling war veteran.

Shomari Jabulani, performed professionally as a Chemical /Process engineer in the semi-conductor electronics field for nearly 20 years before pursuing interests in the field of education. He joined Detroit Public Schools in 1989 as a substitute teacher. After 1991, he pursued the education field exclusively. Shomari Jabulani earned his Master of Arts Degree in the Teaching of Mathematics from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1997. He also obtained Michigan professional certification for teaching science and mathematics at the secondary level. He had previously obtained a Chemistry degree from Arizona State University. He also obtained his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Carlton Jordan

Carlton Jordan has over twenty years’ experience in education. He was a high school English and writing teacher for many years.  He served as a coordinator...

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Carlton Jordan has over twenty years’ experience in education. He was a high school English and writing teacher for many years.  He served as a coordinator of a ninth-grade detracked English course, and was a founding member of an untracked middle school in New Jersey. At the college level he has taught Africana Studies and EOP writing. He has served as a literacy and leadership coach and has served as a team leader and writer for school quality reviews. Jordan feels his greatest coaching accomplishment has been helping principals create an environment where teachers deliver quality instruction and assign writing across the disciplines.

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James Kilbane

Jim is currently a clinical professor of STEM education.  His research examines the practice of teachers from all subject areas inquiring into the use...

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Jim is currently a clinical professor of STEM education.  His research examines the practice of teachers from all subject areas inquiring into the use of student inquiry as a learning experience.  He started his career in environmental education then taught science for a number of years, ending that stage in his K-12 career teaching an integrated curriculum.  He has coached in schools reforming using the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools as well as directing a non-profit in that work.  He has worked with teachers in Indiana, New York City, and New Orleans on improving their practice, particularly in teaching science and using inquiry.

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Pamela Kissel

Pam Kissel joined ISA in 2016 and is a leadership coach for the Integrated Arts and Technology High School in Rochester, NY. Pam brings 36 years of educational...

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Pam Kissel joined ISA in 2016 and is a leadership coach for the Integrated Arts and Technology High School in Rochester, NY. Pam brings 36 years of educational experience in rural, suburban and urban schools to this role. She has served as a high school English teacher, middle and high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools. Pam earned her doctorate from Syracuse University and serves on the board of trustees for Partners in Restorative Initiatives and the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School.

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James “Torch” Lytle

James H. Lytle (“Torch”) is Adjunct Practice Professor of Educational Leadership at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.  From...

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James H. Lytle (“Torch”) is Adjunct Practice Professor of Educational Leadership at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.  From 1998-2006 he was superintendent of the Trenton, NJ Public Schools, and from 1970-1998 he served in a variety of capacities in the School District of Philadelphia, including principal, executive director for research, regional superintendent, and deputy superintendent.

Lytle has been active in a number of national professional organizations, including the Council of Great City Schools and the American Educational Research Association. His teaching and research interests relate to the efficacy of urban public schools, leadership transitions, and school change.

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Denise Mahfood

Denise Mahfood joined ISA in 2013.  Her decade of experience in the sciences and education provides a strong foundation for her ISA coaching. Her coaching...

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Denise Mahfood joined ISA in 2013.  Her decade of experience in the sciences and education provides a strong foundation for her ISA coaching. Her coaching approach encourages authentic questions, supports high skill levels, inquiry into social issues, and creative thinking. Denise’s areas of expertise: curriculum development, Physical, Life, and Earth sciences, and science professional development for teachers. Denise completed her Doctoral studies in Science Education at Teachers College.

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Catina Mason

Catina Mason began her educational career in Detroit Public Schools where she has been a passionate educator for over 15 years. She enjoys the process...

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Catina Mason began her educational career in Detroit Public Schools where she has been a passionate educator for over 15 years. She enjoys the process of continuously teaching and learning mathematics, leadership, school improvement process, grant implementation and more. She obtained her BA in Education and graduate degree from Wayne State University. During her teaching experience, she earned her Master of Mathematics Education with a focus on problem solving and writing in mathematics. She then became a Mathematics Coach/Consultant for Wayne county. As she coached teachers in K-8 mathematics, she also ensured that she stayed current on the latest teaching strategies herself as she taught developmental to intermediate mathematics at Oakland Community College where she still teaches today.

It was from her experience of being a state monitor and supporting school districts with self-evaluation, realization and planning effective systems and processes that will support the schools outcomes that she learned of her passion of support systems in schools. Catina is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Michigan State University’s Doctor of Education Leadership (DEL) Program and is now in the final year of completion after which, she plans to continue to support schools systemic processes that can be sustained or shifted to make the changes necessary for students’ success.

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Rob Menken

Rob Menken taught social studies and English, and he served as principal and founding co-director of New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies....

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Rob Menken taught social studies and English, and he served as principal and founding co-director of New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. His 18+ years of experience provided him ample opportunity to develop skills in the areas of leadership capacity, collaborative teaming, and instructional focus. Menken feels his greatest coaching accomplishment has been helping principals come to the realization that quality instruction is the goal and that test scores will follow that achievement.

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Mariam Naraine-Zebrowski

With over 10 years as a New York City Educator, Mariam Naraine-Zebrowski joined ISA in 2012 as a Science Coach. During her time with the DOE, she taught...

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With over 10 years as a New York City Educator, Mariam Naraine-Zebrowski joined ISA in 2012 as a Science Coach. During her time with the DOE, she taught high school Living Environment, Earth Science and Chemistry. At the then new school, Manhattan Hunter Science High School, Mariam was responsible for developing the Science Department which included mapping out its four year Science sequence and also designing school wide Science Research program.

Mariam has spent several years in the non-profit world, exploring and developing programs to help underserved NYC students in middle and high school move on successfully to college. During this time, she coordinated the Metro Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium where over 200 students from around the NYC region participated.

Currently, Mariam is a Science and College Readiness coach for ISA at several schools throughout New York City, facilitating Science Department professional development meetings concentration on curriculum mapping and inquiry based learning. Mariam focuses on science education through inquiry and project based learning. During individual coaching session, Mariam’s main goal is to help teachers shift their teaching practices from teacher centered classroom to more student centered experiences

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Gerrelyn Patterson

Gerrelyn Chunn Patterson joined ISA as a literacy and ELA coach in 2017. She earned a BA in English Literature from North Carolina Central University,...

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Gerrelyn Chunn Patterson joined ISA as a literacy and ELA coach in 2017. She earned a BA in English Literature from North Carolina Central University, a MEd in English Education from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Curriculum, Culture and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has more than 18 years of P-12 and post-secondary experience as a literature and composition instructor and teacher educator. She has taught undergraduate and graduate methods courses, with an emphasis on instructional planning and classroom management, to pre-service teachers. She also conducts research in best practices with instructional strategies and the utilization of service-learning pedagogy to prepare culturally responsive teachers.

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Sylvia Rabiner

As a Leadership Coach at ISA, Sylvia Rabiner is responsible for helping prospective new principals write and present their new high school proposals to...

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As a Leadership Coach at ISA, Sylvia Rabiner is responsible for helping prospective new principals write and present their new high school proposals to the Office of New Schools. Through ongoing meetings Rabiner works with school leadership to deepen their understanding of the ISA principles and to better understand how to implement the ways in which the principles serve as a framework for the new high school. Additionally, Rabiner acts as a mentor for all new ISA coaches.

For the past eight years Rabiner has worked with schools in New York City, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Houston.

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Andrew Ratner

Andrew Ratner, literacy coach with ISA since 2013, taught English, reading, and Civics. His leadership experience includes staff development, Director...

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Andrew Ratner, literacy coach with ISA since 2013, taught English, reading, and Civics. His leadership experience includes staff development, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Learning Project, Professor of English and Director of the Graduate English Education program at City College. Andrew’s areas of expertise are reading and writing across the content areas, reading and writing assessment, and teacher preparation. His greatest coaching accomplishment was guiding a network of middle school principals and teachers in the development of a common language, shared values and instructional routines around college-ready critical thinking, reading and writing.

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Keri Scriva

Keri Scriva’s 10+ years of experience as a math teacher, grade team leader, teacher mentor and academic intervention math teacher provides a solid foundation...

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Keri Scriva’s 10+ years of experience as a math teacher, grade team leader, teacher mentor and academic intervention math teacher provides a solid foundation for her coaching. Scriva has been with ISA since 2012. She feels most accomplished when she sees the teachers she works with grow professionally as a result of her coaching.

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Melissa Slater

Melissa Slater joined ISA as an instructional coach in 2016. She previously taught Social Studies, served as a crisis counselor and a behavior specialist...

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Melissa Slater joined ISA as an instructional coach in 2016. She previously taught Social Studies, served as a crisis counselor and a behavior specialist in Chicago and New York. She specializes in working with students in alternative school environments including transfer high schools, residential treatment centers, and correctional facilities. As a coach, she enjoys collaborating with teachers to support their professional growth and designing meaningful opportunities that increase student voice.

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Michael Solis

Michael Solis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California Riverside.  He...

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Michael Solis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California Riverside.  He is experienced running experimental and single-case design studies.  His line of research focuses on vocabulary and reading comprehension interventions for students with reading difficulties in grades 4-12.

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Steve Stoll

Currently, Steve Stoll is a school and leadership coach with Institute for Student Achievement, working in high schools in the Bronx, Detroit, Newark and...

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Currently, Steve Stoll is a school and leadership coach with Institute for Student Achievement, working in high schools in the Bronx, Detroit, Newark and Philadelphia. As such, he assists schools with strategic planning, instructional leadership and school development. Formerly, Steve was the Director of Professional Development Schools at Teachers College, developing professional development at District 3 schools with Teachers College masters students and cooperating teachers, supporting action research projects. Prior to working with Teachers College, Steve was founding co-director and Principal of The Beacon School, a New York City public high school.

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Jeanne Van Voorst

Jeanne Van Voorst has spent 42 years teaching social studies and English in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and New York State.  ...

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Jeanne Van Voorst has spent 42 years teaching social studies and English in schools in Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and New York State.   Her teaching was shaped by 10 years of collaborating with another teacher in eleventh grade humanities, by working under an exceptional instructional leader, and by serving as a teacher leader.

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Roberta Washington

Roberta Washington, joined ISA in 2017 with 13 years of experience providing math instruction within an urban district. Roberta specializes in implementing...

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Roberta Washington, joined ISA in 2017 with 13 years of experience providing math instruction within an urban district. Roberta specializes in implementing organizational goals aligned with preparing educators with content, pedagogical, and problem-solving skills that cultivates an engaging learning environment.  She is well versed in the areas of data driven instruction, cooperative learning, active learning strategies,differentiation, use of technology to enhance student engagement,analysis of teacher effectiveness, implementation of Common Core Standards to prepare students for the PARCC exam, and the use of the Danielson Framework to guide the quality of teaching, learning, and administration. Roberta uses her expertise to aid schools in nurturing aculture of academic excellence inclusive of efficient, equitable, and engaging learning activities for staff and students. A culture that aims to increase student readiness for admittance and completion of college.

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Nancy Butler Wolf

Nancy Butler Wolf brings more than 30 years of experience as a secondary math teacher, and more than 10 years as a math coach and educational consultant...

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Nancy Butler Wolf brings more than 30 years of experience as a secondary math teacher, and more than 10 years as a math coach and educational consultant to her work at ISA.  Nancy holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, and is currently a lecturer and Supervisor of Teacher Education at the University of California, Riverside.  Nancy’s passion for math education and access to rich mathematics for all learners led to her research in the field of mathematical modeling, and to the publication of her book, “Modeling with Mathematics: Authentic Problem Solving in the Middle School” (Heinemann, 2015).

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