Steve Goldberg, the author of this blog, believes that now is the best time to be a learner.
Steve, who is opening a middle school in 2013, has more than a decade of teaching experience at some of the most prestigious high schools in the country. By working and learning in the company of exceptional students and colleagues, Steve has gained a deep understanding of the learning possibilities in today’s 21st Century digital environment. He also feels that the curriculum often gets in the way of genuine learning.
Steve has served for the past four years as a history teacher at Cary Academy, a world-class school where all students and teachers are issued tablet computers. Before that, he was Lead Technology Teacher at The Potomac School, a private K-12 independent school just outside of Washington, DC.
Steve has led high school students on service learning trips to rural Ethiopia and urban Kenya, where he helped students learn about life beyond the familiar borders of the US. Those trips made a powerful impression and considerably broadened his own world-view. Every time Steve takes a shower with warm water or has a meal, he’s reminded that a good percentage of the world can’t take those things for granted.
This summer, Steve taught a Constitutional Law seminar for Duke’s Talent Identification Program to gifted high school students from around the world.
A double Duke graduate (Trinity, 1990; MAT in Social Studies, 1995), Steve is also a lawyer (Georgetown Law School, 2003; member of the bar in Maryland) who clerked for a year for a judge in Washington, D.C. After his clerkship, Steve was drawn back into the classroom and to his passion of teaching bright young students.
Steve grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, attended Newton South High School, and later, in a suburban twist on Welcome Back Kotter, taught civics and U.S. History at his alma mater high school.
Before that, Steve taught government and civics using Washington, DC, as his classroom for the Close Up Foundation – a civic education program that brings students who want to learn from all over the world to Washington, DC.
Steve is married to Dr. Jocelyn Glazier, the Chair of Teaching and Learning at the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jocelyn and Steve live in Durham with their son Ben, a joyful four year old who asks insightful questions about the world on a regular basis.
Steve’s email is MrGoldberg [AT] gmail.com