Heidi is a recent resident of New York City after moving from a small rural town in Northern Virginia. She attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg where she majored in Chemistry with a concentration on physical chemistry, which she applied to art conservation. During college, she was decided on being a dentist, but found her true passion in the classroom during an internship in Washington, DC. Upon completion of her BS in Chemistry, Heidi completed her Masters in Secondary Science Education with an endorsement in English as a Second Language. In her free time, Heidi enjoys running, doing yoga, trying new foods and wandering through the art galleries of LES. She loves talking about her work in research, what it was like growing up on a farm in a small southern town, and how things work! Her classroom focuses on applying the abstract concepts of chemistry to everyday phenomena through hands-on learning and real world projects!
Matt always had a passion for Earth Science ever since his mom would find rocks in his pockets as a small child. He hopes to bring that passion to his classroom this year. He wants to make the experiences in his classroom as hands on as possible, along with trips into the field to see how real-life geologists conduct their work.
Matt received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Dayton in 2013. After receiving his Master of Science in Geosciences from Penn State in 2015, Matt decided to take some time to travel. He went to South America for a month, drove for 10 weeks across the United States, and then decided to become a white water rafting, zip-lining, and rock climbing guide in West Virginia. It was while he was in West Virginia that he decided to return to his original passion, teaching. While on a trip to New York City in early 2017, he decided to move to the big city. He applied to a Masters of Teaching program at the American Museum of Natural History. He would then spend the next 15 months learning what it takes to become a successful teacher in NYC.
Outside of the classroom, Matt enjoys video games, rock climbing, and exploring new areas of the city.
Pete Wood has always loved science, nature, and the environment. As a Living Environment Teacher he will bring the richness of the natural world into the classroom for all to explore.
After a fulfilling career, working for companies that provide water and wastewater treatment solutions to industry and municipalities, Pete left behind “life in an airplane seat” to join the classroom. Having travelled to all 50 States and many countries in pursuit of environmental control technology, he brings an awareness of the unique potential that exists within New York City. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pace University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1994.
When he is not in the classroom, Pete can be found skiing, fishing, scuba diving, golfing, or gardening.