Meet Our Fellows

Lisa Franchetti
G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science
2021 Enrollment: Cancer Biology and Technology

I began teaching in the School District of Philadelphia in 2012. I am currently a Biology teacher at G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science. I am entering my 10th year of teaching and my 8th year at Carver. I applied to TIP because I was interested in discussing more real-life connections in my Biology courses. I wanted to focus on integrating advancements in cancer biology technology and treatments within the existing SDP curriculum. My biggest goal when applying to the program was to be able to generate lessons that would focus on the underlying biological mechanisms of cancer treatment while addressing common misconceptions students have about cancer diagnosis and treatment. I was enrolled in the Cancer Biology and Technology seminar which  focused on the cellular mechanisms of cancer development, diagnosis, and treatment modalities. The seminar also integrated many guest speakers who engaged the TIP fellows in conversations about bioethics, cancer outreach programs, and potential classroom connections using model organisms. I found the most interesting lessons during my seminar focused on the diagnosis and treatment disparities within minority populations. These lessons examined cancer risk factors and the inequities within cancer screening processes required for early diagnosis.