"During my time at Harvard, Roland remains as one of the most talented individuals I’ve met. Warm and jovial in nature, he combines intelligence, deep curiosity and a results-oriented attitude, with a global viewpoint and a strong sense of humility. Our conversations were often engaging and insightful, ranging from our joint passion for European football, to East-West tensions in political philosophy. This is a testament to Roland’s insatiable appetite for knowledge, shown through his hours of reading social science texts.
What I most enjoyed about Roland’s company was his outlook on life. He has great perspective, unconditional empathy and a belief in serving his community-at-large. Roland will be a game-changer which ever path he follows because of his intrinsic ability, hunger for success and enjoyment of introspection."
- Piyush Jan, Boston Consulting Group (former investment banker at JPMorgan, Harvard and Wharton Alumnus)
"Roland is an independent thinker who is unafraid to challenge traditional ideas and is able to think logically. During our time at DCPS, I consistently noticed that Roland would ask relevant questions. For example, during policy discussions Roland would not simply accept a policy a face value. Rather, he would question the purpose and data behind the policy.
Additionally, Roland is an energetic and charismatic person who is able to work well with teammates. Roland worked together with a few other people to help provide emergency staffing for summer school and for the regular school year. I have no doubt that his ability to think critically and collaborate with others would greatly help any organization."
- Ajay Srikanth, Chicago Public Schools (worked together at DCPS)
"For the first time in his life, my son is actually learning."
- Parent of student during my time teaching
“I was intrigued and interested in a lot of the information given and it makes me want to study this field in more depth. It is very useful + can be applied to daily activities.”
“Lots of fun and the information was useful, interesting and reliable”
– Grade 12 Social Sciences Students (Feedback Sheet)
“Very good lessons I look forward to them almost every day.”
“It was better than normal health.”
– Grade 10 Health & Physical Education Students (Feedback Sheet)
“Mr. Mascarenhas acted very professionally during his placement at Northern. From the first day onward he was eager to be involved.
He demonstrated great initiative in regards to student participation inextracurricular activities by organizing and running an indoor soccer intramural league for the entire school. This was entirely self driven by Mr. Mascarenhas and became a huge success with the students at Northern.
His level of commitment to the students and his passion for sports was a spark plug for our athletes. The league that he created was very successful and appreciated by our department and by the athletes… His hard work, passion and commitment to students were exceptional."
– John Lombardi, Curriculum Leader, Health & Physical Education, Northern Secondary School (oversaw teaching)
"Roland's incredible interpersonal and organizational skills helped him produce one of MSAY's most successful events. In the fall of 2008, Roland launched MSAY's Soccer Tournament that included all campus clubs and college councils. Despite the fact the tournament took place during York U's historical labour strike, many students participated.
This example is a testament to Roland's natural ability to connect with people through his love of sports and achieve goals in challenging times. His kindness and dedication to his team members is an asset to any employer."
- Andrew Lee (worked with Roland at York University in Campus Leadership)