Science Department

MCMicah Chervin

Science Department Leader

Mr. Chervin grew up in the sunshine of 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.

 

 

 

 

 

SBStefanie 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.

 

 

 

 

JDJordan 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 degree 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 Masters in Teaching Science at SUNY Empire State. She spends her free time in her garden or exploring New York State Parks.

 

 

 

 

 

JGJustin 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Staff PhotoTchnavia Merrick

Science Teacher

Ms. Merrick was born in Panama City, Panama but grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology aka Georgia Tech where she studied chemistry and chemical engineering and continued her education there to earn her master's degree in chemistry. She loves research and is extremely passionate about encouraging young women and men of color to pursue a career in STEM fields.  After a career as a chemical engineer, she continued her education at NYU earning a master's degree in chemistry education.  Ms. Merrick loves learning, especially if it relates to science or culture which explains her love for traveling. She also loves engaging in science research during the summers, exploring the outdoors and swimming.

 

 

GMGrant Murray

Science Teacher

Murray, a recent graduate from Harvey Mudd College, is a second-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 NFL football. Outside of being a proud nerd, they also enjoy hiking, swimming, and weightlifting. Murray is comfortable being uncomfortable and believes that important personal growth comes from failing the right way.

 

 

 

SSStephanie 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 master's 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.

 

 

 

 

MTMitch Talesfore

Science Teacher 

Mr. T is from California, but cannot imagine living his life anywhere other than NYC! 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 East Coast, and needed to come back. He loves playing video games, and coaches the MESA Warriors ESports team and Gaming Club, and also loves camping, hiking, and playing with his cats, Simon and Ray.