Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

  • Instructor in Science Education, Luther College 2005-present
  • 6th-8th Science Teacher, North Winneshiek  School 1995-present


  • B.A., Biology, Luther College, 1981
  • M.S., Science Education, Montana State University, 2003


  • National Board Certification Early Adolescence Science, 2001
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Education Finalist, 2002
  • Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation Service Educator of the Year, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Academy of Science - Science Teachers Section
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
  • Private Iowa Colleges Science and Math Education Consortium
  • Iowa Math and Science Education Partnership

Professional Service

  • National Science Teachers Association - campus student chapter supervisor
  • NSF Science Co-op Project for the enhancement of K-6 science education
  • Governor’s Conference on Mathematics and Science Reform team member
  • Iowa Academy of Science - Science Teachers Section - past regional director
  • Iowa Conservation Education Coalition - past regional director
  • Chicago Urban Center Conference  
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Educator Team
  • Academy of Science and Math Leadership  (TEAMS project)

Students Mentored

  • University of Northern Iowa Energy Olympics, 7th and 8th grade winners in all divisions 2008-2011
  • NE Iowa KIDWind Wind Energy Competition 7th and 8th grade winners
  • Undergraduate Science Ed major, Adam Ettestad, presents at IA Science Teachers Conference - Cheek Cell Microscopy 2009
  • Spaceday - 3 students win trip to Washington D.C. to meet John Glenn 2002
  • National Robotix Contest, Grand Prize Winners - 21 students win trip to Kennedy Space Center 2001
  • World Food Prize Forum Participants 1999-2001 - High school student, Josh Wennes awarded overseas internship 2001
  • Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium High School Participants 1998-2002


  • Food and Agriculture, Science and Social Studies, IA Science Teachers Conference, 2011
  • Spotlight on Educational Technology, University of Northern Iowa, 2010
  • Association of Astronomy Educators, Big Dipper Clocks, National Science Teachers Association Conference, New Orleans, 2009
  • Backyard Packs Promote Outdoor Activity for Learning and Fitness, National Science Teachers Association, Minneapolis, 2009
  • Microscopy and Literacy, IA Science Teachers Conference, 2010
  • Geology Rocks, IA Science Teachers Conference, 2006
  • Float the Pencil: A Science Performance Assessment about Density, IA Council of the Teachers of Mathematics, 2005
  • Spaceday, IA Science Teachers Conference, 2003
  • Vision Impaired Students in the Science Classroom, IA Science Teachers Conference, 2002
  • Watersheds and Letterboxing, IA Conservation Education Council and ISTS, 2001