My name is Heather Page and I am passionate about teaching young people. With over fifteen years of experience in urban education, I am currently an assistant principal and Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher at the High School of Economics & Finance in New York City. 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 volunteering my time over the last ten years to bring students to Eastern and Western Europe, South Pacific, Central and South America. I have completed two global study programs in Africa through New York University, where I am currently a doctoral candidate in science education in the Teaching & Learning department at Steinhardt. My doctoral work centers on developing new teaching resources to encourage girls in science. I am honored to participate in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program, and hopes my experiences in Iceland will inspire my students to embark on their own journeys and explore the world.
(Photo by A. Bielskas 2015)