Remote Learning Doesn’t Have to Mean Distanced Learning

As we all began our first fall semester in this remote learning “space” professors around the world tried coping with the heavy burden of figuring out how to continue to work with students, to build community, and to adapt to and learn new technology – all while experiencing a global pandemic, witnessing the righteous political…

Year of The Masks

Welcome to this extraordinary year of the masks! Like everyone else in the city – I am worried. Worried about my health, my family – worried about the changes that seem never-ending and often insurmountable. I am also worried about this semester, about my students and how they are handling this strange world we find…

Muhammed Asghar | Alumni

  I only got to work with Muhammed for 4 months before he graduated from Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science (HLA) and Hostos Community College in 2017. He was in the first graduating class that I had the honor of working with. I remember being mystified by how in the world these HS students were able to…

Dr. Arlene Castillo | Alumni

I was introduced to Dr. Arlene Castillo through a facebook post. I immediately reached out to schedule a time to interview her.  I knew that her story is too important to our community not to share.  Life (and pandemics and facebook privacy settings) happen so it took a minute to get us in touch.  Dr. Castillo,…

Teacher Appreciation Week | 2020

I am incredibly lucky to work with several different amazing teams:  at Hostos Lincoln Academy, at Hostos Community College, and at the Early College Initiative.  The message below comes from Michael Steele, 6-12 Program Manager – Leadership Development and Instructional Support with ECI. He is a life long educator and an incredible asset to the schools…

Iselle Diaz | Class of 2020 Salutatorian

I reached out to Iselle Diaz, Hostos Lincoln Academy’s Class of 2020’s Salutatorian, to see if she could spare some time to share a bit of her wisdom as a brilliant young philosopher. She is a Quest Bridge Scholar, she was a Posse finalist – and she is a brilliant young woman who radiates all…

Hostos Science Rocks! An Ode to Happier Times

As Seniors all over the country lament having to miss their graduations, senior trips, proms, senior pictures. Thousands of  8th graders are also dealing with this same harsh reality. They are not getting as much acknowledgment as the seniors – but they are feeling it just as much. Many 8th graders will move onto different…

Are You Ready?

I was not ready for this. For any of this. I was not ready to not see my coworkers again. I was not ready to not see my student’s again. To not be able to see my mom. I was not ready to not be able to order my son’s 8th grade graduation pictures or…

Seniors | IT IS STILL YOUR YEAR

Our fearless leader, Mr. Paarlberg sent me this and I was moved by it. Please read it. Please remember that it is still your year. ORIGINALLY FOUND HERE Dear High School Senior, On Friday afternoon a few seniors came into my classroom after the last bell rang. They were concerned about prom and their senior…