Steve Costello

Steve Costello is a fifth grade teacher at T.O.A.S.T. The SCRATCH journey began for him when he saw the versatility of benefits from this program. There is a low floor with wide walls. This means that every participant gains something from this program and is able to contribute her or his unique knowledge, skills and perspective. The project fit perfectly into his long time educational philosophy which has always been student centered, project based learning filled with independent motivation built through choice in the classroom. This is the basis of 21st Century skills that students need to learn and develop. A member of NYSCATE, he believes that we have much to learn from each other and is constantly seeking new ways to share and gain new knowledge and skills. Steve has a History and Anthropology Bachelor’s degree from The University of Massachusetts and an Elementary Education Masters from the College of Saint Rose. His active membership as a lifelong learner in the Capital District Council for The Social Studies of New York State (CDCSS) is another avenue for gathering ideas to share with colleagues and students. Topics studied and discussed such as the Underground Railroad, William Johnson and the roles of Native Americans in our past, present and future lead directly to discussions and SCRATCH projects based on redefining multicultural perspectives of history.