Andres Downey - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Andres Downey

Andres Downey
Public Prep
Social Studies
University of California, Riverside - BA, Sociology and Political Science
I recently started skateboarding, but the New York winter weather puts that on pause.

About Me

I am a recent graduate from UC Riverside where I majored in sociology and political science. I have been tutoring for the past three years and have mostly with writing and grammar. I just recently moved to New York and I will be staying here for my teacher residency with Public Prep. I am excited to learn through the residency’s hands-on experience. I can’t wait to meet my cohort as we prepare for the next step in our lives!

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

I am really excited to be working with a school that is committed to social justice and community empowerment. Although I have not had classroom experience as a teacher, I am excited to learn all that I can from my mentor. I am also looking forward to having my first classroom full of students.

Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?

I met a graduate student who taught an introductory sociology course. At this point, I had not even declared sociology as a major. However, the graduate student became a mentor to me and inspired me to expand my imagination of what was possible. I am thankful for his guidance and advice that has brought me to where I am today.