I am honored to have been selected to be part of a volunteer program to publicize NASA's robotic exploration programs in Central California. I give standards-based classroom presentations about Solar System exploration at schools in Fresno, Madera, Merced and Stanislaus Counties. I have developed and installed astronomy and space exploration exhibits in the Galaxy Room of The Children's Museum of Stockton and at Fresno's Discovery Center. These exhibits include artifacts from NASA as well as hands on learning materials. I also have installed Mars Rocks! exhibits at Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science in Bakersfield, World of Wonders Museum in Lodi, and Childrens' Museum of the Sierras in Oakhurst as well as supplied them with materials for space shuttle exhibits.
I have finished assisting 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. I will be installing a marine biology exhibit at The Children's Museum of Stockton and paleontology exhibits at several museums.
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