MƒA EARLY CAREER TEACHER
The Clinton School
# of years teaching
For Ronnie Almonte, his biology classroom is a place to dive deep into molecular processes while drawing connections between science and social issues, politics, and race. “It’s really important to help students develop into thoughtful and active members of society,” Ronnie says. “Regardless of whether or not they go on to become scientists, they need to know how to talk about science and see its relevancy as they become adults.” In Ronnie’s classroom, his students propose, design, execute, and evaluate a research topic that they find intriguing, giving them ownership over science knowledge that’s personal to them.
As an Early Career Teacher, Ronnie values the resources that MƒA has to offer – from engaging workshops to the community of expert educators. As a participant in the “Demystifying Microscopes” workshop, which allows MƒA teachers to explore hands-on ways to teach microscopy, Ronnie was also able to work with seasoned Master Teachers. “It’s refreshing to be around educators who are in it for the long haul. They bring focus, concentration, and experience that’s crucial to see as a new teacher.”
Ronnie earned his B.A. in Biology from Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts, participated in a post-baccalaureate Biochemistry program from UMass Amherst, and received his M.A. in Secondary Science Education from NYU. He was a recipient of the NYU Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program (CRISP) fellowship, and took courses within the doctorate program in Biochemistry at the University of Chicago. Ronnie has been instrumental in research projects at the University of Massachusetts and Rockefeller University, focusing on new chemical treatments for Schindler disease and the biological structures of the malaria parasite.