National Service & History

Updated May, 2022

National Service

ACTIVE ADVISORY ROLES

A Systematic Review of STEM Learning and Social-Emotional
Development in Out-of-School Time, McLean Hospital
2021 – Active
Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health, University
of California Irvine 
2021 – Active
Content Advisory Committee: Early Childhood, the Museum of
Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale  
2021 – Active
Developing STEM Skills Through Play and Exhibit Design for Early
Learners in Children’s Museums and Science Centers,Association
of Children’s Museums, NSF–AISL 2005944
2020 – Active

PREVIOUS ADVISORY ROLES

Advisory Committee Member, Learning Solutions: Investigating Fundamental Tools, Resources, & Strategies to Support Professionals Addressing Persistent Issues in STEM, NSF–AISL 2011424 (2020 – 2022)

Expert Advisor, Mapping Employee Networks Through the NIST Interactions Survey, National Institutes of Standards and Technology Internal Report No. 8375 (2021)

Expert Advisor, Online STEM Resources Roundtable, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2020)

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Writer, Science Education Campaign for Research, Equity & Teaching (2020 – Present)
  • Chair, External Policy and Relations Committee, NARST (2020 – 2022)
  • Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Editorial Board (2019 – 2022)
  • Member, External Policy and Relations Committee, NARST (2017 – 2022)
  • Co-Chair, External Policy and Relations Committee, NARST (2019 – 2020)
  • Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, Editorial Board (2016 – 2018)
  • The American Biology Teacher, Department Editor (2013 – 2019)

History

Prior to my work as a researcher, I was one of the youngest K-12 STEM educators selected to the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship through which I served two years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. During my fellowship years (2011 – 2013), I worked on projects related to student engagement in STEM, informal STEM learning, and diversity in STEM education, including working with Nobel Laureate in Physics Dr. Carl Wieman, then Associate Directors of  the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop a design and evaluation framework for federal STEM intervention programs. This framework contributed to the White House’s Committee on STEM Education in the creation of a five-year Federal STEM education strategic plan. I presented on these topics at the NSF and at national conferences.

As a successful K-12 educator, I taught in both the private and public school sectors from 2004 to 2011. Primarily, I taught and developed curricula for high school Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses. At Miami Christian School in Miami, Florida, I served as Science Department Director, helping realign the school’s science standards across all grade levels. Currently, I am based out of Florida International University.