THIS SUMMER JOIN EDUCATORS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR INNOVATIVE, HANDS-ON, AND TEACHER-LED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN STEM.
- Learn new teaching strategies through hands-on experiments
- Revolutionize the way you teach science using a student-centered approach called Modeling InstructionTM, shown to increase classroom engagement and understanding of key science concepts.
- Low-cost and high impact workshops for teachers and by teachers
- Get valuable “take-aways” to use in your classroom
- Download a Summer 2018 Workshop Flyer (PDF) to show your principal or administrator!
Workshop Leader Profiles
Originally from Western Michigan, now residing in Central NJ where I live with my spouse and 10 year old daughter. My main professional role is as the 9-12 Science Department Supervisor at Montgomery High School. I taught middle school math and science for 7 years and have worked at Montgomery HS for the past 15 years. I have been fortunate to work with Amy Wish as an administrative colleague and now as Co-Program Director for KT3 (Kid Talk Teacher Talk). This work evolved from our development of a science professional development program for primary grade teachers. In addition to the KT3 work, I am truging my way through the dissertation process at Rutgers University.
I’m originally from a suburb of Philadelphia but I came to New York after college as a New York City Teaching Fellow. After three years at LaGuardia Arts High School, I returned to graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Philosophy of Science. From there, I returned to New York and spent two years at Poly Prep in Brooklyn before moving to my current position at Friends Seminary. When I am not teaching, I enjoy yoga, sports and hanging out with my husband and our one year old daughter.
Craig Buszka has been teaching physics for sixteen years at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ. His first experience with Modeling physics was in 2004, during a four-week workshop with the Modeling Instruction Program at Arizona State University. He has taken Modeling workshops in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, and biology. Craig has been a workshop leader for STEMteachersNYC since 2012 and is a member of the Board of Directors. He has been an adjunct with the physics department at The College of New Jersey since 2015.
I have been teaching first grade for 11 years. I enjoy creating an environment in my classroom that fosters inquiry, curiosity, and a growth mindset.
I taught physics and astronomy in New York city for five years before beginning my PhD in physics education at Rutgers. I am interested in training and working with physics teachers.
J.T. Schemm has been a lifelong scientist sharing the ‘wow’ of science with secondary level students ever since he graduated from Brandeis University in 1997. He currently serves as the STEM Department Chairman at Joel Barlow High School (Region 9) in Redding, CT. He has mentored many teachers in the sciences as a Mentor, Peer Practice Coach, and most recently as a workshop co-leader with STEMteachersBPT. Mr. Schemm has passionately adopted Physics Education Research (PER) practices in his classroom after participating in multiple Modeling Instruction workshops in Mechanics, Light, and Workshop Leader Training with STEMteachersNYC. He has enthusiastically implemented the Modeling Instruction approach with his physics students and across the science department at Joel Barlow High School. He continues to share these pedagogical approaches with science colleagues at Barlow and with teachers across the state of Connecticut. His professional interests expand to Standards-Based Grading approaches, adoption and alignment of NGSS practices, ‘whiteboarding’ strategies for students in the laboratory and classroom setting, while attempting to find the single ‘perfect’ question that will allow students to create a varied assortment of experimental designs. He looks to help all teachers recognize and understand the power of curiosity to engage all science students to explain their world.
Michael lives in a suburb in Minneapolis, MN. He retired in 2012 after teaching physics for 32 years. He was trained in Modeling in a 4 week workshop in 1997, fell in love with the pedagogy and used it for the rest of his career. Since 2000 he has trained teachers in Modeling in the areas of Mechanics, Waves and Electricity and Magnetism. The Waves workshop this summer for STEMteachersNYC will be the 30th three week Modeling workshop he has led. Michael is also one of the co-authors of the Modeling materials in Waves along with Electricity and Magnetism.