Shannon Warren grew up in rural Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a B.S. in Conservation. After living in Alaska for several years, Shannon moved to Washington in the 80s in order to pursue her Master's in Education at WWU, while setting up an alternative energy cabin on 20 acres in Skagit County. She began teaching at Oak Harbor High School in 1996 and spent the next six years implementing an Integrated Science program and teaching biology. She taught 7th and 8th grade science in Burlington for five years. Shannon spent 2007-2008 as a NCOSP TOSA, and 2008-2009 coordinating professional development for the OSPI funded science coaches and providing technical assistance to the state funded math science partnerships. In the next few years, Shannon will serve as project director for CRISP and SPECK.
Kathleen Darrow-Joiner (aka Kathy) grew up in Clear Lake, Washington, where she has returned to her roots. At an advanced age she received her Bachelorís Degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University and her Masterís Degree in Elementary Science Education from Western Washington University. A highlight of her masterís tenure was two weeks spent in the wilderness area of east central Idaho doing a flammulated owl survey. Although the owls keep unspeakable hours, the experience was a highlight because the owls and Kathleen appreciate the same environment: 80 degree weather, old-growth pine forests, and the middle of nowhere. To expand her education, she attended the Educational Leadership in Math and Science program at the University of Washington, did a summer internship as an educational consultant at Snohomish County Public Utility District, and took part in summer environmental-economic studies in Finland, Estonia, and Russia. Kathleen has taught for 19 years at the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade levels and has facilitated science in-services for teachers. Lately, when she is not in school she is laying new floors, wiring receptacles, wiring light fixtures, mudding sheetrock, painting walls, and building cabinets for her never-ending project called a house. She would rather be camping, kayaking, white-water rafting, or just basking in the sun by the water with her two favorite people: thirteen-year-old grandson, Kelson, and ten-year-old granddaughter, Katherine.
Mike DíHondt grew up in Tacoma, Washington where he enjoyed participating in sports and mixing chemicals. He received his Bachelors Degree in Education, with an in-depth study in science, from Western Washington University in 1983. Upon graduating he promptly decided to stay put and began working for the Bellingham School District teaching 4th and 5th graders at Larrabee Elementary School. In 1989 he moved to Happy Valley Elementary School and also began coaching football at Whatcom Middle School. Mike received his Masters of Education from City University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Recently, he has served as a science coach and small group facilitator at Happy Valley and Sunnyland Elementary schools implementing new understandings about science teaching in the classroom. Mike and his wife, Lisa, have a 17-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. Currently, he is learning how to talk to teenagers and now realizes his knowledge base is small, indeed. Aside from watching a student construct new meaning during a lesson, Mike enjoys catching a trout that is silly enough to bite the fly on the end of his line.
Brian MacNevin hails from Irvine, CA, but he's lived in Whatcom County since 1998 and so he's recovering nicely. He spent his junior year as an exchange student in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, graduated from Irvine High, then attended the University of California San Diego's Revelle College where he received his BS in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in German literature. Inspired by marine biology, Brian worked at the Orange County Marine Institute where he taught environmental outdoor education, wrote curriculum and designed and implemented marine science based professional-development activities for in service teachers. He moved to Bellingham to pursue a Master's degree in Biology and taught and helped develop introductory biology labs with WWU's biology department; but his research into the comparative properties of digestive enzymes of slugs helped him realize how much he missed working with kids and teaching. Hoping to impact science education especially at the earlier levels, he now teaches at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham. He has participated in NCOSP Summer Academies as well as Physics-By-Inquiry Summer Institutes offered by the Physics Education Group at UW. The Pacific Northwest has changed Brian's life and during his first quarter at WWU, he met the woman who would become his wife: his botany TA, Alexis! They celebrated their daughter, Emilieís arrival, last October.
Kacey Uptegraft grew up on an organic apple and raspberry farm in Puyallup, WA. She enjoyed her horses, ducks, and chickens; however, her family didn't like it when she thought it best to bring them all into the house. (She was only caught a few times.) She pursued her Bachelors Degree at WSU, where she could take her horse, ride in the fields and continue her desire to be the best equestrian on the WSU Horse Show Team. The best equestrian thing didn't happen, but she enjoyed volunteering for the Veterinary College, and riding her horse every day. Since then, she has taught for 15 years. For the last four years, Kacey has been serving in many leadership roles as an Instructional Coach, an NCOSP Teacher Leader and six other taskforces/teams ranging from coaching, instruction, and assessment. Since eight roles (other than teaching full time) weren't enough, she became a SALTer for OSPI and a consultant for a publishing company. She is currently working on her Masters in Science Curriculum & Instruction at WWU. In the meantime, Kacey continues to give garden tours at her house as fundraisers for the community after being in many publications and is impressed when Cisco Morris attends! Her husband, Darrell and her two dogs have enjoyed the gardening until everyone turned up lame. Her little Yorkie has been diagnosed with arthritis, her Corgi has an anxiety disorder, and her husband has a bum knee. Her husband complains that it's ruining his golf game, but Kacey secretly thinks of it as an equalizer when she's on the course with him. Perhaps, golf lessons would be a better choice.
Sherry Schaaf grew up in Southern California and escaped to Washington State a rather long time ago, and has not looked back since. She and her husband moved to Forks on the Olympic Peninsula many moons ago, drawn by the isolation, beauty, and jobs. She has taught science in various capacities in Forks for more years than she can believe, including 7 years as the district Science Coordinator. Her favorite teaching environment is middle school, as she enjoys the bizarre and crazy behavior of adolescents and likes to be constantly on the move when working. She received her degree in zoology and her teaching certification from the University of Washington and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley College. Sherry has been involved in science education reform efforts for many years, as an active member and former President of the Washington Science Teachers Association, a presenter at local, state and national science teacher workshops and conferences, and as a member of SALT, the Science Assessment Leadership Team for OSPI. Her passion is advocating for quality science for all students at all grade levels to prepare them for the increasingly scientific world in which they will live and work, and showing them at the same time the fun and excitement of science itself. Sherry is the mother of one son, John, who recently graduated from Western and lives in the Bellingham area, sharing his mom and dad's passion about education and learning. Sherry enjoys driving (if you live in Forks, you must love to drive!), traveling (especially to the deserts of the southwest and to Mexico), playing at being a geologist and amateur astronomer, and relaxing in her greenhouse and garden and keeping her dog out of both.
Dave Lewis has been teaching science at Mount Baker High School for the past eight years. Starting his college education late as a stellar student at The Evergreen State College, he graduated with a BS in Geology from University of Washington in 1994. After a couple of stints working as a field geologist for the USGS in SW Washington, the North Cascades, Molokai, and on Mount Rainier, Dave promptly got a retail job selling guitars, banjos and didgeridoos. Realizing that teaching science was a lot better than working in a retail store, Dave earned a Master's in Education from Western Washington University in 1997. Dave is well tolerated by his 4 year old son Cameron, his 7 year old daughter Margot, and his smart and lovely wife Lisa. Dave loves to spend time pursuing outdoor sports like nordic skiing, mountain biking and golf; he started playing ice hockey again after a 20 year hiatus. Dave also plays many musical instruments poorly and designs and builds stringed musical instruments.
Karen Lippy has taught 25 years, 21 of them for the North Mason School District. She developed the environmentally-themed science and community service learning program sited at the Hood Canal Wetlands and has been nationally recognized for these efforts. Karen graduated from Washington State University so long ago that she also had the opportunity to teach every science course imaginable, plus German, Sewing and Math. She also has taught at Olympic College and as a trainer of trainers for the Washington Departments of Ecology and Fish & Wildlife. Karen has lived in Belfair with her husband and two daughters since 1988. She is a mosaic and fiber artist, when she isn't singing back-up for her husband's garage band or working on the never-ending remodeling project she lives in.
Dale Fournier grew up in Massachusetts and after a steady westward migration ended up in LaConner where she lives with her husband and her dog. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Earth Science/Geology from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and did graduate work in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of Arkansas. After doing field archaeology, mostly in Illinois and Arizona, for 10+ years, she went back to school to get her teaching certificate. She received her teaching certificate from Central Washington University in 1994. Her first year of teaching was 8th grade science and math. In order to save her sanity, and be with students who share her sense of humor, she moved to elementary school. She has taught 5th and 6th grade in Mount Vernon for the past 8 years. She has been involved in the School Improvement Process in her building and science curriculum adoption at the district level.
Jim Simpson has been teaching middle school science since 1993 at Cascade Middle School in wonderful Sedro-Woolley (Gateway to the North Cascades). He received his teaching degree at the University of Texas and immediately left the flatlands, bluebonnets, and armadillos for the mountains, tall conifers, and black bears. He has never regretted the change of scenery. Jim received his Masters Degree in Creative Arts from Leslie College and has been involved in the LASER project since its inception and has been a leading voice in the adoption of new curriculum for the 7th grade program. Jim's hobies are reading, backpacking, tennis, and living the good life.
Roger Mills grew up in Greeley, Colorado. He moved to Salem, Oregon to attend Willamette University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He moved back to Colorado after graduation and was fortunate to meet a fabulous woman at the restaurant he was managing. During a weak moment 17 years ago she agreed to his marriage proposal. Shortly thereafter Roger enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado and earned his teaching credentials. His first four years of teaching were in Greeley where he taught 6th and 7th grade science. Ten years ago the Mills family, which by this time included a daughter, moved to Port Townsend where Roger has been teaching 6th grade science at Blue Heron Middle School ever since. When he isn't teaching Roger can usually be found at home reading or fiddling with the computer, playing golf, fishing, or occasionally doing something useful around the house.
Chris Carty grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, almost in biochemistry, from Cornell University. After graduation she joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a commissioned officer, where she was a line officer on the research ships Researcher and Miller Freeman, worked for the Atlantic Environmental Group, the Marine Ecosystem Analysis team, the Spilled Oil Response Team, and began a project studying Prince William Sound. She resigned after six years, and traveled in the U.S. and Canada for a year with her truck, bicycle, and collapsible boat. After settling in Seattle she worked as a rafting guide and a bartender, then attended the UW to receive her teaching certificate. She taught 6th grade in Shoreline for nine years, then moved to Alger where she currently lives with her husband and two dogs in a log house on five wooded acres adjoining state forest. She has taught in Bellingham for the past thirteen years; one year at 1st grade, and six loops of 4th and 5th grade. She received her Masters degree in Science Education from Western Washington University in 2007.
Mary Janda has lived with her husband and children in the North Cascades town of Marblemount for over 25 years. What started as a purchase of property and weekend visits soon became a lifetime building project of a cabin, schoolhouse, shop, fishponds and a hydroelectric plant. She graduated from WWU with a major in Speech and minor in Elementary Education and returned two years later for a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Environmental Ed. Mary gave up her short teaching career of three years to stay home with her five children and home school in the wilderness. She decided after twelve years of home schooling to return to the classroom at Concrete Middle School in 1991 teaching a variety of subjects. Mary received administrative credentials in 1999 and was Principal of the middle school as well as a Science teacher for four years. A decision to return fulltime to the classroom in 2003 allowed Mary to follow her love of teaching Science and relate that learning to the local environment which would involve students in their community. Mary started a 4H group this year that learned about GPS and a community-mapping project. A partnership was formed with the Fisheries Enhancement group and the Science classes have worked with the National Park Service.
Lois Sherwood earned a Bachelors of Science in Zoology and teaching credentials from Washington State University (Go Coug's). After working as a medical assistant and receptionist for several years, she attended University of Washington (Go Huskie's) to recertify in secondary science education. Later she returned to Washington State University (Go Coug's), earning a Masters of Science in Biology. She began her education career working in community based environmental education and teaching at both the Poulsbo Marine Science Center and Port Townsend Science Center. Since 1991 she has taught Marine Biology, Health, Biology and Math and Integrated Science at Port Townsend High School. She has served as an adjunct professor with City University, teaching elementary science methods for their M.I.T. program at the Port Hadlock campus. Lois is currently the Region 9 representative with WSTA. When not teaching, you can find Lois jogging, biking, birding, gardening or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Fred Akins grew up in Seattle and Tacoma and now lives in Port Townsend with his wife and three daughters. He graduated from WSU a long time ago taking pre-veterinary classes, and worked at a homeless shelter for families in San Francisco for eleven years. Three of those years were teaching in the shelter's school program. He received his teaching credential from San Francisco State University and has since taught elementary school in Poulsbo and Chimacum for eleven years and Science at Chimacum Middle School for two years. Favorite quote: "You can't scare me; I have teenagers."
Susan Kagel has taught 4th and 5th grades at Silver Beach Elementary School in the Bellingham School District over the past five years. Prior to teaching, Susan worked in various environmental fields. These experiences included conducting stream surveys with the Washington State Department of Ecology as well as teaching environmental education in Maine and on San Juan Island. Susan graduated from the University of California, San Diego and received her Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She enjoys working with elementary school-age children as they are excited to learn about the world around them and ask amazing questions. When not teaching, Susan can be found pulling weeds in her garden, volunteering at the Whatcom Humane Society, or trying to identify the birds feeding at her backyard feeders.
Caroline Baldie has been teaching middle school in the Burlington-Edison School District since 1990. Before moving to the Skagit Valley she taught in Bellevue and Snoqualmie Valley. Caroline received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and her Masters of Elementary Administration from Western Washington University in 2002. She has been very involved in curriculum adoption, the School Improvement Process and technology integration at the building and district levels. Her hobbies include reading, beach combing, cooking, gardening, walking, and traveling.
Jeff Ryan; Jeff has a multifaceted background in science education, which includes experiences in both formal and informal settings.† Most recently Jeff has been supporting science education on the Olympic Peninsula through multiple professional development programs (NCOSP, Olympic MSP, LASER).† He has been working closely with Tamara Smith to launch the Olympic Mathematics and Science Partnership in 2007-8.† Before and after working in the first TOSA cadre of NCOSP, Jeff taught middle school science in Crescent School District.† If we could go way back in time, we might have seen Jeff roaming the state of Washington as part of the Pacific Science Centerís ďScience on Wheels" program. Perhaps he visited your school? Jeff is completing his Masters program at WWU this year, and is on the faculty of the LASER Strategic Planning Institute. Jeff has a passion for exploring the outdoors and understanding environmental issues.