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John teaches 12th grade environmental science at The Brooklyn International High School, where, over the past nine years, he has designed interdisciplinary project-based learning curricula that help the diverse English language learners in his class develop their academic, language, and success skills in addition to their content knowledge. John utilizes project-based learning curriculum to help ensure that students engage with deeper, more meaningful, and more connected learning experiences.

In addition to his work in the classroom, John brings his passion for project-based learning and curriculum design to the outside world by collaborating extensively with other educators. John is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education. For this work, John travels to schools across the country on behalf of BIE to facilitate project-based learning professional development workshops. Since 2014, John has been a Master Teacher Fellow with Math for America where he participates in a professional community of science and math educators in NYC focused on strengthening public school STEM education.

John has also designed and facilitated workshops, guest lectured, and mentored teachers through partnerships with The International Public High School Network, The New York Performance Standards Consortium, Math for America, Mastery Collaborative, Digital Ready, the Blended Learning Institute, Long Island University, and Teachers College Columbia University.

John was awarded the Excellence in School Technology Award by the New York City Department of Education for his use of media in curriculum to support ELL students. Most recently, John’s project on Star Wars Alien Adaptation and DNA was featured in an article in NSTA Reports titled: Science and the Star Wars Universe.

John received a B.S. in Marine Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Science Education at University of North Carolina Wilmington.



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