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Mr. Portelos has been a Staten Island resident his whole life. He went to Port Richmond High School and graduated in 1996. Wanting to do his best to help humanity and the environment, he enrolled in Polytechnic University’s Civil/Environmental Engineering program. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in 2000, he spent the next 5 years working in the environmental inspection/engineering field in NYC. After climbing bridges, walking through dark subway tunnels and inspecting buildings for environmental hazards, he thought he could better serve his direct community by educating students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
In 2005 he enrolled in Brooklyn College’s Master’s Degree program in Science Education understanding that he would take an approximate $20,000 cut in salary. After 2 more years of school he accepted a position at Berta Dreyfus IS 49. Since 2007 he has been successfully redesigning the Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) program at the school. The STEM lab has evolved 3 times in 4 years. In addition to modifying his own lab, he constantly pushed upgrades to the whole school’s technology infrastructure.
Currently Mr. Portelos is assigned to travel to various schools around Staten Island filling in and teaching a variety of subjects where he is needed.
Meeting President Obama 😉
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