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Our teachers have two goals: your child’s happiness and success.
Rippowam Cisqua School’s experienced and talented educators actively promote intellectual curiosity in students while helping them rise to each challenge. RCS faculty members are dedicated to preparing every child to thrive and grow in a variety of diverse environments, whether it be in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, or beyond. With a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, teachers have the unique opportunity to connect one-on-one with students, tap into their interests, and build strong bonds with each child.

We have 82 teachers, teaching assistants, and learning specialists with expertise in PreKindergarten through Grade 9 education. Over 78% of our faculty members have advanced degrees, and as lifelong learners, they continue to further their education through a variety of professional development opportunities offered throughout the year.

Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty Spotlight

Vincent Kwarula is the Assistant Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Soccer coach at Rippowam Cisqua School. Vincent has coached soccer for the last 20 years at the college, high school, and youth club level. Outside of RCS, Vincent is the co-director of the Bedford Youth Soccer Club and a coach at the Castleford Youth Soccer Club.

A native of Kenya, Vincent began playing soccer when he was just two years old. After high school, he was selected to play for the Kenya Breweries and went on to join the Kenya national team. He played for the Kenya national team for eight years and was at one point Captain of both the Kenya Breweries and the Kenya national team. His career includes World Cup appearances in 1994 and 1998 with the Kenya national team.

Vincent immigrated to the United States twenty years ago to pursue his education. He received a scholarship from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky where he won two NAIA Championships and was nominated for the 1999 All-American team. Vincent transferred to Southern Connecticut State University in his junior year and made the NCAA Div II All-American team in 2001. He was selected the Defensive Player of the Year for the Northeast Division. Vincent has an NCAA B licence and Kenya Football Federation B license and is certified with both the Westchester Soccer Referee Organization (WSRO) and the Westchester - Putnam Approved Soccer Official Association (WPASOA).

Off the soccer field, Vincent is devoted to improving the lives of young people in his native Kenya. He is the president of the Kwarula Society for Kenya Education (KSKE). KSKE was founded to advance children’s education in Kenya by raising money to pay for school fees, books, uniforms, and improved facilities. KSKE has successfully drilled a well in Kenya that provides both clean water and the access to electricity.
Miles Cameron is the Director of Innovation and the co-founder of the Creativity Cohort at Rippowam Cisqua School. Miles earned his B.A. in fine arts from Middlebury College. Prior to RCS, he worked as a teacher in the art department at Riverdale Country School where he proposed and implemented various programs such as Maker Club, 3D by Design class, and Boatbuilding class. Miles has lifelong ties to independent school as an alumni, teacher, and parent. He believes strongly in the need to integrate creative thinking and innovation school-wide. Miles works to provide support to faculty and students in developing and implementing new, innovative learning opportunities that extend beyond content mastery. His goal for the Innovation Center at RCS is to give students a space to explore their ideas through an interdisciplinary and hands-on approach.
 
Dr. Iman Rasti teaches humanities at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York. Prior to RCS, he worked as an English teacher, English department chair, and mindfulness coach in other K-12 schools in the USA and England. Iman earned his PhD in Applied Linguistics (2012) from the University of Liverpool, England. He has served as English Department Chair at multiple colleges and has taught at the graduate level. Iman has also published several academic articles and has presented at national and international conferences. In addition to being a classroom teacher and the Co-Director of the RCS Wellness Initiative, he is a member of RCS Creativity Cohort. Iman has been trained in the Torrance Incubation Model where he integrates high-level creative thinking into his content areas in order to enhance student engagement and intrinsic motivation.