GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich High School science teacher Sarah Goldin has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.
"We are very fortunate to have an inspirational role model such as Dr. Goldin guiding our students as both a scientist and a teacher," Superintendent of Schools Sal Corda said. "We wish Sarah all the best as moves forward in the State's Teacher of the Year program."
Before becoming a teacher in 2009, Goldin spent 11 years in primary science, culminating in a doctoral degree in genetics and development from Columbia University, including seven years working as a full-time laboratory research scientist. She published eight articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She also worked for four years as a Scientific Advisor and Patent Agent for an intellectual property firm.
In 2009, Goldin joined the staff at Greenwich High, teaching biology and honors biology and working as co-creator of the high school's honors biochemistry course. To prepare for the development of this new course, Goldin independently obtained her teaching certificate in chemistry.
She was also instrumental in launching the AVID program at Greenwich High School in 2010, and in developing the Innovation Lab, which launched in 2015. For the Innovation Lab, she wrote and obtained two grants from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.
Innovation Lab is an interdisciplinary, project-based learning program that engages students in collaborative problem-solving around real world issues.
Goldin graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi from Princeton University with a bachelor of arts degree in molecular biology. She received a master of science in biotechnology from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by a master of arts and master of philosophy in genetics and development, both from Columbia University in New York. She received a doctorate in genetics and development, also from Columbia University in 2002.
Goldin was one of the six teachers selected and honored by the Greenwich Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee in spring.
The Superintendent of Schools selects one educator from among the six Distinguished Teachers who will represent Greenwich in the Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.
In spring, then-Superintendent of Schools William McKersie announced Goldin wold be the Greenwich representative for the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program.
As a semifinalist, Goldin met with members of the selection committee for an interview and to give a brief presentation on a pre-assigned topic. Based on these interviews, the state committee selects the finalists, whose schools are visited at the end of September. The state education commissioner announces the 2017 CT Teacher of the Year during the week of Oct. 10.
The Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors teacher excellence. It does not attempt to select the "best" teacher; rather, to identify one teacher to serve as a visible and vocal representative of what is best in the profession.