David Knuffke

David Knuffke is the Curriculum Associate for Science & Technology in Deer Park UFSD.  Prior to this he taught  high school science at Deer Park High School, in Deer Park, NY for the first 13 years of his career.

David is actively involved in the science teaching community at the local, state, and national levels. He is the Suffolk County STANYS Biology Subject Area Representative, a member of the NYSED Science Standards Writing Team, and the erstwhile Moderator of the College Board AP Biology Teacher Community

David graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Biology, and has a Masters of Arts in Teaching Biology and a Masters of Science in Technological Systems Management. He also holds Administrative Certification in New York State in both School Building Leadership and School District Leadership.  His major professional interests center around the broad pursuit of progressive science education pedagogies with a major focus on NGSS-centered approaches.  From a technological standpoint, David is an outspoken advocate for intelligent, free, and open uses of information technology (both educational, and non-educational). 

He was a New York State Master Teacher, a 2015 New York State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and a past recipient of both the Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award, and the Suffolk County STANYS High School Science Teacher of the Year.

In addition to his professional interests, David enjoys spending time with his family, and the various projects that occupy his time.

Selected Works and Projects:


David's educational website, which include the AP Biology and Honors Chemistry course pages that he maintained for his students, and where he also makes his materials freely available to any interested colleagues.  

Course Videos

David recorded a series of videos to served as the major text in his Honors Chemistry course. He was involved in a similar project for AP Biology several years ago (this one is also free, but requires you to enroll).  

AP Biology Course Prezi Presentations

David is the creator of an extensive and popular series of Prezis that span the length and breadth of his AP Biology curriculum (and are available for reuse and modification by any interested party).  

Unity & Diversity

David is a founder of the "Unity & Diversity" Science Teacher Writing project, which publishes annual collections of writing by science teachers across the country on a common topic.

Horizontal Transfer

David was the co-host of "Horizontal Transfer", a weekly (then bi-weekly, and finally non-weekly) science education podcast with Paul Andersen.  


You can learn more about working with David here.