Educator Named ‘Teacher of Excellence’

061016-bab-1.jpg
Junior-Senior High School science research teacher Claire Birone was recognized at the inaugural “Teachers of Excellence” Awards Ceremony sponsored by New York State Sen. Phil Boyle on May 5.

Ms. Birone, who as nominated by Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi, shares her love of teaching as she continuously strives to promote research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research.

A graduate from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Ms. Birone first taught biotechnology for several years until becoming a high school teacher. She went on to complete her master’s degree at Stony Brook University. She is certified in both biology and chemistry and spent many summers working at Brookhaven National Laboratory as well as conducting her own research in the Costa Rican rainforest.  

Coming back to the Junior-Senior High School, she was soon the driving force behind starting the district’s popular science research program. Students as young as eighth grade can enter into the program, and many who matriculate go on to study research in their post-secondary years.

Throughout the years, the research pathway has grown considerably, where serious high school science research students have been conducting hands-on research projects on a variety of complex topics.
 
In addition, Ms. Birone enhances the research program experience with multiple opportunities for her students to work in the field alongside practitioners. Whether it is ongoing visitations and collaborative study while at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, going behind the scenes at Stony Brook University’s Cancer Research Center or inviting world-renowned researchers into her classroom, her students always walk away with an authentic learning experience.
   
Ms. Birone was also recognized and selected as a top educator in the state with her acceptance into the prestigious New York State Master Teacher program. The Master Teacher program is designed to create a statewide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers who are also dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and deepening their own scholastic and professional development.

“The entire Babylon educational community is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of Claire Birone,” Ms. Rozzi said. “She is seen as an instructional leader within our district and continues to set the bar high for Babylon research. We have no doubt the program will continue to be a bright light within our school district with Ms. Birone’s continued commitment and dedication to research education.”