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Doctoral Student Spotlights

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Teaching and Learning

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
NYU is situated in a city with one of the largest public school systems in the country, so the city itself is a giant research facility. I was also drawn to the doctoral program at NYU because of the outstanding faculty.
My academic passion is:
Urban education
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Spending time in Central Park with my dog
A hobby I have is:
Surfing (but very novice)
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Pinche Taqueria
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Science education
I'm interested in this topic because:
My belief is that all children should have access to quality and meaningful science education that allows them to make sense of the world around them
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
My experiences as a teacher and assistant principal in the New York City public schools
Research or scholar I most admire:
Pedro Noguera
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Teboho Moja
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
Examining the impact of the 9th grade physics program at my current school
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Educational and Social Reform: Study Abroad in South Africa
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Collaborating with others who are passionate about improving education

Background Information

Where you grew up:
New Haven, Connecticut
Career Goals:
High School Principal
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Goldman Sachs Fellowship in Science Education (New York University for completion of MA in Science Education)
Other professional or service activities:
Young Professional Mentoring Program Co-coordinator, HS of Economics & Finance Athletic Director