I am originally from Vestal, New York and I am a recent graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). I majored in Environmental Studies with a focus on Policy, Planning, and Law. I also discovered wonderful teaching opportunities as a student, from volunteering at a local elementary school to working for ESF’s SCIENCE Corps Program as an environmental educator. I most recently worked as a substitute teacher for the Syracuse City School District and I am excited to become an NYU Teacher Resident!
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I am excited to begin working alongside a mentor teacher in a real classroom. As much as I enjoyed being a substitute, I am very eager to work with and learn from an experienced teacher firsthand. I am looking forward to working with a group of new students, making connections with them, and learning from them as well. I am also excited to get involved in a new school and local community.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
One teacher I had in high school played a large part in shaping my interest in the environment and science in general. He was deeply passionate about what he taught, he was open minded, and would always support ideas his students had. He encouraged me that I could go to college to study the environment and was the first person to teach me about the importance of the natural world around us.