John Sullivan, Director of STEM — Mr. Sullivan grew up on the beaches of Central New Jersey (no he did not go to high school with any cast members of the Jersey Shore). He has recently moved back to the NYC area after five years teaching at a charter school in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was a founding teacher at the Williamsburg Charter High School. In his free time he enjoys going on day trips and adventures with his wife and two sons. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and having a healthy obsession with meteorology. Urban planning, architecture, street design and neighborhood observations fill the rest of what little time he has left each day. As a huge believer in what communities can accomplish cooperation and compassion, he is very excited to be a part of a team that displays so much of both!
Micah Chervin, Science Teacher — Mr. Chervin grew up in the beautiful sunshine of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Maryland where he graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy. Mr. Chervin started his science teaching career in Washington D.C., followed by Brownsville, Brooklyn. In that time, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. In his spare time, Mr. Chervin practices capoeira – a Brazilian martial art – and loves to bike throughout Brooklyn.
Justin Gill, Science Teacher — Mr. Gill grew up in White Plains, NY. He went to a small college north of Pittsburgh, PA called Allegheny and then continued his education at Binghamton University where he earned his master’s degree in cell and molecular biology. He spent the last three years in San Jose, California soaking up sunshine and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area but is happy to be back home on the east coast. Mr. Gill has a deep love of hip hop, enjoys playing video games, and always strives to live up to his inner Batman.
Kate Goldbaum, Science Teacher — Ms. Goldbaum grew up in a small town in North Carolina before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In college, she studied Biology and creative writing and remains passionate about the intersection of art and science. While pursuing her degree, Kate obtained her teaching credentials through the UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching (UNC-BEST) Program. This year, Kate will be teaching Psychology and Anatomy & Physiology.
Sam Lee, Science Teacher — Mr. Lee, a native New Yorker hailing from Queens, is not only an avid reader but also a voracious coffee drinker. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College double majoring in Biology and Secondary Education. Since graduating, Mr. Lee has taught middle school physical science and worked in school operations in Brownsville and East Harlem, respectively. Currently he is enrolled in Fordham’s Graduate School of Education earning a Master of Science in Education in Adolescent Literacy. Mr. Lee is excited to herald in another year of budding scientists and creative learners!
Mitch Talesfore, Science Teacher — Mr. Talesfore (or Mr. T) is from the Bay Area of California. He went to college at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, after which he moved to Southern California for two years to attend the University of Southern California. However, it did not take long for him to realize that he missed the Northeast, and needed to come back. He loves being outdoors, exploring nature and geologizing with his trusty rock hammer, but also loves video games and watching basketball (and is unfortunately a Golden State fan). Being from a family of teachers inspired him to continue the tradition and become one himself, so that he can help students to reach their educational and lifelong goals. Ask him about his cats!
Stefanie Bingham, Science Teacher and 9th Grade Team Leader — Ms. Bingham was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Willingboro, NJ. She was awarded a full four year Division 1 basketball scholarship to attend St. Francis College (BK) NY, where she received her degree in Psychology while minoring in Biology. She recently received her MAT of Secondary Science from Relay Graduate School of Education. When Ms. Bingham isn't teaching, you can find her playing basketball or eating sushi.