I am honored to be part of a volunteer program to publicize NASA's exploration efforts. *I give standards-based classroom presentations about Solar System exploration to schools in Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties. *I have been selected to present these lessons at the 2015 California Science Education Conference in October. *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 exhibits on the Dawn and New Horizons missions 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 artifacts, 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