School: Sunset Park High School
Grades Taught: 12
Subjects Taught: College Biology, Human Anatomy, Health
As a high school student herself, Kayla loved her biology class and admired her teacher for taking the class to analyze their DNA at the world-famous Cold Spring Harbor Lab, and for sporting a cow costume when the class dissected cow ovaries. After completing college at Boston University, Kayla was uncertain she wanted to teach in a traditional classroom. She enjoyed internships as an AmeriCorps environmental educator and as a farmer in upstate New York, and later as an educator in Prospect Park and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Once Kayla could no longer count the number of field trips she hosted, she decided to enroll at Brooklyn College as a biology education major, and received her M.A.T. in 2015. Kayla is entering her third year as a 12th grade biology/ human anatomy teacher at Sunset Park High School. She looks forward to brainstorming with fellows on how to inspire students to research collaboratively and to use new knowledge and skills to make informed decisions.