Undergraduate Admission

Newstein Chang, Education major

Newstein Chang

“Students deserve quality science education.”

Newstein ChangNewstein Chang was all in on STEM when he entered Saint Peter’s University. But it wasn’t until he took an introductory class in education that he realized his future would be in the classroom instead of the laboratory. “I initially enrolled as a biology major. Then I took ED160, ‘Education and Schooling in a Multicultural Society,'” Chang said, adding that the passion of his professor, Sara Talis O’Brien, Ed.D., was contagious. “Dr. O’Brien inspired me from the start. I knew that this is where I wanted to be, not chained to a lab stool, working with pipettes and microscopes. That course changed my life. I found my calling. In education, I will be in a position to share my passion for science.”

Chang is currently a student-teacher at John P. Stevens High School in Edison—the rival school of his own alma mater, Edison High School. As he finishes his coursework, Chang also serves as a resident assistant, a volunteer coordinator for the Foreign Language School and a peer tutor in the STEM Engagement Center, all of which are teaching him skills that will be useful as an educator. After graduating, Chang plans on teaching before he goes on to earn a master’s degree in science education. His dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, ultimately earning a doctorate so he can work on methods to cultivate scientific literacy. “It is so needed in the school systems of America,” he said. “Students deserve quality science education.”