New Teachers Start at RAS

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new Spanish teacherThree new teachers have started at the Regional Alternative School (RAS) for the 2018-2019 school year.

Zach LeViere is teaching History, Government and Economics, R.J. Malabanan teaches Spanish at RAS and Smith School, and Erick Whelpley joins the staff as a special education teacher.

Both LeViere and Whelpley taught their respective subjects previously at Dryden Central School District before coming to RAS. Having grown up in Dryden and received a master’s degree in teaching from Ithaca College, LeViere looks forward to continuing to work locally and contribute to the community.

Whelpley studied as an undergraduate student at Ithaca College and received a master’s in differentiated instruction from St. Bonaventure University. He began his teaching career at the New Roots Charter School, where he became acquainted to the alternative education model.

Malabanan has been teaching Spanish in some capacity since 2013 and lived in Spain for two years. He received his MAT from SUNY Empire State College. When teaching, Malabanan prefers a project-based approach, and he appreciates the freedom that the RAS model provides in building a curriculum for students.