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Faculty and Staff

Dedication, Compassion, Excellence

Our faculty and staff are the beating heart of the Academy experience. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they’re united in their love of education, their dedication to their students, and their commitment to continuous growth, as people and as professionals.

The adults at the Academy serve as role models and cheerleaders, coaches and counselors, mentors and lifelong sources of inspiration. By instinct and by training, they appreciate the power of individualized attention, attentive listening, and learning that is both joyful and serious, rigorous and flexible, challenging and warmhearted.

Faculty and Staff Directory

CHRIS WARD

First Grade Teacher

M.S. Early Childhood Education, St. Joseph’s College
B.S. Childhood Education, St. Joseph’s College


PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT AT THE ACADEMY

“Starting a new tradition called Try it Tuesday! Throughout the year, I challenge first graders to try something new every Tuesday. It can be something as simple as tasting a new food, or as exciting as doing 50 push-ups. But the point is that we’re always learning; there’s always more to discover.”


WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN EDUCATOR

“Building relationships with students. I love becoming someone they can trust, someone they look forward to seeing every day. I love having jokes and traditions with each grade that we share even after they leave my class."

AMANDA WATERMEYER

Science Teacher and Dean of Student Life

M.Ed. University of the Witwatersrand
B.Sc. Advanced Biology and Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand


PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT AT THE ACADEMY

“Starting—and running—the science competition. It’s an opportunity for students to delve into a topic or find an answer to an everyday question. I’m most proud when I see students present their projects with confidence and clarity.”


WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN EDUCATOR

“Education is an ongoing search for solutions. There’s never one answer. Being an educator fulfills my inner drive to understand complex problems, and my constant need to challenge myself to learn more and master new skills.”

CHRIS KROW

Mathematics Teacher

M.Ed. San Diego State University (in progress)
M.S. Statistics and Applied Mathematics, Lehigh University
B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education, Albright College


PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT AT THE ACADEMY

“I teach a number of electives that explore our amazing neighborhood, the West Village. I’ve designed courses about the neighborhood’s history, its architecture, and the diversity of its bodegas.”


WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING AN EDUCATOR

“I love that every year is different. Every year brings new expectations, new relationships, and new experiences for both me and my students.”