I am entering my 41st year as a Science educator. I spent 38 of these years as a Science teacher in three New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) high schools in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. I also worked as a school administrator and Science Assistant Principal in the NYC DOE. Prior to coming to SJR, I worked as a Science Department Chairperson at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn, NY for over two years. I also have been an Adjunct Professor of Biology at: Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY), St. John's University (Jamaica, NY) and St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn, NY).
I have had the good fortune of teaching all of the traditional high school Science subjects along with everyone of the Advanced Placement Sciences except Calculus-based Physics. I also have several years of teaching specialty subject classes: Anatomy & Physiology,Histology and teaching and administering Intel- / Siemens-level Science Research. When I was at Fontbonne I not only taught AP Physics 1, I also helped institute the new AP Capstone Program through AP Capstone Seminar.
I received my B.A. cum laude in Biology from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Adelphi University. I also have three M.A.'s or an equivalent PD with highest honors from: Brooklyn College CUNY (Secondary Education Science), Columbia University & Teachers College (Computer Science / Computing in Education), and Brooklyn College CUNY (Secondary Education Administration and Supervision).
- Students need to have fun in their Science subject matter and they should thoroughly enjoy their classroom and lab experiences!
- No student ever rises to low expectations!
- There are never any problems inside and outside of the classroom, there are only solutions.
Since I've been teaching at SJR, I have been asked, "Mr. Winston, what kind of dog would you have if you could own one?" and "Mr. Winston would you own a cat?"
Well, we used to own a golden retriever, Liberty (...she was purchased on July 4th). And before we had our first son Noah, we had three cats at the same time: Pumpkin, Salem and Tarot.
When I was growing up, I had the following as pets (not all at the same time):
- Mynah Bird (talking)
- 6-10 Snakes
- Sea Horses
- Tropical Fish
When I am not at SJR you'll find me:
At home in Hillsdale with my wife (Jennifer) and two young sons (Noah, 3.5 yrs and Benjamin, 20 mo.). I like horticulture, farming, astronomy, cycling and cooking. If we are not at home, then we are out shopping or out vacationing.
Ask me about:
- African Violets
- Cacti and succulents and
- Setting up and maintaining a terrarium
- Major League Baseball History
I like to work at SJR because:
- I enjoy teaching hands on and minds on STEM to students who are motivated and want to have fun in the classroom or lab. If I also include my very short commute to SJR, then I am working in the ideal venue for all of this!
- The young men that I teach are highly intelligent and inquisitive
- The teachers in every department including the Science Department are: helpful, generous with their pedagogy, supportive, and exhibit camaraderie.
- Author Thomas Wolfe once wrote, "You Can't Go Home Again," but that's not true as at SJR I am back home!