Assistant Director of Graduate Advising and Student Services
East Building, Suite 231
212 998 5458
Jason Blonstein is an experienced middle and high school science teacher. Before joining NYU Steinhardt's program in science education, he spent more than three decades teaching biology, chemistry, and physics in New York City public, alternative, and charter schools, where he created courses for youth in astronomy and cosmology, kitchen chemistry, microbiology, and physical foundations of the living environment. He co-founded and co-directed Cascades High School, a New Visions school, and was honored as Teacher of the Year for New York City Alternative High Schools and Programs.
Robert J. Wallace
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Robert Wallace is also an experienced science teacher with extensive knowledge in curriculum and staff development and in the innovative uses of technology in teaching. He has long worked with aspiring and established science teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges -- throughout New York City, at the City University of New York (CUNY), and at NYU Steinhardt. He started his math, science and technology work as a marine biologist (coral reef ecology and reef history) at CUNY. His research emphasized the development of computer models of ancient and modern reef ecosystems. As a high school teacher of math and science, he developed innovative curricula that involved students in "real world" studies of the environment. He has chaired math, science and technology programs in private high schools in New York City and founded and directed two innovative math/science/technology-oriented elementary schools (grades K-8) in New York City.
The CRISP Teacher Residency Program is also overseen by a three-person Steering Committee.
Dr. Pamela Fraser-Abder
Associate Professor of Science Education
Dr. Joseph McDonald
Professor of Teaching and Learning
Dr. Allen Mincer
Professor of Physics
NYU Arts and Science
The Steering Committee is responsible for assessing the progress of CRISP and its participants, disseminating findings about the program's design and effectiveness, and ensuring that CRISP functions well within the structure and culture of teacher education at NYU.