Stephanie Wortel-London

Stephanie Wortel, Adjunct faculty for MAT Program, explaining stars in the night sky with family and telescope.

Adjunct Faculty

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  • Stony Brook University, Science Education, 2017
  • Lehman College, M.S. in Science Education, 2009
  • Colgate University, B.A. in Astronomy-Physics, 2006

Professional Interests

While acting as Adjunct Faculty in the MAT residency program, Stephanie Wortel also acts as the program manager for the Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program in New York City and Newark, NJ through the New York Academy of Sciences. Stephanie graduated Magna cum Laude in Astronomy-Physics at Colgate University, where she was honored with the 1819 Award—the top honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. After moving to New York City, she worked in research projects through the Astrophysics Department of the AMNH and completed the New York City Teaching Fellowship with an MSEd in Science Education from Lehman College. Prior to joining the Academy, she taught Earth Science in a South Bronx public high school and wrote curricula for Youth Initiatives and the Planetarium Show at the AMNH. Areas of research include quasar optical variability, stellar evolution, astrometry of brown dwarfs, identifying likely science researchers for a transition to teaching in the K-12 environment, and the development of science identity in groups under-represented in science through informal learning experiences. She is currently collecting dissertation data in the Science Education PhD program at Stony Brook University’s Institute for STEM Education.


  • Exploring the transition from special to general relativity, American Journal of Physics, 77, 434-437 (2009)
  • The Bizarre Spectral Variability of Central Stars of Planetary Nebulae arXiv preprint astro-ph/0709.1508v1 (2007)
  • Two examples of circular motion for introductory courses in relativity, American Journal of Physics, 75, 1123-1133 (2007)
  • The unprecedented optical outburst of the quasar 3C 454.3: The WEBT campaign of 2004-2005
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics, 453, 817-822 (2006)

Teaching Experience

 New York Academy of Sciences, Education Program Manager, New York 6/11-Present

  • Recruit and train science grad students to teach afterschool in high need middle schools
  • Mentor novice science educators and develop hands on, inquiry-based science curricula
  • Coordinate and maintain relationships with more than forty afterschool program locations
  • Assist Executive Director with new program design and implementation

American Museum of Natural History Youth Initiatives Dept., Educator, NY, NY 8/09-6/12

  • Teach astrophysics module to summer session Lang Teams 11 and 12 (Sixth/Seventh Grade)
  • Teach biweekly Saturday classes with Lang Team 10 (Seventh/Eighth Grade)
  • Design and co-instruct Solar System Course for NASA Student Research Mentoring Program
  • Design and instruct twelve session Astrobiology Course for high school students
  • Design and teach 3 or 5 day per week astrophysics courses for students Pre-K through 6th grade.

BeeTutored, Math, Science, and SAT Tutor, NY, NY 6/09-12/10

  • Work individually with over twenty students from second to twelfth grade levels
  • Developed study skills and test taking strategies for elementary through pre-calculus level mathematics, chemistry, earth science, biology, physics, SAT and school entrance exams
  • Encourage interns to embody science inquiry as enterprise for the curious and passionate

AMNH Center for Lifelong Learning, Consultant, NY, NY 4/09-7/09

  • Consult on the published educator guide for Journey to the Stars Hayden Planetarium show
  • Meet with curator and production staff to interpret space show concepts for educators

Leadership Institute High School, Earth Science Teacher, South Bronx, NY 8/07-6/09

    • Certified to teach Tenth and Eleventh Grade Earth Science
    • Selected as member of New York City Teaching Fellows Cohort 14