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Fourth grade teachers  

John Thomas

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Born and raised in Frederick Maryland, Maureen always loved school, especially science and math. She participated in math clubs, went to math and science camps, and even studied structural engineering at the University of Notre Dame before becoming a teacher.

During two summers in college Maureen worked as a camp counselor, where she came to the realization that she enjoyed working with and learning from children much more than engineering. Her desire to teach and love of adventure led Maureen to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer teacher post college. For two years Maureen taught 5th, 6th and 7th grade math in the village of Okahitua, Namibia where she was fortunate enough to learn the local language, Otjiherero, and get time to explore Southern Africa.

When she completed her time in the Peace Corps, Maureen knew teaching was the right path for her.

 Upon returning to the U.S. Maureen started a new adventure teaching third grade in Brooklyn and studying at Relay Graduate School of Education, where she completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Maureen strives to bring adventure and exploration into her teaching and encourages children to explore and take risks. When she is not teaching Maureen can be found doing one of the many other activities she enjoys: traveling, running around Prospect Park, playing flag football, playing soccer, cooking, baking, or making homemade ice cream. Maureen is thrilled to be joining the Compass community, where every day brings with it a new opportunity for adventure!

Mel Allen

Mel is so thrilled to be joining the Compass team! Mel grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from Syracuse University where she completed the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education teacher preparation program, while also majoring in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. She jumped at the opportunity to student teach in New York City, which ultimately sparked her interest to teach in urban progressive, inclusive schools. After this experience, Mel knew that Brooklyn was the place where she wanted to begin her teaching career.

Before joining the founding team at Compass, Mel taught fourth grade at Community Roots. She loves working with fourth graders and enjoys seeing the amazing impact that a diverse and inclusive community can have on students’ social-emotional and academic growth. She especially enjoys building relationships with students and building a classroom community where students feel valued and connected. She believes that children learn best when they are given opportunities to construct meaning of the world around them and to develop a strong sense of ownership over their learning.

Outside of the classroom, Mel enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family as much as possible. She also recently began the Math Leadership program at Bank Street College of Education.

Marc is delighted to join Compass's first ever Fourth Grade teaching team! His journey in education began as a City Year corps member in 2009, tutoring and mentoring elementary school students in Brooklyn. This experience motivated him to pursue a degree in progressive education at Bank Street College, which he completed in 2013.

Marc spent three years teaching third grade at a wonderfully innovative independent school in Boston before returning to New York to gain further experience in progressive charter schools. He is passionate about interdisciplinary education and drawing on student interests to help drive instruction. He strives to help students embrace their own learning, and to understand what it takes to make a difference in the world.

In his spare time, Marc enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and following professional sports, particularly his hometown Washington Wizards. He also likes to explore New York, both personally and with his students. He can't wait to start teaching this fall!

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Stephan Turner



My name is Stephan Turner and I am one of the new 4th Grade teachers here at Brooklyn Compass Charter School. I am originally from Brooklyn (Bedford Stuyvesant area) and currently live in Laurelton, Queens. I’ve been in education for the past 10 years and gone through many positions that I will forever be grateful for doing. I’ve taught grades Kindergarten to 7th grade with a focus on Mathematics. I’ve been a paraprofessional, after school group leader, school aide, assistant teacher, associate teacher, lead teacher and a dean of students. I’ve also been a teacher and director of a journalism summer camp. I received my undergrad (B.S. in Elementary and Special Education) and currently obtaining my graduate (M.Ed. in Special Education) at Grand Canyon University in which I will receive in September 2018.

Besides being in love with my field of work, I am generally a regular type of guy; I enjoy play basketball and football, going bowling, going to the movies and shopping. I am a huge sneaker fan (specially Nike and Jordan). I’m pretty known for my sneakers! HA! I don’t have any kids of my own as of yet but I do have lovely nieces and nephews that range from different ages. I do have one godson that is 13 years and my interactions, care and love for each of them is endless. I also love walks at the park (which is very relaxing for me). I love watching reality shows, comedy and horror movies. I’m also a huge WWE wrestling fan. I also am a homebody and enjoy hanging with my friends and family.