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STEMteachersNYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting a community of STEM teachers across the NYC region. Our mission is to cultivate excellence in STEM teaching and to promote 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!

For teachers, by teachers, about teaching.

Our Values

» Experimentation
» 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
» Equitable and inclusive STEM teaching

Our Story

STEMteachersNYC was founded in 2011 by 25 physics teachers to support each other in striving for excellence. They enjoyed gathering monthly for a workshop led by one of the group members. Word got around; numbers grew, and our focus quickly broadened to all of STEM and from K to 12, with our mission now, as in 2011: cultivating excellence in STEM teaching and success for students through teacher-led professional development. Robert Karplus’ creative, nurturing spirit has been our guide, along with his learning cycle and his trail-blazing ideas about how to use models as tools for teaching science.

STEMteachersNYC is currently almost entirely a volunteer organization, run by teachers, for teachers, about teaching. Under the leadership of Dr. Fernand Brunschwig, it has grown from an initial group of 25 to more than 1,500 teachers who are members of the organization’s on-line professional forum. Program offerings have grown from 8 weekend workshops and a single 3-week intensive summer workshop on mechanics in physics in 2011-12, multiple monthly weekend workshops and nearly a dozen simultaneous summer workshops. Workshop participants are teachers in public schools, charter schools, and private schools from throughout the NY, NJ and CT metropolitan area. The summer workshops also draw participants from across the country and abroad.

The impact of these workshops is significant. Since 2011, we have presented over 325+ workshops that have attracted over 4000+ teachers to intensive professional development experiences on their own time on the weekend or in the summer. During 2013-14, STEMteachersNYC adopted by-laws, established a board of trustees, and submitted the application for tax-exempt status. In the 2014-15 academic year, the IRS approved our application for tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status, and we doubled the number of weekend workshops. Our long-term goal is to reach 25% of the region’s 21,000 STEM teachers and impact over 250,000 students.

Our Approach and Impact

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.

Learn About Our Impact

Since 2011, we have conducted over 325+ excellent STEM teacher workshops, developed for and by teachers. There are now 1,500+ STEM teachers in our membership from around the country. Learn more about our impact by clicking below.

Partners and Support

Thank you to all of our partners and supporters. To learn more about how to donate and get involved, click here.

Blanche T. Enders Charitable Trust

John Brown Cook Foundation

Staff and Board of Directors

STEMteachersNYC Board of Directors (Past and Current). Back Row: Patricia Bauer, Zhanna Glazenburg, Lisa Ammirati, Donghong Sun, Jennifer Herring, Kelly Davison, Howard Spergel, Elizabeth Dowdell, Yi Li. Front Row: Mark Schober, Fernand Brunschwig, Craig Buszka, Seth Guiñals-Kupperman, Chris Kennedy

Board of Directors

Seth Guinals-Kupperman (Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn), Chair

Kyle Clayton, (Ribbon Home Inc) Vice Chair

Kerry Kline (Packer Collegiate Institute), Vice-Chair

Craig Buszka (Montgomery High School), Treasurer

Juliette Guarino Berg (Poly Prep Country Day School), Secretary

CLASS OF 2021

Patricia Bauer (Marymount School)

Ray Eason (Executive Director, Global Securitized Products, J.P. Morgan)

Joan Fei (Sacred Heart, Greenwich CT)

CLASS OF 2022

Elissa Levy (The High School for Climate Justice)

Kate Macaulay (Hunter College Elementary School)

Howard Spergel (Midwood High School)

CLASS OF 2023

Darren Sumter (Linkedin, Global Account Manager)

Ann Thibodeau (Senior Advisor, Bridgewater Advisors)

Donghong Sun (Associate Professor, Tandon School of Engineering NYU)

sTAFF

Fernand Brunschwig, President

Jennifer Herring, VP for Development

Yadana Desmond, Executive Director

Christopher Kennedy, Communications Manager

Yi Li (Ramaz School), Finance Manager

Osele Clifford, Schools Liaison

Philip Jackman, Marketing Manager

Committee

Finance Committee

Ray Eason (Executive Director, JPMorgan)

Kerry Kline (Packer Collegiate Institute)

Ann Thibodeau (Senior Advisor, Bridgewater Advisors)

Craig Buszka, (Montgomery High School)

Program Committee

Seth Guinals-Kupperman (Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn)

Kerry Kline (Packer Collegiate Institute)

Juliette Guarino Berg (Poly Prep Country Day School)

Patricia Bauer (Marymount School of New York)

Joan Fei (Sacred Heart, Greenwich CT)

Elissa Levy (The High School for Climate Justice)

Kate Macaulay (Hunter College Elementary School)

Marketing & Development Committee

Kyle Clayton

Deirdre Malacrea

Darren Sumter

Pamela Wong

STEMteachersNYC is a non-profit type B corporation and 501(c)3 non-profit organization (public charity), EIN: 46-4068881. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education provider, registered with the New York State Education Department (CTLE ID# 3385). STEMteachersNYC is also registered as a vendor for the NYC Department of Education (Vendor #: STE-068881). Donations to STEMteachersNYC are tax deductible.