I feel that it is important for students (and parents) to know something about the person that is teaching them (or their children). So here it goes....

My name is Jason Goldberg. I was born in Brooklyn on March 26, 1974. I grew up and went to high school in Staten Island, NY. So, how did I wind up here in Albany? I attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study biology and play baseball (that's me over there back in the day). In 1996, I graduated with a BS (that means Bachelor of Science Degree kids) in Biology. After college, I then went down to Charlotte, North Carolina to teach Medical Biology and Physical Science. Since things do not work out too well for teachers down there, I decided to return back up north, where my wife's family is, in March 1998. I found a job at Bishop Gibbons for the final two months of the 1997-1998 school year teaching Regents Biology, General Biology, and Health.
This brings me to Colonie High School, where I was hired in the summer of 1998. I have taught Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Anatomy & Physiology in my sixteen years here so far. In 2001, while teaching at Colonie, I completed my first round of graduate studies and earned a Masters in Natural Science/Educational Technology from RPI. I also was the Varsity Baseball Pitching Coach for the 2005 Raiders. In the summer of 2010, I was lucky enough to have been selected to participate in a two week long molecular biology workshop at Princeton University. From that experience, I have been asked to host satellite workshops here in Albany for teachers to learn and use materials for them to use in their classes. For this upcoming school year, I will be teaching two sections of AP Biology and two sections of Molecular Biology/Biochemistry - one in which I have developed with the help of colleague Tony DeMarco and the faculty at Princeton over the past few years. I have big plans for this class - we'll see how it all works out!
As for some personal info... I am a die hard football fan, and I have followed baseball as long as I can remember. Since I don't really care for the Yankees, I usually take a lot of abuse from students that are Yankee fans, but they must remember this simple fact...I determine their grades. I have two sons (that's Shane on the left and Caleb on the right) and spend most of my free time coaching them. My favorite movie outside the original Star Wars Trilogy is Field of Dreams, although Back to the Future is right up there...

Jason Goldberg

Some of my friends ask me "Why do you teach?" The only way I can answer that is to tell them to come watch me one day in my classroom. I enjoy being able to help young adults as they try to understand the world around them from a science point of view. I try to show them that right now, at this point in their lives, everything is wide open, that the sky is the limit to any goal they want to reach--as long as they are ready to put the work in to get there.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the site, if you have any questions, send me an e-mail. Feedback is always welcomed!