About Amy

Howdy world!

So here’s a little about me:

Prior to enrolling in the science education doctoral program at the University of Maryland, I taught elementary school for nine years in the Washington DC area. My experiences as a science liaison and lead science teacher for the school district led me to become increasing interested in the linguistic and cultural resources that children bring to the science classroom.
I have been fortunate to be able to maintain this focus throughout the course of my current program of study as a doctoral student in science education at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am particularly interested in the ways in which language is used to enhance scientific literacy skills and to make cognitive sense of scientific phenomena in both formal and informal learning environments. I am also interested in exploring the cultural and linguistic resources students bring to science learning, especially with consideration of how such resources might be incorporated into culturally relevant and culturally responsive science teaching pedagogies. My current research examines the informal discourse patterns of elementary school children for reflections of the dimensions of science proficiency defined by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

I am also passionately committed to research and innovations in STEM education. I currently serve as the project coordinator for a new Master’s of Education program in Teacher Leadership with an emphasis on Elementary STEM education. With support from Maryland State Department of Education and Center of Teaching Excellence at University of Maryland, and in partnership with local school districts faculty across the Colleges of Education, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, the i–School, and the School of Engineering have come together to develop this master’s degree program which is intended to meet the needs of certified elementary teachers seeking specialization in STEM.  Our group of faculty fellows has worked to integrate technology and design principles into a coherent set of courses that will bridge content knowledge and pedagogical expertise to create an atmosphere of excellence and equity in the local schools. We are very excited for our new cohort to begin this fall!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

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Amy

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