About Me (Bio):
I work with the Center for Science Education at Portland State University. My background is in science program coordination and teaching in the sciences. My formal academic training is in the field of ecology. I worked for 12 years in K-12 education both as a teacher and administrator prior to moving over to higher education. Over the past five years, I have recently been working as a program coordinator for an elementary math and science teacher professional development, a high school teacher as researcher program and coordinating a Masters of Science Teaching program. This fall (2011) I have moved over to the research of the spectrum as part of my doctoral dissertation work. My research interest is in the area of science teacher professional development and teacher education. Currently, I am focusing my work on developing a study looking at the impacts of a nanoscience and nanotechnology teacher professional development program entitled Project NANO. I am also working with Dr. Cary Sneider and a team of four high school physics teachers on a high school physics curriculum pilot project called "Bridging the Gap".