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Sylvia Fox

Carl Schurz High School


Sylvia Fox recently taught Physics and IB Environmental Science at Carl Schurz High School in Irving Park on the North Side of Chicago. Ms. Fox has a B.A. in English and Biology and an M.F.S., a Master’s in Forensic Science as she began her career as a forensic scientist in Houston, Texas. After taking time off from the work force, Ms. Fox discovered how much she enjoyed teaching during a summer position at Northwestern University working for the Center for Talent Development. She recently completed her M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education at Northeastern University with a concentration in Biology. Her teaching philosophy is to make science relatable to students in order that they can experience the scientific phenomena hidden in their natural world. As a NOYCE Scholar, Ms. Fox is committed to teaching quality science content to those students in underrepresented communities.

As a BEST fellow, Ms. Fox has been placed in the lab of Dr. Ian Papautsky. While learning about the use of microfluidic devices for targeted cancer treatment, specifically for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Ms. Fox has been involved in culturing, imaging, and analyzing cancer cells for future drug treatment studies. Her instructional unit will focus on the cell cycle and the formation of cancer, specifically those cancers formed by a genetic mutation and allow her students to investigate the best forms of treatment based on microscope observations and patient case studies.


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