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I have a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education) and a 9-12 life science license. I have worked as a high school classroom teacher, a mentor teacher, a university lab instructor and a student teaching observer. Prior to my doctoral program, I worked as an analytical chemist. My passion is to make science and math comprehensible for learners of all abilities.
Hey everyone! I am Amanda and I am a biology content author and learning coach for Sophia. I have developed content for the middle and high school pathways as well as for the human biology college credit course. I absolutely love working with such a great company! I graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2007 with a degree in Secondary Science Education. Prior to graduation I lived in Costa Rica for the summer doing research on dolphins! I taught middle school science for a few years after graduation and then took my teaching expertise to China to teach English for six months. After my arrival home from China I began working with Sophia in the fall of 2011. I enjoy all things science related especially environmental sciences and genetics. In my free time I love traveling! I also enjoy being outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends. Life is good :)
After earning a degree in physics, I started down the path of education. I've taught high school science at various levels in a variety of places around the world: New Mexico, England, and here in Minnesota. Additionally, I've worked in various galleries at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In addition to teaching, I'm an avid SciFi fan with Doctor Who ranking at the top. I also love dancing of any sort, but my specialty is tap dance. I practice archery, drawing, and cross stitch as well.
Hello! Anthony here! I hold degrees in Education with a Specialization in Mathematics, as well as in German Studies, both from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am licensed to teach mathematics in the state and Minnesota, and am currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning. My program is through Capella University. My educational experiences are varied. In addition to working in Duluth Public Schools, I have worked as a Tutor with the AVID program in the Saint Paul Public Schools, as well as a Math Teacher and Department Lead for LearningWorks at Blake, an enrichment program for middle schoolers in Minneapolis Public Schools. I began contracting for Sophia in October 2011, and have enjoyed every minute. I authored content for the Sophia Pathways, helped organize the taxonomy for the many different levels of math we have on the site, and reviewed many of the quiz items you see next to our math concepts. I have also authored some screencasts for our College Algebra Pathway. I'm currently working for Sophia as an Academic Support Coordinator for Sophia Pathways for College Credit. I help facilitate the production and review of the video tutorials that go into our SPCC courses. I get to use technology everyday to reach teachers and learners around the globe. Plus, I'm always exercising and learning new skills. Could it get any better?
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.