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 back to 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.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Teacher-Scholar program are now closed. Please contact if you have any questions about your application or the program.


Meet the 2019-2020 Teacher Scholars



Andrew Anderson


Francesca DiPietro

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Stephen Gallagher

Harry S Truman High School 11X455

Vincent Joralemon

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & the Arts

Nicole Kamar (Holmes)

Frank McCourt High School 03M417

Vanessa Keen

Harry S. Truman High School

Laura Klancer


Brittany Klimowicz

The NYC iSchool

Bonnie Lestz

Harvest Collegiate High School M534

Heather Lochridge

Brooklyn Prospect HS

Preeti Natarajan

City As School High School, M560

Suzette Nelson

Clara Barton High

Deborah Reich

World View High School

Bradley Scalise

Hunter College High School

Tamanna Shahid

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Erik Shold

East High School, Des Moines

Theresa Stanley

Quest to Learn

Meng-Ping Tu

Stuyvesant High School

Zora Tucker

Mary McDowell Friends School

Joshua Wickline

Talent Unlimited High School


Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic please note that we may have to make changes to the program including holding some sessions virtually.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Our Sponsor: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

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I came upon the Teacher-Scholar Program and it was exactly the type of professional development I needed. Unlike other professional development programs the Teacher-Scholar programs brings in real scientists and the scientific community. I have invited my students to all of the Columbia Lectures and they love the opportunity to be a part of a larger scientific community. 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.
Brittany Klimowicz
Living Environment and neuroscience elective teacher