Ms. Duncan is in her thirteenth year as an educator in the New York City Board of Education. Over this time, she has taught First through Fifth Grades. All of the thirteen years have been spent serving the students and families of the Crown Height Community in Brooklyn. She lives by the expression “Let passion be the driving force in your life!” and believes that passion for learning and children is needed to be an effective educator. She is often amazed at her students’ ability to rise above their life challenges. While she holds herself accountable for her students’ achievement and progress, at the same time she also holds her students accountable for their own learning and growth. As a part of the New Bridges Family and Community, she believes deeply in the core vision of the school to educate the whole child and to ensure each child gets the opportunity to develop their “best self". She feels fortunate that she gets to be a part of her students’ lives as a member of the caring and passionate team of educators and staff of New Bridges.
Ms. Courtney was born in Upstate New York and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She returned to New York City with Teach for America as a 2013 Corp Member. She is currently a 1st grade teacher at New Bridges Elementary. This will be her third year at New Bridges and she is looking forward to helping her students achieve their dreams. Ms.Courtney graduated from Hunter College with her Masters in Special Education and General Education Birth through 2nd Grade. She received her Bachelors of Arts from San Jose State University in Psychology and a Minor in Child and Adolescent Development. In her free time, Ms.Courtney enjoys cooking,reading and spending time with her husband, newborn daughter and her puppy.
Ms. Shan is a 1st Grade teacher here at New Bridges. She is a 2013 Teach for America New York Corp Member and is currenrly pursuing a Masters in Education with dual certification in Special education and General education. Ms. Shan graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a Bachelor in Social Work. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Shan interned at Foreverfamily, Inc as a Service Coordinator for the After School Program.
Mr. Kelvin is a graduate of St. John’s University with my Bachelor’s in Childhood Education. Mr. Kelvin chose teaching for the opportunity to help shape the future towards success. In his spare time, Mr. Kelvin enjoys photography, playing basketball, and traveling around the world!