Columbia University in the City of New York

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Teacher-Scholar Program

Teacher-Scholars in class (Credit: Sirin Samman).

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 2022-2023 Teacher Scholars




Aaron Licari

Robert Goddard MS202

Aimee Mullins

Edward R Murrow High School

Aleena Suchdeve

Queens HS of Teaching 26Q566

Amber Fletcher

A Philip Randolph 06M540

Andrew Anderson


Bonnie Lestz

John Adams High School 27Q480

Brittany Beck

High School of Telecommunication Arts an

Brittany Concannon

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

Caroline Schule

Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics 09x260

Deborah Reich

World View High School

Jessica Holzer

Forsyth Satellite Academy

Jessica Kim

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School

Madalyn McDaniel

Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce

Mariella Mannino

I.S. 381

Mariya Barreras

Mott Hall High Schools

Melissa Braxton

International National High School at Prospect Heights

Michael Becker

KIPP NYC College Prep HS

Ramona Fittipaldi

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

Shayron McLean

A. Philip Randolph Campus H.S.

Stephen Kos

New Explorations into Science, Technology + mathematics High School

Sylvie Ozon

Lycée Français de New York

Theresa Stanley

Quest to Learn




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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