Samuel is a full-time faculty member of the Pennsbury School District in Yardley, Pennsylvania where he teaches in the elementary division. Samuel is one of the most well-recognized teacher/educators and scholar-practitioners of a latinx background in the field of education in the greater Philadelphia region. Samuel attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of science degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education along with a teaching English as a second language certification. Samuel went onto the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of education, the #1 graduate school of education in the country and obtained a Masters of Education Reading/ Writing/ Literacy with Reading Specialist certification. Samuel now attends Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia working towards a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with principal certification and curriculum supervisor certification. His areas of expertise range from Culturally Responsive/Relevant/Sustaining Pedagogies, Digitial Literacies, and Multicultural textual territories in literacy instruction.
As a North Philadelphia native and first generation student from a Puerto Rican-American household, I have experienced a lot of adversity. However, despite any hardships, I have always felt a driving sense of passion toward hard work and accomplishments. That voice gave me the grit to work and work hard and help others in the process. I have a passion for helping people. This is the driving force of all of my ventures. This gift of connecting with people and simply just trying to help them is what I have found to be my purpose in life.
My strong work ethic extends to my passion for social justice and other faith-based causes centered on equity and access for all people. Aside from volunteering at my local church, I enjoy working out with my gym partner, going for a long run at my local track field and watching the Penn State Nittany Lions or any Philadelphia sports team play in their respective sports.
Aside from a strong sense of faith that centers me in life, I highly value family and friends. It is my goal as a professional to never stop growing, so I am constantly looking to further my pedagogical knowledge to be a stronger teacher. I am also an avid reader who is interested in everything from religious studies to historical texts and curriculum handbooks to current events happening in our world.
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