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Risa DeSilva

Risa DeSilva

I chose to become a Camden PLUS resident because I believe strongly in the power of education to transform the social and economic statuses of communities. This belief has led my drive as a classroom educator, as well as my consistent choice to serve students of color in underprivileged neighborhoods. My successes as a classroom educator stem from a core set of mindsets and behaviors that I have adopted, and I would like to now share my teacher toolbox with other urban educators. 

Prior to Residency, I was a classroom educator for twelve years in various locations including East Harlem, Brooklyn, Newark, NJ, and Atlanta, GA. In those environments, my students sharpened their reading and writing skills in AP US History, Civics, Earth Science, and ELA classes that were taught by me. More recently, I have served the students of East Camden via Mastery Charter Schools as the sixth-grade Text Study, Interactive Read Aloud, and Composition instructor at East Camden Middle School. During my tenure with Mastery, I have also served as Teacher Leader, Sixth Grade Team Leader, and Mindset Leader.