Alyssa Kasanoff
Alyssa Kasanoff is originally from Westport, CT and graduated from Hamilton College in 2013. She joined the Teach for America movement and is currently teaching 4th and 5th Grade Special Education at P.S 59 in the Bronx.

Favorite Teaching Moment:
When Alyssa asked her class if anyone knew what a synonym is, one boy raised his hand and earnestly said: "Yes. Like Cinnamon Toast Crunch".

Rebekah Bambling
Rebekah is originally from Pittsburgh, Pensylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. Upon graduation and acceptance as a Teach for America corps member in 2007 she moved to New York City and taught for three years at the Women's Academy of Excellence in the Bronx. She currently teaches 10th grade Global History at KIPP NYC College Prep.

Favorite Teaching Moment:
Watching Randy's face light up as he received his French Revolution essay back; all marked up with purple pen and comments everywhere but at the end - a 4 with a circle around it! He went from writing level 2 essays to level 4 essays in a matter of two months by coming in to tutoring and working extremely hard. To be able to witness our kids realizing their full potential and what they are truly capable of is the best part of this job.