Myriam Medina Miranda
Position: Head of Science Department and Biology Teacher
BA Secondary Education in Biology from Universidad de Puerto Rico
PhD Education in ADD Instruction from Universidad Metropolitana
Recent Publications or Presentations:
The Importance of Field Trips in Biology
Before becoming a teacher, Medina used to work doing parasitology research at the University of Puerto Rico. When she finished her research she started teaching at Universidad Ana G. Mendez, where she still teaches today. Soon after starting as a professor, she became a science teacher when, just 4 years later, the Director of the Pathway Program (then known as Learning Center Program) called her and said “we need a science teacher at Robinson and not just any teacher, we need you”.
During the 18 years she has been teaching here she has seen how the classrooms have evolved by becoming more project-based, more reflective (like building a coquí habitat during last year’s drought). As an International Baccalaureate School, Robinson encourages hands-on learning. She finds Robinson School unique because of the humane quality of the teachers and staff “unlike other schools, here everyone treats each other with respect and dignity, the teachers are not only nurturing to their students but to any student in the school, it’s a safe environment”.
At Robinson, Myriam gives “Teacher Boosters” (workshops on how to do rubrics, how to use the campus as a lab, and how to organize lab activities, just to name a few) and “Student Boosters” (how develop organization skills, how to send e-mails to teachers, and how to approach a teacher when you get a bad grade, among many others). She says “My goal is to make students love science and love the classroom. If a student needs extra tutoring or research mentoring, I’m always more than happy to work with them”.
As a mother of three, Medina enjoys spending time with her family, whether it’s cooking, going to the beach or driving around the island. She loves reading suspense novels and neuroscience books. She listens to any type of music, but the 80’s are her favorite. She also tries to keep up with the latest reaggueton trends to understand what her students are talking about.