Desiree DelGrosso, MsEd
Desiree received her master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University, and has more than ten years of experience in education, in and out of the classroom. Prior to joining Links Academy, she was the Assistant Principal at Opportunity Charter School, a sixth- to twelfth-grade school that serves both students in general education and those with special needs. She supervised the behavioral support team and served as a mentor for new teachers. As a school counselor she is well versed in college counseling, essay writing, standardized testing, and curriculum design and implementation. Desiree’s lifelong love of learning has been the inspiration for her ongoing work with families, providing them with academic support and college counseling. Another of her passions is health and wellness: She is a certified yoga instructor, ballet barre teacher, and wellness coach, and is now pursuing certification in yoga for students with special needs.
Corey was born and raised in Connecticut where he attended college in-state. After completing a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, he went on to earn an M.S. in education from the University of Bridgeport. Corey has had a love for history since childhood and later developed an interest in teaching while in high school. Corey has more than ten years of experience working in the field of education. His diverse experience includes working with an outdoor education outfitter and three years teaching in the Westport Public School System. Corey has also turned a strong passion for fitness into a profession by becoming a certified CrossFit and U.S. Olympic weightlifting coach in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Links Academy teachers are area experts with extensive knowledge in the subjects they are teaching and are highly supportive of their students' needs. Each teacher has a passion for their content area and inspire students in the classroom through hand's on, interactive and student-centered learning. Teaching in a 1:1 classroom allows our teachers to build strong relationships with their students so that they can focus on their unique learning style to engage them in the learning process. The job of our teachers is to draw students into their learning environment so they can be successful in the classroom and feel good about the work they are doing intellectually and personally.
In teaching, I always seek student interests to find projects that match the subject. (Computer game development often results.)
Before working for GEG, I've taught information technology and computer science for University of California at Irvine, Accelerated Computer Education (ACE), ESM Solutions, Global Knowledge, and Fast Lane.
I'm enrolled in Georgia Institute of Technology's Online Masters in Computer Science with major concentration Interactive Intelligence.
Greyhound rescue is a hobby and my research interests are Programming by Example and Natural Language Understanding.
Brennan Kelly is a teacher of multiple subjects with a background in business and government. He has a passion for learning and communicating complex ideas to children and adults. At Links, he teaches mathematics, science, economics, and literature. Brennan spent over a decade in Washington, D.C. where he worked with leading economists on public policy issues at the Brookings Institution, co-authoring papers on tax policy. He later worked at two consulting firms, providing economic analysis and advisory services to both business and government. He enjoys travelling and reading history in his spare time. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Political Economy.
After obtaining a B.S. in chemistry at the University of New Haven, Robert went on to study thermodynamics, statistical physics, and energy efficient process design at the University of Rhode Island. Robert has extensive experience in education as a tutor, lecturer, and laboratory instructor. Having interacted with hundreds of students, he strongly believes in the tailoring of education to the needs of the student and on the importance of verbal learning. Robert’s other interests include finance, cosmology, nutrition, exercise science, and psychology.
Learning to read with picture books of knights and mummies, Max has always loved history. In college, the enthusiasm with which his late night tales of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan were received convinced him to teach full time. While the charismatic leaders, exciting conquests, and splendid explorations are the enticing veneer of history, Max likes to use these as props to draw in students, before diving into the underlying operation of history. Having written his Master’s thesis on “Practical Pedagogy for the Modern Demos,” Max is intent that history still has much to teach us and that we, as democratic citizens, have an obligation to do our part in directing our present trajectory. History is, quite literally, the only guide to humanity that we have: in order to understand our own times, we must look to the past for guidance on how the present may develop into the future. For this reason, Max emphasizes critical thinking, personal engagement with subject material, and creative solutions to historical problems.
I have been teaching for 17 years, My undergraduate degree from Southern CT State University is a BS in political science with certification. I minored in history as well. I was on track for law school but student teaching changed my mind!
After teaching in San Francisco public schools for 10 years, I received my Masters in History, with a focus on Early America, and Civil Rights. I have primarily taught US and World History throughout my career. I also work at an historical society, giving tours for school groups and the general public on the colonial era and American Impressionism during the Gilded Age.
My love of history, art, politics, theatre, music and really any topic, has made me a life long learner. Links Academy has allowed me to expand as a teacher and so have my students!
I truly do enjoy learning and thankfully, I do everyday. I hope I pass that onto my students.