Join two Freshman Core teachers, Gerard Babendreier and Joe Cardenas, for a discussion about how high schoolers should approach their study. To simply call this homework is an unfortunate oversimplification.
Gerard Babendreier (a.k.a. “Babo”) returned in 2011 to the faculty of The Heights after a lengthy hiatus. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Silver Spring, MD, he attended The Heights for seventh through twelfth grades, graduating in 1980. He then attended Columbia University in New York City, leaving there in 1984 with a B.A. in Latin, after which he moved to Boston, MA to run a small business for one year, followed by a three year stint as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. At that point, Babo began his teaching career, first for two years at The Collegiate School, back in New York City, followed by his first return to The Heights, where he taught high-school Latin and middle-school History and coached varsity soccer, for five years, from 1990-1995 (with Alvaro de Vicente as his assistant coach for the last four years). He then headed back to the Boston area, where he earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1998. After a two-year clerkship on the Maryland Court of Appeals, Babo worked as a litigator for eleven years (all while his son Stephen attended The Heights as a “lifer”), first in local area civil courts, as an Associate with the Washington, DC law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, then as a securities regulator for six years, with the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). In addition to now providing various legal assistance to the school, Babo is thrilled to be back teaching at The Heights once again.
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Joe Cardenas is the Head of the Mentoring program at The Heights. Mr. Cardenas also teaches The Freshman Core and AP Art History. Since coming to The Heights in 1994, he has organized cultural trips to Spain and Italy and service projects in Mexico and Peru. Mr. Cardenas completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in American history; he received his M.A. in Private School Management from Columbia University. He taught at The Head-Royce School, an independent school in California, and at inner-city programs in Chicago and the Bronx before joining The Heights faculty.
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