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.
Elizabeth was also selected as a Darwin Kirk Fellow (where she worked with all levels of teachers, elementary teachers, middle school teachers and high school teachers—on how to implement lessons on the teaching of evolution), and a Teaching Fellow at PARC - Photosynthetic Antennae Research Consortium at Washington University (where she created and provided workshops to teachers in the St. Louis area for Washington University involving environmental issues - such as learning about Water Quality, Solar radiation, Climate change, etc.)
She has numerous awards and recognitions including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Service Award, University of Missouri St. Louis Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement for Meritorious Service to Education & Teaching, Outstanding Water Educator Award (Department of Natural Resources), and the St. Louis Audubon Educators Award. Later this month Ms. Petersen will be honored as Distinguished Alumni at University of Missouri St. Louis for her work as a STEM teacher in the St. Louis area, as well as the state.
Ms. Petersen is on the STOM Board - Science Teachers of Missouri, the Audubon Center at Riverlands Center Board, and chair of the Education Committee, where she helps the Center incorporate STEM and the NGSS into school curriculum. She also serves a peer reviewer for the National Science Teaching Association's Middle School magazine called Science Scope and is a Judge for the Exploravision competition.
One of the philosophies that Elizabeth truly believes is that STEM is everywhere, so teachers can easily connect to it – even her license plate says STEM!