BY BOB HARRIS
Senior class President Rehnooma Momo, a resident of Jackson Heights and member of the Teachers of Tomorrow Small Learning Community (SLC) at Jamaica’s Hillcrest High School, is working hard while in high school to become an elementary school teacher.
For the past three years, she has worked with her SLC and the Junior Achievement organization by going to nearby PS 86 to teach second and third grade students about business and finance. She and other Hillcrest High School students prepare lesson plans with the help of Junior Achievement, practice teaching them and then go to PS 86 and instruct the children. On weekends, she also tutors local second through fourth grade children.
As the senior class president, she works with the student government adviser, Haydee Recinos, who teaches two leadership classes. Momo helps to organize the yearly blood drive, collects food for the needy, raises money for Lupus and assists with an annual breast cancer walk, prepares posters regarding student activities, maintains bulletin boards, takes part in the annual UNICEF fundraiser, prepares the rooms for the SHSATS and monitors the hall during the test.
Momo has taken College Now courses through Queensborough Community College in finance 101, anthropology and health. She took Advanced Placement college-level English and literature at Hillcrest High School as well as Japanese classes with Assistant Principal Russell Wasden. She is also a member of ARISTA. Momo has also taken a NASA STEM class in climate change with Hillcrest High School science teacher Nicole Dulaney.
She is also applying for the Project Bridge youth ambassador program, which sends juniors and seniors to South Korea for 10 days. There are workshops that the students attend prior to going overseas to learn about the country’s culture. Last year, she was the junior alternate. Next year, she would like to attend either Queens College or Hunter to study education. After that, she wants to study abroad to learn about the different ways students learn in schools overseas.