New York Rangers December 2023 Teacher of the Month

Future GoalsTM Program

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New York Rangers December 2023 Teacher of the Month


Taameir Drew


PS 191 The Riverside School for Makers and Artist

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

I currently teach Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Health to 4th grade. I have been a teacher for 10 years. As a learner and student, I struggled academically as a child. I always wanted a teacher who understood me and saw something special in me as an individual. When I became an adult, I became a teacher to be just the kind of teacher I’d craved for as a child. I would make sure my students knew that each one of them was important to me and seen. I wanted each student to know they were absolutely capable of anything. I love that “eureka” moment of teaching. That moment of “oh yeah, I get it now”. Outside of the classroom, I mentor youth, facilitate, implement and participate in numerous community service projects for the underprivileged such as coat, bookbag and turkey drives.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

My favorite part of the program is how intentional each lesson is and how engaged the students are in the work. They’re exposed to real-world situations that require them to use STEM to problem solve. STEM is in hockey as it relates to the sustainability of ice rinks and the environmental impact of hockey events involve principles of environmental science and engineering. Teams use math models and analytics to assess player performance, make strategic decisions, and gain insights into the game.

Who is your favorite NHL player?

Wayne Gretzky’s combination of exceptional skill, longevity, team success, sportsmanship, and cultural impact has made him my favorite NHL player His legacy continues to inspire new generations of hockey players and fans. Gretzky’s affable personality and approachability off the ice have contributed to his likability. I appreciate athletes who are not only talented but also relatable. Gretzky was known for his sportsmanship and leadership both on and off the ice.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

If I played hockey, I would be the Goalie. The goalie is responsible for stopping the opposing team’s shots on goal. This position requires quick reflexes, agility, and a strong understanding of the game. While not always the captain, the goalie often serves as a leader on and off the ice. They communicate with teammates, provide direction during play, and play a crucial role in organizing the team’s defense. I enjoy the leadership aspects of being a goalie.