Contact Information: rachel.guryn@stonybrook.edu

Rachel Ndembera grew up with an appreciation for science and outdoor education and is currently working as the Science/Research Coordinator K-12 at Middle Country Central School District.  She applied her degree in Geology and Astronomy from the University of Colorado, Boulder to an undergraduate research project mapping surface lineations on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.  Rachel discovered a passion for teaching while serving in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  She had the opportunity to work with Botswana’s Ministry of Education Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation to oversee the implementation of a pilot curriculum in Molepolole, one of Botswana’s larger villages.  Upon returning to the United States, Rachel earned a Master’s in Teaching from Stony Brook University.  Her graduate research allowed her to investigate geochemical characteristics of the local quartz found at West Meadow Beach in order to learn more about Long Island’s glacial history.  She had the privilege of teaching a variety of science courses as well as leading the robotics program at a public secondary school in Harlem, NY.  While teaching she completed an advanced certification program in School Building and District Leadership through a Collaborative Leadership to Advance School Success partnership between New Visions for Public Schools and Hunter College.  Currently she is enrolled in a doctoral program at Stony Brook University with a focus on Science Education.


1. Collaborative Research: Assessing the Longitudinal Impact of Noyce Awards on the Subject Matter Knowledge of Beginning STEM Teachers in the US: A Comparative Study