My students call me Mr. Abramowitz in English class and Señor in Spanish style.
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: 18 years
Years at WFS: This is my second year at Westfield Friends School
Why I am Passionate about Quaker Education:
As a member of the WFS Community, I believe my philosophy and pedagogy harmonize well with that of WFS because of SPICES. I seek simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship in my academic and personal teaching. I aim to build family partnerships and community engagement along with helping students uncover and discover their 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 understanding as self-directed, self-advocating, and self-regulated learners, participate in literature circles, know their comma rules, and gain confidence in communicating in a foreign language and as public speakers through TEDx and poetry declamation. 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 papers is a science and an art. 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 a lover 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, picking him up each day, and learning about his day. Fatherhood is such a joy!