School: High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Grades Taught: 10, 12
Subjects Taught: Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Assisting
Arlene graduated with a degree in Biology/Genetics from the University of the Philippines at the age of 20 and was immediately offered to work in a research lab. Being away from her family to study at the university, she decided to go back to her roots and declined the job offer. It was during this time that her mom, who was also a teacher, brought up the idea of teaching. Arlene taught college Biology then decided that high school was more fun, and she has never looked back since then. She finished her Master’s degree in Biology Education, and just when she was about to complete her Ph.D., she was hired as one of the International Teachers by the NYCDOE. For the past 8 years, she has taught Living Environment, Research, Health, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Assisting in her school. She helped develop the curriculum for Medical Assisting and has made the program one of the most sought after by students with enrollment reaching a record high.
Arlene is one of the Columbia University Summer Research fellows wherein she studied Alzheimer’s disease and was invited to present her paper at the National Partners in Science Conference in San Diego in January. She is also one of the recipients of the Brain Insight Teacher Scholar Program at Columbia University and just recently, her proposal to the Scientist-in-Residence Program of the New York Academy of Sciences in partnership with the NYCDOE got accepted. Arlene firmly believes that learning should be fun and that students should be empowered to contribute to the learning process. She hopes that the Sci-ed Innovators fellowship will provide her more insight to the democratic framework of teaching that will definitely improve the dynamics in her classroom.