Science

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Name: Mr. Aroon Rampersaud
Position/Title: Science Teacher
Email: arampersaud@amsu.org
AMSU Start Date: October 2007
Classes Currently Teaching: Regents Chemistry and AP Chemistry
Extra Curricular: Eco – Sci club
Personal Interests: Reading and watching movies
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Science

Bio: “THE TEACHING PROFESSION IS THE GREATEST OF ALL PROFESSIONS – WHY? BECAUSE IT PRODUCES ALL OTHER PROFESSIONS.”

Teaching at AMSU can be regarded as the zenith of my teaching career. The administration, faculty, my colleagues in the Science Department, the staff and the student population all contribute to make the AMSU experience one to cherish.

The students are always keen and eager to learn and usually have interesting questions that promote class discussions and enhance the lesson delivery. It is always gratifying to assist students to pursue extra programs in science and to learn that they intend to pursue a career in science.

The students are always welcoming and are always happy to extend greetings whenever they encounter you; their warmth and kindness boost morale and self-esteem.


AthenaName: Athena Mengharini, Ph.D.
Position/Title: Science Teacher
Email: amengharini@amsu.org
AMSU Start Date: September 2013
Classes currently teaching: Living Environment (Regents Biology) and Regents Earth Science
Extra Curricular: Astronomy Club and Brain & Behavior Club
Personal Interests: Hiking and reading
Credentials: Ph.D., Lehman College (CUNY) – Biology

Bio: Years of research have shown me that science is fun. When students are challenged and meet their challenges, they achieve real happiness. My many years of teaching include a decade spent teaching science at the college level. I bring the depth of understanding and real-world examples to the classroom.


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Name: Dr. Suroj Tiwari
Position/Title: Science Teacher, Department Chairperson
Email: stiwari@amsu.org
AMSU Start Date: Jan 1997
Classes currently teaching: AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, AP Physics, Regents Physics
Extra Curricula: Tutoring
Personal Interests: Hiking, boating, gardening, and pleasure reading 
Credentials: Ph.D., Graduate School University Center (CUNY) – Biological Science

Bio: Dr. Tiwari has had a varied career. In addition, to teaching at AMSU for over 20 years, he has spoken on scientific panels. But his greatest joy is being an avid hiker.


Name: Ms. Jennifer Cofre
Position/Title: Science Teacher
Email: jcofre@amsu.org
AMSU Start Date: September 2017
Classes currently teaching: Living Environment, AP Chemistry, and Forensic Science
Extra Curricula: 
Personal Interests: Traveling, Fashion, Health and Fitness

Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Iona College – General Biology 
Master of Science in Teaching, Iona College – Adolescence Biology Education (in progress)

Bio: I am very excited and feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity to teach at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula. This will be my first year teaching Living Environment, AP Chemistry, and Forensic Science at AMSU come September, and I hope to encourage the young women of AMSU and instill in them an interest in science that will last a lifetime. My goal is to provide my students the support and knowledge they’ll need to be successful in both science and their personal future aspirations. My experience working with students from 1st to 12th grade continues to inspire me and solidify my love for teaching. I look forward to meeting all of you and ultimately being able to consider AMSU a home away from home.

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