Eric is a National Board Certified Teacher that has been on special assignment for the past nine years. Prior to this, Eric was a teacher at Mission High School where he taught Biology, Physiology, Health Careers, and Earth Sciences. Eric was part of Mission High’s restructuring into small learning communities and through that experience, learned to value collaboration with other disciplines as much as collaborating within science. Eric has also been instrumental in supporting the National Board Certification process in SFUSD.
In his 17 years as a teacher, Eric has developed his interest and skills in supporting ELLs in science, thinking about how to support students with special needs, and providing ALL students access to engaging and rigorous science content. In the past nine years, Eric has continued to support teachers across the district with improving pedagogy and helping to plan and create new curriculum. Additionally, Eric has worked to help bring resources to SFUSD teachers and students through collaborations with a variety of other institutions including (but not limited to) the Exploratorium, UC Berkeley, UCSF, SFSU, Cal Academy, KQED, and CSTA.
Patrice Scinta has joined the STEM Team from the Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley. Prior to that, she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science in New York City for six years. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Michigan and earned an MA in Secondary Science Education from The City College of New York.
During her four years at the Learning Design Group, Patrice collaborated with a group of practicing scientists, teachers from across the country, education researchers, and curriculum developers to write the NGSS-based Amplify Science curriculum. She is excited to share the wealth of knowledge she has gained from this experience with the teachers of San Francisco.
One of Patrice’s most memorable moments as a teacher was when a student explained that science was his favorite subject because, “You get to use other subjects to figure things out in science: English, Math, and Art.” Patrice also believes that the great scientific minds of the past and today have been critical readers, effective writers, analytical thinkers, and able to look at problems in creative ways. Due to this, she believes that the shift toward science learning that focuses on STEM practices and crosscutting concepts as well as science content will be an extremely effective approach to teaching science.
Jeffrey Dowling joined the STEM team after working in educational publishing as an editor at Bedford, Freeman and Worth and as a curriculum specialist and editor at Key Curriculum Press. A highlight of his time in publishing included the opportunity to work with authors and teachers on the development of the first and second editions of Living By Chemistry, an innovative, full year, inquiry based high school chemistry program. Prior to his work in publishing, he taught high school chemistry and middle school physical science in the Oakland Unified School District. Jeffrey is excited about finding ways to help make science accessible to all learners and looks forward to working with teachers across the district to implement the Next Generation Science Standards.