Starting my eighth year at CSS is so exciting! Last year I taught seniors who were my first Living Environment freshman class at CSS! It’s amazing as a teacher I get to see tremendous growth in students over 4 years. Watching students become more passionate about global concerns and identify the path they wish to take after high school is extremely rewarding! This year, I will get to teach the seniors who were with me as freshmen while I was pregnant and had my daughter Ellie! Through 17 years of teaching, my passion for science and learning is unwavering (and hopefully contagious).

I think of my parents when considering my reason to pursue science and education. My father was always encouraging me to tackle questions I had beyond my homework, like, “why is the sky blue”. My mother was influential in nudging me toward a career in education after years of “finding myself” with jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, bird watching field studies and a jaunt through Europe ending in a tour of Kansas (interesting yes, ask me about it).

I am certified in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, plus administration and enjoy discussing all these sciences and how schools can support science education. I also enjoy looking at how the many science subjects connect us to our world and each other! Teaching a college level course, Global Environment and Human Culture in partnership with SUNY- Environmental Science & Forestry has been enlightening and gives me an opportunity to help students gain awareness of and develop a connection to the natural world. I am a proud Math for America Master Teacher and 2016 recipient of the Sloan Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

When I am not thinking and living science, I have been known to hit the mountains with my snowboard, read books on my kindle, stroll the beach in search of treasure, and spend time with my adventurous, lively daughter Eleanor!

dianalennon@columbiasecondary.org