Jim Pugliese of Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, Inc. (LEAP) at JHS 22 in the
In a community stricken with poverty, unemployment, substance
The middle school years are a turning point in a child’s development, both academically and socially; students in this age group often lack self-confidence and need frequent encouragement and guidance. Jim gives students the support they need to experience academic success, starting a pattern of achievement and breaking cycles of frustration and low performance. He is able to provide the positive environment needed for students to develop healthy self-images and social skills.
Through personalized tutoring and engaging activities such as martial arts, drumming, mural painting, violin instruction, fashion design, and graphic design, Jim encourages intellectual exploration and helps build self-esteem. He manages, teaches, inspires, and creates a safe setting that fosters self-confidence and actively engages young people in their own education, helping them achieve a sense of accomplishment and leading them toward a true love of learning.
Jim is also an accomplished drummer, percussionist, composer, and international recording artist who has worked with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. His latest CD – “Phase III Live @ Issue Project Room NYC” – was just awarded “Best New Release of 2008” by All About Jazz Magazine NYC.