A Bit About Me
I've been with IGES since 2009 as the primary lead for the NASA Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Forum’s work in K-12 education, which includes product analysis, professional development, and conferences.
Previously, I spent 27 years as a middle school science educator, where I used my background in Earth sciences and teacher education to mentor 12 student teachers. As an adjunct instructor, I was proactive in integrating and supporting the use of geospatial technologies in K-12 education and professional development programs. I've been privileged to have worked with the Science, LandDAAC and AmericaView project areas at the USGS EROS Data Center. While there I created and developed educational outreach materials for the center; Tracking Change Over Time.
Being active in several professional associations, I have presented on GIS, remote sensing, 3-D spatial technologies, and GPS at local, state and regional levels. I've completed numerous professional development programs, including the Christa McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship (1998), Toyota Tapestry (2001), Eleanor Roosevelt Teaching Fellowship (2001) and South Dakota Space Grant Fellowship (2003, 2004). I'm most proud of my selection as a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2004), the Bush Leadership Fellowship (2005), the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (2005) and the American View K-12 Educator Award (2009). It was the Einstein Fellowship that placed me at NASA Headquarters where I worked on innovative K-12 programs and led to my career change opportunity to work at IGES.
I have completed coursework for a doctorate in Atmospheric Environmental and Water Resources from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. My undergraduate and master’s degrees are from South Dakota State University.