Mr. Balet

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SUNY Master Science Teacher NYS Certified Teacher for: - Biology & General Science - Business & Distributive Education Union Graduate University 2007 - Masters Degree in Teaching Science Cornell University 1992 - Bachelor of Science

Mr. Balet

Thank you for looking into my BSCSD teacher site. 

As a parent of two great kids, I fully understand that other parents want to know who the person is that is teaching their child.  I trust the information on this page will provide a bit more insight for you.  Please feel free to contact me anytime through my e-mail with questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerest best wishes,

John Balet

Background:  To tell you the truth, as a 1988 high school graduate, I never wanted to be a teacher.  My mother was a math teacher and I remember distinctly telling her “You have way too much work and I need a job that will be easier than that!”  But when my wife and I transitioned into teaching, around the turn of the new millennium, it became the most fulfilling career move I/we ever made.  Yes, it is still an incredible amount of work, but our lives always revolved around helping kids and I thoroughly enjoy working with our community's high school students to discuss the most pressing environmental issues affecting our planet. 

I have been a teacher with the Ballston Spa high school since 2004.  In 2010 I began work with our ECHS team to organize and develop the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College program (ECHS) at TEC-SMART.  I have also been advising the high school Outdoor Club since 2007 taking students on monthly hikes / outdoor activities during the school year.  Please feel free to review some of these activities through the club link. 

Prior to the ECHS program, I taught Regents Biology, Environmental Science, and worked on a distinct district initiative to develop a Nanotechnology course in conjunction with Michael Potter (Technology Teacher).  Although Mike and  I no longer teach this course, I have had several requests for my curriculum materials that I make available through this course link.  Prior to my science instruction, I was a business teacher from 2004 - 2007.

My Classroom:  "Meet the teacher night" is always a challenging scenario to take in all the information presented.  I essentially want parents two know that I have three simple goals for my students. 

  • I want students to feel safe in my classroom. 
  • I want students to have fun in my classroom.
  • I want students to learn the intended outcomes of the course in my classroom. 
  • If I accomplish the first two goals, the third one usually happens all by itself.

At the end of each year, I find it improtant for my students to understand how far they have come and how much they have achieved.  I accomplish this through a video compilation of their shared classroom experiences and achievements.  Feel free to review my past classes listed below with their respective video links:

Professional Work History:  A brief rundown of my professional work experience can be found here and summarized below.  Thank you again for looking into my teacher site!