Meet Our Teachers

When I applied to Breakthrough during my sophomore year at the University of Maryland, I had absolutely no intention of becoming a teacher. After spending the previous summer locked away in a research lab plugging numbers into an Excel spreadsheet, I longed for a dynamic, challenging experience. A few months later, I found myself sitting through a two week orientation session with the purpose of “teaching me how to teach.” After just a few hours of the Breakthrough training, my perception of the teaching profession completely changed.

My name is Corey Reed, a native of Milwaukee, WI and a 7th and 8th grade Literature teacher at Hardy Williams High School for Mastery Charter Schools. Before I ever stepped foot in a classroom as an instructor, I started my teaching career as an anxious freshman at Morehouse College looking for an internship in education. Somehow, I stumbled into the Breakthrough Collaborative program.

Each year I come back to Breakthrough, and I genuinely believe in THEIR vision and mission statement even more. It reminds me of the saying, “BE the change you want to see in this world.”

 "The support system at Breakthrough is beautiful and is helping me grow as a teacher, person, mentor, and student.  It is the best thing that I have noticed thus far, and would even go as far as saying that it is the secret ingredient in making this program a successful one. I know that I will not conclude the summer being the perfect teacher, but I do know that I'll finish off being a way better teacher than I was when I first started teaching. "

"Despite my best attempts to avoid the world of teaching, I have fallen whole-heartedly into it, and am now able to admit that teaching was meant to be my path. I get no greater satisfaction than transferring knowledge to a younger generation, helping to instill in them a sense of power and drive. Through teaching I have found that I am not only able to help students write a proper paragraph and more effectively express themselves through their writing, but can also challenge them to pursue their passions and meet their goals."

"We stand for every member of this community having the support to be their best selves at all times and discover their passions and interests in a safe place where it’s okay to make mistakes, and its okay to be growing from those mistakes, even if it means there are some rough patches along the way. We stand for being together, as one staff, as one team, as one community, and as one Breakthrough."

After a wonderful – and life changing – summer with my students in Philadelphia, I am now about to continue my development as a teacher with Teach For America – Houston, teaching high school biology at Sharpstown High School.

Hi, my name is Raksmeymony Yin, but you can call me Mr. Rex. I graduated this past May from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies through Education and English. I am from Philadelphia, PA and this is my second summer as the Literature Department Head.  I am  teaching 7th and 8th grade Literature, an independent 7th grade Literature class, and a Multicultural Arts Club.

It was 20 minutes into my first lesson when I felt the electricity of my inaugural “a-ha” moment.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my work for Breakthrough this summer.  I have never done anything as challenging or time-consuming that has been as rewarding as this experience. I am also surprised by how close I have gotten to be with my students and my co-workers. I wake up at six every morning with a smile on my face knowing that I get to work with kids and improve their lives."