Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2009 Alumni Washington Fellow
New York, NY
Bio/Overview: Raymond is a leader and teacher of English and architecture at Williamsburg High School in Brooklyn, NY. Raymond came to the Fellowship from the High School for Law and Public Service in New York City. A decade prior, this high school was threatened to be shut down by the state; in 2010 the school was ranked #75 in the country by US News and World Report. Raymond came to teach high school English in New York City through the New York City Teaching Fellows program in 2002. Before, he worked in college admissions and university development and ran an after-school learning program that served 4-14 year-olds. The satisfaction in each experience has been the same, to learn the needs of students, families, and communities and seek to serve them.
Achievements: Raymond is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, served as a member of the Teacher Advisory Panel for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measure of Teacher Effectiveness Project and was a 2009 finalist for the New York City Teaching Fellows Award for Classroom Excellence.Leadership Experience: Raymond served as a Standards Review Committee Member for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. As a Teacher Ambassador Fellow, Raymond worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS) for Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Thelma Melendez where he specialized in communications for the Assistant Secretary. Raymond represented OAS on the Secondary Schools Work Group and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Literacy Workgroup. He was also able to travel and speak in break-out sessions at American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) conferences on struggling schools. On behalf of Assistant Secretary Melendez, Raymond presented the Department’s plan for ESEA reauthorization to National Association of Secondary School Principals at their national conference in Phoenix, Arizona. For the last third of his Fellowship, Raymond rotated to work with Brad Jupp on teacher outreach projects. This included planning and coordinating teacher-leader study groups on the ESEA blueprint and supporting the work of the TEACH campaign, the Department’s teacher recruitment initiative. Prior to this, Raymond worked on school committees tasked with improving teaching and assessing priorities. In the community, he helped refine Literacy Inc.’s instructional materials and develop New Heights’ Leadership Academy.
Affiliations: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Council of Teachers of English, Association of Curriculum and Development
Education: Raymond earned a BA at Eckerd College, and earned two Master’s degrees: One in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and one in teaching of Secondary English from City College.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Turning around low performing schools
- Adolescent literacy
- College preparedness