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TSTT Alumni Teachers

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TSTT’s impact is best described by the people who participate in the program, as students, teacher mentors, and school leaders who share our passion for education.


Perkins Scholars are TSTT alumni teachers, who have been teaching for 10 or more years. Here are just a few of these accomplished educators; reflections on their journeys.




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Jeffrey Cole, is currently Assistant Superintendent for Special Education for the New Rochelle, NY School District and formerly Department Chair of Special Education at Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, NY. He said “Teaching was the furthest thing from my mind growing up. My plan was to pursue a career in law, architecture, or engineering. TSTT changed that – and I’m glad it did. I remember entering the program as clearly as if it were yesterday”.

Pictured from left to right is: Jeffrey Cole, Dr. Bettye Perkins, Emerly Martinez. Among TSTT’s first male graduates are Jeffrey Cole and Emerly Martinez who have each taught for 13 and 14 years, respectively, and are now school leaders.

Jason Roberts and Emerly Martinez

Jason Roberts (pictured on left), Guidance Counselor at The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, CT with Emerly Martinez (pictured on right), Dean of Students, Anne Dormer Middle School in Ossining, NY are great role models and school leaders.


Emerly Martinez  was a student in TSTT in 1995 as a sophomore at Ossining High School. He was the first TSTT graduate to reach 10 years in the teaching profession. Emerly Martinez, is now Dean of Students at the Anne M. Dorner Middle School in Ossining having taught high school social studies at Ossining High School for 13 years where he ran the Model UN Club. He offers the same support he received to his students through a mentoring program he created for Latino male students.



Merica Neufville (pictured on left) was a TSTT student when she attended Lincoln High School in Yonkers, NY and continued in the program until she graduated from the College of New Rochelle, a TSTT partnering college. She taught math at the Woodlands Middle School in Greenburgh, NY for 10 years, and served as a TSTT teacher mentor for dozens of TSTT high school students, helping them prepare for college and to become educators. Ms. Neufville, is now an Assistant Principal at the Cross Hill Academy in the Yonkers Public Schools District.





50 in_Alumnis_Words_Photo_of_Mario_Suarez_TSTT_alum_teacherMario Suarez joined TSTT as a student at Yorktown High School in 1998. He earned a degree in Elementary Education from Pace University in 2003 and was hired by Peekskill City School District. For the past 10 years he has taught at Pocantico Hills Central Middle School where he is a fifth and sixth grade science teacher.

Mario completed his Master’s degree from Pace University in Counseling in 2010. He began his School District Leader and School Building Leader program at Bank Street College in 2013. He advises aspiring teachers to, “Prepare to make the most rewarding decision of your life. The experiences you give to students stay with them, and allow the cycle of growth to continue.”   





Alumni teacher brandi davisBrandi Davis, a TSTT alumna and 5 year teacher was honored by Dr. Bettye Perkins in May 2012. Ms. Davis is a graduate of Ossining High School and SUNY Albany, and has been teaching for 6 years at the Albany Community Charter School, Albany New York.


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Program Progress

We serve over 800 students in 40 high school districts and 21 partnering colleges & universities. Operating in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, there are 150 TSTT college graduates who have completed the eight year curriculum and are currently teaching in 9 states.