I believe in teachers, and I’m terribly skeptical of any educational reform that doesn’t place teachers’ practice at its heart. I’m excited to come to Knowles and commit to its mission to make a mark on how science and math are taught across the US by investing in the best young teachers.”
Jeff joined the Knowles team in May 2013 as the Senior Program Officer for Phase Two of the Teaching Fellows Program. In that role, Jeff worked with Program Officers to support Fellows during their third and fourth years of the Fellowship. In May 2014, Jeff became Director for the Teaching Fellows Program. In this role, he provides management oversight for Knowles’ signature program.
He began his career in the Cincinnati Public School District, where he taught science for nine years. While working with student teachers from local universities and leading district-wide professional development, he developed an interest in teacher education. In 2005, Jeff enrolled in a doctoral program in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy at Michigan State University. At Michigan State, he taught courses on secondary science methods and worked as a graduate assistant on a National Science Foundation grant that studied science and math teacher induction at the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. His dissertation focused on the ways student teachers develop a practice as they navigate teacher education and their field placements; it was awarded the National Association for Research in Science Teaching’s Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2011.
Most recently, Jeff worked at Syracuse University, where he coordinated the secondary science education program and served as an assistant professor of science education. During his tenure at Syracuse, he served as the co-principal investigator on two grants valued at over $2 million dollars, and was published in the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching & Teacher Education, and American Biology Teacher. Notably, Jeff has presented his research findings at nearly 20 conferences.
He holds a B.S. in chemistry and secondary education from the University of Cincinnati, an M.Ed. in secondary education from Miami University and a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching and educational policy from Michigan State University.
Originally from the Midwest, Jeff currently resides in Moorestown, N.J. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, reading, playing poker and spending time with his wife and their two daughters.