Meet the Team: Family, Immigration, and History

Here are the selected teachers for the Family, Immigration, and History: Grade 10 Citizen Archivists in the Digital Age program. Congratulations and we look forward to working with you this summer. It’s going to be a great experience.

The Teachers

Michael Freydin is chairman of the Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conference, national chairman of the Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education, and board member of Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT, and of the Middle East Outreach Council. He teaches American History and Global History at Stephan Halsey JHS157 in Rego Park, Queens. He has developed and presented curricula at the NCSS, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of African-American History and Culture, GMNY, LICSS, CityLore, New York  State Historians Society, and NYSCSS. He has written 9th grade curriculum for NYC DOE, and completed the Astor Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sean McManamon is a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School specializing in Advanced Placement World History. He has a Master’s Degree in History and publications in such topics as the Great Irish Famine, Japanese Tokugawa history and co-authored an AP World Review Book. He has been selected for a number of programs with institutions such as Gilder Lehrman, China Institute, Korea Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities and does curriculum writing for the New York City Department of Education. Born to immigrant parents in the Bronx, Sean regularly goes back to Ireland and has researched his family history back centuries.

Michael Mondello is an enthusiastic, second year Social Studies teacher in Queens, New York. As a Molloy College graduate, he continues to develop his craft by continuously setting ambitious professional goals, seeking out professional development opportunities, and collaborating with fellow teachers to develop engaging lessons for this high school students. Even though his career is in its infancy, Michael’s ultimate goal is to one day become a department administrator at a Long Island school district, while teaching as an adjunct professor at night so that he can share his passion for education with aspiring teachers.

Kenneth Porter spent nearly fifteen years working for Verizon Communications in various management positions before leaving the corporate world to pursue a more rewarding course in education and youth development. Through his company, Mind Candy Media, Mr. Porter has published various books and partnered with youth agencies and schools to implement educational programming, character education and mentoring programs. After transitioning into teaching full time, he taught history at the middle school level.  He is currently a global history teacher at Epic High School South, in Queens, New York.  Most recently, he led a group of students to successfully win the New York City Urban Debate League’s Beginner Public Forum Championships, which was a major accomplishment for a group of students with no prior debate experience. Mr. Porter has a Masters of Science degree in Technology and Automation Management obtained from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching obtained from Relay Graduate School of Education. He enjoys using his education, work and life experiences to transform the lives of our youth.

Korell Pierson is the Chair/Lead Teacher of the Social Studies department at Brooklyn Lab School, in Brooklyn New York. He received his BA in History from Morgan State University, his MA in Early Modern History from the University of Manchester, and his Advanced Certificate in Secondary Education from Queens College, CUNY. In his spare time, he enjoys studying cultural, economic, and military history, along with foreign and public policy. He frequently attends and participates in educational workshops and events throughout New York City with the goal of utilizing the information and resources from the events to help enrich his curriculum and teacher practices.

Lucas Rule is completing his 15th year as a social studies teacher in NYC.  He is currently teacher at Pathways College Preparatory School in St. Albans.  Prior to Pathways, Lucas taught at Jamaica High School.  He has taught multiple history courses in each of these schools.  Lucas also worked to develop and implement a geography course as well as a successful law program at Jamaica High School.  Since joining Pathways HS, Lucas has worked to expand the advanced placement and college course offerings that are taught in it social studies department.

Roberto Saavedra is currently teaching for New York City Department Education at Robert H. Goddard High School in Ozone Park. He is the founder of Latin American Student Organization and serves as an advisor to student and new teachers. Saavedra is also part of devising curriculum and implementation of lessons for the global studies department. As an educator, his career began at St. John’s Preparatory High School (2003-2006) and then at The Leadership Institute in the Bronx (2007-2010), where he was able to establish a Council for Unity chapter to end gang violence and racism, becoming department chair, and being students’ activities chairperson. Saavedra graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from St. Johns’ University in 2003 and received a Master of Arts in Contemporary World History from the same institution in 2006.

Marc Shoichet is a social studies at in New York City public schools for 13 years. He is currently teaching at Martin Van Buren High School and before that he taught at Murry Bergtraum High School. He is the lead teacher for 10th grade Global history and before that he was the lead teacher for 12th Grade Government and Economics. He currently teachers a co-enrollment Government class through Syracuse University and has also taught an co-enrollment Sociology class through Syracuse University.

Stephen Spear teaches AP World History and serves as the moderator of Model United Nations Club at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Manhattan. He is also the organizer of the school’s Memory Project, in which students conduct research on family history. He holds Master’s degrees from Boston University and Fordham University in American history and Education.

Jennifer Suri has been teaching in both private and public schools for 29 years. She has been the Assistant Principal of Social Studies at Stuyvesant High School since 2000. She earned her B.A. in History from Barnard College and her M.A. in History at Brown University. Ms. Suri currently teaches Global Studies. She has published curriculum materials on the teaching of Islam and on 9-11. Both of these subjects are her continued areas of interest and research.

Deirdre H. Tuite is a History teacher in the Department of Education. She has been teaching for 15 years at Academy of American Studies, Gilder Lehrman’s Flagship school. Over her teaching career, she has taught Senior Thesis, Sophomore Global History, Freshman American History, Junior American History, Advanced Placement U.S. History and Advanced Placement European History. She received her M.A. in history from Queens College, where she wrote her thesis on America’s Denazification Plan in post-WWII Germany.


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