Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
2010 Alumni Washington Fellow
Bio/Overview: Greer currently works in Baltimore as the Special Assistant to the District’s Chief of Staff. During his high school years in rural Pennsylvania and as an early undergraduate, Greer would never have thought of teaching as a career choice. However, his dream of becoming a neuroscientist was completely forgotten while volunteering at a community afterschool program for middle school students in Pittsburgh, PA. There his eyes were opened to the infectious act of helping students gain and understand the skills necessary to solve novel problems on their own. In that instance Greer realized that he had no choice but to become an educator. While studying for his Masters, Greer taught at George Westinghouse High School in the Homewood community. For the first time he gained firsthand experience dealing with the inequities that exist in too many of our nation’s schools. These notions fueled his passion for teaching students in urban settings and ensuring that every student has access to a quality education. Greer’s passions led him to Baltimore City Schools, where he taught ninth grade biology for seven years at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Immediately following his year as a 2010 Washington Fellow, Greer returned to Baltimore to coach teachers as an Academic Content Liaison for Science Education.
Achievements: In May of 2009 Greer was honored to be named the Baltimore City Teacher of the Year and subsequently a finalist for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
Leadership Experience: Currently, Greer is working on developing and helping to institute the processes and structures the district will utilize to ensure that core work of the district is achieved. In the year after the Fellowship, he developed and implemented a sequence of systemic professional development for teachers related to student learning objectives in the 10% of lowest performing schools. As a Washington Fellow, Greer worked on several issues related to teacher quality, including recruitment and retention programs, tenure and workforce policies, and supporting the implementation of technical assistance to Race to the Top grantees. During his tenure as a classroom teacher Greer led the School Family Council and School Climate Subcommittee. Greer helped write curricula for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) as the company developed unique problems-based courses in both Biomedical Sciences and Medical Interventions. Also, as a lead teacher with PLTW, Greer helped to train the teachers who would pilot the program. Finally, Greer led some of his students on three biennial trips to Costa Rica for the rare opportunity to volunteer in preservation efforts of the leatherback turtle population.
Affiliations: National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, Pi Lambda Theta
Education: Greer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and went on to earn his Masters in teaching also from the University of Pittsburgh.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
- Teacher recruitment and retention
- Especially tough school environments
- Facilitation of group conversation
- Thanks to his close 2010-2011 Washington Fellows friends: structural processes and supports to help implement challenging work