Describe your teaching experience and interests in a brief public biography (200 words)
Jeff Porter has been teaching in independent and public schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years, working with students of all ages, from pre-school through high school. He currently teaches middle school science at the San Francisco Friends School. In addition, Jeff serves as a mentor teacher with the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute, supporting new middle school and high school science teachers.
Jeff is a fellow of the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Science. He served as a case study teacher working with Stanford and Cal Academy on developing an instructional tool for teaching science in lower school grades. Deeply committed to his professional growth, he has devoted ten summers to Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. In addition, he has studied with Harvard’s Project Zero, working in the areas of math, science, and curriculum development. He has studied the teaching of math in courses taught by Jo Boaler, David Berg, and Ron Ritchhart.
Jeff has served as a mentor teacher for participants in Bay Area teacher training programs and for pre-service teaching students from University of San Francisco. In his free time, he loves to travel, read, write, and garden. Art and music are vital parts of his life.