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Fourth grade teachers
A lifetime love of learning and sharing guided Campbell Kennedy to the Maple Class in 2017. Originally from Washington. DC, Campbell has had a passion to teach ever since he was 5 years old and realized that Indiana Jones was a teacher. He has developed a passion for integrating the arts in all forms in his teaching style, whether it is using drawings to talk about students homes or short plays to describe addition and subtraction. He is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he attained his B.A. in History and received his M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of the District of Columbia.
Outside of the classroom Campbell enjoys a variety of geeky pursuits. He is also a foodie at heart and will try any meal at least once. He enjoys cooking with his wife Cristen Kennedy and playing with their cat Solomon..
Luke is very excited to start his very first year of teaching! He is thrilled to start his career at Compass. Luke was born in South Korea and was raised in north New Jersey. He graduated from Syracuse University and was in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education teacher prep program. During his fall semester of his senior year, Luke took the opportunity to do his student teaching in New York City where he was exposed to progressive schooling in an urban setting. Since then, Luke knew exactly where he wanted to teach.
Luke’s last student teaching placement was in the fourth grade and he is very happy to begin his first year with fourth graders. He loves the way fourth grade students begin to construct their understanding of themselves and the world and is willing to work tirelessly to help them get to where they need to be. Luke loves the diversity New York City offers and is looking forward to meeting all of his students and the rest of the student body at Compass. He loves building close relationships with his students and enjoys building a community where everyone feels safe and respected. Luke always puts his students first and is a child at heart; he seizes every opportunity to get to know them better and helps them grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Outside of school, Luke loves to workout and his favorite sport to compete in is boxing. He loves watching all kinds of sports and loves to write and spend time with friends and family whenever he can.
Luke hopes to learn from all of his fellow colleagues and students as he embarks on his first year of teaching!
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jessica has always been a risk taker. She was a member of the first graduating class at the Queens School of Inquiry, an early college school associated with Queens College, and member of the first class of a semester-long science and leadership school for 10th grade girls, located on the coast of Maine.
Jessica is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Inclusive Elementary and Special Education teacher preparation program. Although Jessica loved her teaching experiences in Central New York, she seized the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to the City program for her student teaching, working in both East Harlem and Brooklyn.
Through all of her experiences, she’s realized that she learns best through discovery and risk-taking, and wants to help children realize the benefits of taking their own risks and exploring possibilities.