The main author of this weblog is Paul Cancellieri, a thirty-something father of two who began his professional life with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and a Masters of Science in Botany. After spending several years in a laboratory setting, he made the decision to follow his heart into the classroom as a middle school science teacher.
For twelve years, Paul taught middle school science at public middle schools in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned National Board Certification in 2006. Paul used web-based tools to engage his students in digital conversations, and conducted technology workshops for his fellow educators. Paul was selected by his peers as Teacher of the Year on two occassions.
In the fall of 2012, he became one of the founding faculty members at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, a public single-gender, grade 8-13 school that offers accelerated curriculum and early college programs.
In October 2013, Paul left the classroom to pursue opportunities working with teachers all over North Carolina. He is currently serving as Data Literacy Program Manager for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Read more about this project on the Seize the Data blog. He will be returning to the middle school science classroom at the end of this grant-funded position in July 2014.
You can read some of the fruit of his previous life as a marine ecology researcher in the journals Environmental Health Perspectives and Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Paul has also written for SmartBlogs Education and Common Sense Media.