This panel assembles Macaulay graduates who have entered the field of education. These graduates have developed successful careers by discovering education through a variety of avenues, earning advanced degrees and seeking diverse work experiences. The panelists will discuss how they navigated life options after graduation and the decisions they made towards entering the field. Macaulay students deciding upon paths after graduation and considering teaching or the broader educational field are invited to attend this engaging conversation!
Dan Blondell is Marketing and Operations Director at i2 Learning, an education start up. i2 has run over 17,000 weeks of immersive STEM courses, including Boston STEM Week 2016, in which 37 Boston schools replaced a week of traditional courses with hands-on STEM. Prior to joining i2, Dan was Content Manager at the Central Park Conservancy. He has previously worked at WNET, the Commissioner’s Office of the New York City Parks Department, and the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 presidential election. Dan lives deep in Brooklyn with his wife and two cats.
Kristin Lamonte graduated from CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 2013. During that time, she was able to study abroad in London and Florence and received the Macaulay Capstone Reimagined Award for her Undergraduate Thesis. Upon graduation, she immediately pursued her Master’s Degree from the College of Staten Island, followed by her certification in Gifted Education in 2015 from Hunter College. Kristin was also honored to be selected to speak at both of her graduation ceremonies. Currently, she is ending her second year teaching in the New York City Department of Education. She teaches 2nd grade Gifted and Talented at P.S. 230 in Brooklyn.
Mike Young is a Spanish teacher at a public elementary school in Brooklyn. A 2010 graduate of Macaulay at the College of Staten Island, where Mike was a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow, Mike did his third Watson internship at Esperanza Juvenil- Boys Hope Girls Hope in Guatemala City after graduation. From there, Mike spent a year in the NYC Civic Corps and then spent two years in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Upon return from Spain, Mike joined the NYC Teaching Fellows and earned an MSEd. in Bilingual Education. In addition to teaching, Mike illustrates a bilingual children’s book series and is also pursuing a second MSEd. in Educational Leadership at Brooklyn College.
Jonathan Fox studied philosophy and poetry in the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter. After graduating in 2006, he took on a number of professional ventures and experienced a variety of comfortable but menial office jobs. Feeling unfulfilled, he decided to become a teacher. In 2016, Jonathan earned his Master’s Degree in childhood education from the College of Staten Island. He is particularly passionate about the social and emotional aspects of learning, as well as teaching students to become better critical thinkers. In his free time, Jonathan loves going out to dinner, watching Netflix, and designing video games.
Rebecca Breech is a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College where she received a BA in English with a minor in anthropological linguistics. Rebecca went on to receive her MA in British and American Literature at Hunter College with a concentration in gender studies and Victorian literature. Currently, Rebecca teaches composition and literature courses at Lehman College and Hunter College, where she is also a supervisor at the Rockowitz Writing Center.