About the Authors
We would like to acknowledge those individuals who have made this project possible:
Sara Davis is a native of Farmington, Maine, and is a sophomore at Keene State College, studying biology with certification in secondary education. She has wanted to teach science since elementary school, and has had some wonderful role models throughout her educational experience. Sara is also involved at Keene as a mentor in violence prevention (MVP), is the president of the woman's rugby club, tutors students in both biology and chemistry, and is a "Successful Peers" teaching assistant in two biology level 101 classes. She plans on studying in Colorado in the spring semester of 2005, and would like to explore teaching opportunities in New Zealand and Africa after graduation.
Bryanna Silva is a junior at Keene State College. She is working towards two degrees; a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Social Sciences. She is currently enrolled in ESEC Methods, and is looking forward to Student Teaching in the fall. Along with Nate Ware, she completed an independent study in Biology in 2003 as a teaching assistant of a new Biology class at Keene, Forensic Science. As part of the independent study she also completed a curriculum project integrating Forensic Science as a way to teach Biology in an Elementary School setting. In the Fall of 2003 Bryanna was selected for “Who’s Who” among Colleges and Universities. Bryanna is also involved in many extra-curricular activities. She teaches a women’s self-defense class for staff and students on campus, is a member of the Feminist Collective, a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society, and is also a Co-President of the KSC Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Nate Ware is a Biology major seeking teaching certification at the Secondary Education level. Originally from Rocky Hill CT, Nate has expressed an interest in teaching ever since he graduated high school, and began working with children in his hometown's Learn to Swim program. Since attending Keene State, Nate has worked under Susan Whittemore as a Teaching Assistant for Forensic Biology, running nighttime help sessions and working with students in class. This knowledge ultimately helped him develop a curriculum for high school students based on the properties of water which he presented at the Keene State Academic Excellence Conference last April. Aside from working as a teaching assistant, Nate has constructed lessons in his education classes based on race and ethnicity, in an effort to promote social justice and equity in America's classrooms.
Dr. Susan Whittemore, Professor of Biology, is an animal physiologist who teaches biology courses for majors at the introductory, sophomore, and advanced level as well as courses for non-majors. She is committed to the development of future scientists and science educators. She obtained her Ph.D. in Physiology from Dartmouth College in 1991. Susan has served on the NH State Pesticide Control Board for the past seven years.
Dr. Dottie Bauer is an Associate Professor in the Education/Special Education/Early Childhood Department at Keene State College. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College, Master’s degree from Lesley University, and doctorate from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dottie taught typical and atypical children ages 3 to 12 settings, from special education to after school to early childhood. She has been working in teacher education since 1980, teaching courses on child development, exceptionality, learning, and curriculum methods, and supervising student teachers. She grew up in a rural farming community and has an affinity for the natural world.
David Teubner is the Web site developer for this program and is founder of KeeneOnline.com, a local Web development company. See samples of his other work here.