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Meet Our Teachers

Steve is motivated by his students and the importance of learning math. With 14 years of experience as a lawyer, he’s learned how to break down concepts and since 2003 has been helping students learn Algebra.

I was a lawyer for 14 years, but I always wanted to be a teacher. I saw a subway ad for NYCTF and pursued it. I’ve been teaching for 13 years. Being a lawyer influenced my ability to grapple with the curriculum and present it to students in the way they find interesting. One of my strengths is the ability to say things in a very understandable way. I’m good at simplifying things and getting to the root of what kids need to know. For my first few years, I taught at a school with a high percentage of kids with IEPs and learning disabilities. And I was good at that. I didn’t dumb things down but just made it clear for kids at all levels to understand.

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Students Attend The Museum of Jewish Heritage


Our 10th grade English students listening to Holocaust Survivors while attending the Museum of Jewish Heritage a living memorial to the Holocaust.

Computer Science Hackathon

John Dewey High School participated in the Computer Science for All “Animal Rescue” Hackathon on November 3rd. Sarina Lim, who teaches software engineering, guided students as they created public service announcements for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Scratch, a visual programming language. At the end of the day, John Dewey’s “Save the Tigers!” team won an award for designing and coding a game that highlighted the challenges of monitoring poachers.

One of the team members was Leilani Frederick, a 9th grader who began programming at John Dewey just two months ago. “Our trip to the hackathon was the most exciting and educational trip I have had,” she said. “I liked that we had to work in groups, we were competing, it taught me a lot about coding and encourages me to do better.”


Above: Judge Teddy Sherrill (2nd to right), Chief Technology Officer at Flocabulary, with Ms. Sarina Lim (left) and winning student team Nusirat Tolani, Leilani Frederick, Shamily Shareen, and Emmanuel Jeffers (left to right).

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Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest

Altice USA invites middle and high school students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.
Write an essay (500 words or less)
Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.
Win great prizes
Grand prize: $1,500 scholarship
3 Finalists: Mini iPad
Separate prizes for middle and high school categories in both Suddenlink and Optimum service areas.
Visit to learn more
Deadline: November 7, 2016