John Severiano - MS E.D.
Hello. My name is John Severiano and I have been teaching at Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy since September 2011. I have taught 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade (Geometry) math here at RKA. Over my years at the school, I have worked in a variety of classroom settings such as inclusion, co-teach, general education, honors level, and resource room. These experiences have all made me a better teacher.
I was born and raised in Rockland County, NY, where I now reside with my wife, daughter, and son. I graduated from Tappan Zee High School and went on to receive my bachelor's degree from the University at Albany, New York. After my undergrad, I worked in the private sector for several years behind a desk analyzing delivery data for a distribution company. Sounds amazing, right? It turns out that type of work was both unsatisfying and a poor use of my skill set. I decided to enter education as a teacher to use both my professional and personal experiences in a new way. Becoming a teacher has honestly been one of the better decisions I've made in my life. I pursued my Master's degree in Adolescent Education from Long Island University while teaching in Yonkers, NY. Upon graduation, I received my teaching certificates in mathematics grades 5-12 and special education grades 5-12. I worked as a teacher in Rockland County before making the move to the Bronx.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing golf, soccer, hockey, and riding my bike. In the colder winter months, you can find me on various mountains in the region snowboard and skiing. I love to discuss my passions with my students and love equally to hear about their pursuits. School is extremely important but it's just as important to live a balanced life.
I look forward to working with students and their families to make math as purposeful and engaging as possible.
"HOWEVER, I CONTINUE TO TRY AND I CONTINUE, INDEFATIGABLY TO REACH OUT. THERE'S NO WAY I CAN SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVE THE WORLD OR, PERHAPS, EVEN MAKE A PERCEPTIBLE DIFFERENCE - BUT HOW ASHAMED I WOULD BE TO LET A DAY PASS WITHOUT MAKING ONE MORE EFFORT."