Robin Bulleri was an NCSLA Fellow in the 2008-2009 Cohort. Of all of her experiences as a Fellow, she fondly remembers participating in the Change game, as many Fellows do. This was a memorable experience for Robin because it was a reminder that there is a constant need to consider all stakeholders in the decision-making process. As Robin puts it, “Just because one group of stakeholders is satisfied, doesn’t mean the process is over.”
Robin’s experience as a Fellow gave her the confidence she needed to apply for a Kenan Fellowship, She was granted a Fellowship and worked at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (Nescent) to develop evolution curricula and design a three-day workshop for teachers on teaching evolution. The workshop was so successful that it continued to run after the completion of her Fellowship. Robin’s work as a Kenan Fellow opened many doors for her eventually lead her to a role as an Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive Ambassador, which enables her to write and present curriculum across the United States.
Robin currently teaches Biology and AP Biology at Carrboro High School in Carrboro, NC. When asked about her greatest accomplishment of the past school year, Robin explained how she turned around a class that was extremely challenging and made it one of the best classes she’s ever taught. The class was a standard biology class with a wide array of student abilities and needs. Robin modified her practices, utilized notebooking, and worked to cultivate a community of learners.
Robin’s commitment to science education doesn’t take a break just because it’s summer vacation. This summer, she will be co-leading the AP Biology Regional Teacher Academy at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Bradenton, Florida in June. She will also be presenting at the NSTA Stem Expo in Kissimmee, Florida in July. Between these two events, Robin will take some time to recharge at her family’s home in Maine.
Looking back on her experiences as an NCSLA Fellow, Robin recognizes the part NCSLA played in her journey in science leadership. “I'm so grateful to NCSLA for starting me on this path. It's been awesome.”