Amanda Zullo received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Organizational Communication and Pre-Medical Studies from the State University of Geneseo and a Master of Arts in Education in 7-12 Physical Science-Chemistry (discipline or field) from Union Graduate College. Amanda earned a certificate of Advanced Study in National Board Certification and Teacher leadership when she earned her National Board Certification in 2012. She has been teaching Chemistry at a (edited based on advice from our school lawyer) High School since 2005.
A strong advocate for hands on, meaningful, student centered learning she involves her students in using Process Oriented Inquiry Learning class and lab activities along with Problem Based Learning to help students develop application for the concepts they are learning. Her professional interests focus on improving teacher effectiveness, meaningful utilization of technology within the classroom, and securing grants to obtain necessary classroom supplies. Her current projects include writing inquiry based AP Chemistry labs that utilize lab probes; rewriting standards for and designing the new National Board Teacher Certification exams; studying the impact of guided inquiry and open inquiry labs on student’s class enjoyment, overall growth in critical thinking and performance on topic specific regents exam questions. In addition, she serves as the Saranac Lake High School representative for the Adirondack Teacher Center, a representative on the Saranac Lake professional development committee and is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Modeling Association. In addition, she serves as the Saranac Lake High School Student Council Advisor. She was recently honored with the National Education Association Grant for Student Achievement, this is the second time she was granted this award. She also has earned the HACH American Chemical Society Award three times for activities that relate to increasing student achievement in Chemistry.