I am honored to have been selected to be part of a volunteer program to publicize NASA's exploration programs. I give standards-based classroom presentations about Solar System exploration to schools in Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties. I have developed and installed hands-on astronomy and space exploration exhibits at The Children's Museum of Stockton, The Children's Museum of Oakhurst, ImagineU Museum in Visalia, and at Fresno's Discovery Center. I also have installed a Mars Rocks! exhibit at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science in Bakersfield and a Dawn mission exhibit at the NASA Teacher Resource Center at California State University Fresno. On some weekends, I teach lessons about space and space exploration at ImagineU and The Children's Museum of Stockton.
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. I am continuing to work with Lawrence Hall of Science in offering GEMS workshops in Central California. At Fresno's Discovery Center, I have installed a major Earth History (paleontology) exhibit as well as enhanced its botany, entomology, and anthropology exhibits.
I trained and worked with over 40 grade 5 and grade 8 teachers in Merced County, CA, to implement the GEMS science program. I also prepared and maintained science museum exhibits. Challenger Learning Center/Castle Science and Technology Center in Atwater, CA, closed permanently on July 31, 2012, due to insufficient funding. I wrote 32 Science, ELA, and Math lessons to accompany the Star Challengers trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and June Scobee Rogers. On March 25, I presented one of these lessons, "My Place in Space," at a NASA educator workshop on the ISS at JPL.
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 artifact, and helped prepare new exhibits.
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