marti holds a glacierI am currently  pursuing a PhD in Science Education at the University of Arizona.  While my interests in science education are broad, I am particularly passionate about the preparation of elementary teachers to teach high quality, engaging science to their students.

Prior to this new adventure I taught mostly middle school science (although technically my teaching career included 3-8 science, K-8 technology, occasionally some math and even humanities) for thirteen years.  During the 2009-2010 school year I served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs.  This experience is, to date, the most impactful experience of my professional and personal life.

Random Facts About Me:

1. I’ve been to all 50 states – my goal is all seven continents as well (so far I’m at three).

2. I’ve slept in a tent in the middle of the ice sheet in Greenland.

3. I couldn’t live without books.

4. I’m happiest when I’m outside.

5. I used to play the flute pretty well and I’d like to start back up.

6. I grew up in North Carolina and lived on the East Coast for the first 37 years of my life and am loving living in the west.