Sofia Marie Teresa Schembari
I grew up in the Poconos, Pennsylvania and graduated from Columbia University in 2019. In college, I studied biology and biological anthropology, and wrote my senior thesis on male blue monkey sexual behavior. After graduation, I moved to Costa Rica to do behavioral field work with white faced capuchins (ask me for monkey stories!). Outside of the classroom, I worked in education at the American Museum of Natural History and volunteered with Columbia’s Big Brother/Big Sister program. I’ll be completing my residency year at Windsor Terrace Middle School in Brooklyn teaching eighth grade science.
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I am excited to return to New York City to teach, and to hopefully help inspire students to love science! I enjoy getting to share my passion with others, so I am looking forward to bringing my scientific background into the classroom now that I have more field and research experience. Additionally, I’m excited to be in school again, and to work closely not only with my mentor teacher and students, but also with my classmates in the Teacher Residency cohort and NYU faculty.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
I credit a certain professor with being one of the best parts of my undergraduate career. She was a fantastic, quirky instructor who loved her work- it wasn’t unusual to see her pushing a cart of skulls to class. But what really stood out was her immense dedication to her students, her outstanding advice (among the best I’ve ever received), and her desire to see each and every one of us succeed.