Columbia University in the City of New York

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Teacher-Scholar Program

Teacher-Scholars in class (Credit: Lou Rocco for Columbia's Zuckerman Institute).

Continuing education for secondary school teachers

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Teacher-Scholar Program introduces middle and high school science teachers in New York City to cutting-edge brain science for the duration of a school year. Using the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lectures as case studies, the teachers participate in workshops and create a lesson plan each semester that brings neuroscience into their classrooms. 


Teachers who complete the program emerge with greater knowledge of neuroscience, a deeper understanding of the scientific process, and a toolbox of concrete ways to implement their knowledge in the classroom. They also join a vibrant community of education professionals from across the city. What’s it like to be in the Teacher-Scholar Program? Check out some of our teacher experiences on Twitter and Instagram.


Applications for the 2022-2023 Teacher-Scholar Program are now closed. We anticipate recruiting teachers for the 2023-2024 Teacher-Scholar Program in late spring 2023.




“The support and ideas I have gained from this program directly affects my curriculum planning and has helped push my lessons to be more exciting and more rigorous.” 
– Teacher Scholar, 2014-2016 (Living Environment & Neuroscience Elective)


“Not only did I come away with new lessons specifically about neuroscience, but I also learned about a teaching pedagogy […] from one of the participants that I have incorporated into my class for several other topics.”
– Teacher Scholar, 2019-2020 (Environmental Science) 

“Being able to work with other highly qualified teachers and having high-level conversations about the nature of neuroscience was a great joy, and left me feeling energized and excited to teach.” 
– Teacher Scholar, 2016-2018 & 2019-2020 (Living Environment & Neuroscience Elective) 



Meet the 2021-2022 Teacher Scholars


Aleena Suchdeve

Queens High School of Teaching Liberal Arts and Sciences (26Q566)      

Alexander Lord

Francis Lewis High School (26Q430)

Amber Fletcher

A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (06M540)

Andrew Anderson


Beverly Lam

Cobble Hill High School of American Studies

Brittany Murdock

Millennium Brooklyn High School (I5K684) 

Carol Wang-Mondaca       

Martin Van Buren High School 

Deborah Reich

World View High School 

Devin Thomas

Brooklyn Technical High School (K430)

Emily Hollyday

West End Secondary School

Emma Iocovozzi

NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies

Ioana Paunescu

International Community High School (07x334)

Jessica Holzer

Forsyth Satellite Academy (01M458)

Jessica Kim

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School

Maha Hasen

Fordham High School for the Arts 

Mashfiq Ahmed

John Dewey High School (21K540)

Meng-Ping Tu

Stuyvesant High School

Michael Becker

KIPP NYC College Prep HS 

Preeti Natarajan

HS560 City As School

Ramona Fittipaldi

The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem (04M610)

Shana Cooper-Urbas

High School of Arts & Technology (03M494)

Tamanna Shahid

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Tchnavia Merrick

Math, Engineering and Science Academy

Theresa Stanley 

Quest to Learn (M422)




Meet the Teacher Scholars Program Team


Brittany Klimowicz  

The NYC iSchool

Erik Shold

East High School, Des Moines IA

Diana Li, PhD 

Public Programs Associate, Zuckerman Institute 

Our Sponsor: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

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