New Faces at Park School

By Aaliyah Abraham
Welcome three college students as interns this semester!
As we settle into a new semester, The Park School opens its arms and welcomes two Daemen College interns, Jeff Redband who will be working with our marketing team, and Aaliyah Abraham who will be working on our communications team.

Jeff Redband, is a Business Administration major, with a focus in marketing. He is from Batavia and plays for the men’s varsity basketball team. Jeff applied for the Park School internship as a learning experience partly because he has many family members with school-related jobs and hopes to follow in their footsteps. Jeff is fascinated with the world of marketing as he sees it as a way of improving a presentation or business to influence the mindset of those who should be affected by the visuals.

Our communications student intern is Aaliyah Abraham, who is an English major studying journalism and public relations. She is from New York City and is a reporter for the school newspaper, Insight, the editor for the school magazine, Iconoclast, and the community service representative for the Multicultural Association student organization. She hopes her time with the Park School community will elevate her skills in writing in both the promotional and journalistic foundations.
We also want to welcome alumna Madeleine Bergman (Class of 2010). Madeleine is working as a student teacher in the art department as she gets ready to receive her teacher's certificate from Buffalo State College.

After her graduation from the Park School, Madeleine went to SUNY Purchase where she studied art history for 2 years. She returned to the University of Buffalo to study graphic design where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in art history and graphic design. Madeleine spent time working a few graphic design jobs, but found them to be too constricted to one form of art. She wanted something that incorporated different art forms with a platform to help others be creative.

In 2017, Madeleine started the Post Back graduate program at Buffalo State, to receive her teaching certificate. Now in her last semester of her program, the student teaching portion has given her the opportunity to come back to her alma mater Madeleine wanted a learning environment to reflect her interests. She knew the only place she could get that was at the Park School of Buffalo. The familiarity, the innovative lessons, and most importantly the out of the box outcomes that Park students provide.

Madeleine is working with art faculty member Kyle Polaske teaching art to students from Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Implementing what she has been leaning in the postback program her first lesson pushes out assumption on student artistic levels. Madeline is planning a 3D class based on recycling materials, and she hopes to bring student awareness to the high amounts of regular waste. The focus is to have the students communicate a message about waste statistics through their art.

Head of School Jeremy Besch said, "Our partnership with Daemen College has many different components and providing internship opportunities is a great way for our two institutions to work together. And having Madeleine here as a student teacher is terrific, having known her as a student. Park has a tradition of being a "learning lab" for educators and we're experiencing that once again this spring."
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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