Don Pinkerton is a Biology and Biotechnology Teacher at Revere High School. Don is well known in the state of Massachusetts for his professional development activity including at the MIT Neuroscience workshops, at the Northeast Regional POGIL Workshop, The New England Biolabs Biotech Bootcamp. Don has been named the 2017 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Massachusetts.
- One of the good things that happened as a result of the crash of 2008, was that Don switched careers and became a Biology teacher.
- Both Aaron and Don are graduates of UMass Amherst.
- Salem can be scary… not just because of the Witches.
- Before teaching most people think teaching is a cross between Mr Holland’s Opus and Dead Poet Society.
- Don and Aaron agree kids are kids, though their background, prior knowledge, and baggage are different.
- Don and Aaron have complied with Massachusetts State Law and have achieved SEI endorsement.
- Both agree, building relationships is key to working with all students.
- Working with English Language Learners teaches you that idioms in language are very complicated.
- It is important to identify with students. Food can be a key component.
- Aaron first heard about Don’s work from his colleague at a workshop on the Great Diseases Curriculum from Tufts
- New England BioLabs is an amazing company with an Educational Course Support program.
- NEB helped Aaron troubleshoot his Wolbachia Project to make his PCR work.
- AMGEN is another company who will help support biotech in the classroom through Amgen Biotech Experience.
- Another source of biotech support in Massachusetts is the Mass BioTeach program.
- Don was also received the 2017 Teacher Recognition Award Winners from AMGEN.
- Don is on the board of Mass Marine Educators
- Revere makes Aaron think of Kelly’s Roast Beef.
- Don is looking forward to implementing POGIL in his classes, particularly with his English Language Learners.
- Aaron and Don agree that no student is a Tabula Rasa
- Don’s Twitter is @pinkerteach
- Don’s Instagram is also pinkerteach
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