Literacy, ESL, SETTS
Once an aspiring ethnographer, Rebecca studied Cultural Anthropology at Rutgers University (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.A.) before moving to China to do fieldwork in the late 1990s. While there, she taught English part time to supplement her income, and unexpectedly found teaching far more interesting and rewarding than ethnographic research. She then spent several years teaching English in China, to students of all ages and abilities, before returning to Rutgers to obtain an Ed.M. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Prior to coming to TALES, Rebecca spent five years teaching Kindergarten and first grade ELL’s at P.S. 170 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Magda graduated from Queens College with a BA in TESOL. She earned her MS degree in Instructional Technology from NYIT. Within her five years of teaching in the NYCDOE, she has received her certificate in Childhood Education. Magda was a self contained ESL first grade teacher for three years and a self contained ESL fourth grade teacher for one year. She also has a year experience as a push-in and pull out ESL teacher. This will be Magda's second year as an ESL push in teacher at TALES.
Rachel was born and raised in Howard Beach, Queens until she moved to Long Island at the age of 10. She knew from a very early age that she was destined to work with children. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY to receive her undergraduate degree in Human Development. Rachel then returned to her roots in NYC where she received a Dual Masters in both Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Rachel began her teaching career in South Ozone Park. During the 2009-2010 school year, Rachel has found her teaching home at TALES. She is passionate about music and theater and hopes to share that love with her students.
Maggie was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. She is one of the founding teachers at TALES, and is entering her tenth year of teaching. She originally started in the Bronx, but was extremely excited to come teach in her own neighborhood. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Queens College specializing in Children's Literature and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Strat loves to have fun with her husband, and her three children, Gio, Anastasia, and Penelope.