Patricia L. Charlemagne
Manuel M. Santos
© 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.
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.
Shelina has taught for Areté Education at the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology over three years. In addition to being a certified Middle School Math teacher, she teaches Step during the Expanded Day and Visual Art during the Summer Bridge Arts Institute. Shelina enjoys expanding and enriching the minds of our future leaders. She is a product of NYC Public school system and whole heartedly believe in giving back and serving as a role model for our kids. She strongly believes that regardless of where you come from, you can do and be anything.
This is my second year working with Areté 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.
As the Community School Director, Manny is responsible for organizing resources and integrating social services into the fabric of The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology (The Lab School). Manny has worked within the New York City School District #7 for the past eleven years and will be leveraging his successes with The Lab School to focus on building community-school partnerships. Manny believes in the holistic approach toward improving academic performance driven by strong, collaborative partnerships among principals, parents, teachers and CBOs. He will focus on actively engaging families in their children’s education, during and after school hours. Manny is a trained counselor and is currently studying Business, Management and Economics at SUNY Empire State College.