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We Have To Trust Each Other: Functional Adult Networks Create Social Capital for Students  ☆

Current research on social capital shows that vast and varied structural and functional networks affect student achievement on high-stakes, state-mandated student achievement tests.  Student success is, therefore, affected not only by the students' own disposition and characteristics, but also affected by social capital in the forms of community support, parental involvement in and support of …

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Reaffirm a Calling 

“I have nothing inside of my brain, if you cut it open you wouldn’t find anything.”  This is what one of my fourth grade math buddies said to me one day when I was helping her with geometry.  It broke my heart into a million pieces.  I have only been a math buddy in the …

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Digital Portfolios  ☆

One of the benefits we get from the TC Buddies is the chance to work with a diverse cohort. We have Buddies (or, if you prefer, Zankel Fellows) from all sorts of disciplines: clinical pysch, english ed, art ed, math ed, etc, etc. Getting to spend a full year with all of these different types …

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Natalya Bogopolskaya, Math Buddy! 

I was born in Yalta, Ukraine. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 7, and I grew up in San Francisco. I went to a Chinese immersion middle school and a French high school. For undergrad, I went to Claremont McKenna College, where I majored in French, Russian, and Psychology. After college, …

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Sam Barkin, Reading Buddy! 

Few psychologists can claim that their careers began under the big top. Growing up in Berkeley, I had the unique pleasure of having an extended family of circus performers and civil rights activists. My mentors Wavy Gravy and Patch Adams taught me clowning as a political instrument for justice, and strategy for love. Now in …

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Alyssa Milanes, Math Buddy! 

Hi! My name is Alyssa Milanes, and I am so excited to be a TC Math Buddy this year. I was born and raised in Miami, Fl, but I have slowly worked my way up North! I received my B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. I am currently in my first year …

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Nathan Alexander, Math Buddy! 

Greetings! My name is Nathan and I will be starting my second term as a Math Buddy - so exciting! I am currently a Doctoral student in the Mathematics program at Teachers College; my research interests surround advancement and achievement of minority youth in mathematics at the elementary,  secondary and college levels. As an Adjunct …

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Josh Tecchio, Math Buddy! 

Josh is studying Psychological Counseling and loving absolutely every minute.  The mind is a beautiful thing and he loves massaging it.  After finishing at Columbia, Josh is hoping to move to London to do a Ph.D. and start treating people.  He's a lover of traveling and lived for 2 years in Spain before coming to …

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Marissa Hanson, Reading Buddy! 

Marissa Hanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree in vocal performance from New York University with a concentration in music theatre. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her studies, Marissa has begun her fifth year of teaching at The Diller Quaile School of …

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Aura Abing, Reading Buddy! 

Hello!  My name is Aura Frances G. Abing. I was born and raised in sunny California and did the big move to the East Coast last year. I attended the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in Psychology with minors in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies of Early Childhood. I worked comprehensively in tutoring programs …

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Erin Bumgarner, Math Buddy! 

Erin Bumgarner is a second-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and a graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. Ms. Bumgarner earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from American University in Washington DC. After graduating, she moved to Boston where she worked as a teacher and completed her …

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Huiting Liu, Math Buddy! 

Hi! My name is Huiting and I'm honored to serve as a new TC Math Buddy this year. I recently graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Policy Studies and am now pursuing an MA in Clinical Psychology at TC with a focus on Personality and Psychopathology. I'm passionate about social …

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Sandy Pope, Reading Buddy! 

Hey! I'm Alexander "Sandy" Pope. Born and raised in Austin, TX, I moved to NYC in 2009 to pursue a PhD in social studies education at Teachers College. Now in my second year of that program, I'm also starting my second year as a TC Reading Buddy. I love the Buddies program because it gives …

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Karin Van Orman, Reading Buddy! 

Hello!  My name is Karin Van Orman, and I’m a new to the Reading Buddy program.  I’m a first-year doctoral student in English Education, and this is my first time living in New York City.  Most recently, I was the English Department Chair for a girls’ boarding school in New Jersey, but earlier in my career I taught English …

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Yolanda Bromfield, Reading Buddy! 

Hello, everyone! My name is Yolanda Bromfield and I will be a Math Buddy! I’m a first year MA student in the Sociology and Education program at Teachers College. I am interested in a plethora of intellectual topics, but am most interested in intergenerational poverty and its affect on the education of youth. Originally from …

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Rachel Althof, Reading Buddy! 

Rachel Smith Althof moved to New York City from Columbus, Ohio to begin her studies at Teachers College. In addition to being a second-year Zankel Fellow Reading Buddy, she is currently a doctoral student and instructor in Art and Art Education program. She received her Bachelor of Art Education with Distinction and Masters of Art in …

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Christina Esche, Reading Buddy! 

My name is Christina Esche and I'm glad to be participating in my second year as a TC Reading Buddy.  I'm originally from Woodbury, CT and earned my BA in Dance and Elementary Education at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  For a year after college I taught first grade in Doylestown, PA, but found myself …

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Terrance McKnight, Math Buddy! 

Greetings!  I am Terrance McKnight, a Zankel Urban Fellow Math Buddy; this is my 2nd year in the program, as my joyous experience last year inspired me to pursue this opportunity again. This is my 2nd and final year in the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College.  I currently hold a …

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Alicia Chung, Math Buddy! 

My name is Alicia Chung and I am a first-year Math Buddy. I grew up in New York City and am a native of the Harlem schooldistricts. After graduating from A. Philip Randolph High School in 2001, I pursued my BA/MPH at Tufts University. During this …

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Vanessa Dabel, Math Buddy 

Hello, my name is Vanessa Dabel and I am so excited to be a Math Buddy! I am a first year MA student in the Developmental Psychology program at Teachers College, with a concentration in Risk, Resilience, and Prevention.  I recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Italian Studies.  I am …

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