Patrick Ashby has been a high school science teacher for 14 years – the last eight at Greenwich Academy. Before coming to GA, Patrick taught in public schools in London and urban independent schools in the US providing him with an understanding of education from different perspectives. Patrick emphasizes a seamless integration of math, technology, and science into his chemistry and physics classes and is most passionate about fostering the desire and ability to innovate and problem solve using STEM skills. Patrick has a B.S. in Chemistry and a Masters in Chemistry Education from UConn and a Ph.D. in Science Education from Columbia University, where he was hired as adjunct assistant professor of science education, teaching young and veteran teachers how to better incorporate learning theory and research into their methods. During his time at Columbia, Patrick has become very interested in understanding and teaching STEM as a human endeavor – one that is intimately connected to history and culture. Patrick is the father of two and lives in Greenwich.
Amanda Sackey Naturalist and Science Teacher
Amanda Sackey has been teaching for 12 years. She has been a middle school science teacher at Rye Country Day School since 2013. Prior to that she taught middle and high school science at The Good Hope School in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. where she ran the school’s annual Intel Affiliated Science Fair, and her students participated in St. Croix’s annual Agricultural and Food Fair. Since 2016, Amanda has been teaching Ultimate STEM, an integrated math, science and engineering curriculum, at ICC Children’s Classes. The philosophy behind Ultimate STEM is to challenge students with the application of mathematics to solve engineering and experimental problems and questions. Amanda employs an explore, design, evaluate, and re-design process that encourages children to become cooperative learners and creative problem solvers. The class became an instant favorite of kids and parents. Amanda earned her BA with a double major in Geology and Dance from Hamilton College. She has an Advanced Certificate in Sustainability from Manhattanville College where she is working on her Masters in Biology. Amanda is the mother of two.
Garavi Angreji Dance Instructor
Garavi Angreji will teach Gerba, Bollywood and Kathak this summer. Garavi began Kathak at age 6 studying under Neelima Beri and then Guru Rachna Ramya Agrawal. She attended numerous Kathak intensives and workshops learning the art of Kathak from Padma Shree Bhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj, Rajendra Gangani, Sandhya Desai and Ashira Parikh. She an assistant teacher for Guru Rachna Ramya Agrawal. In October, she performed at ICC's Gala Benefit. ICC parents will know Garavi from ICC Children's Classes where she originated and taught coding for two years. Garavi designed the classes with the objective to make coding classes self-sustaining employing a train-the-trainer approach. In June 2017, she graduated from Wilton High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, and made her Rangmanch Pravesh in Kathak. Garavi is a rising sophomore at Drexel University where she is enrolled in a five-year accelerated Bachelors of Science and Doctors of Physical Therapy program.