Katherine Banfitch, a New Brunswick High School biology and environmental science teacher, as well as a Monmouth County resident, has been accepted as an Arizona State University Sustainable Education Teaching Fellow. As part of the program, Banfitch will design and then – for the upcoming, 2022-’23 school year – implement a professional development workshop for New Brunswick educators that focuses on sustainability and sustainable teaching practices.
“Our district’s educators are strongly committed to expanding their professional skills and Ms. Banfitch is an excellent example,” says Virginia L. Hill, New Brunswick Public School’s assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “She certainly earned a summer break spent recuperating after a challenging school year. But instead, she’ll be pushing herself not only to learn, but to then share her new expertise with her teaching colleagues. In the end, that’s not only a win for Ms. Banfitch and those who participate in her professional development session – it’s a win for New Brunswick’s students, too.”
Banfitch, who is also the high school’s Garden Club advisor, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in teaching, both from Monmouth University.
About New Brunswick Public Schools The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.