“I’m a K to 12 person” says Kim Libertini, with a smile, explaining her perspective on increasing science and technology education in the Jericho schools, where she has been named new Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology.
“You need to plant the seeds early to generate interest in the sciences and technology education” she explains, recalling her own passion for biology, a science that she nurtured under the guidance of her inspirational biology teacher at the high school in upstate New York where she grew up.
Libertini went on to earn her B.S. in Biology from SUNY New Paltz, her M.S. in Biology Education from LIU/C.W. Post and her Administrative certificates from Stony Brook. Her background also includes research in cancer genetics for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Libertini taught science and research at Valley Stream North High School before joining the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District where she was director of the school district’s K to 12 STEM programs for three years.
At Cold Spring Harbor Senior High School, one of her initiatives was to create summer research experiences where high school students earned course credits for projects that included social science, computer science technology, including drones and hydroponics.
She joins the Jericho faculty formally on June 1 when she will begin working with science and technology teachers in all grades . She looks forward to forming partnerships with colleges and research facilities on Long Island. She also wants to see Jericho continue to participate in regional and national science and technology competitions, especially ones involving engineering, robotics and drones.
Libertini said she looks forward to incorporating the state-of-the-art anatomy table that the Nassau Legislature, through legislator John Lafazan, provided funding for. The anatomage table, a state-of-the-art device usually found in medical schools, will enable students interested in health care and medicine to perform virtual procedures and surgeries.