PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHER
Rochester Academy Charter School
Rochester, New York
As a middle school student growing up near Rochester in Western New York, Tyler Lucero discovered that the “seemingly mundane” hills around his house were, in fact, glacially-sculpted, twelve-thousand-year-old drumlins. He saw the world in a new light and, after graduating from Rush-Henrietta Senior High School in Henrietta, New York, was inspired to study geological sciences and history at Brown University. “It allowed me to continue investigating the processes by which our environment― both physical and human ― is constantly remade.”
Tyler’s fervor for education comes from his love of community. “A teacher to me is more than a person imparting content knowledge in a classroom; they have the potential to be civic leaders that, together, one community at a time, can help us achieve a ‘more perfect union’ as localities, as states, and as a nation.”
During his time as an education intern at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Tyler developed and presented several original educational programs familiarizing visitors with the park’s ecological issues. He was named an Urban Fellow in the Office of the Mayor in Rochester and has volunteered in Guatemala with Limitless Horizons, a non-profit organization committed to education and health infrastructure improvement. A violinist, Tyler has worked with students from underserved communities with one-on-one music instruction through Providence’s Community Music Works program.
Tyler is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship and is a NASA RI Space Grant Outreach Scholar, collaborating with urban teachers to develop and implement informed space science lessons. He was awarded the Golden Pen Award from the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper in Rochester.