My students call me Mr. Abramowitz (English class) and Señor Abramowitz (Spanish class).
B.A. in Comparative Arts and Spanish (Washington University in St. Louis).
Ed. M in Language & Literacy (Harvard Graduate School of Education).
Years in Education: 17 years
Years at WFS: This is my first year at Westfield Friends School
Why I am Passionate about Quaker Education:
As a new member of the WFS Community, and why I believe my philosophy and pedagogy harmonize well with that of WFS is because of SPICES. I seek simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship in my teaching on both an academic and personal level. I seek to build family partnerships and community engagement along with helping students uncover and discover their own passions and strengths as human beings and learners.
This Year My Students Will...
This year my students will exercise healthy habits of mind, uncover their own understanding as self-directed, self-advocating, and self-regulated learners, participate in literature circles, know their comma rules, gain confidence in communicating in a foreign language and as public speakers through drama and declamation, and finally they will be prepared for the next steps in their academic careers. Being a middle school educator is the profession that chose me, as I continue to learn and grow as a guidepost during this transformative stage in their young lives. This year, my students will learn from their mistakes, have opportunities to partner and collaborate, and learn how to overcome adversities — big and small.
I love reading essays about science, education, sports, food, and travel. I love reading the "Best American" series on these topics. Writing and reading essays is a science and an art, and I love when students experience the "aha moment," as it dawns on them that there is a particular pattern and structure to capturing an audience through rhetoric, research, and reflection. The beauty of the essay is the mixture of the personal and the universal. Additionally, I am an aficionado of exercise, cycling, and cooking. Currently, I have a toddler named Isaac attending the Preschool program at WFS and I look forward to bringing him to school and picking him up each day and learning about his day. Fatherhood is such a joy!