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7th Grade, Mathematics, Belmont Charter School

Leading by example!

Mr. Ferrer is a leader inside the classroom and within the greater school community. He communicates high expectations for students by modeling, reinforcing and building strong, honest relationships. He strives to meet families at every turn, maintaining frequent parent communication and facilitating ongoing student reflection sessions. Instructionally, Mr. Ferrer plans lessons that push student thinking and promote high accountability. When he’s not teaching, you will often see Mr. Ferrer reminding students of uniform expectations, giving high fives, complimenting a student on a job well done or problem solving with his grade team.

12 Questions with Mr. Ferrer

When you were your students’ age, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was my students age I thought I’d either be a mechanic or be in the military.

Why did you become a teacher?

Because I wanted to teach kids how to navigate the world in a way where they could be themselves, but still get respect from the different people that they might encounter in their lives.

What makes your school a special place?

Belmont is a special place because of its dedication to the community that we serve.

What is the best part of your school day?

AM Homeroom. I love greeting everyone first thing in the morning.

How do you create joy in the classroom?

By bringing a high energy level to my lessons. If you get it right, you just might get a jumping 360 high five!

What book do your read over and over again?

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

What is your favorite Philly activity for a day off?

Mountain biking in Fairmount Park

What makes your excited to go to work?

Watching my kids faces light up when they have an “aha!” moment.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

A new bike – when I got my teaching license

When do you feel successful?

I feel successful when I see my students helping each other. When I become the facilitator and my kids are the teachers, I know that the hard work is paying off.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Be patient.

Who do you most admire?

Any student who is working just as hard on Friday as they were on Monday.