Currently an Instructional Specialist & Curriculum Consultant at MySci Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis, Elizabeth Constantz Petersen writes exemplary lessons that address the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides PD to teachers K-8 on the MySci Curriculum, which emphasizes 3Dimensional Learning on the NGSS.
Previous to this, Ms. Petersen taught middle school science for 18 years in the Ladue School District, Ladue Missouri. In 2009, she was selected to be a Noyce Fellow through Washington University. While in this program, she worked with other Noyce Fellows to provide teacher training in STEM at Marian School, a middle school in the City of St. Louis, as well as work with teachers all over the St. Louis metropolitan area. See More
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Shane Nicole Woods graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in Biology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Middle Grades Science Education and further extended her learning to include educational administration and project management. Ms. Woods had the pleasure of working in Fort Worth ISD for over 17 years. During her tenure with the district, she served as a middle school teacher for five years at J.P. Elder where she was also tasked with being the department chair and lead content teacher. Shane also held the positions of Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction, and Middle School Science Specialist. For over six years, Ms. Woods was the K-12 Science Director and managed a multi-million-dollar budget that ensured every student had access to a properly outfitted science lab and learned a standards-aligned curriculum taught by teachers who were supported with on-going professional learning. See More
Julie Olson has been an educator for 32 years and is currently teaching at Mitchell High School and Mitchell Second Chance High School in Mitchell, SD. At Mitchell HS she teaches scientific research methods and college credit Biology. At Second Chance, the district’s alternative school, she developed a self-paced, individualized science curriculum for at risk. She is continually looking to improve STEM instruction for motivating at-risk students. In addition to her work at the 9-12 level, Ms. Olson teaches Microbiology and Science Methods for Secondary Teachers as well as mentors pre-service teachers for Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD.
Early on, Julie was encouraged by her cooperating teacher to attend their state science teacher's convention. It was small but she was so inspired by them. She continued to attend and took the leap to present. That has since grown into presenting nationally at NSTA, SSP Research Teachers Conference, and even overseas. She learned that everyone has something to offer - even the young teachers. See More