Sara Belknap - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

Sara Belknap

Sara Belknap
REGION:
Albany, NY
SCHOOL:
City School District of Albany
SUBJECT:
Science
HOMETOWN:
Pine Bush, NY
DEGREES:
Hartwick College, New York - BA, Biology Tufts University, Massachusetts - MS, Infectious Disease and Global Health
HOBBIES AND TALENTS:
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking - especially trying new recipes, adding to my collection of houseplants, reading historical and scientific fiction, exploring new hiking trails, horseback riding, traveling, making pottery, and spending time with my friends, family and pets.

About Me

Hello there! I’m Sara, a scientist from the Hudson Valley area of New York. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hartwick College and my Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health from Tufts University before working for my local school district, teaching high school biology as a long-term substitute. Most recently, I have been working in public health, at the Tennessee Department of Health, as a CDC-APHL Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Fellow. I consider myself to be both scientist and educator, so I am thrilled to officially combine my passions as a science educator with NYU and the City School District of Albany!

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

Personally, I am most excited about being fully immersed in the classroom, working hands-on with the students and having the opportunity to connect my coursework to my daily experiences under the guidance of seasoned mentors. I love being part of a collaborative team and I am eager to meet and build relationships with my new students, colleagues, advisors, and administrators as we strive together to learn and deliver effective, enjoyable instruction that promotes student growth and achievement.

Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?

Yes, my AP biology teacher, Jeff Schaper, whom I later had the pleasure of working alongside. Jeff is incredibly positive with his students, and his passion for teaching is evident in each lesson, lab, and “Schaperdy” review game. For me, Jeff is an exemplary teacher because he is effortlessly authoritative, yet approachable, and his authenticity inspires his students’ respect and best efforts.