Justin Duffy first became involved in STEM education upon his acceptance as a student to the Massachusetts Academy of Math, Science, and Technology. Mass Academy is a selective high school program partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute for accelerated high school students. As part of the program he spent one year enrolled at WPI as an early freshman, then went on to spend the next nine years involved in education and STEM development work.
While attending Wesleyan University, Justin spent five months living in Cairo as part of his continued study of Arabic and Islamic history. He was awarded the White Fellowship and researched his thesis (an examination of al-Tariqa Muhammadiya and 19th century Islamic Salafist revolt in southeast Asia) in London at the British Library. After receiving honors for his thesis he graduated with a degree in history and a concentration in religion. Soon afterwards he was accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows and was quickly hired at a new STEM school as part of the Gates Foundation Small Schools initiative in the Bronx.
As one of the founding faculty at Archimedes Academy for Math, Science, and Technology Applications, Justin helped pioneer the math curriculum and developed and maintained the schools academic and networking technology. He also created a robotics program for his students, which received numerous commendations and awards including a visit to the EPA and Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. He was awarded his Masters Degree in teaching from Pace University as part of the Teaching Fellows cohort 14.
After returning to his hometown of Worcester MA, Justin became involved in a local education startup (Worcester Area Think Tank), where he taught math, physics, and computer programming classes. In addition to consulting for TIES on their work in Egypt and the Georgia county school system he has also served as a math expert at a local charter school helping to develop curricula and lessons for their 5th-8th grade classes.