Dear Scholars, Parents, and Community Friends,
As a life-long learner, I began my journey as an educator 28 years ago on the small island of St. Lucia at the elementary school level. In 2000, I migrated to the US in search of more knowledge as I yearned to grow in the craft and science of teaching. Over my career, I have taught college students and taught middle school students for 14 years. Every educator has a sweet spot in education and mine is Middle School. To be given the torch as the Principal of Challenge Charter Middle School is an honor and a great privilege that I have accepted with fervor and pride.
In 2014, I continued my career in education as a lecturer of Mathematics at Essex County College. I was responsible for facilitating and motivating scholars to learn and master mathematics via the ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) software, which included providing one to one instruction along with regular monitoring of homework and mathematical practice. Throughout my journey as an educator, I have seen instructional models evolve and vanish. However, I confidently embrace any research-based instructional model which supports effective teaching and learning. To date, my focus and practice is the Adaptive Learning Model. I am also a huge proponent of the Station Rotation Model of Blended Learning, and at CCMS, I have implemented small group instruction system-wide, as I believe it is the key to closing the achievement gap in urban schools.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a Bachelor of Science Degree from The CUNY (City University of New York) Baccalaureate Program, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University. In the near future, I intend to complete a PhD. in Urban Systems with a focus on Educational Policy from Rutgers University. Frequent reflection on my humble beginnings keeps me grounded and impassioned about paying forward the loving guidance, inspiration, and encouragement afforded to me by my own teachers at every level.
To serve you and your remarkably intellectual scholars is an invaluable gift. I promise to persevere and stand at the gap to ensure that our scholars receive the best education to place them on a pathway to and through college and beyond. I affirm that each and every scholar at CCMS will maximize their strengths and grow in leaps and bounds as they reach to accomplish their sense of self, self-efficacy and self-actualization. I affirm that CCMS will be a learning space wherein community members will line up for blocks to vie for a 25:1 Scholar to seat ratio.
Mavgar Mondesir-Gordon, 6-8 Principal