The KSC GEMS instructors are Deborah Black, Ed.D., Erik Bell, M.Ed., Linda Balk, M.Ed., and Heather Pelkey.
In addition to teaching math and science in their own classrooms, all have received Associate level training
with GEMS at the University of California at Berkeley.
Deborah is currently Professor of Education at KSC and teaches both graduate and undergraduate Education
courses. Previously, she taught in the U.S. and abroad at various elementary school levels. She recently attended
the annual conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education(ASTE) and presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference.
Erik teaches GEMS with area home school groups and teaches science letterboxing. He has taught
at multiple grade levels in both public and private school settings. He also has worked for numerous
camps and outdoor/environmental organizations.
Linda Balk is a kindergarten teacher at the Winchester School. She trained at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkley
and is a Keene State College GEMS associate. Linda received her master's degree in education from Cambridge College, focusing
on special education.
Heather Pelkey has taught elementary school in Winchester for the past nine years. She has trained as an associate at the
Lawrence Hall of Science and is also a trained reading specialist.
The KSC GEMS Site is
a working collaboration
between KSC's Education
and Science departments
and the Continuing Education