Kurt Minervino earned his BS in earth sciences, BS in earth science education, and a MSEd in science education from the SUNY College at Buffalo and also holds a C.A.S. in Teacher Leadership from Niagara University. Minervino is currently a doctoral candidate completing his Ph.D. in leadership and policy at Niagara University. The focus of his research aims to examine the extent to which gender differential item functioning exists within the New York State Regents Exams. Other research interests include: generalizability theory, item response theory, translation differential item functioning, differentiation, and pedagogical practices. Minervino has been a classroom teacher for nine years and currently teaches physical and earth sciences at City Honors School. At City Honors Minervino serves as the faculty advisor to the magic: the gathering, mock trial and pre law clubs. Minervino is also an adjunct professor at Niagara University teaching physical geology and solar system astronomy. He is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In addition to teaching science, he also coordinates his parish’s confirmation program. During his spare time he enjoys traveling, visiting museums, reading, boating, and hiking. As a NYS Master Teacher, Kurt looks forward to working with other S.T.E.M. teachers in the Western New York region to continue to grow and learn as an educator.