Michelle Ortiz, MS English as a Second Language

Ms. Ortiz grew up in East Islip, which is a small town on the south shore of Long Island. She earned her B.A. in History/Secondary Education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. While there, she participated in a program called Semester at Sea and lived on a large boat that sailed around the world. Ms. Ortiz was able to travel and study different cultures at the same time. After college, Ms. Ortiz taught global history at two public schools in New York City. While teaching social studies, Ms. Ortiz grew to enjoy working with her students that were learning a second language. As a result, she pursued her M.A. in teaching ESL at Hunter College and graduated in 2010. Outside of school, Ms. Ortiz loves to travel, bowl, read and spend time with family and friends. Ms. Ortiz is looking forward to her second year at UASCJ.



John Carroll, HS English as a Second Language

Mr. Carroll grew up in Wisconsin, where he developed a passion for foreign languages. This led him to Montreal, Canada, where he refined his French while completing a bachelor's degree at McGill University and taking up German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Chinese. After six years in Canada, he decided to put this linguistic knowledge to use by returning south of the border to pursue his master's degree in ESL education at Fordham University. Mr. Carroll is delighted at the opportunity to apply his language learning experience to support UASCJ's English language learners.




Amanda Cardone, 7th Grade Special Education

Ms. Cardone will be starting her first year at UASCJ teaching 7th grade Special Education. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, she attended NYC public schools her entire life. A graduate of Binghamton University, Ms. Cardone studied Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a first year Teach for America Corps Member and is pursuing her Master's Degree in Special Education at Brooklyn College. In her free time, Ms. Cardone loves crafting, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.




Sarah Shah, Paraprofessional

Meh Jabeen, Paraprofessional