A native of Mexico, Alejandro is interested in the behavior and conservation of marine mammals. He and in the teaching of science, particularly to groups underrepresented in the sciences. He was featured in the Academy Award nominated IMAX film "Dolphins" in 2000 and named MOSI Hispanic Scientist of the Year in 2001. He has given talks on being a scientist to over 170 schools and organizations.
Emily Borda PhD; has been at WWU for 2 years. At last year's summer academy Emily was a postdoctoral research associate helping with NCOSP's research and evaluation efforts. She now teaches in the Chemistry Department and the Science Education group. She received her PhD in organic chemistry and MEd in education leadership and policy from the University of Washington. Emily is interested in studying students' epistemological ideas about science (what scientific knowledge is and how it is generated and used). Through this research, she hopes to learn more about how to give students tools to critically analyze and interpret scientific information.
Andrew Boudreaux, completed his Ph.D. with the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, studying student understanding of relative motion and frames of reference. He has been teaching introductory physics and astronomy courses at WWU for the past two years. During his time at UW and WWU, he has been involved in many special courses and workshops for pre- and in-service teachers using the Physics by Inquiry curriculum.
Don teaches elementary methods and practicum with the Science Education group at WWU; his interests include pre-service teachers' views on the Nature of Science and children's understanding of the environment; a former middle school teacher and an accomplished field biologist, Don is renowned for his contagious enthusiasm for avian life, especially owls and chickadees.
Marty is a retired high school principal, whose special interests are public school issues as they relate to teaching and learning. He has served actively in this and other communities on various boards and is currently a member of the Loving Brothers of Whatcom County.
Mr. Chorba coordinates recruitment activities at WWU, within the school districts, and community colleges. He also had the lead role in establishing future teacher clubs in schools.
Susan DeBari received her PhD in Geology from Stanford University in 1990. As an assistant professor at San Jose State University, Dr. DeBari worked with in-service teachers in the NSF-funded Bay Area Earth Science Institute and the California Earth Science Academy. Since joining the Science Education Program and the Geology Department at WWU in 1998, Dr. DeBari teaches science methods classes for pre-service teachers and has led the Washington Earth Science Institute for in-service teachers.
Deb Donovan, has been at WWU since 2001and teaches in the Biology Department and the Science Education group. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia where she studied the energetics of marine mollusks, which is still the focus of her research. Prior to grad school, she was a high school chemistry teacher in San Bernardino, California.
Ben Fackler-Adams, is a volcanologist and basin analyst by training, but maybe he is a teacher by disposition. Since 1999 he has been Instructor of Interdisciplinary Sciences at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington, teaching chemistry, physics, and all aspects of Earth science. While at SVC, he has also team-taught "learning communities" that include Better Living Through Chemistry? (Chemistry Concepts and Global Issues - explores environmental issues like global warming and energy use/misuse), Feats of Clay (Geology and Ceramics), Written In Stone (Environmental Geology and English Composition), and Northwest Indians Rock! (Pacific Northwest Geology and Pacific Northwest Indian History). He is trying to migrate more and more to inquiry-based, experiential learning modes. Ben believes that understanding science allows people to better understand the systems that sustain and impact their lives. Understanding science and technology allows people to develop their critical thinking skills, and to be better, more responsible, more fulfilled global citizens.
Rene Fester Kratz is a Biology Instructor at Everett Community College where she primarily teaches microbiology, cell biology, and non-majors biology. Rene's formal academic training led to a PhD in Botany from the University of Washington, but she's been informally learning everything she can about teaching and learning ever since she got bit by the teaching bug in grad school. As a member of NCOSP, Rene has helped develop and teach inquiry-based science curricula to non-majors that included pre-service elementary teachers.
His research focus is on developing undergraduate chemistry texts and instructional technology. Steve teaches science methods and practicum as well as undergraduate and graduate chemistry. Has taught high school chemistry and has experience running numerous workshops for in-service teachers.
Tom has been working with teachers of science, mathematics, and technology since Y2K. A science and mathematics teacher for 17 years, Tom has worked with teachers from across the country and across the borders. He likes designing and facilitating a wide variety of collaborative professional development strategies. His own research interests include microbiology and the use of remote sensing and statistics to examine global climate change. His current professional learning passions include leadership development, children's cognition, and the role of discourse in classroom and professional development settings.
Sara Julin has been teaching Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy since her "late hippie period" in 1978 at Lewis and Clark College, University of Portland, Pacific University, Fairhaven College, WWU, The Evergreen State College, and Whatcom Community College. Her main interest is teaching physics (or chemistry) to non-scientist or early scientist/engineering students.
She is excited about the prospect of teaching teachers "because it is double dipping; I get to work with the teachers who work with the next generation of learners... Question everything is the basic skill everyone needs to learn."
Scott Linneman teaches Geology and Science Education at WWU. Dr. Linneman specializes in surficial geology/science education. He was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2001 and is a former high school earth science teacher. He designed an integrated undergraduate science sequence at Lewis - Clark College in 1998, and currently teaches elementary science methods and practicum and undergraduate and graduate geology. Dr. Linneman will coordinate the participation of the SMATE science faculty in course design and revision, academy design and delivery, as well as higher education coordination with the school district partners.
Robert Mitchell was a US Department of Education Fellow at Michigan Tech University where he received his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 1996. He also has degrees in geology, geophysics, and physics. He has been a geology faculty member at WWU since 1996 and specializes in hydrology. Dr. Mitchell enjoys using mathematical and computer modeling to help students understand surface and ground-water concepts.
Andrea Motyka, has been an associate professor of mathematics at Peninsula College since 2004. She teaches precalculus and calculus courses, as well as statistics for the Bachelor's of Applied Science - Business Management. She is currently developing a mathematics course for elementary teachers. Her graduate studies examined female students' perspectives of mathematics, specifically the similarities and differences between mathematics majors and non-majors. Her current interests involve further exploration of students' perspectives and understanding of mathematics, as well as the impact of the integration of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. Prior to teaching at Peninsula College, Dr. Motyka was the Director of the Math Center at Washington College in Maryland.
Val Mullen has been teaching majors biology courses at Skagit Valley College since 1987. While working with the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership she developed and co-taught an inquiry-based college biology course during the 2004-2005 school year.
Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, is faculty in the Biology Department at Everett Community College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Subsequently, she earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Carolina. Her studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level were focused on marine biology. Her dissertation research examined feeding ecology of subtidal predators-shrimps and crabs-on prey that lived burrowed in the mud-brittlestars. Fellow graduate students referred to her co-workers and her as "mud-muckers". She still enjoys mucking about in the mud! At Everett Community College, she teaches a variety of courses, including cell biology for allied health/biology majors; zoology for biology majors; environmental science for non-majors, ecology (alternate fall quarters) for non-majors and marine biology (alternate spring quarters) for non-majors. She also serves as an advisor for biology and environmental science transfer students. She has recently been the lead faculty member in charge of redesigning the biology curriculum for majorsâ€™ level transfer courses.
Terri Plake is a faculty member at Northwest Indian College, where she has taught geology courses part-time since 1998. This past quarter she designed and taught a "place-based" introductory geology course that promotes learning through experience to reconnect students with the place we live and to understand stories behind the scenery. She serves as co-advisor for the NWIC chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Her college teaching experience also includes teaching geology courses at Western Washington University for over 10 years and for several years at Whatcom Community College. In 2002, Terri shifted gears by becoming a certified high school teacher to fulfill a desire to teach and inspire the young ones. Her experience in public schools includes teaching 9th grade science and serving as a substitute teacher in Whatcom and Skagit County middle and high schools, quite a switch from teaching college! A passion of hers is in figuring out ways to inspire students to want to learn science, especially those who tend typically to "fall through the cracks." During her "spare" time, she can be found with her dog, Manu, in or around Lake Padden, or riding her horse through 100-Acre Woods. A recent convert to the "shoeless" horse camp, she continues her love for life-long learning by learning the art of hoof trimming, as long as her back holds out. Combining her passion for horses and working with at-risk youth, she volunteers with Animals as Natural Therapy in a program centered on healing hearts through horses. She is very excited to be a part of the NCOSP Partnership and from her experience with Lesson Study believes that it provides a powerful process that encourages teacher collaboration and a great opportunity to observe students learning science.
John Rousseau, PhD; John has been fortunate enough to have two major careers in his life. Following his PhD, he did research at the University of Florida for nearly ten years. There he studied he physiology behind the fascinating (at least to him) symbiosis that occurs between forest-tree roots and certain fungi growing in the soil. Approximately eleven years ago, he decided to leave the research world to help found a brand new community college just outside Houston, Texas. For the past seven years John has thoroughly enjoyed teaching introductory biology courses at Whatcom Community College.
Dennis Schatz: Vice President for Education and Exhibits, Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Schatz provides leadership to Pacific Science Center's science education programs, which includes a broad range of programs serving teachers, students, community-based organizations and families across Washington State. He co-directs Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a program to implement a quality K-8 science program in all 296 school districts in Washington State. Mr. Schatz will organize and run Strategic Planning Institutes, Curriculum Showcases, and Specialized Symposia for district administrators and community members.
Dr. Smith is a faculty member in the Physical Sciences department at SVC, teaching introductory courses in earth sciences and physics. Before moving to Skagit, Dr. Smith taught and performed research at several universities, with research on mineral and rock deformation conducted in Antarctica, Greece, the Alps, western North America and the mantle, as well as investigations of the atomic structure of lunar and meteorite mineral samples. He has evolved into someone more interested in teaching and learning than in crystal defects: Dr. Smith serves on the La Conner School Board and has served on many state and regional commissions and projects in science education, including NCOSP from its early days. Away from school he enjoys zymurgy, sea kayaking and boating with his wife and dog, and many other outdoor activities.
Tamara Smith has worked as a Mathematics Professional Development Specialist at the Olympic ESD 114 for three years. She works with teachers in many different contexts to improve instruction through developing effective collaborative practices and professional learning communities. In 1987, Tamara received her B.S. from Cornell University in Landscape Architecture; Tamara worked as a designer for 10 years before pursuing a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education. Tamara taught high school mathematics and technology education in Maryland for 6 years, then one year as an adjunct at Peninsula College before starting her work at the ESD.
Jim Stewart, is a professor physics/astronomy; physics/science education; former elementary teacher; Fulbright Scholar in Chile, 1999; Eisenhower summer inquiry-based in-service programs "Operation Physics" 1990-2000, "Science Teaching and Mentoring Program" 2001, "Constructing Physics Understanding", 2001-2002; teaches science and society, elementary and secondary science methods and supervises secondary science student teachers.
Rosemary Ziara, MBA Director of the Olympic Mathematics and Science Partnership; Rosemary has spent 22 years working in K-12 school district leadership. During the past 6 years, Rosemary has served the Olympic ESD 114 as the Assistant Superintendent. Her leadership includes serving on the NCOSP leadership team and as a Co-PI on the NCOSP grant. Rosemary has served on steering committees for both LASER and OP-TMP. Rosemary also provides leadership for the Western Regional Data Center and “just 5clicks” program