Linda PadwaLecturer, Associate Director for Science Education
and Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice
After her retirement from a position as a high school science teacher, Ms. Padwa joined the Science Education Program at Stony Brook University. She is currently the Associate Director of the program and is also an adjunct in the Chemistry Department at the University.
Ms. Padwa earned a BA in Chemistry from Queens College and an MAT in Science Education from Harvard University (on an NSF Academic Year Fellowship). She holds New York State Permanent Certification to teach chemistry, earth science, biology, and mathematics. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Science Education.
Ms. Padwa's teaching assignments include Methods of Teaching Science I and II and she supervises student teachers. She serves as the Science Education Program's director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice where her duties include scheduling micro-teaching and field experiences for the students in the Methods I and Methods II classes, and placing student teachers in their middle and high school student teaching experiences.
Ms. Padwa has served as a consultant for the New York State Education Department as a question writer and test editor for the Chemistry Regents Examination Development Committee and as a member of the Regents Examination in Chemistry Laboratory Component development committee. She is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), where she is the Suffolk Country Subject Area Representative for Colleges.
As a leader in the Biology Chemistry Professional Development Network (BCPDN), Ms. Padwa has conducted numerous in-service workshops for chemistry teachers. She represents the BCPDN at Science Summit Meetings that are held in conjunction with the State Education Department each year.
During her career as a science teacher Ms. Padwa taught high school chemistry, earth science, AP environmental science, science research, and eighth grade general science. She also served as faculty advisor for a wide range of co-curricular activities and clubs, including National Honor Society, Academic Team, Science Olympiad Team, and Robotics Club.