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Katelin Corbett



Eleanor Roosevelt High School

currently teaches

High School



# of years teaching


From the very first day Dr. Katelin Corbett began teaching physics, she felt right at home. And as an MƒA Master Teacher, she feels more connected to the profession and to fellow teachers across the city. “Working with a room full of physics teachers is rare, but MƒA makes it possible.” Katelin appreciates how MƒA teachers challenge each other to be better and do more. “It’s easy to fall into a routine in your own school or your own classroom. Having a supportive community behind you encourages growth and true professional development.”

A physics teacher for nearly 10 years, Katelin believes most students are already scientists and it’s the teachers’ job to help them realize that. “Science is not a set of laws, but a way we describe and explain the world around us. It’s my job as a teacher to not only to teach students but empower them to inquire about the world around them.”

Katelin earned a B.A. in Physics from SUNY at Geneseo, an M.S. in Secondary Literacy from SUNY College at Cortland, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a recipient of the 2018 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, a 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellow, and has presented on inclusion and equity research at the 2017 American Association of Physics Teachers Conference. Katelin leads courses at MƒA, such as “The “E” in STEM” Professional Learning Team and reminds teachers to not hold back when offering ideas. “MƒA is empowering in that sense, because it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”