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Lora Danley (She/Her): 

I began formally teaching in college, and I have been teaching in some form or another ever since.  I have a B.S. in Chemistry from MIT and an M.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.  I also have a B.F.A. In Computer Arts from the Academy of Art University.  I have taught science, photography, writing, and improvisation to students of all ages and backgrounds.  Along the way I have discovered that I have a natural ability to explain concepts and to engage students.  

I want students to be able to think creatively and to be curious about a topic, but I also want them to find learning to be fun and exciting.  I try to stoke a student’s natural curiosity with activities, demonstrations, and examples.  I find that students in my classroom are often willing to join in the discussion or to ask questions, even when their parents tell me that they won't be.  I strive to make sure everyone is included in the discussion, however, so if a student is silent, I will engage them if necessary.  Students often tell me that my passion for a subject is evident and contagious, and I am happy that I am able to help students to find the joy in learning. 

Melissa Quijano (She/Her):

I teach classes focused on history and fashion. I believe that you can learn about history from a variety of lenses and vantage points, and fashion is one of them. Overall I'm a laid back teacher who likes to have fun with the content- that's why I have classes like "Meme History" where we study serious topics, like Imperialism and Communism, but with memes. I also have fun classes where we analyze Disney movies for their historical accuracy and where we sort historic figures into Hogwarts houses. My fashion design classes are built for students with interest levels from casual to passionate. If you just want to learn a new drawing skill all the way to looking at fashion as a career, I have you covered! 

I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in creative writing with a minor in history from Brooklyn College and a Master's in Secondary Education (adolescent social studies) from the College of Staten Island,  both part of the City University of New York system. I have also taken classes at institutions such as the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons the New School for Design. I was raised in NYC, and I now live with my fiance and four cats (my students know them as my TAs) in New Jersey. My hobbies include playing the Sims 4, traveling, making my own clothes, and writing science fiction. I am currently writing a book about the history of fashion in the United States from 1900-2019. 
FORENSIC SCIENCE For the second class and beyond students should have copies of the print-outs from the worksheet booklet that I will provide plus a writing instrument. In addition the following materials will be needed for class. It is always best if students are able to do the hands on activities, but if they are missing materials, I will also be doing the activity as a demo while guiding students through it, and thus they can look on while I do the activity. Class 1: - Sheet of paper plus pen or pencil Class 2: - Piece of 8.5" x 11" paper plus a paper clip or other small object Class 3: - Piece of paper - Graphite pencil - Magnifying glass - Clear tape - White notecard or paper - Mirror or dark, nonporous surface - Baby powder and tray to brush it into - Small soft paintbrush or makeup brush (soft camel hair or fiber glass) - Sheet of dark-colored construction paper Class 4: - Ruler Class 5: - Calculator Class 6: - Calculator Class 8: - Small clear cup or glass with 2 tablespoons of salt water (made from 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 3/4 cup of drinking water, stir to dissolve salt) - Dishwashing detergent (enough for a few drops) - Small clear cup or glass with 1/2 cup of 70% isopropanol kept in freezer until needed - Small spoon - Cup of plain water (optional) - Dark colored piece of paper (optional) Class 9: - Ruler Class 10: - Sheet of white paper - Measuring spoons, 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon - Baking soda - Sugar - Salt - Cornstarch - Sheet of black construction paper - Tray that will fit the black construction paper or can use aluminum foil folded around it - White tape that can be written on or white chalk - Magnifying glass - Eyedropper - Water - 4 small jars or glasses; a ceramic or glass plate would work as well - Iodine solution - Vinegar - Sunglasses or safety goggles - Rubber gloves (optional) Class 12: - Ruler Class 13: - Coffee filters cut to size according to the worksheet - Ruler - Pencil - Cup with a small amount of water in it - Tape - Several black markers or pens; Crayola black markers work well but Sharpies do not Class 14/15: - Magnifying glass - Calculator
6 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
During the class we will be discussing crime scenes and evidence that may include murder and weapons.  We will look at blood spatter patterns and entrance and exit wounds, however content will be from drawings and no actual images will be used.  Descriptions of the crime will not be overly graphic in detail.  We will also be looking at the anatomy of a bullet, how a gun is able to fire a bullet, and how to determine from bullet holes where the shooter was located.  We will be discussing how bones can determine the age and sex of a victim.  We will look at tool marks from common tools such as a screwdriver and a hammer.  We will discuss toxicology including the identification of poisons and illegal drugs and will work with iodine.  The final mock crime scene will be of a theft of a valuable object.   

We will discuss war, terrorism, and genocide in this class. I will not show graphic photographs (such as of dead bodies). I will answer all questions as accurately as possible, though will not volunteer information about torture or sexual abuse (that was prevalent during the Holocaust for example) 
Each lesson pulls from a variety of sources. Some include:

- The Encyclopedia Brittanica
- Schulze, H. (1996). Germany: A New History. (D. L. Schneider, Trans.) Munich: C. H. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.
- Felix Gilbert's The End of the European Era, 2008
- A Concise History of the Caribbean by Charles Babbage, 2012
- African Perspectives on Colonialism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987. Print. 

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