Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I love chemistry. It is everywhere, in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the things you have and the energy you need. I taught International Baccalaureate Chemistry, Standard and Higher Level for over fifteen years. Science education is for all people, so they can gain an understanding of the world around them. The Sophia format is an exciting way for people to learn about science in their own time and in their own way. I hope this format will inspire people to pursue science as a career. The new scientific ideas come about through learning what we currently know and investigating about the unknown. I was given a Fellowship at Rockefeller University Teacher Outreach Program, New York, NY. There I work in Bruce S. McEwen’s Lab on a project investigating the affect of neglect on the brain chemistry of mice and in Joshua Lederberg Lab’s on the fractal growth of bacillus bacteria. It was very exciting working with scientists on their investigations.
I have a BS in Chemistry Education with minors in Physics and Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. I have a MS in Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY and my master’s thesis is “Evaluation of Mentorship Program for Science Teachers” (1994). I earned my Ed.D. from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, my doctoral dissertation is: “In Their Own Voices: African American Students Talk About Rigorous Course Work, With a Focus on Science” (2008).
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.