2013 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Graduates

On September 30, 2013, the New York State Board of Regents awarded Master of Arts in Teaching degrees to the first graduating class of the Museum's pilot Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program with a specialization in teaching Earth science. These Kathryn W. Davis Graduate Teaching Fellows will go on to fulfill a commitment to teaching at high-needs public schools in New York State for four years. The Museum's pilot MAT program is the first freestanding master's degree program to prepare science teachers offered by a museum.

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With deepest appreciation, the Museum acknowledges Kathryn W. Davis for her generous founding support of the Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAT) Program.

The MAT program is supported in part by the New York State Education Department and by the National Science Foundation under Grant numbers DRL-1119444 and DUE-1340006.

Additional support has been provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Chris Cubelo

Chris Cubelo

After majoring in geology at the University of South Carolina, Chris Cubelo spent five years teaching in China before enrolling in the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Lisa Hlinka

Lisa Hlinka

Inspired by her high school teacher to become an educator, Lisa Hlinka decided to apply to the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program after majoring in geology at Stony Brook University.

Katie Warner

Katie Warner

Katie Warner was always interested in science and understanding how things work, but it was her high school physics teacher who inspired her to become an educator.

Andrew Nesheim

Andrew Nesheim

Growing up, Andrew Nesheim was fascinated by frogs and dinosaurs, and by the time he was an undergraduate his interests led him to major in archaeology and geology.

John Clark

John Clark

John Clark decided to apply to the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program after working as a teaching assistant for a mineralogy class at Illinois State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in geology. 

Bart P

Bart Piscitello

This September, Bart Piscitello, a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, begins the school year as a first-year teacher in a new school, sharing his passion for Earth Science and Geology with sixth graders at Hunter’s Point Community Middle School in the Bronx.

Karl Clake

Karl Clarke

Growing up in Jamaica, Karl Clarke had not considered teaching as a career. But while an undergraduate at Hunter College, he found himself regularly helping his friends with calculus homework.

Duncan Blair

Duncan Blair

Duncan Blair spent 11 years working as a Youth Program Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, a coldwater fisheries conservation organization, then decided to apply to the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program to bring his passion for natural sciences and conservation to the classroom.

Johnny Rowitt

Johnny Rowitt

With an undergraduate degree in geology, Johnny Rowitt was looking to make a career transition to teaching when a college professor suggested the Museum’s new Master of Arts in teaching program.

Tyler Lyons

Tyler Lyons

Tyler Lyons, a graduate of Stony Brook University, grew up hiking through the Appalachian Mountains, collecting rocks, and watching Bill Nye. This fall, he begins his career teaching science to 10th graders at Brooklyn’s Acorn Community High School.  

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones knows firsthand the difference a good teacher can make—her own interest in science was sparked by a teacher in middle school. 

Kristen Lapenta

Kristen Lapenta

After graduating with a degree in anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneso, Kristen Lapenta discovered her interest in teaching while volunteering as a reading tutor with AmeriCorps.

Wilfrid

Wilfrid Beauzile

Wilfrid Beauzile enrolled in the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program determined to make science engaging. 

Melissa Shumer

Melissa Shumer

Melissa Shumer left a career in business to pursue her passion for teaching, studying at one of her favorite museums to move into a new field.

Todd Whelan

Todd Whelan

This fall, as Todd Whelan begins teaching Earth Science to 10th graders at the Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports in the Bronx, he is hoping to inspire the same interest in Earth Science in his students that his high school teacher instilled in him.

Sean McFadden

Sean McFadden

For Sean McFadden, it was the Superstorm of 1993—a raging blizzard that stretched from Alabama to Maine—that sparked his interest in science.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee

In the Museum’s Master of Arts Teaching program, Christina Lee found the perfect balance of real-world teacher training and hands-on science experience.  

Eugene Viderman

Eugene Viderman

As an MAT student at the Museum, Eugene Viderman taught a sequence of astronomy lessons to students at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers.

Reid Sherman

Reid Sherman

After studying Earth and planetary science at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Reid Sherman knew he wanted to share his excitement for the field with others. 

Jasmine DeCosta Study

Jasmine DeCosta

Jasmine DeCosta’s interest in science began in high school, and she pursued geology as an undergraduate at the University of California in Berkley before enrolling the Master of Arts for Teaching program at the Museum.