Almost twenty six years. That's how long I've been a NYC public school teacher. Most of that time at my alma mater, Stuyvesant.
A couple of years ago, the school paper wrote up an overview of my career. I re-posted it here. I'm somtimes amazed at where we are now and how we got here.
Regulars here also know my frustrations. To Stuy, I'm an interchangeable, generic math teacher and the DOE has shown no interested in supporting what we've built. I've also written about my concerns with the direction the city's going with respect to K12 CS education.
It was time for me to start the next phase of my career.
I'm happy to say that I will be joining Hunter College in late January. I'll be developing their CS Teacher Ed program and also working with their computer science undergrads. I'll also have the opportunity to work with the Manhattan/Hunter Science High School and Hunter College High School.
I also look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with my friends in the K12 Ed space.
I'm very excited about this opportunity but it feels a bit weird after being in the same place for so long. I don't feel any special attachment to the institution that is Stuyvesant, my allegiance is to my current and former students and that community isn't going anywhere. Next year I'll still be working with terrific young people, just in a different location under a different name.
I will miss the team that we've put together but even then, we get to continue our work with CSTUY.
With the new year comes new opportunity and I can't wait.