Since first joining Avenues in 2013, Bridget Sabala has served as a middle grades math teacher in the Upper Division, in addition to spending one year overseeing the middle grades Minimester program and another as the STEAM cohort leader for grades 5 and 6. Starting in the 2017–18 school year, Bridget will become a dean of students in grades 6 through 8
Prior to Avenues, Bridget worked at the Our World Neighborhood Charter School (Astoria, NY), where she was the middle school math teacher for grades seven and eight. During her time there she created projects and math lab activities to model realistic applications of mathematics and designed a standards-based curriculum that reinforced both basic mathematical skills and problem solving. She implemented the Common Core standards for mathematics and planned cross-curricular units with social studies, science and English language arts. Her goal was to promote critical thinking and logical reasoning using problem-based learning and classroom discussion.
Prior to teaching at Our World Neighborhood Charter School, Bridget was a high school mathematics teacher for grades 9 through 12 at St. John Vianney High School (Holmdel, NJ). She aided in the revision and creation of the Algebra I curriculum and created lessons appropriate for block scheduling to motivate students and promote critical thinking. She also integrated methods such as cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, group projects, visual aids, writing assignments and technology. Setting both weekly and long-term goals for student learning, she used project-based assessments that integrated writing for various topics.
Bridget’s earlier experience included teaching math to grades 5 through 8 at Mother Teresa Regional School (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), where she introduced new types of assessments to prepare students for standardized tests and integrated methods such as cooperative learning, visual aides and technology.
Bridget received a B.S. in adolescent education with a concentration in mathematics from St. John’s University (Queens, NY) and an M.A. in adolescent mathematics education from Hunter College. She has professional certification from the State of New York for adolescent education and math.