Dessy is a biology teacher at Barnegat High School in Barnegat, New Jersey. Dessy is very involved in the AP Biology community both through attending the AP Biology Read and through her involvement in the AP Biology discussions on both the Facebook National AP Biology Teachers group and the College Board AP Biology Teacher Community. Before teaching, Dessy was a research scientist. She earned her PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University. She has worked in a variety of lab research settings including the National Academy of Medicine in Bulgaria, New York University Medical Center, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
and Harvard Medical School. She was also a Principal Investigator and had her own research group at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Rutgers University. Her research has been centered on understanding transcriptional and epigenetic control mechanisms as they relate to cell division and cancer using models such as yeast, fruit flies and human cells. She has authored research papers and review articles.
- Dessy and Aaron both know geneticist Fred Winston at Harvard Medical School and he’s awesome.
- We also both expressed issues with Imposter Syndrome
- Dessy felt Undergraduate Teaching can be Very Different than Teaching High School
- At R1 Universities it is less about teaching and more about Publish or Perish
- Some non-R1 schools are more teaching focussed use Vision and Change as a guiding document.
- Dessy feels coming from a research background does help focus on science as a process (not a collection of facts)!
- Dessy utilized New Jersey’s alternate pathways to Teacher Certification for career changers
- Dessy points out that It is scary for students to fail.
- Motivation is a challenge when experiment is not working… and that we learn from our failures.
- Aaron is working on building ecospheres using 50-ml Falcon Tubes.
- We model behavior for our students so we have to model how overcome fear of failure.
- Dessy credits a lot of her early growth to her mentor Mary Wuerth from her APSI
- Being part of a PD community is amplifying the impact of experiences
- New teachers can get lots of support, but need to know not everything posted online is a must do!
- It is always helpful to be a reflective teacher!
- Facebook has a search feature within a group.
- Dessy is working on teaching all of her students quantitative reasoning skills in a purposeful way this year.
- Dessy does not understand why Aaron would go to Cape May when Cape Cod is an option.
- Aaron wonders if Dog DNA tests are accurate.
Pick of the Week:
Researchers have discovered the presence of organic matter in extraterrestrial salt crystals, providing a unique window into the development and distribution of astromaterials across the ancient solar system. Their findings were published in the latest issue of Science Advances. #TogetherScienceCan
Aaron – Emily Grasilie’s The Brain Scoop
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