Colorado Higher-Education Interdisciplinary Program - Colorado State University GK-12 Program: A multi-disciplinary research and teaching program in biomedical engineering for discovery and understanding of cell communication

2009-2010 (Year 1) Mentor Teachers

Marion Annis

Marion Annis
Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Human Anatomy, Biology, Geo/Space Science
Marion Annis has been a science teacher at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins CO since 2006. She is currently teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biology and Introduction to Geo space science to 9th- 12th graders. Before joining the Rocky team Marion taught at Rangeview High School in Aurora CO. Mrs. Annis graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Natural Science and her teaching license in 2004. In 2003 she was named Student Employee of the Year for the program she helped develop for the college of Natural Science Tutorial Hall.

Chandler

Eric Chandler
Montezuma-Cortez High School, Cortez, Colorado
Physics, AP Physics, Integrated Physical Science, Honors Diploma Coordinator
I have been involved with education in both formal and informal settings. Informally, I have worked in the non-profit world in environmental education in as well as for the Forest Service as an environmental educator. I enjoyed working not only in environmental education but outdoor education as well yet could not stay away from the classroom. I have taught on the Navajo Reservation and at Navajo Preparatory School, and have also taught at alternative schools such as Southwest Open High School and Eagle Rock School. Yet alas, the Four Corners came calling and so I now teach at M-CHS. Education has always been very important to me and I try to pass that along to my students daily.

Frame

David Frame
Montezuma - Cortez High School, Cortez, Colorado
Earth Science, Integrated Physical Science, and Biology
Before pursuing a career in education, I worked for the United States Forest Service focusing on fish populations and fish habitat in Western Colorado giving me a great understanding of the ecology, geology, and fish biology of local watersheds.  Realizing that I wanted to share my enthusiasm of the sciences with students, I decided to go back to school and pursue science education.  After graduating from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington with a Masters in Education, I moved to Cortez to teach at the high school.  Here I have been teaching a wide array of sciences including Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, and Biology.  With the interdisciplinary nature of science, I have been able to incorporate ideas of each field of science into all of my classes.  I enjoy discussing current, real world ideas and issues involving the sciences into my classroom with hopes of creating a more science literate student body and community.

Jeramy Jasman

Jeramy Jasman
Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Biochemistry, Genetics, AP Biology, Microbiology
I have been teaching Chemistry and General Physical Science courses for 10 years now, first in Sacramento California and now at Poudre High School in Fort Collins. I am married to a wonderful woman Christine Jasmann (who is also a teacher in the district) and we are blessed with a young toddler son Carson. This year I am excited to be teaching AP Environmental Science, the first year it will be offered to our kids at Poudre. I am passionate about making difficult scientific concepts interesting and relevant to my students. I try every day to inspire and educate young people to seek wisdom and fulfillment throughout their lives. And I hope that my classes will help to expand their views on the vast number of opportunities that are available to them in science. I have also helped to foster science education in after school activities by coaching Science Olympiad and by starting an Energy and Environmental Education Club at Poudre 3 years ago. I am excited to be working with CSU on this biomedical cell communication research in that I can see that the kids will gain valuable insight in the interdisciplinary approach needed as well as the application of many of the basic concepts they learn in class. And since my degree is in Biochemistry, it will be nice to build on my own content knowledge in what is current and exciting in the field of life science.

Scott Kindt

Scott Kindt
Berthoud High School, Berthoud, Colorado
Physics
Following my lifelong passion for science and astronomy has led me to the amazing profession of teaching young adults the wonders of science. I thrive on the challenge of taking difficult topics in science and teaching them in a way that all students can understand. My enthusiasm for science in the classroom is contagious. I also incorporate my interests in astrophotography and electronics into the science curriculum. This makes science seem more personal and allows students to see connections in the curriculum with other interests outside the classroom.

Kate McDonnell

Kate McDonnell
Highland High School, Ault, Colorado
Chemistry, AP Physics, Science 9
I am one of two science teachers at Highland High School, and I am responsible for the physical science classes - Science 9, Chemistry, and AP Physics. My classes reflect my unique background as a STEM teacher. I have my Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, my Master's degree in Education, and certification in Technology, and I am highly qualified to teach math and science. I like to incorporate engineering design and technology into my classes as much as possible, and I focus on the scientific method and problem solving. I integrate technology into my classes as much as possible, and I am hoping to introduce several technology projects into my classes next year. I really enjoy teaching science, because it relates to students' lives and technology in such obvious ways.

Kara Quinlan

Kara Quinlan
Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Physics, AP Physics, Engineering Science
I attended Colorado State University for my bachelor's degree in Natural Science Physics Education. I am licensed in science and technology education and highly qualified to teach math. Prior to graduating in that field of physics, I spent and completed three years of mechanical engineering. During the time as a mechanical engineering undergraduate, I worked for the Industrial Assessment Center headed by the Department of Energy where alternative energy and energy conservation were at the forefront of my job. My approach to science and problem solving came from working for the Department of Energy. My passion for taking complex theories and problems and breaking them down into manageable, easy to understand concepts lead me to teaching. At this point, I entered physics education where I took on an internship with the Little Shop of Physics. Having a diverse background prepared me to teach a wide spectrum of courses from 8th grade science and reading to high school physics.

Marion Seemueller

Carol Seemueller
Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Anatomy Physiology, Biology
Current projects include developing field biology experiments, partnerships where high school students mentor young kids, a phagehunting lab where students specifically seek Mycobacteriophages, updating traditional lab content with new technologies, and doing extracurricular science excursions with students. I also have a strong interest in incorporating biotechnology skills across the biology curriculum as well as integrating case studies that help students learn relevant science in the context of authentic  problems, such as multi-drug resistant disease. My teaching philosophy is one of collaboration. I frequently mentor preservice teachers as they bring their freshness and new ideas to the classroom.  I foster a spirit of teaming within our department and believe teachers do their best work when they are flexible, collaborative risk-takers.

Walton

Josh Walton
Montezuma Cortez High School, Cortez, Colorado
Field Biology, Astronomy, Geology
I attended Fort Lewis College for my bachelor's degree in General and Environmental Biology. After graduating I did a variety of jobs for two and a half years. I did an internship with the Wolf Education and Research Center, worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and was involved in several different field research projects with grad students from CSU, CU, and UNC. The jobs I had after graduating made me want to share my experiences with students, so I went back to Fort Lewis College and got my Teaching License. I love teaching science and sharing my experiences in the field with students.

Dan Wagner

Dan Wagner
University High School, Greeley, Colorado
Algebra2, AP Calculus A&B, Pre-Calculus Honors
Mr. Wagner began his teaching carreer at the Science Academy in Austin, Texas after extensive experience in retail and sales. After five years of teaching gifted students and aquiring a masters degree in Educational Technology from the University of Texas at Austin Mr. Wagner returned home in Greeley, Colorado to teach at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School where he is currently employed.

Josh Wiessman

Josh Weissman
Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Engineering and Technology Education, Electronics, Engineering Design
A native of New York, Mr. Weissman's childhood spent "messing about in boats" eventually led to a rewarding career in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service, where he served for ten years. His work aboard ships enabled him to travel around the world, see amazing sights, work with impressive machinery, and meet lovely interesting people - such as his wife, Karen. A wandering career has carried them from Alaska, Eastern Canada, and the South Pacific, to a more settled life with two cats and a cozy home in sun-drenched Colorado. After attending the University of Michigan, where he competed on the varsity wrestling squad, Mr. Weissman received his teaching credentials from Colorado State University. When not helping students design and build amazingly cool stuff, Mr. Weissman enjoys coaching wrestling, competing in ultra-distance endurance events, and hiking and biking in the mountains with his wife.

Ed Wiechern

Ed Wiechern
University High School, Greeley, Colorado
University Schools is a charter school formed from the once-private Laboratory School for the University of Northern Colorado. Student-directed learning experiences form the core of the K - 12 curriculum. Through shadowing professionals in many fields, students gain powerful insight into industry applications of their academic work. In my classes, technology integration helps engage and intrigue students. Multiple screens display transparencies, digital content, and video, while hands-on models, labs, projects, and exhibits (living and preserved) maintain a highly diversified learning environment. I find that these multidisciplinary connections support students' passion for science and technology concepts, as well as their drive to seek opportunities in science and technology fields.