Mr. Nick Lanza

8th Grade Science Teacher

Nick has taught 8th grade science in Harlem for the past two years while finishing his master’s degree at RELAY Graduate School of Education. Nick is a 2016 Teach for America Alumni for the New York Region and is dedicated to working with NYC public schools. Prior to moving to New York, Nick taught marine ecology at The Island School, a semester-long boarding opportunity for high school students located in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. At the Island School, Nick spent most of his time underwater SCUBA diving with students and other scientists to teach about marine research and conservation. 

Nick earned his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Adventure Education from Prescott College in Arizona. While at Prescott, Nick studied ecology abroad in Mexico, Norway, The Bahamas, and Argentina and took various field classes throughout the Southwest of the United States. Nick’s favorite activity during college was volunteering for an environmental education program called Prescott Creeks and Watershed that served elementary schools in the nearby area. In his free time, Nick likes to spend time outside surfing, hiking, rock climbing, running, and swimming. 

Nick’s goal is to help students to become curious about science. Nick believes that science is less about memorizing facts and definitions, and more about inquiry as a scientific mode of thinking. Nick is passionate about science because it is an all-encompassing subject that is import to all of our futures as members of this planet. Nick hopes to engage students at S2 through the Amplify curriculum and also looks to ensure that all 8th graders feel confident heading into their 8th grade exams and preparing for high school science.