Anthony Segreti was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anthony’s interest in natural history as a child led to dozens of trips to the Carnegie Museum to observe dinosaur fossils and minerals. By high school, his fascination with natural history evolved into an interest in social studies and human history. It was around that time that Anthony began to consider a career as a high school history teacher. Anthony earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology and a teaching certification from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, and began teaching at a Pittsburgh area high school.
In 2012, he relocated for the opportunity to teach and design the social studies curriculum at a new high school in Newark, New Jersey. The proximity to New York City and all that it had to offer was also a factor in this decision. In Newark, he served as chair of the History Department, an instructional coach, and an advisory leader all while completing coursework to earn his Masters in Education, which was awarded by the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.
Anthony spent four years teaching in Newark, and after his advisory had graduated, his attention was captured by UA Maker Academy and its unique approach to education by empowering students through the Design Thinking methodology. Anthony believes that it is vital that students develop the ability to be lifelong learners and believes that the skills learned in his classes where students learn to analyze sources, debate using evidence, and explain patterns of change is a great place to do that while using history as the vehicle to hone those skills.
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys reading, playing hockey, stand-up comedy, and sharpening his culinary skills in the kitchen.
Josh Lapidus was born and raised in New York City and attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he majored in Human Geography. Before working at UA Maker, Josh taught United States History and Urban Geography for 10 years at the Academy of Urban Planning High School. Josh lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and two cats.
Shreya Sunderram grew up in Central New Jersey, surrounded by trees, corn fields, and dogs. She moved to NYC to attend Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied Political Science and Urban Education. Shreya is extremely passionate about social studies, and has an education philosophy that centers equity, empathy, and compassion. She believes strongly that all students are change-makers, activists, and historians, and cannot wait to teach 9th grade Global History!
In her free time, Shreya loves to cook, binge-watch Netflix, sing and listen to music, and spend time with friends, family, and dogs.