About Me

I was born and raised in Queens; I currently live right across the East River in the heart of Astoria. I began my teaching career at CSS following the conclusion of my undergraduate program in 2016. I received my B.A. in Adolescent Social Studies Education, and I am currently working toward a M.S.Ed in Adolescent Literacy Education. At CSS, I currently teach sixth-grade social studies (Geography 6) and ninth-grade philosophy (Rhetoric and Logic). In addition, I have worked with SONYC to offer a creative writing elective to our middle school students, which culminates in the publication of Semicolon, an anthology of student works. This year, I serve as the chair of the social studies department, where I work to support the social studies team at CSS.
In my spare time, I enjoy tinkering with computer programs and learning about new types of technology. I'm an avid swimmer and enjoy competitive swimming. Though I don't get to do it as often as I'd like, I greatly enjoy hiking. When I have the time to do so, I tend to engage in creative writing, drawing, and painting. I also love to bake; as an unfortunate side-effect, I have a pretty bad sweet tooth!
If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email at danielwoods@columbiasecondary.org. For information about my grading policy, which uses a standards-referenced system, see the attachment below.