Patricia L. Charlemagne
© 2016 Areté Education
Patricia brings a deep legal background with a commitment to economic justice advocacy and education innovation. She has over 15 years of legal, entrepreneurship, non-profit management, charter school governance, and instructional experience in higher education in NYC. Patricia is excited about the powerful opportunity to contribute to closing the experience gap for students in the South Bronx through community-based efforts and partnerships. Patricia is serving her third year as the Executive Director of Areté Education. She is also a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Urban Dove Team Charter School, a Brooklyn-based alternative high school for over-aged and under-credited students. Patricia holds a B.A. in African American Studies and Government from Wesleyan University, an M.P.S. in Africana Studies from The Graduate School of Cornell University and a J.D. from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.
Lizette Cheatwood has worked with Areté over the past three years, providing clerical, administrative and general program support during the expanded day programs and the Summer Bridge Arts Institutes. During school hours, she serves as a paraprofessional for the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology.
Since 2005, Lizette has supported students and parents from the local school community. Lizette enjoys the exploration and exposure component of Areté through student field trips. Also a resident of the Bronx, Lizette knows that very few of the students actually have the opportunity to engage in enriching activities outside of school. Our students get to experience Broadway shows, world-renowned museums, and international sporting events before they formally begin the 6th grade. For Lizette, watching students experience the aforementioned for the first time is absolutely incredible!
Lizette earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from The College of New Rochelle.
I was born in Queens and raised in the Bronx. I am currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). During my first year at BMCC, I worked as the Assistant to the Director of Family & Community Engagement at East Side House Settlement, in the South Bronx. During that experience, I developed a passion for helping parents and children in my neighborhood. As a bilingual, single mother of a young toddler, I could relate to a lot of the struggles experienced by East Side House clients. When I returned to school, I developed a love for reading. This is my second year working with Areté Education. As an Administrative Assistant and Book Club Tutor, I get to share my passion for reading with kids in my South Bronx community. I am truly enjoying my experience and look forward to my journey of personal and professional growth, while helping others in my community to do the same.
Medora Martinez is a full-time college student pursuing a joint Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Sociology at the College of New Rochelle (South Bronx campus). She began working as a part-time Areté Education Book Club Tutor in the Spring of 2016. Medora has deep ties to the Bronx community -- she was born and raised in the Bronx; attends college, works and raises her young children in the Bronx. Her professional experiences include working in early childcare, mentoring middle school students and working as a peer tutor with high school students. As an avid reader from the local school community, Medora helps students connect their personal experiences connect with students and help them develop a love of reading.
As a young child growing up in the Bronx, NY, I know how easy it is to become derailed from school because of negative influences in the community. I watched my closest friends drop out of school and struggle in life. Although I was a good student in middle school, my grades dropped drastically in high school. The support that I received throughout my high school years enable me to become focused, graduate, and enroll in a local community college. In the Spring of 2017, I will be awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, afterward.
The students from our local school community are our future. Working as a Book Club Tutor has allowed me to develop the most valuable relationships with them. My relationships and influence on the students we serve goes beyond academics. They talk to me about some of their life issues, concerns, and want to learn what it took for me to rise above my challenges. My experiences with Areté Education over the past two years have been challenging, rewarding and exciting. I am humbled to be part of a great group of community educators who partner with a fantastic school community to help our students succeed in school and beyond.
This is my second year working with Arete Education as a tutor at The Lab School. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree, afterwards.
In my childhood, I faced difficulties understanding passages. My reading and writing levels were extremely low. I was an ESL student, learning English as my second language. It was tough. At times I felt like giving up, but what kept me going was the tutor who empowered me with her positivity. The tutor inspired me to push myself and catch up because she saw my potential. I want to pass on the motivation that I was given and model the importance of reading. I started to tutor my family members, to my friends and sibling. It was fulfilling and exciting to see them improve. Overcoming my challenges enables me to truly believe that all students can overcome their literacy struggles. I feel energetic and I'm looking forward to another successful year!
Brittany Rodriguez has worked with Areté for over a year. She is the Lead Tutor for the Harvard Ed Book Club. Ms. Rodriguez enjoys motivating students to read different genres that they may otherwise not want to read. She is currently studying at the College of New Rochelle, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies.
On her down time, she enjoys reading, writing, baking and doing other activities that she tries to incorporate into her book clubs. Brittany hopes to one day publish a novel that will not only encourage but inspire other children to read and write, as well as to love to do so, just like when she attended The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology.
Hector Rodriguez is an All Hallows High School alumni, having graduated with the class of 2006. During his time in high school Mr. Rodriguez gained an intense passion for both reading and writing that has since stayed with him to this day. Shortly after graduating he attended Hostos Community College as a Political Science Major before becoming a Medical Assistant and New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician. Today Mr. Rodriguez is part of the Arete family, where he has spent over a year as a Harvard Ed. Book Club tutor. It is here where he shares his passion for reading and writing with the middle school students with the hope of improving their reading skills and building their enthusiasm for literature as well.