2018-2019 will see me begin my 10th year teaching biology and chemistry at Warwick High School. Previously I spent 3 years teaching biology at Philadelphia's Martin Luther King High School.
I'm foolish enough to think that I bridge the "old school" and the "new school". My "old school" expectations are simple: I believe in hard work, personal responsibility, and doing your best. My parents and grandparents expected these things out of me. I expect them out of my students. And "new school": Students have innate talents and skills that they should be encouraged to take advantage of. There is just as much to be gained through collaboration and creative work as through a traditional teacher-driven lesson. Students can expect my classroom to be a combinations of all of these things.
I teach science because it is beautiful. The universe is an amazing place. On all levels, in both living and non-living things and from the microscopic to the gigantic, the universe is full of remarkable and complex wonder. Science allows us to open a window onto how this amazing universe works. Personally, I think that's really cool! It is this beauty and this wonder that I hope to communicate to my students.
I look forward to working with you this year. Here's to a great year!