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

2010-2011 (Year 2) Mentor Teachers

Lisa

Lisa Adams
Second-year Mentor Teacher
Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, Colorado
Biology

I have been teaching in the Thompson School District for four years now. For three of these years I have had the priviledge of teaching Earth/Geophysical Lab Science and for all of the four I have taught Biology. Before coming to the Thompson School District I had the opportunity to teach in Japan which developed my passion to be in the classroom. I am very excited about having an expert scientist/molecular biologist in my classroom through the GK-12 program. I believe that my classroom should be filled with open conversation, relevance, building relationships, and rigor. This year, through the GK-12 program, I hope to develop a deeper understanding and interest in science for all of my students.

Hall

Carlie Hall
Fossil Ridge High School Poudre School District, Colorado
Physics, Earth Systems Science

Chuck

Chuck Hubbeling
Second-year Mentor Teacher
Liberty Common High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Engineering, Mathematics

Chuck worked at Amoco Production Company in Denver and earned his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at CU. After moving to Fort Collins, Chuck continued his studies and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2000. Since that time he has been a stay-at-home Dad, engineer, and teacher. He has taught 6th through 9th grade science, math and religion.

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.

Kay Lannen

Kay Lannen
Second-year Mentor Teacher
Liberty Common High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Engineering, Mathematics

I am thrilled to be teaching engineering and math courses at Liberty Common High School. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering. Prior to switching to teaching, I worked for 21 years as a Software Engineer and Firmware Engineer at Hewlett-Packard Company, Agilent Technologies, and Beartooth Engineering LLC (a small consulting business of which I am a co-owner). As a working engineer in industry, I’ve had many opportunities in practical applications to use the math and science concepts that I studied in high school and college. Yes, I’ve really used calculus to solve real-world problems! I enjoy sharing my experiences and perspectives with my students, and I look forward to making their studies more engaging and relevant to their lives. Working with CSU researchers who are developing cutting-edge biosensor technology is a fantastic way to help our high school students make those connections and expose them to future opportunities in STEM careers.

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.

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.

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.