24/7 Teach - Superstars
Mufaddal Vaiswala is currently pursuing a Masters in Finance. He has also completed a bachelors in management studies with a minor in marketing. He always thought that a person who knew both marketing and finance would be able to conquer any business anywhere. He ran his own start-up for a while before selling it to an existing investor. He says that he owes everything he is and he knows to the teachers that influenced him and continue to influence him till this day.
Mufaddal Vaiswala feels that he has been lucky to have a long list of teachers that influenced his life and, therefore, he says that that the teacher that influenced him the most is his mother. She not only gave him access to high quality education, but she also taught him how to learn and instilled in him the thirst for knowledge and a fondness for books.
Eric Look currently attends Rutgers Business School (RBS) in New Brunswick, NJ where he is double majoring in finance and accounting. He competed in a stock pitch competition at Rutgers where he gained experience in financial forecasting and reading 10k and 10Q reports. In addition, he participated in a Johnson & Johnson Case Competition this past semester where his team placed 1st in Rutgers and 2nd in nationals and they presented their findings to Johnson & Johnson directors at their headquarters.
The teacher that has had the biggest impact on Eric was his AP Research teacher from his senior year in high school, Mrs. McGrath. Her class solidified his passion for finance where he conducted a research project in the class about the correlation between stock splitting and the market cap growth of large-cap companies.
Thao Nguyen is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, pursuing a dual degree in Mathematics and Mathematics Education. She wants to eventually become a high school mathematics educator with the goal of bringing equity to the mathematics classroom. She believes that one of the main objectives effective teachers have is to acknowledge and differentiate accordingly to students’ interests and diverse backgrounds (including students' various learning backgrounds) in order to ensure the success of all students' learning.
The teacher that has impacted Thao the most was one of her college instructions - Ms. Irma Stevens. She first showed Thao the multidimensionality of math by allowing her students, including Thao, multiple pathways to show “smartness” in the classroom.
Shelby Sawyers is a student at New York University receiving a graduate degree in History of Education. She works as a reading tutor at Public School 9 Teunis Bergen Elementary School. The biggest inspiration in her education career was her high school algebra teacher Mrs. Gale. She taught Shelby that she was a unique individual and to never give up on herself. Mrs. Gale also spent hours of her time helping Shelby outside of class to help better her algebra skills.
Elizabeth Crow graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology and received her Master's in Education from Hunter College. She is currently teaching at an alternative program for over age eighth grade students in New York City's public schools. She joined 24/7 teach as a school design and education policy intern because she believes equity in education is important and that education is at the heart of a community. Elizabeth was shown this from her eleventh grade English teacher, Mr. Fifield, who poured his heart into his classroom and his student success which caused her to fall in love with literature.
Poorvaja Prakash is currently pursuing her Ed.M in International Educational Development at Teachers College. She has five years of experience in the education and development sectors in India. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics (LSE) with a Master’s degree in Development Management (International Development) and pursued her undergraduate studies in Economics from Stella Maris College, India. Poorvaja is an avid tennis fan and loves all kinds of music. She was inspired by her professor, Ms. Chandunissa who taught Micro-Economics at Stella Maris College to pursue a career in development and education.
My educational philosophy stems from one central belief: In a world of constant change, both educators and students must be willing to adapt. As a student in college, I frequently encountered peers with sharply contrasting abilities in the classroom. Since completing my Library Science degree in 2009, I’ve been assisting students of varying ages, subject interests, and scholastic aptitude. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Instructional Design in order to transform education so that others can transform themselves.
As a professional educator, I often remember my favorite teacher who inspired my love of lifelong learning: Mario Johonson. When I was a high school student at a small private school in Southern California, Mario taught me to question everything and to seek out new knowledge whenever possible.
Nora Melgar graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology. She currently is a finance professional and an instructional design consultant. It is her goal to use her interdisciplinary skills to support organizations and projects that drive key diversity initiatives.
As an instructional designer, she seeks to develop effective, engaging, human-centered instruction that meets the learners' and stakeholders' needs. She was inspired by her Master’s Thesis faculty advisor, Dr. Rebecca Lundeen, to always consider the diverse learning and motivation backgrounds of the learners in order to promote effective learning.
Alicia Erlinger is a 20-year veteran teacher who has a passion for theatre and educational technology. Outside of the classroom she has worked with the California Department of Education Model Arts Network to bring quality standards -based arts instruction to secondary schools, served as a reviewer of digital resources and online courses for the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), provided professional development in educational technology as Technology Lead Teacher, and was named Orange County Theatre Educator of the Year for her work in developing theatre curriculum. The most influential teacher who had an impact on her was Charles Schiller of Laguna Beach High School. He was a teacher who challenged, nurtured and instilled in his students the appreciation and love of literature, especially Shakespeare. She has a BA in English/ Theatre from UC Berkeley and a MS in Instructional Design & Technology from Cal State Fullerton.
Thomas Sendgraff holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and is pursuing a combination Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration in Business Management. He has a history of dedication to serving communities through volunteerism and professional work. Following his first undergraduate degree, he joined Ameri-Corps National Civilian Community Corps/Federal Emergency Management Corps. He provided national service to communities and nonprofits across the United States; also, he received recognition for his contributions with Student Service and SUNY Diversity Honors Awards. He currently works for the Tompkins County government in public service. He hopes to contribute to the 24/7 Teach mission of continuing to create an invaluable and equitable education experience for students.
The teacher that had the greatest impact was my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Davies. The class explored challenging and thought provoking topics and encouraged discussion. Mr. Davies taught the art of listening, critical thought, and appreciation of different perspectives.
Aiman Ahmad Marzio
Aiman is pursuing her undergraduate degree at Minerva Schools at KGI as a member of the Inaugural Class. She is excited by the work of unlocking human potential - whether on the individual or systemic levels - through meaningful personal and professional development. She is thrilled to join 24/7 Teach as an Instructional Design and Delivery Intern.
"I am is grateful to Ms Tan (陈老师), the first of many teachers, who, through her dedication to my growth, exemplified the belief that the best in a student is brought out when a love for learning is ignited and nurtured from within."
Nakeya is from Atlanta, GA but has lived in Northern, IL for the past 6 years. She studied psychology at Georgia State University and continued her studies in special education at Ashford University in San Diego, CA. Passionate about serving others she served for 6 years in the United States Navy, later pursuing a career as a Special Education Teacher for children with learning and behavioral disabilities for the Special Education District of Lake County. Later in her career she was offered a position at the Crisis Prevention Institute were she is now an instructor for adult learners who are also passionate in serving others and want to advance in their professions. She is currently pursuing her second Masters in Adult Education and Curriculum Development.
Marcus Cheung is a current MA student in the Instructional Technology and Media program at Teachers College, Columbia University. His interests include edtech, instructional design, product management, cryptocurrency and media production. He is now a member of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio, the Columbia Blockchain Alliance, NYEdTech, and the Games Research Lab at Columbia University. He has even been CEO shadowing at an edtech publishing startup who allows schools to customize books.
Since having different working experiences in labs and startups, Marcus now has a love for working with small brilliant teams that encourage great ideas to change the world. For example, he was one of the Top finalists in Columbia University Innovation Award in 2017. He has also won with his ideas, which are inspired from his working experience as a Chinese language teacher in Hong Kong, at different startup competitions.
Ian Griffin is a current student at USC Columbia, soon to be graduating with a BA in Media Arts. He aspires to have a successful career in video production & animation. Being the youngest son of a teacher, Ian understands the importance of quality education. One of Ian's most cherished memories as a student is the experience of one on one tutor sessions from his exceptional algebra teacher. With his guidance, Ian successfully acquired the skills necessary to excel in his class.