Challenger Learning Center/Castle Science and Technology Center in Atwater, CA, closed permanently on July 31, 2012, due to insufficient funding. Before that, I trained and worked with over 40 grades 5 and 8 teachers in Merced County, CA, to implement the GEMS Space Science program. In addition, I prepared and maintained science museum exhibits. While working at Castle, I also wrote 32 Science, ELA, and Math lessons to accompany the Star Challengers trilogy of science fiction novels for older children by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and June Scobee Rogers.
Grades 4 – 6 classroom teacher, bilingual/ELD specialist, mentor teacher, GLOBE teacher, GATE teacher and coordinator, and science program coordinator
Grade 4 - 6 bilingual teacher, mentor teacher, and district science council member
I recorded new acquisitions, helped maintain and repair artifacts, and helped prepare new exhibits.
I assisted NASA and Castle Challenger/Science and Tech Center to bring the GEMS Space Sciences outreach program to a smooth conclusion. I helped arrange for 7 Central California museums and a zoo to transfer exhibits from Castle Science and Tech Center to their sites. At Fresno's Discovery Center, I teach Saturday Science classes on a variety of topics.
As part of a volunteer program to publicize NASA’s exploration efforts: I maintain space exploration exhibits at Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst, The Discovery Center in Fresno, the NASA Educator Resource Center at CSUF, Fresno, and Buena Vista Museum in Bakersfield. I teach classes on space exploration topics at museums, libraries, and elementary schools as well as NASA centers, adult service club meetings, and science education conferences.
Concentration: Elementary Education
Concentration: Recent Science Courses
Activities: 2007: Jurassic Paleontology, Dinosaur Center, Thermopolis, WY; 2008: Pleistocene Paleontology, Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, SD; 2008: Kepler Mission Workshop, SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA; 2010: GEMS Training, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA; 2010: Marine Biology, Oceanic Soc. Research Station, Turneffe Atoll, Belize; 2012: International Space Station and Low Earth Orbit PD, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA
general science, elementary education, space science, NASA, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology