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Four Faculty members honored for Teaching, Service and Professional Achievement… and one of them was Kimberly Tanner

Photo courtesy of SFSU

This award here recognizes faculty excellence and contributions to San Francisco State University (SFSU). This award, has been awarded annually since 2007. It seeks to recognize faculty who go above and beyond in teaching, service and professional achievement.  The Excellence in Teaching Award was awarded to Kimberly Tanner. A tremendous feat for one of our very own. She has been here at SFSU since 2004, and helped found the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory. She has been very invested in what goes on in classrooms, for she helps shed light on how students learn science, and develops methods to help science be taught better. Kimberly strives to make classrooms more “equitable, fair, and inclusive of students from different backgrounds and perspectives,” This is tied to Kimberly being a first-generation college student.


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We here at SEPAL want to spread this amazing news, and congratulate our Director.

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SFSU Alum and SEPAL Alum begins the journey of Medical School

It is always great to hear when other Students/Instructors move onto bigger and better things. This is the case for Chris Canlas. Chris not only was an SFSU Alum, but he once graced the position of SEPAL Resource Center Assistant. Now he embarks on a new path, and that is medical school. He recently started his first week at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey. It is one big change for him; both in terms of the environment and being a student once again. However, he is ready!

Image of Chris from his White Coat Ceremony

Chris was very appreciative of his SEPAL family, and relationships he established while working here at SEPAL. The continuous support he received helped him get to where he stands today.


We here at SEPAL want to congratulate Chris on his accomplishment !  Keep doing this work!

SEPAL Alum: Ellen Young’s

One of our very own SEPAL Alums was recently offered an incredible opportunity. Ellen Young who obtained her MS in Biology here at San Francisco State University, received an offer at Cañada College. This a great feat for Ellen, as this role is a Tenure-track Biology position.


Congratulations Ellen, Keep doing this work!


SEPAL Alumna accepts teaching job at Mt. Hood Community College.

Catherine Creech, a SEPAL and SFSU MS alumna has just accepted a tenure-track full-time teaching job at Mt. Hood Community College starting in September 2018. Congratulations Catherine!

Congrats to Camila Alvarez on her research fellowship!

Camila Alvarez, a SFSU Biology student just got accepted as a pre-trainee candidate in the MARC U STAR program at University of California, Riverside. She will be assisting in a research lab this summer. Congratulations Camila!

Monterey Bay Aquarium recruits SEPAL alumna, Brianna McCoy!

Brianna McCoy, a SEPAL and SFSU MS alumna has accepted an amazing and widely coveted position at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as their Volunteer Engagement Program Coordinator, as of July 2nd. Congratulations Brianna!

Congratulations to Melinda Owens and Kristin deNesnera

Congratulations to Melinda Owens on her new position at UC San Diego and Kristin deNesnera on her new position at Utah Valley University.

SEPAL Alum accepts STEM Program Coordinator Position in Tokyo !

Mia Newman a SFSU Biology Undergrad Alum and SEPAL alum recently accepted a position as a Lead teacher; as well as a STEM Program Coordinator at the KAIS Elementary and Middle Schools in Tokyo. She will essentially be developing, administering, and assessing the schools STEM program and curriculum. This entails collaborating with the administration and colleagues to help accomplish this feat.

Mia Newman


About KAIS:

The primary purpose of the education at KAIS EMS is to help foster a child’s natural inclination toward joy and curiosity. In doing this it helps the children journey to self-discovery and self-fulfillment. The roles of teacher is not to simply tell children how to think or what to think; but to open their eyes to endless possibilities. It is about mentoring the children to enrich their sense of knowledge, mastering essential skills, and development of self.

Mike from KAIS EMS

SFSU SEPAL and Biology Alumnus Professor to receive Outstanding Award !

Jeff Schinske obtained his MS in Marine Biology (2007) while here at SFSU. He too was working within the Routman Lab here at SFSU. He was selected to be the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award from the Society for College Science Teaching. Recipients are selected based on a set criteria. That criteria is premised on teaching excellence, scholarship, and service. Also, they must have been involved with actively instructing science for the past 5 years. Teaching excellence is determined on teaching philosophy and how effective. Scholarship is more looking at publications in science education, presentations, grants received, and other forms of scholarship. Finally looking at service it is geared toward the service provided to science education, students, other instructors, and educational organizations.

            This award is very important. Since, it is the 25th year in which the award was first presented. However it is the fact that this is the first time in which this award is to be awarded to a community college science instructor. All the people who were previously awarded this prize were hailing from 4-year college and universities. He will be accepting this award at the upcoming 2018 National Science Teachers Association conference in Atlanta this coming week.

Designing an NGSS Learning Pathway How informal institutions can help teachers implement the NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) workshops at California Academy of Sciences is something which our very own SEPAL Alum, MS in Marine Biology Kathryn Danielson helped formulate. Clea Matson ( Senior Associate of Teacher Professional Development) and Kathryn Danielson worked along one another to help write this article. The article is regarding the creation of workshops to help facilitate a smooth transition to the new science standards. This initiative seeks to emphasize critical thinking and meaning-making. Over 1,000 Bay Area instructors have partaken in this workshop. They are now sharing what insight they have gained nationwide For the article was published in Science and Children, which is an award-winning peer-reviewed journal for preK-5 science teachers.

Check out the article here….