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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 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.

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. At Fresno's Discovery Center, I teach 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

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.

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

AB

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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