STEMteachersNYC cultivates excellence in STEM teaching and promotes deep understanding and success for students through innovative, teacher-led professional development. Our weekend workshops are offered during the school year and multi-week workshop intensives occur in the summer, led by master teachers. We welcome and encourage teachers from across the globe, the US, and the local New York City area!

By teachers, for teachers, about teaching.

STEMteachersNYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#23385). We are affiliated with the American Modeling Teachers Association.

Our Values

Collaboration among active practitioners
Free exchange of ideas
Supportive, diverse community
Integration of robust content and pedagogy
Practical and classroom-ready workshops

Teachers as active learners
Attentiveness to student learning experience
Responsiveness to local teacher interests
Best practices based on research and classroom experience
Welcoming to new teachers

Our Approach

STEMteachersNYC programs draw from a teaching methodology known as modeling, which is closely related to Next Generation Science Standards. Modeling is a student-centered approach to teaching that emphasizes the use of scientific models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios and learn to model the physical world. The approach engages students in experimentation, data collection and analysis through a set of structured “paradigm” experiments, asks them to represent their understanding using whiteboards, and then deploys the resulting model in analyzing related phenomena. When the models fail to explain what students are seeing, the cycle of experimentation, data collection, and model-making begins again.

Check out this video to learn more about STEMteachersNYC's approach to professional development through modeling science and active learning
Looking to get a better understanding of what STEMteachersNYC workshops are like and how they can impact you and your teaching practices? Check out this 8 min video highlighting how the core idea behind forces and motion (pushing and pulling) is demonstrated to teachers in one of STEMteachersNYC's workshops.

Partners and Support

Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Donghong Sun (Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University), Chair

Mark Schober (Trinity School, Manhattan), Past Chair and Lead Instructional Designer

Patricia Bauer (Marymount School, Manhattan), Chair-Elect

Zhanna Glazenburg (Croton-Harmon High School, NY), Treasurer

Lisa Ammirati (Friends Seminary, Manhattan), Communications

Craig Buszka (Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ), Member-at-Large

Seth Guinals-Kupperman (Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn), Member-at-Large

Howard Spergel (Midwood High School, Brooklyn), Member-at-Large

Steven Lance (Democracy Prep Charter School, Bronx), Member-at-Large

Elizabeth Dowdell (Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Manhattan), Member-at-Large

Kelly Davison (Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy, Bronx), Recently elected Member-at-Large

Finance Committee

Ray Eason (Executive Director, JPMorgan)

Zhanna Glazenburg (Founding board member and Treasurer, STEMteachersNYC)

Efrem Sigel (Project Coordinator, The Harvard Business School Club of New York)

Marketing & Development Committee

Michael Barsella (Technology entrepreneur and Business strategist)

Ray Eason (Executive Director, JPMorgan)

Jibreel Lockhart (Market Director, CEB)

Diedre Malacrea (Director of Communications and Marketing, RENEW International)

Efrem Sigel (Project Coordinator, The Harvard Business School Club of New York)


Fernand Brunschwig, President

Jennifer Herring, VP for Development

Christopher Kennedy, Program Director

Erin Conrardy, Program Manager

Yi Li (Teachers College, Manhattan), Operations & Research Manager

Karen Walker, Finance Manager and Bookkeeper

Communications, Networking, and Recruitment- Partners

Greg Borman (Director of Science, NYC DOE)

Ingrid Buntschuh (Citywide Instructional Lead, High School Science, NYC DOE)

Nancy Cande (Science Coach, NYC DOE)

John Tom (Science Instructional Specialist, NYC DOE)

Emily Pontius (Hoboken Public Schools)

John Roeder (Calhoun School and Physics Club of NYC)

Lynda Kennedy (Vice President of Education & Evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum)

Gerrie Bay Hall (Director of School & Teacher Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum)

Ruthie Ousley (Director of STEM, Teach For America)

Lew Malchick (UFT Science Committee and Physics and Chemistry Clubs of NYC)

Andrew Stillman (Chief Product Officer, Amplified IT)