North Bergen S.T.E.M. Academy
My name is Dr. Jared E. Keshishian and I am the chair of the North Bergen STEM Academy. The Academy is a cohort style of education, in which the students have all science and math classes together. This style of education allows the students to work in teams and rely on each other going through the same experiences within the STEM classes, but gives them the freedom to follow other interests and passions. As the students progress through the academy, fewer and fewer classes are with their cohort members as the academy begins to focus on their career paths. Throughout the four years, the students will be exposed to a variety of experiences to aid them in finding their passion; from prestigious Saturday programs, to field trips. During their senior year, more opportunities will present themselves through internships to help guide them along their career paths.
The Academy is run by a committee comprised of
Mrs. Theresa Rabelo, Director of guidance,
Dr. Fahima Bacha, Math Supervisor,
Ms. Heather Carline
Mrs. Stephanie Stern-Protz, Experiential coordinator
Mrs. Jocelyn Marto, High School Guidance Counselor
Dr. Krista Welz, Media Specialist & STEM Research Instructor
Mr. and Mrs. Sessa, Community members
Our selection process follows a rubric seen below and students' names are held from the committee until all scores are obtained and a cut score is decided. This ensures there is no bias in the selection process, as over the past four years more and more students have applied.