Greetings! My name is Janis Downing. I grew up in Brooklyn New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University and a Master of Education in Teaching from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. I began my teaching career in East Flatbush Brooklyn teaching Special Education and Math. I later pursued my Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration. I enjoy cooking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my family. As a product of NYC public schools, I understand the magnitude of the role that the community and non-profit organizations, such as Navigate the Maze, play in student achievement. I have a passion for teaching and a personal commitment to building relationships with my students and making learning relatable to students' interests.