About Me (Bio):
I am a PhD candidate and graduate assistant in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I have extensive experience in secondary science education having worked as both a teacher and an instructional coach. I have a BA in English and Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame, a MA in English from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a MAT from Webster University. My dissertation research is within the “Science Literacy through Science Journalism” project, looking specifically at the project’s influence on teacher development and classroom practice. I am particularly interested in improving science literacy, integrating writing into science classrooms, and developing successful professional development programs for teachers.