Erika Marte, Osvaldo Adames, and Andrew Geathers are among our alumni who are now returning to the classroom – not as students – but as school teachers. From the Bronx to Brooklyn to Thailand to India to Spain – our alumni are teaching across New York City and the world! Andrew Geathers was an award winning debater in the urban debate league and in college debate and one of the most active alumni leaders as a coach, volunteer, judge, tabroom director and every other possible debate position. Andrew was accepted to the New York Teaching Fellows and will be a special education school teacher starting in September. Osvaldo Adames and Erika Marte are both debaters of the Bronx School for Law Government and Justice – one of the founding members of the urban debate league. Erika was one of the top middle school and high school debaters in New York, and went on to win the 2nd Top Speaker Award at the New York State Championships as well as Semifinalist Top Team Award at the State Championships. Recipient of nearly every scholarship available including the Gates Scholarship, Erika was accepted to the Teach for America Corps for the 2016-2015 school year. She decided to defer her first year teaching after being awarded the prestigious Watson Foundation Fellowship to travel, study and teach across the globe (see article excerpt below). Her Fellowship research project is on
“The Faces and Functions of Educational Volunteerism in the 21st Century.” Finally, Osvaldo Adames is also an award winning debater and mock trial champion at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. Oslvado will be returning to the high school he debated with as a middle school mathematics school teacher this month!
More About Erika Marte (excerpted from http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/lisbeth-liz-dabramo-and-erika-marte-awarded-thomas-j-watson-fellowships)
Marte, a comparative literature major, wrote in her Watson proposal, “Given my own experiences as a beneficiary of many educationally focused volunteer programs, my goal is to explore the faces and functions of 21st century volunteerism within the domain of education. In particular, I want to understand how the social impact of various externally organized volunteer initiatives compares to that of those that spring up within local communities. I plan to focus on the relationship between those who volunteer and those who are the objects of their efforts.
“Juxtaposing international volunteer organizations and grassroots organizations run by members of the local community, I am interested in a comprehensive understanding of educational service in a cultural context.
“Given the growth of foreign volunteerism and the development of community based education programs, I want to develop a comprehensive and culturally sensitive understanding of their nature and impact.
“This project will explore five countries—Thailand, India, Tanzania, Brazil and Spain—and the dynamics of local and international volunteerism within each. Starting with grassroots organizations and then reaching out to foreign-based ones, my goal is to develop an understanding of local needs and conditions. In each country I will spend time with students and families receiving educational services. I will work alongside volunteer program directors, volunteers, outreach coordinators, teachers and board members. I will attend community meetings, school functions and events. I want to experience everything that one involved in educational volunteerism can.”
Marte was a recipient of the McKinney Prize in Hamilton’s recent Public Speaking Competition with the topic“I Am Afraid of Being a Woman.” In the competition, a prize is awarded to one student from each class for a 5-8 minute persuasive speech that is socially relevant and of interest to the extended Hamilton College community.
Marte studied in Beijing through Associated Colleges of China in summer 2013 and participated in Hamilton’s New York City Program, “Labor, Immigration, and Reform in New York City’s History” that fall. She interned with Human Rights First while on the New York Program.
She received a Gates Millennium Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence, community service and leadership, a Los Padres Foundation grant, awarded for academic excellence and passion to pursue post-secondary education and is a Higher Education Opportunity Program (H.E.O.P) student.
For three summers Marte was programming director intern and volunteer with New York City Urban Debate League, in Manhattan, where she directed summer debate camps for elementary, middle school and high school students and taught students rhetorical skills to help them advance to New York State Debate Finals.
As a Levitt Center Fellow in 2012 she conducted research on marginalized groups in Utica through community service efforts at the Johnson Park Center.
At Hamilton Marte is a member and cultural chair of La Vanguardia; volunteer tutor with Thea Bowman in Utica, NY; member and officer of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc.; member of Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition; volunteer with the Johnson Park Center in Utica; and a member of the Black and Latino Student Union. She is a technology assistant with Audio Visual Services, a student assistant in the History Department and a lab monitor for the Academic Center for Excellence.
She is the daughter of Yazmin Carrasco and Ramon Marte of the Bronx and is a graduate of Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice.