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2012 Siemens STEM Institute Fellows

 

   
Nevada

 Chris English

Chris English, Reno, NV
Washoe Innovations High School

Chris English is a second year teacher from Reno, Nevada. He graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a BA in philosophy and a minor in physics. After graduating he attained his substitute teacher’s license in the state of Nevada, and it was during this time where he decided that he truly enjoyed teaching. In the fall of 2009 he decided to enter the Master’s of Secondary Education program at UNR, with a focus on science education, and to pursue a career as a teacher; he will complete his Master’s this summer, 2012. His first year was spent teaching courses in middle school ancient history and mythology at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, a school for profoundly gifted students. He is currently in his first year as a science teacher at Washoe Innovations High School, where he has taught courses in physical science, earth science, and science proficiency. “I am thrilled to be chosen as a fellow for the 2012 Siemens STEM Institute. It’s an exciting opportunity to develop my skills as a STEM educator so that I may be more able to engage and to reach my students in the future.”

   
New Jersey

 Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle, Bloomfield, NJ
Bloomfield High School

Michael Doyle left medicine seven years ago to pursue his true passion, and now teaches biology in his hometown at Bloomfield High School. He also oversees the BHS Sidewalk Astronomers, sharing his love of the stars with his students, as well as the BHS Biology Club, whose members tend to various critters, the newest a trio of Madagascar hissing cockroaches. He was recently recruited to join a select group of educators at Discovery Education’s Beyond the Textbook Forum held in March. When he’s not in the classroom or writing on his blog Science Teacher, he can be found on a mudflat somewhere in Jersey raking clams. “I am thrilled to be part of an eclectic group of teachers who share a common love of the natural world—attending the Siemens STEM Institute will allow me to exchange a small piece of my world for the collective vision of many others, the best of which I will carry back into the classroom and beyond.”

   
 Elaine Bryant

Elaine Bryant, East Orange, NJ
East Orange STEM Academy High School

Elaine Bryant received a B.A. Mathematics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, an M.A. Mathematics Education from Kean University in Union, NJ, and is currently completing an M.A. Instruction & Curriculum from Kean University. She is enrolled in a doctoral program at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She teaches high school mathematics at East Orange STEM Academy High School, and is also a Curriculum Writer for The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning’s Progressive Mathematics Initiative. “I am excited about being chosen as a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow because this gives me exposure to new cutting-edge developments in various STEM fields. Participating in the Siemens STEM Institute will provide me with many new ideas that I can teach in context and meaningful ways so that my students will better understand the relevance of mathematics to their lives and the decisions they will face in their future, and our ever changing world.”

   
 Maureen Barrett

Maureen Barrett, Mount Laurel, NJ
Thomas E. Harrington Middle School

Maureen Barrett teaches Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math to students at Harrington Middle School in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The Harrington STEM class focuses on ocean exploration, engaging students in building underwater remotely operated vehicles called SeaPerch. “When a colleague told me about the Siemens STEM program last year, I anxiously awaited for this year’s application process to begin. I feel very fortunate to have been selected, and I am looking forward to the experience and all the Siemens STEM Institute has to offer.”

   
New York  
 Patricia Madigan

Patricia Madigan, Cicero, NY
Cicero-North Syracuse High School

Patricia Madigan teaches Physics at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the North Syracuse Central School District. Patricia has enjoyed science her whole life, and after graduating from SUNY Potsdam with a degree in biology and physics, was employed as a laboratory technician. She then returned to Syracuse University and received her Master’s in Science Education. “I am thrilled to have been chosen for the Siemens STEM Institute. I am particularly excited to incorporate new and exciting real world challenges into my curriculum. My participation demonstrates my commitment to my profession, and will help to incorporate new techniques and methods into my instruction.”

   
 Peggy Parigoris

Peggy Parigoris, Freeport, NY
Freeport High School

"This is my eighth year teaching chemistry at Freeport High School in Freeport, New York. Prior to becoming an educator, I had a twenty-five year career in the environmental testing field. In 2002, while working full time as a lab director, I began the process of obtaining my masters of science in education degree as well as my teaching certificates in general science, biology and chemistry. As a teacher who is not “new to life” I have many past scientific experiences that I can share with my students, but I am always looking for new ways to bring “real science” into my classroom. This week at the STEM institute will provide me with many additional resources I can share with my students."

   
Ohio  
 Chris Bolognese

Chris Bolognese, Upper Arlington, OH
Upper Arlington High School

Chris Bolognese is currently in his seventh year at Upper Arlington High School where he teaches Honors Precalculus and AP Computer Science. Chris also teaches Calculus at a local community college and is the 8th grade state coordinator for the Young Scholars Program through the Ohio State University funded by a Honda grant. Chris currently is the newsletter editor and contest director for the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), as well as recently being awarded National Board Certification. Chris received two undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Civil Engineering and later received his masters in Mathematics Education from the Ohio State University. "I'm honored to have the chance to work with such talented STEM teachers from across our nation and to share cutting edge ideas with my students and colleagues as a result of this experience."

   
 Brandon Aigner

Brandon Aigner, Toledo, OH
Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School

Brandon Aigner received a Bachelor of Middle Childhood Education from the University of Toledo and will receive his Masters of Education Psychology in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut this summer. Brandon teaches 7th and 8th grade mathematics and science in Ottawa Hills, OH where he also mentors the Science Olympiad team and yearbook staff. He has been honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education for providing educational opportunities for his students in various pursuits including the All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp. “I am excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from my colleagues at the Siemens STEM Institute. I’m grateful for the chance to expand my knowledge of the most innovative ways to help prepare my students for STEM fields in new and exciting ways.”

   
Oregon  
 Silvia Harvey

Sylvia Harvey, Albany, OR
West Albany High School

Sylvia Harvey received a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology at the College of Idaho. She then pursued graduate education in Biochemistry before completing a Master's degree in teaching at at Oregon State University. Sylvia teaches chemistry and AP chemistry at West Albany high school in Albany, OR. She was chosen as a Murdock Charitable Trust Partner's in Science fellow in 2005-06 and is very appreciative for the STEPS program at OSU for all the STEM opportunities provided to her and her colleagues. "I am ecstatic to be chosen for this tremendous opportunity! Collaborating with other science teachers, learning new technology skills, and visiting our nation's capitol is a great way to start the new school year full of energy and excitement."

   
Pennsylvania  
 Arthur Zadrozny

Arthur Zadrozny, West Chester, PA
East High School

Arthur Zadrozny is a Chemical Engineer, who brings a background of 25 years in industry to his new career as a Physics Teacher. His experiences, mostly in the Chemical Industry, range from the design of process facilities to product development and to public policy issues. Since 2005, Art has enjoyed opening the minds of students to the wonders of Physics and the Universe while bringing experiences from his industry days into the classroom. An experienced Modeler, his goals focus on helping students to become good problem solvers, to learn how to think, how to communicate and to work together in groups. He has lived in the West Chester area for 32 years where he served on the local School Board from 1987 - 1995. He and his wife Janet share 6 grandchildren. Art is looking forward to being part of the Seimens STEM Institute and seeing what new ideas he can bring into the classroom, but most of all, the experience of meeting teachers from around the country. "My years in industry have taught me that the more you can network with good people, the better you can be in whatever you choose to do."

   
 Andrea Nerozzi

Andrea Nerozzi, Kingston, PA
Wyoming Seminary Upper School

Andrea Nerozzi, of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at Wilkes University. As a result of the positive experience she had doing ecological research, Andrea decided to pursue graduate work, eventually earning a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Brown University. Andrea currently teaches Chemistry and AP Environmental Science at Wyoming Seminary where she also sponsors the Science Research Group, an activity in which students pursue laboratory research for competition. Andrea has incorporated project-based learning in all her classes to some degree, but most successfully in AP Environmental. Indeed, the curbside tree surveys conducted by these students have proven useful to the community partners, earning Andrea a regional environmental award. Ultimately, Andrea wants to help her students make a personal connection with science and the natural world by showing them the joy inherent in scientific inquiry. "By attending the Summer Institute, I hope to to learn how to more effectively incorporate inquiry-based projects in all my classes, introductory and advanced, and to explore the opportunities afforded by new technology. I will be able to bring what I learn to my colleagues, helping all of us to advance our skills and incorporate more authentic learning experiences across our curriculum."

   
 Jennifer Cramer

Jennifer Cramer, Pleasant Hills, PA
Pleasant Hills Middle School

Jennifer Cramer, of Herminie, Pennsylvania, teaches 7th grade Life Science at Pleasant Hills Middle School in the West Jefferson Hills School District located 8 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Cramer, a National Board Certified Teacher, received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology and Adult Education from Indiana University of PA where she later worked to design online courses for the Department of Defense Educational Activity and the University. Her love of teaching younger students drew her back to the middle school classroom, where she has been teaching for the past 9 years. Each year she has implemented a new STEM initiative to excite and engage students. “I’m ecstatic to be chosen to attend the Institute. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet these professionals and learn from their expertise. I can’t wait to see what projects will be brought to life for our students with this experience under my belt!”

   
Rhode Island  
 Frank Lenox

Francis Lenox, East Greenwich, RI
East Greenwich High School

Francis Lenox teaches Physics at East Greenwich High School. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Frank has been teaching in RI public schools for the past 22 years. Having served as K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator, he is seeking ways to link science standards to other departments through cross-curricula projects. "In our school, we are exploring ways to motivate students by making connections across their courses. The Siemens STEM Institute will offer me the opportunity to see how our school can use the engineering component to connect math and science standards. Furthermore, we can explore the engineering design process through projects to connect with art courses. The possibilities are extensive."

   
South Carolina  
 Julie Maynard

Julie Maynard, Fort Mill, SC
Banks Trail Middle School

Julie Maynard received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from the University of Findlay. She is a Master Teacher for Project Lead The Way, which provides STEM education curricular programs in middle and high schools. Julie teaches 6th and 7th grade engineering, and she sponsors two engineering clubs, one is co-ed and the other for girls interested in engineering careers. She is also a mentor for a FIRST Robotics Competition team. Honors that Julie has received include: South Carolina 2012 PLTW Exemplary Middle School, South Carolina 2012 PLTW Program Improvement Award, 2008 NASA LIMA Quest Challenge Recognition, Putnam County Technology Trailblazer Award 1995, and Who's Who Among American Teachers 1989. “Being selected as a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow is one of the highest honors I have received as a teacher. Upon completion of the STEM Institute and networking with peers in STEM education, I’ll have a better understanding of the pedagogical theories, research, and best practices that exemplify STEM education to successfully integrate additional resources into my classroom instruction to improve student achievement in engineering."

   
Tennessee  
 Kyle Redrow

Kyle Redrow, Bell Buckle, TN
The Webb School

Kyle Redrow teaches 9th through 12 grade physics at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. While pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Kyle realized that he had a passion for teaching science to high school students. Prior to graduation, he decided to pursue his passion by taking up a job tutoring local students in math and science and volunteering in a local high school's science classes. Today he continues what he loves by teaching high school students physics in a fun, project-based manner. "I am honored to have been chosen as a STEM fellow. I know that the ideas I learn about will lead to a very exciting and beneficial set of physics and STEM classes for my future students."

   
 Erin Gentry

Erin Gentry, Antioch, TN
Antioch Middle School

Erin Gentry began teaching in 2009 as part of the inaugural cohort of Nashville Teaching Fellows, a program committed to closing the achievement gap in high-needs schools. She recently earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University, and is currently completing her first year as an 8th grade science teacher. She became interested in STEM education while teaching at a school being redesigned into a STEM magnet, and has since pursued opportunities including the Siemens Institute and a certificate in Project Based Inquiry Learning (PBIL)through NASA Education/Georgia Institute of Technology. According to Ms. Gentry, "I am thrilled to have been selected to attend the Institute. Through this collaboration, I will be able to take real-world STEM learning and opportunities back to into my classroom, and help students prepare for college and career readiness on a much higher level."

   
Texas  
 Deborah Kariuki

Deborah Kariuki, Round Rock, TX
Stony Point High School

Deborah Kabura Kariuki is originally from Kenya and came to the United States where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor in Digital Electronics. She worked as a Software Engineer before deciding to become a computer science teacher two years ago. She is currently teaching computer science to 10th -12th grade students at Stony Point high school in Round Rock Texas, where she sponsors and coaches Computer Science UIL and acts as an adviser to the Robotic club. She looks forward to teaching IB and AP computer Science next year. "As a new teacher I am looking forward to learning from other professionals in the field and gaining knowledge, best practices, and connections with colleagues who I can collaborate with in the future to enhance my students' class activities and share the insights from the Siemens STEM Institute with my colleagues."

   
 Naveen Cunha

Naveen Cunha, College Station, TX
Stephen F. Austin Middle School

Naveen Cunha of College Station, Texas, taught 5th and 6th grade science for 15 years before spending two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with NASA, and a year as a middle school science specialist. Missing the daily interaction with students in scientific problem solving, he returned to teach 6th grade science at a new math, science, technology magnet program and has been at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in the Bryan Independent School District for the past five years. "I am really looking forward to participating in the Siemens STEM Institute this summer. Meeting with scientists working in leading institutions, observing real-world applications of STEM subject matter, and networking and collaborating with national organizations and peers will enhance our program greatly and provide rich opportunities for our students and community."

   
 Jennifer Makins

Jennifer Makins, Dallas, TX
Parish Episcopal School

Jennifer Makins is the STEM & Robotics Coordinator at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, TX where she teaches the middle school STEM electives and is co-chair of the school’s strategic STEM initiative. Prior to joining the faculty at Parish, she was the Education Associate for NASA’s Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where she contributed to the strategic management of ESMD’s education portfolio. Jennifer has presented at numerous education conferences, represented NASA as a panelist at the 12th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, and her Masters team paper titled “Space Agencies in Low Income Countries: Effects on Development” was selected for presentation at the 60th International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea. Jennifer holds a M.A. in International Science & Technology Policy, from The George Washington University Space Policy Institute and a B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. “I am grateful to Siemens and the other partners for the opportunity to attend the Institute and network with first class educators from around the country while being exposed to leading scientists, policy makers, and innovators. The experiences gained at the Siemens Institute will inspire the curriculum and shape the direction of the STEM program at Parish Episcopal School.”

   
 Bruce Boehne

Bruce Boehne, Dallas, TX
Zion Lutheran School

Bruce Boehne has been a middle school math and science teacher for 25 years. He has a BA in Psychology from UCLA and an MA in Education from Concordia University, Irvine. He has been a foreign exchange student to Germany and refereed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. “Professional development is very important to me. I am always looking for new instructional methods to improve my teaching. As a math and science teacher I look forward to experiencing new techniques and exchanging ideas with fellow educators that will enhance how both those subjects are presented to my students by participating in the Siemens STEM Institute this summer.”

   
Virginia  
 Santiaga Gasalao-Epps

Santiaga Gasalao-Epps, Emporia, VA
Greensville County High School

Santiaga Gasalao-Epps,of Emporia Virginia, holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from West Visayas State College, a Post-graduate Certificate in advance teaching of secondary Mathematics from Curtin University, Western Australia, a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Mathematics and a Doctor of Education degree both from West Visayas State University, Iloilo CIty Philippines. She was the Director of Statistical Data Processing Center as well as the Research and Statistics Consultant of WVSU before she came to the United States. Dr. Gasalao-Epps' 28 years of teaching experience includes teaching Mathematics courses in the Middle school, High school, College, and Graduate School levels. She currently teaches Algebra/Trigonometry and Calculus DE at Greensville County High School and MTE and Business Mathematics at Southside Virginia Community College. "It is a lifetime privilege to be chosen as one of the 2012 Siemens STEM Institute Fellows. I am looking forward to gain intensive content-enrichment professional development that will help augment my students' knowledge in field of Mathematics. Moreover, I am excited to re-echo new ideas that I will be gaining from the Institute to my co-educators in Greensville County Public Schools."

   
 Antonia Barkley

Antonia Barkley, Arlington, VA
Williamsburg Middle School

Antonia Barkley, of Milford Delaware, teaches seventh grade math at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington Virginia. After receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley, she worked as an engineer for Toyota Technical Center in Crash and Safety testing for five years before deciding to transform her years of volunteer tutoring into a career. Antonia received a M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan and started her teaching career soon after with the aim of preparing students for their futures by teaching them to think critically, to problem solve, to communicate and to collaborate – four principles she learned in pursuit of her own STEM education. She believes that the Siemens STEM Institute will help her to draw from her engineering career experiences to develop engaging, cross curriculum and real world projects for her students. “I am excited, honored and thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded colleagues from across the nation.”

   
 Tim Kubinak

Tim Kubinak, Suffolk, VA
John Yeates Middle School

Tim Kubinak, of Suffolk, Virginia, teaches sixth grade mathematics enrichment at John Yeates Middle School for Suffolk Public Schools. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University in 2001; his internship and work experience as a wildlife damage management specialist for USDA's Wildlife Services division led him back to the classroom, to share his knowledge and experience in the sciences to a new generation of STEM-interested students. In his eighth year of teaching, Tim has taught physical science, life science, and world geography, as well as 6th and 7th grade mathematics. "I believe that unique experiences, as well as the everyday situations through which we all live, are ideal opportunities for teaching and learning not only the basics of science and mathematics, but also the intricate physical workings of our planet, our universe, and ourselves. The Siemens STEM Institute is a vehicle for beginning, and continuing, that type of STEM immersion necessary to create a new generation of thinkers, tinkerers, and innovators."

   
Washington  
 Eric Regh

Eric Regh, Spokane, WA
Saint George’s School

Eric Regh received a Bachelor of Science in Life Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University as well as a Master of Arts in Science Teaching from Northern Arizona University. Eric teaches 11th grade Biology and 12th grade AP Biology and Environmental Science. He is a contributor to the BSCS: A Human Approach curriculum and has spoken at the NABT conference on the topic of inquiry teaching in science. Eric has also participated in several summer workshops that have enhanced his understanding in the topics of bioinformatics, biotechnology, and the science of learning. “I am thrilled to be selected for the Siemens STEM Institute. In the teaching profession, and specifically the science teaching profession, it is absolutely necessary to continue to grow as a professional. Having the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow peers and some of the top science minds in the country will provide me with the skills and resources to enhance the STEM education in my classroom.”

   
Wisconsin  
 Becky Nutt

Becky Nutt, Oneida, WI
Oneida Nation High School

Becky Nutt earned her Master of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. She teaches high school Biology, Advanced Biology, Environmental Science, and Science Research at Oneida Nation High School. Becky routinely integrates the Oneida language and culture throughout her curriculum. Becky was selected as a member of the 2009 inaugural class, and is a continuing fellow with the Society for Science and the Public with the goal of increasing independent science research at ONHS. She is a member of the Wisconsin Girls Collaborative Champions Board- a group working to promote STEM opportunities for girls, and is a member of the WI Department of Public Instruction’s Science Leadership Team working to roll out the Next Generation Science Standards to WI teachers. “I have always sought professional development opportunities as a means to improve my practices, re-energize, and refocus. The Siemen’s STEM Academy is sure to be an opportunity that allows me to meet those goals.”

 

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