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David Streib

Physics Teacher
dstreib@newrootsschool.org

For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with our world. And while I have always loved science as a subject, my understanding of what it truly is ever-evolving. It may be strange to say that even though I went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Alfred University, math and science were subjects that did not naturally come easy to me. And while I was very academically successful, I always had to put in those extra hours studying to earn that success. From this struggle however, comes my inspiration and talent for teaching - as I have developed a deep understanding of the process of making meaning.

As a college student, working in the biomaterials research laboratories at Alfred University, and in the fiberglass industry outside of Atlanta, Georgia left me feeling a disconnect between my work and what I felt was my true purpose. In 2006, I decided to leave the field of engineering for an opportunity to teach at a high school in Quito, Ecuador. There, I received a true education, and discovered my passion for helping students grow into their full potential.

Upon returning to the United States in 2008 with a new, global perspective, I completed a Master's of Science in Education program at SUNY Oswego while simultaneously working as a Spanish/English Medical Interpreter in the clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms for Spanish-speaking patients in Syracuse, NY. During this time, I also tutored English-as-Second-Language for Puerto Rican exchange students, and taught Spanish to high school students. I am excited to be at New Roots, where I can work into the curriculum my passion for both science and culture/society. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading Latin-American Literature, and searching my house for wayward chocolate.

 

Classes Teaching

Global Environmental Science

Modeled on the AP Environmental Science curriculum, this class uses Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics to study global human and natural systems.
 

College Chemistry

A college-level, concurrent enrollment class through TC3.
 

Contemporary Science Technology

A blended, project-based Chemistry and Physics class through the context of the real world. We study Chemistry and Physics college preparatory concepts through the lens of water, fire, light, and motion.

 

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

How to start a business that is good for your pocket, for the community, and for the environment.