Born and raised on a small farm in rural Missouri, I spent most of my childhood outside exploring the natural world. While working as graduate teaching assistant in a biology laboratory, I began to think deeply about not only what I was teaching, but who and how I was teaching. After earning an M.S.Ed in science education, eight years of teaching middle and secondary science, and a Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Science Education, I continue to think deeply about who and how I teach. As a science teacher educator, I advocate research-based, reform-oriented science teaching pedagogies that engage all students in authentic science practices. As a researcher, I seek to understand how future K-12 teachers learn to teach science in these ways; I am particularly interested in the role of mentoring in pre-service science teacher education and science teacher learning within communities. I invite you to join me in class, in research, or in conversation over coffee.
Ph.D., Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, Science Education Emphasis, University of Missouri
M.S.Ed. Science Education, Northwestern Missouri State University
B.S. Pre-professional Zoology, Northwest Missouri Sate University
GNED 1341 Connected Science: Powering our Lives
GNED 1342 Connected Science: Change over Time
EDUC 3341 Teaching Science in Elementary School
EDUC 3342 Teaching Math and Science in Middle and Secondary School