Verdi first became interested in teaching when she became a teaching assistant for a middle school academic enrichment program she attended. After high school, Verdi completed her bachelors in Biology (with a specialization in endocrinology) and her MAT in Secondary Biology at the University of Chicago's Urban Teacher Education Program. She strongly believes that teachers are responsible for shaping human beings; they should encourage kindness, grit, courage, and curiosity in their students, along with making sure that their students are aware of important social and cultural issues within society.
New Roots Charter School is a small urban public high school in Ithaca, New York. Our mission to educate for sustainability and justice by fostering understanding of the human and natural history of our city and region, and creating strong, respectful working relationships between people of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.