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John Simpson

John Simpson

Middle School Biology Teacher

Franklin Regional School District

Greater Pittsburgh Area, us

I am an experienced educator, nonprofit leader, and outdoors enthusiast. For the past twelve years, I have taught seventh grade biology in one of the highest-performing schools in Western Pennsylvania. I love to channel my creative energy by exploring the things that make me feel most alive: The Outdoors, Travel, Surfing, Ani...


Franklin Regional School District

Middle School Biology Teacher

Post-Tragedy Transition Coordinator
Honored to be chosen from over 250 teachers district-wide to work with students and staff, helping them to move forward after a nationally publicized mass-stabbing incident at our high school

Gold House Goes to College: Eco-Tour
Established a collaborative relationship between Mount Union College and Franklin Regional School District to establish real-world connections with PA Ecology standards

Pilot Program Designer
Developed and piloted a specialized science course for low-ability readers to improve both their reading and science scores

Family Math & Science Night
Developed an annual evening reception for family members to engage in hands-on activities with seventh grade students

Workshop Facilitator
Guide professional development opportunities offered to our faculty and staff by presenting various topics including: Content Area Reading & Writing, Technology Integration, and Differentiated Instruction

Math – Science Collaborative: Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Spent nine years participating in professional dialogue, training, and collaboration with other math and science teachers in the region to explore best practices in math and science instruction

Expeditionary Learning Leader
Developed field trips to study marine biology at both Wallops Island, VA and Cape Henlopen State Park, DE; in addition to numerous local science expeditions

Anti-Bullying Curriculum Developer
Developed new and engaging curriculum for our faculty to use during homeroom meetings, while also establishing connections with middle school students’ interest in animal care by developing curriculum, fundraisers, and service projects

Grant Recipient: The K.U.R.R.E.N.T.S. Collection
Wrote and received a grant to compile an extensive science library of age-appropriate and high-interest trade books (“Kids Using wRiting and REading Nonfiction To understand Science”)