Steve Carpenter returns to Avenues in the fall as an upper grades science teacher. He first came to Avenues in 2013 and his roles have included STEAM cohort leader, STEM and physics teacher and Upper Division associate head.
Before joining Avenues, Steve worked for five years at the Queens School of Inquiry (Flushing, NY), where he taught physics and engineering design to 9th graders, as well as Regents physics to grade 11. In addition, he was the team leader of a standards-based assessment group, which he piloted and helped to implement school-wide. He was also the technology coordinator and coach, managing web-based tools used by the school community and coaching teachers in technology integration.
Steve’s prior teaching experience includes four years at Intermediate School 145 (Jackson Heights, NY), where he taught 7th and 8th grade science. He developed and implemented a project-oriented, inquiry-based 7th grade physical science curriculum and also served on the school leadership team.
Steve studied mechanical and electrical engineering at North Carolina State University for three years before changing his focus to physics, in which he received his degree. He also earned a minor in philosophy, worked in the university’s physics tutorial center, captained the nationally ranked ultimate Frisbee team and spent a year as the lab manager of a molecular and nanosclae physics lab. He moved to New York in 2004 to join the New York City Teaching Fellows, earning an M.S.Ed. in secondary science education from CUNY Queens College (New York). He holds New York State certification in physics (grades 7 through 12).
Programming and web design are a critical part of Steve’s classroom and leadership roles. In addition to developing a number of web applications for classroom use, he co-developed the flexible scheduling tool that empowers Upper Division teacher teams to create and publish new and innovative schedules adapted to each week of their project-based curriculum.
Steve is proficient in Spanish, after taking summer Spanish courses in Guanajuato, Mexico, for three summers. Outside of the classroom, he commutes by bike from his home in Queens. He enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking when the sun is shining and tinkering with web design and microelectronics when it is too cold to play outside. Year round, he enjoys cooking and baking for his small vegetarian family.
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