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Susan Weikel Morrison

My mission is to improve the quality of science education and increase excitement and interest about science in central California

Susan Weikel Morrison's Background

Susan Weikel Morrison's Experience

Solar System Ambassador at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

January 2013 - Present | Pasadena, California

As part of a volunteer program to publicize NASA’s exploration efforts: I maintain space exploration exhibits at Children’s Museum of Stockton, 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 in museums, libraries, and elementary schools. I have been a presenter at the Jet Propulsion Lab, at Palmdale’s AEREO Institute, at the 2015 California Science Teachers Conference in Sacramento, and to Rotary and Soroptimist meetings in Ft. Bragg, CA. In February of this year, I taught a workshop on the Juno Mission at the Space Exploration Educators Conference in Houston, TX. I will be assisting at the "Visit JPL" event May 20-21.

Science Education Program Developer at Sci-Q Systems

September 2012 - Present | Fresno, California

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 and also taught Saturday Science classes on a variety of topics.

GEMS Trainer and Facilitator/Exhibit Preparator at Challenger Learning Center of the San Joaquin Valley/Castle Science and Tech Center

October 2006 - August 2012 | Atwater, California

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.

teacher at Millview School, Madera Unified School District

September 1986 - July 2006 | Madera, California

grades 4 – 6 classroom teacher, bilingual/ELD specialist, mentor teacher, GLOBE teacher, GATE teacher and coordinator, and science program coordinator

teacher at Huron Elementary School, Coalinga Unified School District

August 1971 - June 1986 | Huron, California

grade 4 - 6 bilingual teacher, mentor teacher, and district science council member

Preparator at Anthropology Museum, University of California

September 1963 - June 1967 | Berkeley, California

I recorded new acquisitions, helped maintain and repair artifacts, and helped prepare new exhibits.

Susan Weikel Morrison's Education

California State University-Fresno

1973 – 1990

Concentration: Education

California State University-East Bay

1970 – 1971

Elementary Credential

Concentration: Elementary Education

University of California, Berkeley

1963 – 1968


Concentration: Anthropology

University of Colorado at Boulder

1960 – 1963

Concentration: Anthropology

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

Susan Weikel Morrison's Interests & Activities

general science, elementary education, space science, NASA, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology

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