My name is Rembert Block. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I moved to New York in 1999 as an aspiring artist and musician. I became a teacher to explore the art of learning.
I am a New York State professionally certified English Language Arts teacher. I spent 7 years working in a seventh grade classroom in Park Slope.
Before working in middle school, I taught Composition and Literature course at Touro College in Manhattan. Touro is an institution that welcomes students who, for any number of reasons, are re-entering the academic stream. I found that the students in my Touro classes came with rich (yes, sometimes painful) life experiences, and a hunger to learn, even if it was very challenging.
I recently left classroom teaching in order to be able to concentrate on the specific needs of individual students. In my experience, often the best learning takes place in the small container of a unique, nurturing teacher-student relationship. Coming to this understanding led me to open the Brooklyn Learning Studio. It is my intention that the work we do in the Studio together will enrich each student’s classroom learning experience.
My approach to individualized education is one of partnership with the student and family, and integration of learning modes in service of the development of the whole person. Thinking, feeling, sensory experience, physicality, intuition...all of these ways of experiencing the world can come together and allow us to have a full, meaningful understanding of our lives, as well as success in school. That’s what education is all about.
In addition to being a teacher, I am also (still) a creative artist. I am a writer, currently working on my first novel. I am also a vocalist; I perform around the city as a solo cabaret artist, and with my cabaret trio, Impending Bloom. I also sing with the power pop band Bubble. If you are curious, and would like to be notified of future happenings, I would be happy to add you to my mailing list. Just let me know!