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  The LEEFS Teachers


Samantha Adams

Contact:
samanthajadams@hotmail.com

School:
The Heritage School

Collaborating Fellow:
2009-2010: Adriana Garriga-Lopez
2010-2011: John Templeton

Links
Earth Science Website
Environmental Science Website

"I believe that every student should gain a basic understanding of the nature of science before they graduate from high school; facilitating that understanding requires inquiry and experimentation."

"The issues surrounding HIV/AIDS are of particular interest to me, having spent two years in southern Africa serving as a Community HIV/AIDS Education Peace Corps Volunteer. ... We conducted HIV/AIDS question-and-answer sessions in all five of my classes, all of which generated interesting discussions."


Isabel Azcona

Contact:
iazcona927@yahoo.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Adriana Garriga-Lopez
2008: Jeffrey Lancaster
2009-2011: Michelle Brown

"NSF Fellows help me push critical thinking skills, provide a real world context to everyday science instruction and inspire my students to be successful."

"During our brainstorming sessions, synergy was in the air - where the curriculum, fellows' research expertise, and student interests were integrated."

"This year, I work with Michelle Brown, who amazingly every week connects every unit topic to her research on monkeys. Students loved the binoculars and PDA!"


Annie Blomberg

Contact:
a.e.blomberg@gmail.com

School:
Dual Language Middle School, Manhattan, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2010: Debra Tillinger
2010-2011: Meghan McGinty

Links
Collaboration Website

"I applied to be a part of LEEFS because I wanted my students to have more access to real science - I wanted to expose them to what science can be and what doors science can open for them."

"Working with LEEFS has given me a community of science education that I am very grateful for and that I believe has directly impacted my students achievement."

"The biggest highlight is definitely the first annual science fair that our school hosted last Spring. ... Ms. Tillinger worked tirelessly with our students, motivating them and guiding them on their independent projects."


Lauren Brooks

Contact:
lbrooks2@gmail.com

School:
Dual Language Middle School, Manhattan, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2010: Debra Tillinger
2010-2011: Meghan McGinty

Links
Collaboration Website

"Through the LEEFS program I saw the opportunity to blend advanced research science with the most fundamental levels of science currently being taught in middle schools."

"Through LEEFS I wanted to expose students to other opportunities for careers in the scientific field."


Caitlin Caldwell

School:
Dual Language Middle School, Manhattan, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Debra Tillinger

Links
Collaboration Website


Autumn Eckenrod

Contact:
autumneckenrod@gmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Georgina Cullman


Jonathan Goddard

Contact:
jonathanpgoddard@gmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2009-2010: Su-Jen Roberts

"Having an expert in science who provides amazing insight and creativity regarding ways that middle school math curriculum relates to high level scientific research greatly increases student investment and ownership of their work. Furthermore, concrete applications of the curriculum demand a higher level of thinking and truly helps solidify student learning."

"Relating current work to science as well as having the opportunity to communicate with a researcher in the field is something my students greatly look forward to."


Mauricio Gonzalez

Contact:
maougon@yahoo.com

School:
Frederick Douglass Academy

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Philip Orton
2009-2010: Adrienne Smith

Links
Environmental News Network

"My motivation to join the LEEFS program was to have more exposure to the research community and resources that would enhance my Urban Ecology Program. Being a part of this program has sped up and increased the quality of my program by many years. It has also allowed my students to explore topics that seemed remote and inaccessible."

"Without a doubt, the highlight of our collaboration has been the designing, buiding, and monitoring of our Harlem River Dissolved Oxygen Station. It is an autonomous station with a YSI oxygen sensor powered by a solar panel and battery remotely sending data to the classroom via Bluetooth technology."


Sarah Gribbin

Contact:
sarah.gribbin@gmail.com

School:
The Harbor School, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2009-2011: Ellane Park

"I wanted to be a part of the LEEFS program because it provides a connection to higher academia that I want my students to experience."

"Having a chemistry expert in the classroom every week is an invaluable resource for getting students to use higher-order thinking skills and hands-on experience."

"One of the great experiences so far has been watching 28 students intently observe gas discharge tubes in a darkened room with 3-D glasses on. It was a priceless moment made possible by my collaboration with Ellane and LEEFS."


Cristi Lagos

Contact:
cristilagos@gmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2010: Jeffrey Lancaster
2010-2011: Christine Vanos

"Although I work hard to provide my students with solid inquiry-based instruction, I felt the influence of a graduate fellow along with classroom resources provided by the LEEFS grant had the potential to take my classroom science instruction to a whole new level."

"The highlight of the year for me was attending the NSF GK-12 conference in Washington DC, because I was able to see stellar examples of established GK-12 partnerships."

"This year students had the opportunity to build chemical models, were exposed to the tools of a real chemistry lab, used more multimedia presentations including interactive tutorials and flash animations, and took part in field experiences at the American Museum of Natural History."


Michael Moshos

Contact:
mmoshos@yahoo.com

School:
The Harbor School, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Paul Schmieder
2010: Ellane Park

"The LEEFS program makes it easy to draw parallels between current research and classroom activities, more importantly it reminds me that science is the process of acquiring knowledge through research."

"This program has given my students the unique opportunities to participate in hands on current research."

"The student's excitement was contagious and as they asked question after question our excitement also grew."


Cullen Naumoff

Contact:
cullen.naumoff@gmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2009: Jeffrey Lancaster

"I wanted students to understand learning was more than individual subjects followed by tests, but rather an exploration of the world around them."

"LEEFs fellows serve as role models in the classroom. They are examples that hard work, interest, and discipline can lead to exciting endeavors in college. We hope that through this interaction students would become invested in working towards a college education."

"Jeffrey never failed to bring chemistry to life in the classroom. Students would leave science class excited about what they just witnessed and by the time the next class arrived, word spread, and they were already asking questions about the upcoming experiment."


Daniel Rouillard

Contact:
DRouillard2@schools.nyc.gov

School:
High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, Manhattan, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: David McGee


Michael Seymour

Contact:
seymourmichael@gmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2010: Andrew Mugler
2010-2011: Elizabeth Pierce

Links
Collaboration Website

"The school's attention paid to community outreach and involvement in curriculum enrichment are a perfect match for my drive to include environmentally-aware, socially-significant contemporary research in mathematics instruction."

"Andrew Mugler and I have made advances in instructional planning where contemporary issues in biological modeling permeate the inquiry-based lessons of a 7th grade math class."


Rebecca Utton

Contact:
msutton3@hotmail.com

School:
Middle School 88, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2009: Georgina Cullman


Susan Vincent

Contact:
vincent.susan@gmail.com

School:
The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem

Collaborating Fellow:
2008-2010: Nadine Els
2010-2011: Kat Allen

"The best way to spark student's curiosity and engagement is to take them out into the natural environment to observe and explore."

"Interactions with working scientists create in students a sense of possibility for science careers in their future. Teaching in an inner city, minority girls' school, it has been of great value to have a female graduate student, Nadine Els, as role model for my students."

"Last year Nadine served as mentor and science advisor for 15 Young Science Achievers (YSA) in several projects such as Hydrology of Piermont Marsh, Ocean Acidification, The Effect of Plastic Ingestion on Marine Animals, and Kudzu Eradication. One of the teams won honorable mention at the YSA competition."