By Jillian Haguisan
Oyster Bay High School welcomes Ms. Maria Zambuto to its Science Department. This year, Ms. Zambuto teaches 7th grade science and Living Environment.
Ms. Zambuto earned her Bachelor's of Science and Master’s of Teaching in Biology at Stony Brook University. During her time as part of the Gurevitch Labs as both an undergraduate and graduate student, she conducted plant ecology research in the campus greenhouse. She studied the invasive plant species known as spotted knapweed (Centaurea Stoebe) and how it interacted with native plant species--orchard grass, specifically. While researching, Ms. Zambuto gathered evidence about how dangerous spotted knapweed was to local ecosystems in New York.
Passionate about biology and teaching it to her students, Ms. Zambuto shares that “biology allows us to understand the intricate ways in which our bodies function, as well as how other organisms work and interact with their environments.” She loves how biology not only teaches students more about themselves, but also about the world they live in.
Ms. Zambuto enjoys walking outdoors with her rescue dog, a border-collie mix, when she is not studying science with her 7th and 9th graders. Together, they hike, bike, and explore the outdoors. As a member of a nature-loving family, she has visited Oyster Bay every summer since she was little, often sailing on her father’s sailboat located at the Oyster Bay Marine Center. During the colder seasons, snowboarding is one of her favorite hobbies.
So far, Ms. Zambuto has enjoyed being a part of the OBHS community and its science department. She says, “My students have been a pleasure to work with, and I have enjoyed getting to know the other faculty members.”
She also admires the school’s tight-knit community, where teachers and students can get to know each other well, saying, “I have visited this town throughout my whole life, and I am now so happy to be joining the community as a teacher!”
We wish Ms. Zambuto the best of luck this school year!