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Ryan Babich

ESL Program Cert., LaSalle University
MS, Educational Administration and Supervision, Baruch College, New York, NY
MS, Elementary Education, College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
BA, Child Study, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Professor Ryan Babich has been a child educator for 20 years. He has worked as a summer camp administrator for 15 summers, 6 of which he served as Camp Director for a program for children with Special Needs. Professor Babich has taught at Esperanza since 2011 in both the English and Early Childhood Education Departments. Prior to teaching at Esperanza College, Professor Babich instructed adult English Language Learners at DPT Business School.

Professor Babich believes that Esperanza has a wonderful cohort model, encouraging students to collaborate and support each other. He values Esperanza’s smaller class sizes, which grant the professor and students more time to communicate. He also finds that the overall small college setting provides opportunities for students to be guided and supported by their professors.

Courses taught: 
ENGL 101 | Introduction to Academic English
EDUC 400 | Early Literacy Foundations in the Primary Grades
EDUC 205 | Child Development 
EDUC 328 | ECE Principles and Procedures
EDUC 329 | Curriculum and Assessment
EDUC 382 | Methods of Classroom Management

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Valerie Quackenbush

Professor Valerie Quackenbush has been with Esperanza since 2004 and teaches College Writing and Introduction to Special Education. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in ESL/Bilingual, Special Education, Alternative Education and Spanish. She strives to create a nurturing and challenging environment for her students which will support them as they pursue their educational and professional goals.

Courses Taught: 
CSCI 110 | Computer Literacy
ENGL 101 | Introduction to Academic English
ENGL 102 | College Writing
EDUC 201 | Introduction to Special Education

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