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Joshua Paverud

Neuroscience and Forensics Teacher

Joshua grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He attended St. John's College in Santa Fe, were he read the western canon texts in literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, history, music, French, and Attic/Koine Greek. He received his Masters in Science Education from Brooklyn College and began teaching in New York City nine years ago; eight of those years he has spent at Lyons Community School. Joshua developed his teaching practice under the mentorship of Barry Fox, resident science teacher mentor with the New York Performance Standards Consortium, focusing on student-led inquiry and collaboration in the process of knowledge building. He currently teaches Forensic Science and Neuroscience, and is the acting restorative justice coordinator for the 11th grade.

Joshua was a recipient of a Fund for Teachers fellowship in 2013, where he travelled to India to make a series of short documentary films on the sustainability practices of Sahjeevan, an NGO based in the Kutch district of GujaratHe has served as a mentor teacher in the New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, and has been a Master Teacher with Math for America since 2014. Last year, Joshua began a collaboration with Ido Davidesco, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in NYU's Psychology Department, which has deepened the neuroscience happening in Joshua's classroom, as well as helped to hone Dr. Davidesco's Brainwaves curriculum, which he is bringing into schools in NYC and beyond. 

Joshua is an avid reader and writer, and he enjoys spending time in the wilderness. He continues to make short documentaries, with a focus on pastoralism and the education of young people in pastoralist communities. 

You can reach Joshua at joshua.paverud(a)