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Meet the Fellows 2016: Andrew Zimmermann

By Heather Flanagan
May 2, 2016

The BOP-CCERS Fellowship at Pace University is a two-year professional development and training program designed to give teachers the knowledge and tools to engage their students in hands-on restoration science in New York Harbor.  This is our second year of the program, and the first year in which we have two cohorts overlapping. The program is structured so that second year fellows serve as mentors to the first.  

The first cohort of 17 middle school math and science teachers, who began in February 2015, are now finishing up their implementation year, during which they have taught a spiraling BOP curriculum and have taken their students on at least four monitoring expeditions. The second cohort of 24 teachers from 14 schools are currently in their foundations semester, in which they learn from guest experts and receive four days of hands-on field training from staff scientists. 

Last fall we featured some BOP-CCERS Cohort One teachers and now it’s Cohort Two teachers’ turn to shine!  Join us this month as we get to know more of the NYC DOE middle school teachers who are bringing hands-on restoration science to classrooms from the Bronx to Brooklyn.  Next up: Andrew Zimmermann of M.S. 88 in South Slope, Brooklyn.

 

Andrew Zimmerman's class working on their field study at the Gowanus Canal.

Andrew Zimmermann’s class working on their field study at the Gowanus Canal.

Tell us about…

…your school!

“Middle School 88 is located in South Park Slope.  Our school is a very unique environment where teachers and students are encouraged to engage in integrated project work, field-based learning, and learning with technology.  Our school community from administrators to teachers to students proudly embraces a culture of risk-taking necessary to break from traditional curricula and pursue learning experiences that are authentic and rooted in our community, such as BOP.”

…yourself!

“I am a 7th grade STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] teacher at Middle School 88.  I teach science and math in an integrated setting as a part of a personalized learning program, called Summit Basecamp.  I studied Interdisciplinary Science at the New School, which was my first exposure to NY Harbor restoration.  When I first heard about BOP, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to merge my personal and previous academic interests with my professional goals.  I want to create an educational experience that authentically involves students in real inquiries around problems within our community.”

Where do you want to site your restoration station?

“Red Hook” [Other M.S. 88 teachers currently have restoration stations in Red Hook’s Erie Basin behind Ikea.]

What’s something you’re proud of in your teaching, your school, or your students?

“I am very proud of the work my team has done in the past few weeks to enable our students to build and grow their own classroom grow-lab, or indoor garden.”

We’re so glad to have Andrew and all the other fellows aboard!  Click here to get to know the rest of Cohort Two.

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