Barry Fried - My career in education began as a science teacher and continued as an administrator in the New York City school district. While serving as a department and school leader, I still had my passion for teaching and maintained my role as a classroom teacher, which was the most rewarding time of my school day. Presently, I am an education consultant, delivering professional development to teachers in the sciences, mathematics, instructional
technology and STEM and providing job-embedded services to support classroom instruction for schools throughout the United States. On occasion, I conduct virtual training sessions for teachers. Additionally, I am very proud to be a Solar System Ambassador and a New Horizons Fellow for NASA's Educational Outreach Programs, conducting workshops for teachers, students, parents and at community events in Space Mission Science. My values and beliefs developed over a 30-year teaching career as I understood my responsibility toward improving student performance and that all students can learn when provided with a supportive classroom environment. My lessons were creative and inquiry-focused which engaged students and helped in generating enthusiasm with an eagerness to learn. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Biology, I earned my New York State Teaching Certification in the Sciences while completing my Master of Science in Biology, after which, I received my Professional Diploma in Educational Administration & Supervision. I served as principal of a comprehensive high school for 11 years. Prior to my tenure as principal, I was a classroom teacher at the intermediate and high school levels, teaching all science subjects, and an assistant principal of science and technology at the high school level. I integrated STEM education for my students, was an inclusion teacher supporting IEP students, instituted a robotics program, coached our Science Olympiad team and was a member of many educational and science organizations, spearheading changes in instructional practices in my school district. Working to increase student achievement, I collaborated with educators and students through virtual and face-to-face training by providing opportunities to engage in ‘real-time’ science to help bridge cultural and socio-economic gaps among students from diverse backgrounds and academic levels. I still enjoy sharing my experiences by presenting at regional and national conferences on topics including Learning for Conceptual Understanding, Diversified & Differentiated Learning Strategies, Integrating Interdisciplinary Approaches to Science Education, Astrobiology in the Urban Setting and Multicultural/Equity in Science Education, to name a few. One highlight was being selected as a ‘Featured Speaker’ at the Regional NSTA Conference in Detroit, MI on the topic Using Instructional Technology. I also have written curriculum in Biological and Earth System Sciences, am a published author, and was featured in two Educational Administration textbooks. SKILLS: AP Biology, M.S.; AP Chemistry, BSc; AP Environmental Science, BSc; Astronomy, BSc; Biology, M.S.; Chemistry, BSc; Earth Science, BSc;
Ecology and Environmental Biology, BSc; Environmental Science, BSc; General Science, BSc; Horticulture, BSc; Human Biology, M.S.; Natural Sciences, BSc; Physical Science (Middle School/Jr. High), BSc; Physics, BSc; Physics and Astronomy, BSc; Physiology, M.S.