Marissa Bellino is a teacher at the High School for Environmental Studies. She became a teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows, a program dedicated to placing individuals from diverse educational and professional backgrounds into New York City public schools. While working at HSES, Marissa has helped create a variety of environmental and research curricula. In 2009, she joined the CUNY GK-12 program and worked with Christopher Nagy to develop ecological research methods for her science research class. Working together, students in this class completed research projects on earthworms, squirrels, turtles and soils. Stephen Harris joined the HSES research team as a fellow in 2010 and helped expand the science research program to include a molecular ecology component. Through a Toyota Tapestry grant, Stephen and Marissa have built a molecular research laboratory for students to design research projects investigating New York City biodiversity using DNA barcodes. Marissa was the recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and is a student in the Urban Education PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center.