Third Grade

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Blair Foster
After having teachers who truly cared about her success and seeing the difference it made in her own life, Blair knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of students. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.S. in elementary education and then became a long-term substitute in a third grade classroom in Maryland. She recently began a Master of Education program in reading with a reading specialist certification at East Stroudsburg University.

Blair is excited to start the next chapter of her professional life at Seven Generations! She believes in the importance of teaching children through play and hands-on discovery, and is looking forward to transforming real world experiences into learning opportunities.

When she’s pursuing hobbies of her own, she enjoys crabbing, kayaking, going to the beach with her family, and reading. She also loves exploring trails and parks with her golden retriever, Cooper. Contact Blair Foster atblair.foster@sevengen.org.


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Keith Pellak
Keith was born in Doylstown and lived in and visited many places that have influenced his love for different cultures. He lived in a few places in Pennsylvania, south Florida, central Texas, and the Big Island of Hawaii, where he graduated from high school.

He started college at Montgomery County Community College and spent quite a few years there until he figured out what he wanted to do. He started working with children at the Pottstown YMCA childcare program and fell in love with teaching. While attending Kutztown University, he worked at the Indian Valley YMCA childcare program where he continues to work during the summer. After graduating from Kutztown with a B.S. in elementary education K-6, he worked as a substitute teacher and as an elementary paraprofessional for Perkiomen Valley School District. He served as a reading and math paraprofessional for grades 1-5, an ES paraprofessional for grades 3-5, and a LS paraprofessional for sixth grade. He also spent two years working as a personal care assistant for a student with autism, and was a long-term substitute for fourth grade at Seven Generations.

Keith was drawn to education while working at the Pottstown YMCA. Intrigued by a five-year-old girl everyone else had dismissed as a “bad” kid, he was able to build a relationship with her and to gain her trust. The day he became “sold” on teaching was when she read aloud to him and perservered when she got to a difficult part. Seeing her determination, and all the good that was in this “bad” child, made him want to help bring out the best in all children. Ever since Keith read the mission of Seven Generations Charter School, he’s wanted to be a part of it. The theory of getting students outside to learn and problem solve is a large part of his vision of education, so he is very excited to be here, and thankful to be part of this great school family.

Keith loves spending his free time with his wife and two beautiful children. They like to do things outside, and his son is into all kinds of sports. Keith likes to watch the Phillies and the Eagles and to attend the rare live Phillies game with his family. His other main interest is cars. He loves working on them and really enjoys driving. Sometimes, he plays Xbox with his brother who was stationed in Italy but has since moved closer. It’s a great way for them to stay connected and to do something when not together. Contact Keith Pellak at keith.pellak@sevengen.org.


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Megan Ramirez
Megan always felt drawn to education. She loved school when she was growing up and was always “playing school” as a child. Entering into teaching was not so much a choice as a calling, and she can’t imagine herself doing anything else! She graduated from Susquehanna University with a major in elementary and early childhood education and a minor in psychology. This will be her sixth year actively working in the field of education. She has held positions ranging from classroom assistant in a special education program to many long and short-term substituting assignments, and a two-year position teaching third grade at a charter school in West Philadelphia. Megan loves having the opportunity to read with, mentor and mold young minds. She’s very passionate about being her best self and helping kids do the same.

Right now, her hobbies outside of the classroom are very baby-centered, since she is due with her first child in late September 2015, but she is also a huge beach bum, likes to read and cook, has an unhealthy obsession with all card and board games, and enjoys trying out new crafts and activities from Pinterest. During the summer, she and her husband go for hikes and are looking forward to finding some great places for camping around the area. They also love attending events and festivals in the Bethlehem area, such as Chilifest and Musikfest. Contact Megan Ramirez at megan.ramirez@sevengen.org.

Photos: Dan’s Camera and Olaf Starorypinski