Elementary STEM Initiative

About

The Elementary STEM Initiative brings together a diverse group of early childhood and elementary STEM teachers in the NYC area who are interested in sharing resources, networking, and advocating for teacher-led professional learning opportunities. We encourage participation on teachers’ own terms – meeting formally, sending a quick e-mail or text, or chatting over coffee.

Our Vision

Support STEMteachersNYC in Early Childhood and Elementary (N-6) STEM Endeavors

  • Increase early childhood and elementary STEM teacher membership.
  • Propose, develop, and host early childhood and elementary STEM teacher workshops.
  • Assist with outreach to early childhood and elementary teachers in NYC and the surrounding areas.

Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Pedagogy and Curriculum Implementation

  • To develop more relevant, interdisciplinary, student-driven early childhood and elementary level STEM curricula for public, independent, and charter school students in New York City.
  • To build a network of colleagues to share ideas, resources, successes, and challenges of teaching early childhood and elementary STEM.

Increasing Awareness and Recognition of N-6 STEM Education

  • Collecting and sharing evidence of the importance of early childhood/elementary STEM education to share with other educators and the wider community.

Organizers

My name is Juliette Guarino Berg, and I am a science educator in New York City. After receiving my BA in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University, I began my teaching career at the Hunter College Campus Schools as an associate teacher in the elementary school. Soon, I was searching for a way to combine my passions for science and working with elementary-aged students. Following my graduation from Hunter College with an MS in Childhood Education, I found my niche as an elementary science specialist.

Currently, I am the Lower School Science Teacher and Lower School Sustainability Coordinator at Poly Prep Country Day School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. At Poly, I develop and teach the NGSS-aligned kindergarten through fourth grade science curriculum, as well as assist the Director of Sustainability with conservation initiatives on the Lower School campus. I have served as an elementary and middle school science curriculum writer for various institutions, and hold New York State Professional Certificates in both Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Adolescent Biology Education (Grades 7-12).


Beverly Chang
hails from Queens, NY and has always enjoyed nature, the sciences, and children. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Queens College. She holds a New York State Professional Certificate in Childhood Education 1-6. Beverly has been teaching science for the past nine years in charter and independent schools. Beverly enjoys creating curricula that is both accurate and technical with content, but which also celebrates the holistic, “messy” process of learning (and teaching!) children. Currently, she is the K-2 science educator at Ethical Culture Fieldston School (Manhattan Campus).

Kate Macaulay vividly remembers the day in middle school when her science teacher father brought home deer lungs to investigate with the family. It’s experiences like these that set her on the path to become a science educator. Kate holds a degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education, from Syracuse University, a masters degree in Urban Science Education, and a STEM Leadership Certificate from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Currently in her 15th year as the science specialist at Hunter College Elementary School in NYC, Kate is continually working to develop a science program that emphasizes students’ natural sense of curiosity and wonder, while building specific knowledge that can be applied to real-world contexts. She believes that during science class, students should be engaged in, hands-on investigation, inquiry, and creative and critical thinking.

Jennifer Lee is a Science Teacher at The Speyer Legacy School.

How to Get Involved!

We welcome elementary educators of all levels and backgrounds to join us! To get involved, e-mail elementary@stemteachersnyc.org

  • Propose an Early Childhood or Elementary STEM Teaching Workshop
  • Share a resource or idea with the group
  • Ask the network for help or assistance
  • Join us for an upcoming workshop

Resources

SPECIAL PROJECT:

Kid Talk Teacher Talk in Elementary Science

Kid Talk,Teacher Talk (KT3) is a professional development platform designed to engage teachers across the New York Metropolitan area in the pursuit of excellent science teaching and learning. During the KT3 Workshop and meetings time is devoted to designing and implementing lessons that engage and motivate students to explain natural phenomena and to solve engineering problems. Teachers practice specific facilitation strategies that improve a student’s ability to communicate their thinking, cite evidence, and build ideas through discussions.

The goal is to support and empower educators to facilitate students’ sense-making and their ability to use the science and engineering practices. To learn more click here.

Project Organizers: Jason Sullivan, Amy Wish, Craig Buszka, Lindsay Fox, and Diana Loiacono