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Greenwich High Science Teacher Selected For Teacher Of The Year Contest

Greenwich High School science teacher Sarah Goldin has been named the Greenwich Public Schools' candidate for the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year award.
Greenwich High School science teacher Sarah Goldin has been named the Greenwich Public Schools' candidate for the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year award. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich High School Science, AVID and Innovation Lab teacher Sarah Goldin has been selected as the Greenwich Public Schools' representative for the 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year program, Superintendent of Schools William McKersie announced.

Goldin will be recognized by the board of education at its June 14 meeting at 7 p.m. at New Lebanon School.

“Dr. Sarah Goldin stands out among an especially talented class of ‘Distinguished Teachers,’ " McKersie said.

Goldin also will be honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee and by the Greenwich Kiwanis Club at the June 14 meeting. The club will present Goldin with the Joseph Mitchell Kaye Award. Kaye was a past president of the club, a lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis Club for the New England District and past Greenwich Board of Education member.

Goldin is one of the six teachers selected and honored by the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee this year in April. The superintendent is charged with selecting from among the six the teacher who will represent Greenwich in the state program. Throughout May and June, McKersie reviewed the nomination packets submitted for the teachers, spent time in their classrooms, debriefed the observations with each teacher and their principal and reviewed submitted essays.

Goldin did not start out her career as a teacher. She 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 also worked for four years as a scientific adviser and patent agent for an intellectual property firm.

She joined Greenwich High School as a science teacher. Goldin has taught biology and honors biology and her impact is most seen in the creation of the honors biochemistry course. Her co-creator, John DeLuca, said, “Taking on the bulk of this challenging task herself, she developed honors biochemistry, a course that I believe is second to none in our department."

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 degree in biotechnology from the 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. She also received a doctorate in genetics and development from Columbia.

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