Science Curriculum Co-Design Partners

The curriculum co-design work at New Visions brings teachers together with various leaders in the field to do curriculum design work together. The following partners have been a part of this co-design work over the years; the list is always growing!


 

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Alvina Rahman  | Bronx Haven High School | arahman@bronxhaven.org

I started my teaching career at Bronx Haven High School in 2015. Bronx Haven is a transfer school with over-aged and under-credited students. I am one of three science teachers, and I mainly teach Living Environment. As a teacher leader, I worked on the design and field testing of the new NGSS aligned unit "Marathon Runner."


 

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Andrea Robinson  |  All City Leadership Secondary School  |   andrea.jo.sturm@gmail.com

I have taught middle school and high school science for 8 years.I worked on the design of the New Visions curriculum and have presented both locally and nationally. I have also taught a New Visions course on the Marathon Runner unit.


 

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Andrea Sau  |  Mott Hall Bronx High School  |  asau@mhbx.org

I have taught College level Italian in Canada and High School level Biology in New York for the past 9 years. I worked on the design and field testing of two of the new Biology units -- Marathon Runner and Humans vs Bacteria. I have also presented at NSTA conference about this work and group learning routines.


 

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Chris King  |  West Bronx Academy for the Future | cking@westbronxacademy.org

I have taught middle school and high school science for ten years. I am now an Assistant Principal and I supervise math and science at my school.I have been part of the New Visions curriculum from the beginning! I have worked on and tested multiple units and taught the curriculum several times through. I also worked with another teacher to develop the lab manual. I have assisted with professional development sessions as an experienced teacher and presented with Libby Chatham at NSTA. Now I supervise teachers who are implementing the curriculum and use my experiences to coach them and think with them about implementation.


 

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Charles Link  |  Worldview Academy  |   clink@worldviewhs.org

I have taught high school science for 5 years in the Bronx.I have worked on the design and field testing of two of the new Earth Science units: Exploring New Worlds and Climate Change & Severe Weather. I have presented at the national ASCD conference about this work.


 

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Barbara Spanos  |  High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology  |  barbspanos@gmail.com

I have taught high school biology in the DOE (Brooklyn) for 5 years. I have also taught laboratory and workshop classes at the City College of New York while I was pursuing my Masters in biology. I worked on the design and field testing of one of the new Biology units—Woolly Mammoth Extinction. I have also helped design the Marathon Runner 5E cycles, namely the glucose regulation Explore activity.


 

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Bethany Riggins-Walio Amadou | West Bronx Academy for the Future ​ | bethanyriggins@yahoo.com​

I've been teaching high school biology in the Bronx for the past 4 years. I have been using the New Visions Living Environment curriculum for the past years and had the pleasure of collaborating on the design and field testing of one of the new Biology units--Marathon Runner.


 

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Brittany Beck  |  High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology  |   bbeck@hstat.org

Over nine years, I have taught high school science in rural Missouri and then seventh grade science and high school Biology, Health, and Writing in NYC. I am also currently the Coordinator of Student Activities, managing all clubs, events, and fundraisers for my school. With the New Visions team, I have worked as a teacher-leader for five years, helping with local and national workshops regarding instructional routines, culminating with my current work on the New Visions Instructional Routines Advisory Board. My students and I field tested the Woolly Mammoth Biology Unit, and I am currently collaborating to design the Evolution of Sick Humans unit.


 

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Julie Wood  |  The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn  |   jwood@tywlsbrooklyn.org

I have taught elementary, middle and high school science and English for the past 16 years in NYC. I've taught high school Earth Science for the past 7 years. I worked on the design of one of the new Earth Science units - Discovering New Worlds - and am working on two others this coming summer.


 

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Megan O'Donnell |  New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II|   modonnell27@charter.newvisions.org 

I have been teaching for 4 years in my school in the South Bronx. I have been working with the New Visions Living Environment and Earth Science curricula for 4 years. During that time I have helped develop new 5E plans, helped at PDs, and field tested new NGSS aligned units. I have also presented about the NV curriculum and its embedded Group Learning Routines at NSTA and other local conferences.


 

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Michelle Pizer  |  New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II |  mpizer1@charter.newvisions.org

 


 

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Vince Hold |  Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School  |   vhold@schools.nyc.gov

I started teaching five years ago as a NYC teaching fellow, and now teach at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. I worked on two of the Units with New Visions--Humans vs. Bacteria, and Woolly Mammoth -- and I field tested both of the units.


 

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Zach Stellato  |   New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II  |  zwhitestellato23@charter.newvisions.org

I've taught high school living environment and chemistry in the South Bronx for the past 7 years at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II. With New Visions I worked on the advisory board and the curriculum project, most recently contributing to the NGSS-aligned unit on the evolution of bacteria. In addition I've been able to represent the curriculum at the STANYS events in Rochester.