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

2011-2012 (Year 3) 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.

Wayne Doerr

N. Wayne Doerr
First-year Mentor Teacher
Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo, Colorado
Science & Chemistry

I have taught at Central High since 1983. Previously I taught at Granada Colorado, Bethune Colorado and in Mexico Missouri. As you can see, I have a many experiences in different school settings. Currently I am teaching Chemistry (A.P. & S.T.S.) as well as lower level chemistry. I have taught algebra, computer programming and general science. I have been a member of N.S.T.A. and American Chemical Society. I have way to many hours in college by now, yet you can always learn more. My degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. They are: B.S. Agriculture-Animal Science; B.S. Science Education; M.S. Science Education with emphasis on curriculum and instruction; all but dissertation PhD in Curriculum & Instruction. I love to read, do karate, cycle and ski. As to the future, I see this program becoming a significant impetus in helping my students see the connections between content and the use of those learning's in a diverse science as well as culturally diverse world community. The GK-12 project will be a bonanza to not only my students but to me as a person.

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.

Scott Kindt

Scott Kindt
Third-year Mentor Teacher
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
Third-year Mentor Teacher
Overland High School, Aurora, CO
Geometry, Discrete Math, Computer Programming, AP Computer Science

This is my third year on the GK-12 program but my first year at Overland as a Math/Technology teacher. I am excited to be helping Overland open their 6-12 Institute of Science and Technology, a STEM program that helps students pick career clusters and provides them with unique opportunities to pursue robotics, computer science, and other technology areas that would normally not be available to high school students.

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. For the past four years, I taught physical science at Highland High School. 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.

Thomas Murrray

Thomas Murray
First-year Mentor Teacher
Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo, Colorado
Science Coordinator

I began teaching late in life at the age of 46. I graduated from CSU-Pueblo in 2007 and began teaching at Pueblo Central High school. My degree is in Chemistry with a minor in education. I have taught Integrated Physical, Earth, and Space sciences (IPES), Chemistry 1 during my first two years at Central. Last year I taught Conceptual Physics and Physics 1 Honors. I am excited about the GK-12 Biosensor partnership and believe I will greatly enhance both my knowledge and teaching, as well as be a great benefit to the students at Central. I hope to increase my base for teaching physics through this partnership.

Emilio Santos
First-year Mentor Teacher
Berthoud High School
Algebra I

Carol Seemueller

Carol Seemueller
Third-year Mentor Teacher
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.

Robert Sommerfeld

Robert Sommerfeld
First-year Mentor Teacher
Berthoud High School
Technology

I have been teaching in the Thompson School District for 9 yrs and at Berthoud High for 8 yrs. I am the Department Chair for the Pre-Engineering/Industrial Technology department at Berthoud High School. I teach pre-engineering, beginning and fine woodworking courses. The pre-engineering courses use the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way curriculum. I am also the sponsor for the Berthoud Robitics club. I earned my BA from San Fracisco State University and my Masters of Science is from Colorado State University. I also hold 3 different vocational education certifications with the state of Colorado. I live in Greeley, Colorado with my wife Angie and step-son Cole.

Dan Wagner

Dan Wagner
Third-year Mentor Teacher
University High School, Greeley, Colorado
Algebra 2, AP Calculus A&B, Pre-Calculus Honors

Mr. Wagner began his teaching career at the Science Academy in Austin, Texas after extensive experience in retail and sales. After five years of teaching gifted students and acquiring 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. At University Schools Mr. Wagner is writing curriculum and helping other teachers learn and use the new tools of technology in the classroom.


Highlights From Year One

In their first year together Mr. Wagner and Mr. Benoit created twelve different inquiry based lessons and were able to deliver these lessons to the students and integrate them into the curriculum. Their project this year is to develop an interdisciplinary unit which models the bio-sensor chip project and helps students understand how learning is truly an interdisciplinary event.