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Summer 2009 Vol. 16. No. 4 Focus on Teacher Excellence

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Six teachers, five years later

By Interviews by Todd Friedman on May 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Five years ago, The Notebook profiled six Philadelphia teachers who were recent arrivals to the District, during a period when the system was experiencing record turnover and having great difficulty filling its vacancies.

The Notebook recently tracked down the same six individuals to find out whether they stuck with it and to hear their reflections on their teaching experience.

Today, none of the teachers is still in their original school. Just two of the six are still teaching full-time in the District.

Here are their stories - then and now.

Teacher Five Years Ago Today
Nelson Flores Nelson Flores

Then: K-8 English as Second Language (ESL) teacher, Munoz-Marin Elementary School

Nelson Flores

Now: Part-time high school ESL teacher in New York City. Working on a research project on long-term English language learners. Studying for a Ph.D. in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Claudia DiCrosta Claudia DiCrosta

Then: Spanish I & II teacher, William Penn High School

Claudia DiCrosta

Now: World languages department chair, Spanish I teacher, Swenson Arts and Technology High School

Chaim Jacobs Chaim Jacobs

Then: 10th grade math teacher, Kensington High School

Chaim Jacobs

Now: 9th and 10th grade math teacher, Frankford High School

Pascal Marcelin Pascal Marcelin

Then: 4th grade Literacy Intern, Alcorn Elementary School

Pascal Marcelin

Now: Media technology teacher, New Media Technology Charter School

Clarisse Mesa Clarisse Mesa

Then: 8th grade math and science Teach for America teacher, J. P. Turner Middle School

Clarisse Mesa

Now: Ph.D candidate, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Dissertation examines the criteria that impact the high school selection process.

Duane Johnson Duane Johnson

Then: 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Maritime Academy Charter School

Duane Johnson

Now: Retired school teacher, active as a per diem teacher




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