My name is Liz Podbielski! I was born and raised in Upstate New York. I graduated from Northeastern University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. While in college I worked in a marine ecology lab studying oyster genetics and also worked for an environmental non-profit that promoted the adoption of a carbon pricing system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am very passionate about climate change and the environment; knowing that I could be teaching the future scientists that are going to help change the world is extremely fulfilling!
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to meeting and working with my fellow Albany Residents, as well as the other Residents specializing in biology in other schools across the country. I am also very excited to work alongside my mentor teacher, learn their best practices, and observe firsthand what has made them such a successful educator. But most importantly, I cannot wait to get to know each and every one of my students!
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
My choral director from high school, Dr. Spiro-Allen, was more than just a teacher. She was a mentor, a fierce advocate, and a sounding board for all of her students’ wild ideas. In addition to teaching us how to sing and read music, Spiro opened her door before each rehearsal, allowing us to share our daily successes and struggles with her whenever we needed someone to talk to.