Liza Backman

Born in the snow-covered land of Buffalo, NY, and raised in sunny Auburn, AL, Liza has been interested in exploring the cold parts of the world around her from a young age. After attending The College of Wooster and graduating with a B.A. in Geology and Chemistry, she attended the American Museum of Natural History's Richard Guilder Graduate School and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Earth Science education.
Liza currently teaches Earth Science, Chemistry and IB (International Baccalaureate) Chemistry at Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA)--an all-girls public charter school located in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY. As a graduate of the IB program herself, she is particularly invested in data literacy as a way of encouraging students to be engaged in both local and global issues. She anticipates that exposing students to exciting science will encourage more, particularly young ladies such as those she teachers, to pursue science as a calling.

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Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy

Brooklyn, NY
United States