BarbachSSheila Barbach

Academies Coordinator

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Sheila Barbach's role includes co-teaching science at every grade level including a special concentration on eighth grade biology, coaching and mentoring GBDS teachers to engage students in science, planning special events, and writing curricula for the Academies.

Mrs. Barbach’s teaching methods are student-centered, and she views her role in the classroom as a facilitator of learning. She uses inquiry-based instruction and is trained in Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). Mrs. Barbach is an active member of the POGIL Project, a community of educators seeking to transform education in the United States ( Her projects include writing inquiry-based science activities for Middle School students and developing strategies to encourage students to learn 21st century skills such as teamwork, oral and written communication, problem solving, and information processing. She encourages students to think critically and to take an active role in the learning process.

Mrs. Barbach earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Boston University and Master’s degree in Anthropology from Kent State University. She previously taught science at Hawthorne High School and West Milford High School. Before joining GBDS in 2014, she was a professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at the County College of Morris, where she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation. She has 12 years of experience teaching at the elementary school, high school, and community college levels.