Trained as a geographer, Dr. Lilienfeld has been teaching geography and earth and atmospheric science at the university-level for 20+ years. She has routinely used phenomenon-based learning in almost all of her classes, supplementing it with powerful online tools and resources such as real-time weather web sites as well as data from agencies such as the World Bank and the CIA. In addition curriculum she developed related to drinking water quality and safety were given recognition as being "High Impact" by Wisconsin Campus Compact.
When Amy substitute taught, however, in K-12 classrooms across the Twin Cities from 2016-2018 she was delighted to learn of the tremendous enthusiasm that students in elementary and middle schools have for learning science. As an extension of her subbing she also developed several activities that teachers implemented as well as did some instructional coaching/mentoring. She has taken special interest in the challenges 6th grade teachers in Minnesota will be facing as they start teaching weather for the first time when the new academic science standards get implemented so has focused a lot of her professional development presentations and webinars on trying to address that need. She received very positive feedback from all the 6th grade teachers who attended a presentation she gave in November 2019 at the MnCOSE 2019 conference in St. Cloud, MN where she demonstrated how many web sites may be used to enhance instruction in weather and climate. She continues to have a strong interest in this area but also has much broader interests as well.