Alumni Stories

Joseph A. Almeida (C’05)

Winner of Teach for America’s 2007 National Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)  

Joseph A. Almeida

Two experiences during his student years stand out for Joseph Almeida: Meeting Sen. Joe Biden while ushering during Commencement and competing nationally with Groove Theory, Georgetown’s first co-ed hip-hop dance group. After graduating from Georgetown, Almeida joined Teach for America and began his service in Philadelphia. He currently teaches fifth grade math in New York City. In 2007, Almeida was recognized by Teach for America with the National Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award—what he calls one of his life milestones.

From a very young age, Almeida knew he wanted to teach. In high school he volunteered at a community center, during college breaks he worked as a substitute teacher and in the summers he volunteered at Outward Bound. Motivated by the desire to make a difference in young people’s lives, he says, teaching gives him a “great sense of collective action.”

Additional Resources

Teach for America

Georgetown’s Groove Theory

3 responses to “Joseph A. Almeida (C’05)”

  1. I simply am so proud of you. With lots of love, MA

  2. WAY TO GO, Mr. Almeida! Great reasoning and vocabulary! Just like you taught me :)

  3. congrats Mr.Almeida , you were one of my best teachers , 5 grade as fun i learned my multiplication from the songs (: – Corina Cedeno

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