Current Science Awardees
Previous Degree: B.S./ Biological Sciences SUNY Brockport (Spring '05)
MAT Degree: Biology (Dec. 2006)
Ben will be working with Doug Barnes at Union Endicott High School, assisting with classes and labs there. Please check back for more information about Ben's activities at UE High!
Current Math Awardees
Previous Degree: B.S./Mathematics (May '79)
Career Changer: 24 years as Programmer / Project Manager at IBM Corp. in Endicott, NY
MAT Degree: Mathematics (Dec. 2006)
KLEE Project: Mindy will be working with Bob Phelan, a math teacher at Binghamton High School, in an English as a second language class. Please check back for an update on Mindy's experiences at Binghamton High!
Former Science Awardees
Previous Degrees: B.S./Biology (May '02), Hartwick College, Oneonta
MAT Degree: Biology (Dec. 2003)
A Case Study of George Washington Carver: a 5E High School Biology UnitThis unit integrates historical facts and contexts surrounding the work of an important African-American scientist with the biological science of seeds. This unit is based on the NYS Living Environment (high school Biology), Social Studies & English standards and includes a play, demonstrations, laboratory activities, and a writing project.
5E George Washington Carver Unit (Microsoft Word Document, click on picture): please be patient while file loads
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome): The Mystery Unfolding
Danette completed a second project, co-authored with her gr.7 cooperating teacher (Polly Peterson, a former MAT graduate teaching at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School in the UESD). This 5E unit included a pre-post assessment, a mystery game analogy, multiple laboratory activities, and a PowerPoint presentation linked to the virus unit in the NYS Intermediate Core Curriculum Guide. Not only was it used with Danette's and & Polly's students, but it was presented at the Science Teachers Association of NYS Annual Fall (2003) Conference where it was received with great enthusiasm! Not surprisingly, both Polly and Danette's UEHS cooperating teacher were extremely positive about Danette's abilities as a teacher.
5E SARS Unit (Microsoft Word Document, click on picture):
PowerPoint presentation available upon request.
Current/Last Known Status: Danette has been hired by the Vestal School District to teach middle school science to fill in for a Spring '04 position vacancy.
Previous Degrees: M.S./Chemistry (Jan. '85), Binghamton University (SUNY)
Career Changer: 17 years as a chemist at IBM Research Center in Endicott, NY
MAT Degree: Chemistry (Dec. 2003)
Integrating Social Studies in the Science Curriculum: The Revolutionary En'lightening'
Works of Benjamin Franklin
This 5E teaching unit includes extensive referencing of internet resources on the historical trajectory of Franklin's work up (through its political ramifications) through the modern atomic theory, with numerous connections to relevant real-world applications. The unit is directly tied to the national and NYS Science (Chemistry) and Social Studies learning standards.
(project/unit materials coming soon)
Current/Last Known Status: Mark is currently working on completing a PhD in chemistry at BU under Dr. C.J. Zhong.
After he finishes his degree, Mark plans to pursue a career in science teaching. Both
his 8th grade physical science and 11th grade chemistry cooperating teachers (both
in UESD & both graduates of SEHD) had very positive recommendations on Mark.
Previous Degrees: B.A./Great Books (May '02), St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
MAT Degree: Physics (Dec. 2004)
To be developed in the Summer of '04. See current status below. Coming Soon!
Current/Last Known Status: Erik has completed graduate education & physics courses and a full semester of supervised
student teaching in the BCSD in the Fall of '04. His summer '04 research project involves
curriculum development work that combines the history of physics, misconceptions research
in physics, and the national & NYS science standards. Erik is particularly well-suited
for this work given his undergraduate preparation in the Great Books program which
relies heavily on reading the original source literature of Galileo, Newton, & other
scientific pioneers. Aspects of this work were field tested during his fall semester
of student teaching.
Previous Degrees: B.S./ Math & Chemistry (May '00), Binghamton University (SUNY)
Career Changer: Research scientist, Nathan S. Kline Institute (Sp.'01 - Sum.'02)
MAT Degree: Math (Dec. 2003)
Dr. Jean Schmittau serves as the Editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics (the official journal of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning: http://www.unlv.edu/RCML/; distributed to 20 counties). Elizabeth worked on two issues of the journal during the summer '03 as an editorial assistant to develop the ability to become a discerning "consumer" and "producer" of mathematics education research.
Current/Last Known Status: Elizabeth is currently teaching in Broome-Tioga BOCES schools
and is looking for a job for the 2004-05 academic year.
Previous Degree: B.S./Comp. & Syst. Eng. (May'97), Rensseleaer Polytechnic Institute/ROTC Career Changer: US Navy Quality Assurance Officer in Arabian Gulf through May'01
MAT Degree: Mathematics (May 2005)
Still under development. See current status below. Coming Soon!
Current/Last Known Status: Katherine is currently completing graduate education and mathematics coursework during
the Spring of '05. She completed her student teaching experience in the Fall '04.
Given her background in computer science, Dr. Schmittau (her MAT advisor) & Katherine
are exploring the possibility of her developing software for gr. 7-12 mathematics.
Dr. Schmittau anticipates being able to share this work via her current TLQP grant.
Previous Degree: B.S./Computer Science (May '03), SUNY Brockport
MAT degree: Mathematics (May 2005)
Still under development. See current status below. Coming Soon!
Current/Last Known Status: Katherine is currently completing graduate mathematics coursework during the Spring of '05. She completed her student teaching experience in the Fall '04. Given her background in computer science, Dr. Schmittau (her MAT advisor) & Katherine are exploring the possibility of her developing software for gr. 7-12 mathematics. Dr. Schmittau anticipates being able to share this work via her current TLQP grant.