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Current Fellows (Phase II)

 

Meet our current Fellows:

 



		

Kirsten Abbot

I teach Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Geneva HS and this my second year teaching in the district.  In addition to teaching, I am the Ladies Junior Varsity and Varsity tennis coach.  My experience with Noyce been truly superb and transformative. Through professional development experiences and research in both theory and practices, I have shifted my understanding of and approaches to teaching and learning science.  I believe students who are truly engaged with STEM in school make more informed and productive members of society, regardless of their chosen field, and I’m proud to continue to help those learners find that engagement.  These scientific goals of reasoning and problem-solving are often achieved through the process of “doing science:” observing, questioning, hypothesizing, and investigating. Advancing science relies on analyzing the data gathered from findings, and understanding the evidence that serves to support or deny existing knowledge. And this is why students in my class use tools such as Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning to back up their scientific conclusions. Thanks to a STANYS workshop, I have moved away from students submitting individually typed lab write-ups. Using argument-driven instruction as the model, (linked with science and engineering practices of the NYSSLS) students work in pairs, write on dry erase boards, and present their data and conclusions. This process has a high rate of buy-in from students, and I find they have fun holding each other accountable. I love how it privileges student voice, and allows students to self-monitor, assess, and reflect, thus building their sense of competency and self-confidence as they continue to build a scientific community in the classroom.

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Macenzi Adams

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Jenn Davison

Driven by a mantra of Success for ALL students! I have been teaching for 26 years, and the last 21 have been at the Geneva City School District.  I believe in a classroom community in which students feel safe, cared for, nurtured and respected as contributing members of our classroom community.  I believe in building a growth mindset for all students.  Also, I am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Omega Chapter and an officer of Geneva Teachers Association.  My experience with NOYCE has been highly rewarding in my development as a teacher and as a Math leader in my building.

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Mark Foster

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Paul Geary

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Tiffany LaPrade

I am a fourth-grade teacher at Kelley Intermediate School in Newark, NY. Prior to this, I taught first grade for three years at Lincoln Elementary, also in Newark. I have always believed that authentic learning involves questioning, investigating, discovery, and communication. Therefore, My teaching practices actively involve students in the learning process. Through my course work in the fellowship, I have fleshed out and refined these guiding beliefs. Visually, my classroom reflects this. Instead of desks, there are various nontraditional table options; all of which are whiteboard topped. Students can also choose to sit on pillows, yoga ball chairs, or other various seating options throughout the room. Because the classroom is spacious and contains multiple meeting areas, students can easily collaborate and fluidly move around. The layout of the classroom encourages students to question, investigate, discover, and communicate.

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Michaela Marino

I have been teaching mathematics in the Rochester City School District for the past 8 years.  This time has been a mix of middle school as well as high school, the majority, however, has been in grades 7 and 8.  My work within my own classroom is ever-changing and hopefully improving due to my own experiences and beliefs, and due to the research that supports those beliefs.  My time in the NOYCE fellowship has been a time of immense personal growth as well as an opportunity to continuously push my own practice forward.  It has given me the theoretical foundation to support my belief that everybody can learn mathematics at the highest level.  I am excited to continue on this journey of current personal change and to become an agent of change for urban mathematics education. 

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Brittany Patenaude

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Andrea Polanski

Andrea Polanski was a Noyce Scholar with the Get Real! Science program at the Warner School, where she earned certifications in adolescent science education with a certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership. She currently teaches science at East Upper School. Her teaching has always been driven by developing students' capacity to "do science" by engaging in science practices and tackling real-world issues. Through the Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship, Andrea has enhanced this work with a focus on scaffolding classroom discourse around science inquiry. She has also explored fueling student ownership of investigations through opportunities for choice. In the future, she hopes to expand her use of feedback cycles within curriculum-embedded assessments and integration of community science experts. Andrea's work is informed by her experiences as a Rochester Youth Year fellow through AmeriCorps VISTA and working with Borinquen Dance Theatre, a community organization that inspires young people through mentorship and dance, then supports them to become peer leaders and successful artists as they enter adulthood. The models of capacity building and apprenticeship that drive these organizations are an important foundation for Andrea's teaching as she seeks to support students in developing their own skills. She is also inspired by her mentors within the Get Real! Science program, who demonstrate the importance of caring relationships while challenging learners to achieve ambitious goals.

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Marie Rice

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Kim Saccardi

I have been teaching at Newark Middle School for 9 years.  I teach 6th-grade earth science and 8th-grade life science.  I am the department leader for science grades 6-8 and also sit on the district's curriculum council. My classroom has structures in place which allow for both creativity and flexibility.  On any given day, you may mistake my science students for artists and another day in full lab coats looking like surgeons.  Other days, you may see them teaching the class while I sit and let them lead.  What drives this philosophy is both my love of science and desire to  excite kids about the world in which they live. Being a part of the Noyce Fellowship has validated some of my teaching practices while also showing me to abandon some for good!  The Fellowship has challenged my thinking and forced me into a new, exciting way of thinking. I make changes in my classroom on a daily basis and am excited for my future and the future of my students.

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Laura Schunk

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Liana Spencer

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Renee Williams

I currently teach Algebra I at Geneva High School.  I have worked for the Geneva City School District for two years, and I love it there.  Before I taught at Geneva, I also worked one year at James Monroe High School in the Rochester City School District where I taught bilingual Geometry and Algebra II.  Before that, I worked at Chaparral Senior High School in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV where I taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and AP Calculus AB. I have had a wonderful experience with Noyce so far.  The work is intense, and it is all consuming of my thoughts and actions in teaching.  The Noyce Program not only expects us to learn and synthesize understanding of theory, teaching, learning, and other issues that affect education; but the expectation is that our learning is brought into our practice.  There is a clear accountability as well for us to bring theory into practice.  It has changed so much of what I actually do in my classroom.  Now, my decisions are informed by research, and my actions are intentional (although not always successful!).  There is reasoning behind the instructional moves that I make, and there is considered reflection afterward in order to inform my next steps.  So with that, I can certainly say that theory (mainly Identity Theory and Self-Determination Theory) and research drives my teaching and practice.   My classroom is friendly and welcoming, but all business.  I have high expectations for my students; I expect them to work independently, to collaborate, to think, and to problem- solve.  Many tasks are open-ended and offer the opportunity for multiple ways of solving and in many cases multiple "correct" solutions.  I expect my students to be able to justify their thinking and critique the reasoning of other students.  It is important that students in my classroom understand no one person (including me) is the the "ambassador" to math and that I am not the answer key.  I want them to develop confidence in their ability to "do math" and make sense of it.  There is also an ample amount of time carved out regularly in class for students to think, discuss, reflect, and self-assess their own understanding and habits toward learning.  I want kids to come away with a real understanding of what math is - not a complex set and system of rules, procedures, and right answers - but rather that it's about relationships, ways of representing situations, and making informed decisions based on information and knowledge.  In real life getting the answer is usually where we start; the real work begins after you arrive at an answer and ask, "Now what?".

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Lisa Zeller

Lisa Zeller is a middle school science teacher at World of Inquiry, School 58 in the Rochester City School District. She has been with the district for five years and has enjoyed teaching a diverse group of students in her inquiry-based classroom. Lisa is a member of the teacher-led professional development committee and facilitator of the middle school garden club. Her goal is to create a K-12 model of sustainability education at World of Inquiry that can be adapted for other schools in the district. Outside of school, Lisa enjoys participating in two non-for-profit organizations she has helped to develop. Rochester Regional Teacher Empowerment Network (2R10) brings educators together from various places and facilitates important conversations supporting teachers as active agents of change. Taproot Collective is an organization that facilitates the development of successful models of resilient food systems in the city of Rochester. In her participation in the NOYCE fellowship, Lisa has continued to dive deeply into the theory and research of Identity. She has conducted two action research projects questioning how spaces in her classroom afford students to develop science identities. In the future, Lisa hopes to continue to be an agent of change for urban STEM education in Rochester through her participation as an educator and community member.  

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