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Science Department

Micah Chervin, Science Department Leader — Mr. Chervin grew up in the sunshine Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he pursued a career teaching in Washington, DC public schools. After earning a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, Micah taught in Brownsville, Brooklyn before finally making his way to MESA. In his spare time, Micah enjoys reading, running, surfing, and capoeira.

 

Stefanie Bingham, Science Teacher and Lower House Co-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.

 

Jordan Daley, Science Teacher — Ms. Daley grew up in the mountains of northern New York but loves living and running all over Brooklyn. She studied Earth and Environmental Sciences at Clark University, even earning her Master's in Geosciences. She's traveled all over the United States and the Arctic collecting information about climate change and meeting interesting wildlife. She is currently working on her Master's in Teaching Science at SUNY Empire State. She spends her free time in her garden or exploring New York State Parks.

 

Justin Gill, Science Department Coordinator — 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.

 

Grant Murray, Science Teacher Murray, a recent graduate from Harvey Mudd College, is a first year teacher from Annapolis, Maryland. They studied the chemistry of materials science in their undergraduate program where they spent three years researching applications of quantum physics in solar cells. Murray loves playing video games and watching eSports. Outside of being a proud nerd, they also enjoy hiking, swimming, and weightlifting. Murray is comfortable being uncomfortable and believes that most personal growth is based in failure.

 

Stephanie Sa, Science Teacher Ms. Sa grew up on Long Island and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. In college, she studied psychology and education, developed a deep love for the mountains and wilderness, and played lots of sports with her friends (her favorites being lacrosse and volleyball). After graduation, she moved to Massachusetts for four years to teach middle school math and earn her masters degree in teaching. Ms. Sa recently moved back to New York to be closer to her family, friends, dog, and the beach. She loves animals, reading, eating cheese, and exploring the outdoors. This year, Ms. Sa will be teaching psychology and she can’t wait to dive into deep discussions with her students.

 

Scot Spinner, Science and Math Teacher — Mr. Spinner grew up in northern California. After graduating from Berkeley he spent many years in Oakland, CA and is still fond of it. He spent eight years in the tech industry working as an engineer. After many years he realized that his passion was not in creating technology but in teaching others how to create it. He believes that through support and encouragement his students will become better engineers than he. He has many hobbies some more nerdy than others, anything from drumming to juggling to soccer to climbing. He loves being outside and being active. Camping is his most frequent use of vacation time.

 

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!