MAY 2015 || APRIL 2015  || FEBRUARY 2015  

Each month, TNO spotlights an educator (and on some occasions a school) in New York City who is working diligently to impact the lives of his/her students. Not only are these individuals dynamic figures in their classrooms, but they are also making a statement in fields outside of their classrooms and schools. They are other-mothers, authors, poets, public speakers, entrepreneurs etc. – all in their own rights outstanding citizens in the community.

If you would like to nominate an educator for be featured, please EMAIL us. We look forward to hearing from you.



MEET ALICIA WESCHLER: Music lover, language teacher & tech enthusiast. 

Mrs. Weschler double-majored in Spanish and French at St. Joseph’s College and earned a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Delaware. She has since dedicated three decades of her life to teaching NYC students to love world languages and embrace technology. She has also served many years in several administrative roles including being Director of Curriculum, and as the Head of Professional Development alongside leading technology workshops for classroom educators. In her spare time, she loves singing, dancing, reading, and spending time on her computer. 

Born and raised in Manhattan, she now lives in Edgewater, NJ, with her husband David and her calico cat Petunia. May is also her birthday month!  Happy Birthday!

Thank you Mrs. Weschler for all that you have done serving both teachers and students of NYC. We salute you!




Hi. I’m  ANNABEL D’SOUZA.   I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology; and a Master of Science degree in Middle and Secondary Science Education. I am passionate about science education and teacher development. My goal is to utilize years of experience in research, instruction and leadership to support and strengthen teaching and learning practices in urban public schools in New York City through collaboration between teachers, schools, organizations and program initiatives. 

My professional experience includes: teacher training, instructional coaching; STEM programs and partnerships; education management; science education; professional development; curriculum development; education leadership; and program evaluation.

I have taught high school Chemistry and Physics here in NYC since 2006. I have also been an Adjunct Instructor at CUNY Brooklyn College from 2010-2013. I advised future elementary, middle and high school science teachers and taught several courses: Methods in middle and secondary science teaching, Light and visual perception (physics), Natural science, Environmental science and Geophysics. 

I was recently the High School Renewal Initiative (HSRI) Instructional Coach in Science for the NYC Department of Education in the Office of School Improvement. I engaged in observation-debrief weekly cycles with several  teachers across 4 large comprehensive Queens high schools as part of the Superintendent’s School Support team. I also collaborated with the Superintendent, Principals, and Teachers to develop action plans, goal setting, and mid and year-end evaluations. 

Currently, I am a student at The Graduate Center, City University of New York pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), in Urban Education- with a focus on ScienceMath and Technology.

Thank you Annabel for all that you do for the youth – and educators – of NYC. Cheers!


540430_10150905017479259_605009258_9479504_427907935_nMeet Careitha Davis: a dance instructor at the Success Academy Charter School in Brooklyn. Dance has been part of her life since she was 5 years old and it has never left her side. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Careitha participated as a young masquerader for carnivals at a early age which inspired her to dance professionally. She is now recognized as one of the founding members of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, trained with Alving Ailey Dance Theatre and Purchase College Dance Conservatory. She currently teaches Afro-Soca dance at Cumbe (Center for African and Diaspora Dance) and will be performing in several upcoming shows beginning with Dance Educators Collective First Annual Concert. This inaugural concert will be a two-day event dedicated for dance educators of the New York City Department of Education.  It will allow full-time NYCDOE dance educators the opportunity to showcase their original choreographic work as well work with other choreographers.  
  • Dates: Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th at 3:00 pm
  • Location: 92 Street Y, Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

Careitha, for your dedication to performing arts and being an inspiration to our youth, TNO salutes you!




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