Third Grade

 

keith-pellak

Keith Pellak
Keith was born in Doylestown 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 learning support 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 persevered 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.


megan-ramirez

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.

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Melissa Ricciutti

I live in Souderton, PA, but grew up near Valley Forge. I love the nature and history of the area. I graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education. Right after graduating, I started working at Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaching environmental education in summer camp and school programs. I taught 1st grade for almost three years at 7Gen, and I am excited to be part of the 3rd grade team this year!

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in 1st grade. I was inspired by my teacher’s dedication to her students. Growing up, I loved helping others and learning about all subjects in school, so I became a teacher to help my students love learning as much as I do! Seven Gen is the perfect school for me because not only do I love learning, but I also love being outside in nature. Seven Gen allows me, as a teacher, to have fun and be creative, and I enjoy seeing my students learn to care about the natural world around them.

My favorite hobby is reading! I love collecting books, and I have a library in my house to house them all! Harry Potter is one of my favorite series, and I have worked at a wizarding camp the past two summers. I also love being outside, especially taking insect photographs, kayaking, and camping. In my free time, I enjoy art, cooking, and spending time with my fiancé and leopard gecko, Luna.