2011-2012 Facilitators
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Ed Bringas, M.P.S.

Ed Bringas holds a B.S. from Hofstra University in Biology and Fine Arts. He later went to earn his Masters from the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University, during which time he focused on Physical Computing, Sustainability and Interactive Kinetic Art.
Ed found his passion in teaching while working with inner city high school students on various robotic competitions and installation art. He went on to co-write two award-winning grants focusing on STEM curriculum for the National Science Foundation and MacArthur Foundation. Ed’s work has been published in Make magazine, Wired, SIGGRAPH and the Huffington Post. In 2008, his first book on LEGO Robotics was released.
Currently, Ed happily works as a Science & Technology teacher at The Gateway Middle School in New York. In the fall of 2011, he joined a multi-faceted partnership initiative called STEMinds for the Future. He also began working with Dan Morrison to facilitate the students’ component for STEMinds for the Future, Friday-student forums, which brings students from the STEMinds middle school network together to share their solutions for self-identified, real world problems. He is honored to work with such talented youth.
Email: ebringas@gatewayschool.org

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Dan Morrison, M.S. Ed.

Dan Morrison discovered his passion for education 8 years ago while teaching high school Biology and Chemistry at The Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA. In addition to teaching science, Dan also worked with the students in the dorms and taught one-to-one Early Literacy tutorials. His time at Landmark helped develop the skills necessary to appreciate and teach the whole child. In 2003 he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Colby College. In 2007 he earned a Masters of Science in Education from Simmons College and became licensed as a teacher for students with moderate disabilities (Levels 5-12).

After 4 years at Landmark, Dan joined The Gateway Schools of New York as the founding middle school science teacher. Currently, Dan is working with a team of teachers to implement the science curriculum he designed for grades 5-8 at Gateway. In the fall of 2011, he joined a multi-faceted partnership initiative called STEMinds for the Future. He also began working with Ed Bringas to facilitate the students’ component for STEMinds for the Future, Friday-student forums, which brings students from the STEMinds middle school network together to share their solutions for self-identified, real world problems.
Email: dmorrison@gatewayschool.org
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Jossie O’Neill, Ed.D.

A former Gateway teacher, Irma Josefina O’Neill has an Ed. D. degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has served as Senior ELL-Literacy Advisor to the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction at the Amber Charter School and Senior Program Officer at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City.

After her time at Gateway, 1986 to 1988, she taught at City College, CUNY, Teachers College, Columbia University, and SUNY Old Westbury, as tenured, Associate Professor in the Education Department.

Currently, Dr. O’Neill serves as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach at The Gateway Schools. In the past five years, she has helped establish several partnerships among these: sister-school partnership with Colegio Calíope in San Juan, Puerto Rico, LD in the Middle Partnership: Math in the Middle, 2009-2011 and STEMinds for the Future, 2011-2012 in NYC-DOE middle schools, and two start-up educational initiatives: Cypress Hills Community School- ICT Dual Language Partnerships in Brooklyn, NY and Gateway in Mumbai, a collaborative start-up school expected to open August 2012 in Mumbai, India.

Email: joneill@gatewayschool.org