Three finalists for Grade 6-12 Science Department Head have been identified by the Interview Committee: Stephen Ribisi, Ana Hurley, and Chu Kwen “Ron” Ho. Parents and community members are invited to attend a Question and Answer session with each of the candidates in the Amy Potter Center at the Middle School at 7:45 am each day.
These finalists will each spend a half-day in our district meeting with parents, community members, faculty, students, and administrators.
Middle School Amy Potter Center, 7:45-8:30 AM
Monday, May 7: Stephen Ribisi
Tuesday, May 8: Ana Hurley
Wednesday, May 9: Chu Kwen “Ron” Ho
Brief Biographical Information
Chu Kwen “Ron” Ho has worked at New Bedford High School since 2014, serving as School Administrative Fellow (Assistant Principal and Supervisor) since 2016 and Lead Science Teacher since 2014. He also has served as a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Genetics at Harvard University since 2013, a Research Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (2011-2014), and Graduate Research Fellow in Immunology and Microbiology at Columbia University (2004-2011). Dr. Ho earned a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master of Arts in The Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies from Columbia University; a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Boston University; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science from Columbia University.
Ana Hurley has served as Science Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Dover Sherborn Middle School since 2005. Prior to that, she was a Science Teacher at Saint John’s Preparatory School in Danvers (2003-2004), a Science Teacher at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield (2002-2003), a Science Teacher at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in Peabody (2001-2002), and Science Teacher at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia (1999-2000). Ms. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University and three Masters of Education Degrees (a major in Mind, Brain & Evolution from Harvard University, a major in Field Based Program from Salem State University, and a major in Education Administration from Endicott College).
Stephen Ribisi has served as Chemistry Teacher at Braintree High School since 2012. Prior to that, he was a Science Teacher at Saugus High School (2010-2012), and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Ribisi earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has had Postdoctoral Training in Developmental Biology and in a Science and Health Education Partnership at the University of California, San Francisco and at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco.