MƒA MASTER TEACHER
International Community High School
# of years teaching
Two-time MƒA Master Teacher Ernesto Tabajonda says MƒA brings out the best in teachers, as professionals, individuals, and lifelong learners. “MƒA has driven me to explore pedagogical strategies, dive deeper into my subject area, and reflect on my practice. I feel more confident now to take risks, ask questions, and advance student thinking in my classroom.” Ernesto values the variety of MƒA course options for teachers that offer something traditional professional development doesn’t: continuity. “MƒA ‘PDs’ aren’t sessions that you attend one time for the sake of attending. They are a continuous camaraderie between teachers, a constant dialogue amid participants and facilitators that is changing the profession.”
Ernesto believes that students are always capable of learning and succeeding, regardless of their background or previous test scores. “It’s on us as teachers. When we offer them well planned lessons and activities, and invite creative thinking through new projects, anything is possible.” His students recently worked on a community-based research study, examining subjects ranging from health education to social justice. “These projects enable students to engage in productive struggle and find new ways to use the mathematical concepts they’ve learned over the year.”
Ernesto holds an M.S. in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from CUNY City College, and an M.A. in Teaching from Philippine Normal University. Ernesto has an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from St. John’s University and an Advanced Certificate in Students with Disabilities from The College of Saint Rose. Ernesto was recently awarded the 2018 Academic High School Excellence in Education Award from the United Federation of Teachers and was a 2014 Fund for Teachers Fellow and 2017 Affinity Teacher Leader Fellow.