Middle School Director in Brooklyn, New York
Hi. I’m Casey Cohen:
Educator. Innovator. Leader.
When I was in 7th grade I was cast in my middle school’s production of the miracle worker. I only had a small role, but I learned a big lesson: how Annie Sullivan was able to teach a blind, deaf, and mute Helen Keller how to communicate. In doing so, Anne opened up Helen to the world, and the world to Helen. Anne Sullivan became my hero. I aspired to become a teacher who would be able to unlock students and teach them how to become strong and effective communicators.
Fast forward 10 years: After studying English, history, and theater at the University of Michigan and spending one year living, working, and skiing in the most beautiful place in the country, Alta, UT, I was ready to pursue my goal.
I spent the 2006-2007 year studying education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Education Program. After receiving my Ed.M., I spent the next six years content as I found myself in wide variety of teaching positions in the city and suburbs of Boston and Philadelphia, teaching English to grades ranging from 6-12.
In July, 2013 I was hired to be a high school English teacher at a brand new high school for performing arts and science and technology in center city Philadelphia: Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School: A String Theory School (PPA), and everything changed. PPA is a 1:1 Apple Distinguished School where students receive an iPad as their primary (and only) learning tool and teachers write original courses published in iTunes U.
Throughout my time at PPACS, as the English Department Chair, I was a lead course writer for the ELA courses and I created three original courses: a humanities seminar, a challenge-based learning course: iChallengeU, and our inaugural AP Language and Composition Course. I was also the lead for the New Teacher Induction Program.
Working in such an innovative environment inspired me to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education School Leadership program where I received my principal certification and enabled me to become a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015. Currently I am earning my Ed.D. in Global Educational Leadership with Apple Distinguished Educator Cohort through Lamar University, and I am stepping into a new role as a middle school director in NYC.