SEPAL Alumni – Grad Student ’04-13

Stephen Kielar, 2013-15

Stephenkielar@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Director of Education at Call of the Sea; Adjunct Faculty at California State University Maritime Academy

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’m working everyday to elevate the field of experiential education.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

The 5E model…. and the importance of air hockey breaks!

Brianna McCoy, 2013-15

brianna.mccoy@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Conservation Learning Specialist at the Oregon Zoo

What are you up to now professionally? 

Focusing on informal education, program assessment, training volunteers, and getting people excited about conservation.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

How to engage different audiences and to approach each interaction knowing that people are coming from different backgrounds and  perspectives. Also, where does a tree get its carbon!

Ellen Young, 2013-15

eyoung1010@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Associate Professor of Biology at Cañada College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’m working on building equitable and engaging learning communities in my online non-majors biology courses.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to prioritize community building, learner participation and student feedback in all my classes.

Hibba Ashraf, 2012-14

hashraf32@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Part-Time Biology Faculty at Las Positas College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I just accepted an offer to work as an adjunct A&P instructor after taking a 3 year break!

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I revisit my CCB Fest binder at the beginning of every academic year to remind myself of different active learning techniques that I can use throughout my course.

Stephanie Lee, 2012-14

slee15@spscc.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Professor, Biology, South Puget Sound Community College

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach a variety of biology courses including non-majors, majors, and marine biology as well as environmental science.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to learn about and use the different evidence supported teaching strategies I learned during my time as a member of the SEPAL lab.

Lisa Potter, 2012-14

lisa.potter@utah.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Research Communications Specialist, University of Utah Marketing and Communications Office

What are you up to now professionally? 

I shine a light on research happening at the University of Utah through our website, alumni magazine, and by pitching stories to journalists.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

My job is to translate academic work into stories for the general public, so I use SEPAL basics every single day. Two big techniques are: 1) working backwards by identifying the big ideas before writing and 2) making connections from esoteric research to a person’s everyday life.

Elijah Combs, 2010-13

Elijahcombs@gmail.com

Paul Nagami, 2010-13

paul.nagami@missioncollege.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

My current title is Full-Time Instructor, and I’m tenure-track faculty at Mission College.

What are you up to now professionally? 

Professionally, I’m teaching biology courses for both majors and nonmajors, and working on a redesign of the Bio 1B organismal biology course!

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Currently, the biggest resource I draw from SEPAL is our network of alumni, and I’ll be reaching out to more alumni soon once I settle in!

Kathryn Danielson, 2010-13

kdanielson2@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Director of Strategy, North America, Beyond

What are you up to now professionally? 

Kathryn leads strategy and UX research for the global design and technology company, Beyond.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

SEPAL taught me how to confidently design mixed methods research in order to gather, analyze, and apply qualitative and quantitative data, which is the foundation to all the human-centered strategies I create. SEPAL also gave me a biologically-based understanding of how people learn, which shapes how I manage and lead my teams and client relationships.

Lakisha Witzel, 2008-11

lakisha.witzel@ucsf.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Academic Coordinator for the Science & Health Education Partnership at University of California, San Francisco

Carol Umanzor, 2008-11

carol.umanzor@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Currently I am working with several organizations and institutions: Adjunct and Intern Support Coordinator, University of San Francisco (Teacher Education Dept); CS Associate, Kick Up; Agents of Change Specialist, SF Build, SFSU 

What are you up to now professionally? 

A lot of my work focuses around science education and supporting students from marginalized identities in science or teaching. I do this through teaching, curriculum and instructional design, and coaching/mentoring.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

What I use most from my time in SEPAL is the work I did in my Master’s thesis as well as the science pedagogical skills I gained from my courses and experience. SEPAL also shifted learning from completing busy work to actually experiencing learning through community. I try to continue that now in the work that I do.

Courtney Scott, 2007-10

CourtneyLScott@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Program Director, Foundation for Community Vitality

What are you up to now professionally? 

I run a foundation in Southeast Montana, focused on trust-based partnerships with Native leaders who are building community solutions to sovereignty and generational resilience.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

How to ask questions, being purposefully thoughtful and analytically curious.

Elizabeth Polito, 2007-2010

ejpolito@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

I am currently at home with my four children – ages 11, 10, 4, and 1.5.

What are you up to now professionally? 

My job is to love tiny humans, keep them alive and help them to thrive.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I ask questions every day. I try to keep my hands in my pocket, so that my children explore for themselves.

Michelle Wooten, 2007-2010

michellewooten@uab.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Professor in Astronomy Education at the University of Alabama Birmingham

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach large enrollment astronomy courses for non-science majors.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

My time in SEPAL encouraged me to create instruction attuned to the diversity of backgrounds and experiences students bring to the classroom, and to use these as starting points for instruction.

Rebecca Fulop, 2009

msfulop@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Science Teacher, Life Academy for Health and Bioscience in OUSD (Oakland Unified School District)

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am teaching physiology at a health and bioscience academy.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I continue to use an inquiry-based approach to teaching and continue to ask my students what changes happen in their brains when they learn something!

Briana McCarthy, 2006-08

bmccarthy@losmedanos.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Professor of Biological Sciences, Los Medanos College

What are you up to now professionally? 

Leading professional development and teaching students

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Everything! From structuring professional development using best practices from SEPAL/CCBFEST to collecting assessment data from my students to setting intentions at the beginning of meetings, the list goes on and on!

Jamie Chan, 2005-06

Jamiemariechan79@gmail.com

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Director of Programs and Partnerships, The Gardens of Golden Gate Park;  Adjunct Faculty, Graduate College of Education, San Francisco State University

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am supervising education, public programs and community partnerships for The Gardens of Golden Gate Park and instructing in the department of secondary education at SFSU.  I am in the process of publishing my research exploring science teacher identity development and doing service work to support community projects focused on food justice in San Francisco.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Everything. SEPAL gave me the foundations for what is now my professional career. Without SEPAL I would not be where I am today. I would not have developed a critical lens to interrogate the culture of STEM and commit to making change in both policy and teaching practice for the future of BIPOC students like myself.

Jonathan Boxerman, 2005-2006

jboxerm@wested.org

Current Position, Title, & Institution

STEM Education Research Associate, WestEd

What are you up to now professionally? 

I conduct education research with indigenous communities around STEM learning and on broadening participation in STEM.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Working with SEPAL through the NSF GK12 program as a geosciences masters student was truly a life changing experience because that was when I first learned about and experienced “science education research.”