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Lindsey is a career-changer that comes to NLCP from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Masters of Education program. After earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in integrative biology and English, she pursued work in Chicago’s journalism industry. Lindsey spent six years in digital, radio and video media, working as a news producer, copy chief and reporter. Eventually, Lindsey began to miss the world of science and started looking for greater ways to contribute to her city, leading to work in secondary education. Lindsey believes in learning by doing and providing students with approaches to science that are significant in and relevant to their own lives and communities.
Lindsey plays lock for Chicago Women’s Rugby Football Club, enjoys kickboxing and can be seen pedaling Chicago’s streets on her beat-up royal blue mountain bike, Trixie.
Maya was born and raised in Chicago’s Southside–she is a 1st generation Chicano (Mexican-American) and 1st generation College graduate. Maya was the first in her family to attend from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where she double majored in Biology and Spanish receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2008 in for both her majors. She became a career changer in 2012 coming from the world of marketing and entertainment to pursue her passion for providing a high quality science education for students through the Urban Teacher Education Program. She received her Master’s Degree in Secondary Biology Education from The University of Chicago in 2014. Maya is now entering her 3rd year of teaching at NLCPHS.
Maya’s passion for science, adventure, and cultures, has allowed Maya to become a world traveler. Her drive is to share those experiences through her teaching of Biology and open the world of science to her students.
She’s traveled to…
Europe: Paris, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam
North America: US (various states), Mexico (various states), and Canada
Latin America: Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru
Her pedagogy is that science is everywhere and in everything, and the study of living things affects us all! She’s scuba certified and plans on explore the marine life.
The vision for the NLCP Science Department is to engage all science students in academically rigorous work that is embedded within a socially conscious curriculum, which empowers students to critically evaluate their world.
The focus of our instruction is to equip students with content, skills, Praxis, and emotional readiness to not only graduate from high school and a competitive university or college, but to positively impact their life’s aspirations.