Joel Bianchi

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2022

Title and Organization Math Teacher, Energy Tech High School


After earning his Bachelor of Science in engineering in 2005, Mr. Bianchi joined the NYC Teaching Fellows program, and started his career as a math teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. During his two years as a Teaching Fellow and 12 years on the faculty, Mr. Bianchi taught many levels of math, computer science, engineering science, mechatronics, and robotics to his students. He also coached the school’s Harlem Knights robotics team to compete in three world championships. In 2019, Mr. Bianchi was recruited by Energy Tech High School, an Early College Initiative (ECI) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) school that focuses on building a skilled workforce for the fast-growing energy industry. There, Mr. Bianchi became coach of the E-Tech Chargers robotics team and created and taught a new AP Computer Science A course, which includes a strong focus on recruiting underrepresented female students. During his first year of teaching, participation in the course doubled, and the school received the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. Mr. Bianchi has two master’s degrees in math and physics education, is a Math for America Master Teacher, and was one of 10 teachers selected in 2019 to participate in NYU Tandon’s STEMnow program, focused on next-generation wireless communications. Hope Barter, Energy Tech High School Principal remarks, “[Joel] is solution-oriented, super creative, passionate, generous. He has lofty goals for his students, and he works incredibly hard to help them meet those goals.”