1999-10-09 / Columnists

From the Shores of

Beach Channel High School

New staff members:

In an attempt to introduce the Rockaway community to the newest teachers at Beach Channel High School, they have written short autobiographical sketches. This week we introduce the newest members of the English Department:

"I’m driving my car through the middle of a hurricane, buckets of rain, a wild wind blowing the grey lid off the sky like it was cardboard when I finally get the news that school is closed. I was hellbent/determined on getting to the job on time. Only it’s more than a job, that’s why I love teaching. I used to play "school" when I was a girl. I grew up in Detroit, so driving through hurricanes poses absolutely no problem. I received my BA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State, my MA in English Literature from Hunter College. I have taught in lots of places: high school in the Bronx and Queens, adult literacy in Harlem and Mott Haven, college in Los Angeles. I have traveled the world to get here: the USA, Mexico, Europe and Africa. I am a poet who lives in Harlem. I am a member of TRIBES, a multicultural group of writers and artists from the Lower East Side. I am an English teacher who believes in the power of language to transform the world. I want my students to discover the power of their own voice."

Christine Stanfield

"My name is Valmiki Badrinath. I was born in British Guyana, South America. I migrated to the U.S. fifteen years ago and continued my studies here in N.Y.C. I had started teaching when I was seventeen in my country and enjoyed this profession. I love reading and travel. I am an avid sportsman and play ping-pong, cycling swimming athletics and chess. I look forward to sharing the little that I know with everyone at Beach Channel and look forward to learning more from them. I am elated and proud to be part of you."

Valmiki Badrinath

"As a new member of the English Department at Beach Channel I am currently working with sophomore classes, studying the craft of memoir writing. In addition I am working with other department members to formulate the curriculum for, while teaching, an innovative Regents Writing preparation class. As a native New Yorker, I grew up and currently reside in Jamaica , Queens. I attended Hunter College High School and then studied English Literature at Villanova University, where I was a member of the Women’s Crew Team. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the study of Spanish while studying for four months in Oaxaca, Mexico. While pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College, I worked with students on the middle school and high school levels. After teaching in San Francisco, I am happily back in New York, eager to simultaneously fulfill and create the visions of Beach Channel."

Amy Regis

"I am one of the new English teachers at Beach Channel High School. I received my Masters Degree in Education at Andrews University in Michigan and since then have been molding the minds of young people. Higher than the highest thought can reach is the ideal I have for my students."

Patrice Douglas

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