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WCE Graduate Featured in Lead Story in NSTA Reports

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

John Derian earned a bachelor of science in Marine Biology at UNCW in 2007 and graduated from the Watson College with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in secondary science education in 2009. He teaches ninth- and 10th-grade Living Environment and Physical Science to newly arrived immigrants at the Brooklyn International High School in New York City.

Derian is featured in the lead story in the November issue of NSTA Reports, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association. The story, titled “Science and the Star Wars Universe” showcases a project-based unit Derian created for a school-wide interdisciplinary portfolio project. The project uses Star Wars films and sculpting to engage students in science and writing assignments with the theme of adaptation.

“I am so excited that John is getting some much-deserved recognition for the innovative and creative work that he does as a high school science teacher,” said Dennis Kubasko, associate professor of secondary science education at the Watson College. “The project-based teaching methodology that he employs on a daily basis is reflective of the graduate program from which he graduated. We are so proud of his accomplishments!”

Derian was part of the first cohort of students from the Watson College of Education to travel to Belize for a five-week international field experience. “After observing John successfully teach science and motivate students in Central America, I knew he was going to do great things in the profession,” Kubasko said. “As a secondary program, we are so fortunate to have creative, innovative and accomplished teachers like John impacting children’s lives every day.”

For more information about the Star Wars project at the Brooklyn International High School, visit John Derian’s teacher page.

For information about WCE’s Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education, visit: www.uncw.edu/ed/itfse/mat.

About NSTA

The National Science Teachers Association, founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.