Research Interests and More About Me

I am a PhD Candidate at Penn State University in the Science Education department, working on the Science 20/20 Project under Dr. Carla Zembal-Saul and am co-advised by Dr. Uju Anya.

Research Interests:
I am interested in understanding what interactions and experiences expand how white, monolingual teachers and researchers consider students and families of color. I am specifically interested in how equitable science sensemaking practices in elementary classrooms and long-term engagement with new immigrant families can surface deficit perspectives of white, monolingual English-speaking teachers and researchers, and how mutual interrogation of deficit perspectives can lead to more expansive teaching and engagement.

About Me:

My interests in science education began during my junior year as an English Literature major at Northeastern University. After falling in love with geology through a field experience in Iceland, I subsequently minored in environmental science and went on to earn a master's degree in science education from the University of Texas at Austin. I went on to teach 6th-8th grade science at O.Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas for 6 years. I subsequently taught 9th grade Earth Science at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (BPCS) in Brooklyn, New York for two years. Following the birth of my daughter, I became a STEM coach at BPCS for a year, and then moved to State College, Pennsylvania, where I worked as an educational equity consultant for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as a consultant and curriculum projects manager and continued coaching science teachers. I now live in State College with my husband, daughter, and son, pursuing a PhD in Science Education.

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Conference Posters, Presentations, and Projects

Exploring Methods of Acoustemology Spring 2020, Coursework Listened to two 30 minute audio clips of a traditional grammar lesson and a ...