My name is Heather Page and I am passionate about teaching young people. With over twenty years of experience in urban education, I am currently a STEM instructional lead at the Manhattan Borough Citywide Office in New York City, supporting math and science instruction in the Manhattan high schools and providing instructional support to the CUNY and Urban Assembly secondary and high schools. Previously, I worked twelve years as an assistant principal and Advanced Placement Biology and Environmental Science teacher at the High School of Economics & Finance and five years as a science teacher at the High School of Fashion Industries, both schools located in Manhattan, New York. I strive to prepare my students to be global citizens and environmental stewards, as I work to instill in my students a sense of urgency in their individual efforts to better themselves, their community, and the environment. I am dedicated to providing access to my students as low-income students of color in urban centers typically lack opportunities such as travel and advanced coursework and access to resources such as highly qualified teachers and sophisticated materials. As a recipient of the 2015 New York Times “Teachers Who Make a Difference” award, I want my students to understand that engaging with the world is not reserved for other students. Originally from New England, I take every opportunity to explore the world. I have traveled extensively on my own and volunteered my time over the last ten years to bring students to Eastern and Western Europe, South Pacific, Central and South America. I was honored to participate in the 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program, and my experiences in Iceland inspired my students to embark on their own journeys and explore the world. I have completed two global study programs in Africa through New York University, where I earned a PhD in science education in the Teaching & Learning department at Steinhardt in 2018. My doctoral work centered on developing new teaching resources to encourage girls in science.
(Photo by A. Bielskas 2015)