Instructional Coach, School Transformation
Born and raised in New York, Pete’s guiding philosophy has come from this quote “Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you” He believes STEM is about exploring why things are the way they are. It’s about making informed judgements based on observations and drawing your own conclusions. His mission is to bring the powerful tool of scientific critical thinking to teachers and students, especially those facing structural and societal barriers.
At TAF, Pete is the Instructional Coach for schools in the Federal Way school district that are connected to TAF@Saghalie and part of TAF’s School Transformation program. He is responsible for coaching and providing teachers instructional support around project based learning and building a culture around equitable education practices.
Pete started his teaching career in Brooklyn, NY as a Biology and Earth Science teacher. He was a founding teacher at a public middle school that had an emphasis on interdisciplinary project based learning, socio-emotional growth, and equity in STEAM education. He was instrumental in the creation and teaching of the school’s science, engineering, and math curriculum. He was also a fellow at Math for America where he developed his teaching skills and his ability to combat inequities in education. He is excited to bring his experience developing equitable project based curriculum and his experience building positive cultures to the school communities he is working with.
Pete has a BA in Psychology and Biology from S.U.N.Y Geneseo and an MS in Adolescent Education in Biology from St. John’s University. He is excited for the opportunity to continuously learn and grow at TAF and the school communities he is working with.