Jamie Cacciola-Price, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Jamie Cacciola-Price teaches advanced acting, musical theatre, playwriting and theatre history at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, NY. Jamie received his BA in Theatre from CSU Sacramento, his MA in Educational Theatre and English from NYU Steinhardt, and is currently working towards his EdD, also at NYU. While working towards his doctorate he aims to strengthen his pedagogy and craft by identifying the best practices for creating work with young people of varied learning needs in the classroom and on stage. In addition to teaching, Jamie directs several productions each year at FSSA. Some of his most recent directing projects include: The Music Man, Clybourne Park, Aida, RENT, Little Shop of Horrors, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Comedy of Errors, Blood Wedding, Paganini, and Scapin. His production of “The Trojan Woman” was selected as a participant for the Shubert Festival in 2015, and his students were able to perform excerpts of the play on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre.
Andrea Chaves, The Young Women’s Leadership School
Andrea Chaves serves as a teacher and creative director at the Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria, NY. She has revolutionized the student experience in TYWLS by transforming all her classrooms into digitalized, creative student-centered learning zones. Due to the overwhelming need for Andrea’s expertise, she recruited a group of student leaders known as the “Tech Crew” whom she expertly trained in using and implementing technologies. Andrea’s Tech Crew is composed of an array of departments that include young women experts in multiple fields: filmmakers, graphic designers, coders, website designers, information representatives, and project managers. Under Andrea’s guidance, these young women collaborate to create innovative projects to inspire other young women to take interest in the male dominated fields of STEM.
Jonelle Hinchcliffe, Westchester Square Academy
Jonelle is a proud Geometry teacher at Westchester Square Academy in the Bronx. Her class is a flipped classroom where students watch her videos and take notes for homework and have more time to practice in class. This model has proven to be highly effective; her students love it and have a 96% passing rate. Jonelle has the pleasure of mentoring new teachers and acting as a model teacher, where her class is a lab classroom for anyone who cares to visit. She has been teaching 13 years and LOVES it. Prior to teaching, Jonelle spent 9 years in advertising.
Patrick Honner, Brooklyn Technical High School
Patrick teaches mathematics and computer science at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he also serves as the instructional coach for his school’s 40-person mathematics department. He is a three-time Math for America Master Teacher and is very active in MfA's professional community. Patrick is also a proud recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). He is a frequent speaker and presenter on mathematics, teaching, and technology at local, national, and international conferences. He also writes about mathematics and teaching, and his work appears in the New York Times, professional publications and journals, and on his website, MrHonner.com, where he also shares his mathematical photography.
Kristine (Kristi) Mraz, P.S. 59, The Beekman Hill International School
Kristi is a kindergarten teacher in the New York City Public schools that believes passionately in the right of children to play, explore and create. She believes our youngest children are capable of making great and powerful contributions to our world, and it is a teacher's job to ensure every child feels powerful, capable, and valued. Kristi is in her fifteenth year of teaching, and works at the truly amazing PS 59 in Manhattan. She is also an author of professional books for teachers and has had incredible opportunities to work with teachers around the world.
Michelle Rand, M.S. 289, Queens United Middle School
Michelle Rand currently teaches math at Queens United Middle School 289 located in Laurelton, NY. Prior to this position, Michelle taught Algebra 2/Trig, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus at Dominican Academy, an all girls school, located in New York, NY. Holding a B.S. in Secondary Education Mathematics from The University of Scranton and M.A in Secondary Education Mathematics from St. John's University, Michelle looks forward to continuing her education in a SBL/SDL program. Michelle is married, and in her spare time enjoys running, watching college basketball, and cooking.
Malika Willis, Brooklyn New School
This is Malika’s eleventh year of teaching and she has been teaching at The Brooklyn New School as a third grade special education teacher for 5 years. Malika is a mentor for a new teacher this year and has been for many student teachers from NYU, Bank Street, Syracuse, and LIU in the past. She is a member of several in-school committees, such as the School Leadership Team (SLT), Professional Development committee, the PROSE (Progressive Redesign for Schools of Excellence) committee, and the Race and Equity committee of which she is a co-chair. Malika received her MS.Ed from Bank Street College of Education in Early Childhood General and Special Education and just completed the Educational Leadership Program - School Building Leader at NYU. She is currently working toward her School District Leader certificate program at NYU.