Every month the STEM Education Center will highlight one of its many outstanding graduate students who work hard to improve the field of STEM Education.
Rebecca Anne Konz, nicknamed Becky, grew up in Saint Cloud, MN where as a little girl she dreamed of being a teacher. Becky received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Saint Cloud State University and a Masters of Arts in TESL. Two of Becky’s four brothers graduated from the University of Minnesota where Becky learned of the STEM Education Center. “The STEM Education Center was recommended to me for the awesome projects being done. I enjoyed teaching STEM to EL students,” writes Becky. Ms. Konz plans to study Native American equity in education and educating EL students with special needs while completing her Ph.D. Becky’s favorite food is sandwiches and her favorite colors are blue and green. If Becky had a super power it would be to stop time for everyone else and be able to do stuff while everyone was frozen, without aging any quicker.
The STEM Education Center is excited to welcome Becky to the team and look forward to seeing her many successes to come.
The STEM Education Center would like to welcome Aytac Karakas, a visiting scholar from the Pamukkale University in Turkey. Although as a child Aytac wanted to be a doctor, he is currently pursing his Ph.D. in Science Education and is a Graduate Research Assistant at the STEM Education Center until the end of January. During his short time in Minnesota Aytac has enjoyed visiting the lakes and exploring the cities. His favorite food is green beans and his favorite color is black. If Aytac could have any super power it would be to “beam up” whenever and wherever he wanted.
We are lucky to have Aytac as part of the team, even for such a short period of time.
We hope this experience is both positive and rewarding.
Born in Wheaton, Minnesota Jeanna Wieselmann dreamed of being a teacher before entering kindergarten. Her favorite game growing up was “playing school” where she would enjoy correcting her friend’s papers. To follow her dream Jeanna received a B.S in Elementary Education, a B.A. in Child Psychology, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. Her wonderful experiences at the UofMN and desire to attend a research institute with great faculty mentors influenced Jeanna to purse her Ph.D. in STEM Education with an engineering emphasis. Her areas of interest include gender equality in STEM, specifically elementary girl’s STEM identity and how it is impacted by experiences in STEM. Jeanna is working on the EngrTEAMS project and supervising teacher candidates in the Elementary Education Licensure Program. As a way to unwind Jeanna loves to visit Minnehaha Falls to spend some time with nature and she loves to travel. If Jeanna could have one super power it would be teleportation so she could easily travel all over the world and save time in her daily life.
Jeanna has been a great addition to the STEM Education Center family and we look forward to her great accomplishments to come!
Nii Ansah Tackie was born in Takoradi in the western region of Ghana. As a young boy he dreamed of becoming a mathematics teacher and educator. Following his life-long passion, Nii received his B.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Cape Coast, his M.A. in Mathematics from Central Michigan University and plans to complete his Ph.D. in STEM Education from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Encouraged by a friend to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Nii has been very busy working on the EngrTEAMS and E3Algebra research projects as well as the 3M Fellowship. His areas of interest include teacher education, supporting student learning in mathematics, and STEM integration at the elementary and middle school level. Nii has found the STEM Education Center to be a supportive and easy-going place. Like many fellow University of Minnesota students, Nii’s favorite color is maroon and his favorite American foods are pizza and fries. However, Nii’s absolute favorite food is a Ghanaian dish called “Fufu”. The proud father of two children, Theophilus and Laurenda, dreams to be the person to eradicate corruption in his country and deal with people who try to misappropriate nation funds. With his resume we believe Nii is just the guy to do so.
The STEM Education Center is proud to have such a dedicated and hard-working individual on our team. Thank you Nii for all you have done.
Angelina Constantine was born in Winnipeg, Canada and received her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature with a minor in Political Science from the University of Manitoba. As the proud owner of a dog named Alfie, her favorite place in Minneapolis is the Dakota dog park in St. Louis Park. Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite food is Latkes or anything her Abuelita makes. Starting at the age of seven, Angelina dreamed of being an orthodontist, but when she went to university Angelina realized she enjoyed working with children much more than working with teeth. Now at the University of Minnesota’s STEM Education Center, Angelina is working as a coach on the EngrTEAMS project while investigating her own interests in elementary STEM Education in Minnesota to see what elements could be transferred for successful STEM integration in Manitoba. Also interested in the preparation of pre-service elementary teachers in STEM Education, Angelina supervises four elementary education teacher candidates. Referred to the University of Minnesota by a former professor, Dr. Richard Hechter, Angelia has been impressed with the STEM Center and their partnerships with the local school districts.
“The STEM Center has a finger on the pulse of education”- Angelina Constantine
Although Angelina is enjoying her time in Minnesota, she misses her family back in Canada. If she could have one super power, it would be the ability to be in two places at once so she could teach in Winnipeg and go to graduate school at the University of Minnesota at the same time.
The STEM Education Center welcomes Angelina to the team and looks forward to the great work she will do during her time in Minnesota.
Kyle Whipple recently joined the STEM Education Center and will begin his first year as a Ph.D. student this fall. Born in Corpus Christi, TX, Kyle is the proud parent of a daughter named Kaydee, three cats named Cali, Puck and Hally, and two dogs named Lucky and Buffy. Although Kyle was not inspired to pursue a mathematics degree until high school, he now has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, a Masters degree in Mathematics Education and plans to finish his Ph.D. in STEM Education with a Mathematics emphasis by 2018. He is currently working on the EngrTEAMS project as a teacher coach as well as supervising student teachers on the Prepare2Nspire grant. Kyle’s favorite color is the rainbow and if he could have one super power it would be super speed. “If you are significantly fast,” wrote Kyle, “you do not need any other super powers”.
The STEM Education Center is happy to welcome Kyle to the team and looks forward to seeing the great things he will accomplish in the near future.
Tomoki Saito was born in Shizuoka, Japan and dreamed of being a history researcher about the pyramids or Japanese castles. Tomoki is currently working on completing a Masters in Education, which he hopes to accomplish by 2016. As a graduate research student in the STEM Education Center Tomoki visits elementary schools with fellow EngrTEAMS graduate research assistants and is part of the Future Scientist Program. Tomoki is also taking four STEM classes as well as implementing two STEM camps. In his free time Tomoki enjoys visiting the parks in Minneapolis/St. Paul and eating his favorite food, noodles. Tomoki’s favorite color is blue and when asked what superpower he would like to have Tomoki responded, “The ability to share abilities. I would like to share my abilities with others and have others share their abilities so we can all feel the connected by sharing.”
The STEM Education Center welcomes Tomoki and looks forward to his many successes to come.
Elizabeth “Beth” Crotty was born in Garden City, Kansas and is the proud mother to three dogs, Book, Kai, and Mitzi. Beth goes by a number of nicknames including Crotty Chop and Sensei and dreamed of being a professional golfer when she was younger. As a STEM Education Center Graduate Research Assistant Beth works on the EngrTEAMS project, the Prepare2Nspire project and as a TFA teacher mentor. She has a degree in Biology with a minor and Chemistry and her projected year to graduate is 2017. Beth’s favorite food is “anything but eggplant” and her favorite place is Colossal Café for brunch. Her favorite color is green and if she had one super power it would be flight so she wouldn’t have to stand in TSA lines to see her family.
The STEM Center is delighted to have such a talented and hard working member of our team.
Tasneem “Sadia” Anwar was born in Okara Pakistan and is the proud mother of three daughters, Amna, Fatima, and Khadija. She as both a Masters of Science and a Masters of Education and is projected to defend her Ph.D. the summer of 2016. As a STEM Education Center graduate student, Tasneem is working as a coach for the EngrTEAMs project as well as conducting research for the Teacher Induction Network Project (TIN). Tasneem has recently started working on designing and planning an online environment for supporting in-service science teachers. Some of the publications she is most proud of are listed below:
Tasneem’s favorite food is Biryani and her favorite color is pink. In her free time she likes to visit her favorite place in Minneapolis, Minnehaha Falls. As a child, Tasneem wanted to be a flight attendant so she could fulfill her dream of seeing the world. Finally, if Tasneem could have one super power it would be contentment. She would spread it throughout the world so it would become the most peaceful and joyful place ever.Tasneem has been a wonderful addition to the STEM Education Center and we would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to STEM Education.
Elizabeth “Beth” Ring was born in Omaha, NE and is the proud owner of a Labrador/Collie mix named Shiloh. Beth received her Bachelors degree from Augustana College and her Masters degree from St. Mary’s. As a new graduate student at the STEM Education Center, Beth plans to complete her Ph.D. by 2018. As a child Beth dreamed of being an astronaut so she could continuously somersault, eat meals lying down and swim through the air. Beth’s favorite color is electron blue and her favorite food is red and white gummy bears. Outside the STEM Education Center Beth enjoys running on city trails and then sitting down to an amazing cup of coffee. When asked what superpower she wishes she could have Beth responded, “Time travel. Imagine the possibilities.”
The STEM Education Center is happy to welcome Beth to the team and look forward to her amazing work to come
Bethann Wiley was born in Maple Grove, MN and is the proud Stepmom of three children; Anna, Dan and Brett. The recipient of a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Bethann is working on her Ph.D. dissertation on the impact of Flipped Classroom 5th grade mathematics instruction as well as working as an EngrTEAMS coach. Bethann is projected to defend her dissertation in 2015. Outside all of her hard work at the STEM Education Center, Bethann and her family raise and train field bred English Cocker Spaniels for AKC field trials. Her favorite food is king crab and her favorite place to go in Minneapolis is Kieran’s Pub. When Bethann was little she wanted to be Quincy M.D. from the TV show and now, as an adult, she wishes she could teleport herself places to avoid getting stuck traffic and road construction.
Bethann has been a wonderful member of the team and we would like to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication to STEM Education.
Abd Hadi Bunyamin, nicknamed Hadi, was born in Melaka Malaysia. While in Malaysia he dreamed of being and politician and completed both a Bachelor of Science with Education (Physics) and a Master of Education (Physics) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Hadi also worked as a Co-Investigator on two research projects while In Malaysia titled, “Comprehensive Indicators of Mathematics and Science Understanding Among Secondary School Students” and “Epistemological Believe in Physics Subject among Teachers and School Students”. Some of Hadi’s more prized publications are the following, including two he has worked on while at the STEM Education Center:
As the father of a daughter named Nurul Hannan, Hadi enjoys visiting downtown St. Paul and eating Chicken Shawirma with his family. Hadi’s favorite color is blue and dreams to one day be the Prime Minister of Malaysia to properly run his country’s government.
The STEM Education Center is proud to have such a dedicated and talented individual as part of our team. We thank him for all of his hard work!
Joshua Alexander Ellis was born in Burnsville, Minnesota and dreamed of being a long haul trucker when he grew up. In pursuit of his dream, Josh received a Bachelors degree in Physics and a M.Ed. in Science Education. Josh is currently working as a graduate research assistant on the EngrTEAMS project as well as the Teacher Induction Network while he pursues his Ph.D. When Josh is not working on house repairs, or attending presentations by Dr. Richard Hechter, he is biking anywhere his bike can take him. His favorite colors are maroon and gold and his favorite food is anything that is free. Lastly, if Josh could have one super power it would be to do the splits like Jean Claude van Damme.
The STEM Education Center is proud to have such a unique and special individual as part of our team. We thank him for all of his hard work!
Megan Breit-Goodwin was born in Minnesota and received a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln before returning to Minnesota to receive her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Growing up, Megan dreamed of being a teacher and she currently works as a reflective practice partner for the EngTEAMS project helping participating teachers review and improve upon their teaching practices. Megan is the proud mother of two little girls, Cate and Elizabeth as well as a sweet yet mischievous dog named Stavig. In her free time Megan loves to walk in Sliverwood park with her dog. Megan’s favorite food is almonds and favorite color is pink. Lastly, if Megan could have one super power it would be to accomplish things by simply wishing them done, like cleaning the house or grocery shopping.
Megan has been a great member to the team and we would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to STEM Education.
Karl Gerhard Jung, whose favorite color is purple, received his B.S in Elementary Education in 2008 and his M.Ed in Elementary Education in 2012 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on the EngrTEAMS project as a coach for four elementary and two middle school teachers as well as supervises four elementary education teacher candidates. Karl is beginning a study on the use of language during science instruction and the effect it has on student language use during those lessons. Born in Hastings Nebraska, Karl dreamed of playing basketball in the NBA. The proud parent of a dog named Katie, Karlís favorite place in Minneapolis/St. Paul is Mariucci Arena and his favorite food is tacos.
Karl has been a great addition to the team and we would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication to STEM Education.
Emily Dare Emily has received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics and will receive her Ph.D. in the spring of 2015. She is currently working on the EngrTEAMS project where she works with eleven elementary and middle school teachers to create integrated STEM modules that the teachers bring into their classrooms and later publish onto a nation-wide website for other K-12 teachers to use. Emily is also working with the St. Paul science coaches to conduct classroom observations of all of their science teachers in an effort to understand the needs these teachers have that will be addressed in district-wide summer professional development sessions. Born in Somers Point, New Jersey, Emily dreamed of owning an art shop and grew to love the color green. Emily is the proud parent of a retired greyhound named Bernie and is often nicknamed Em. Her favorite food is any kind of cheese and her favorite place to visit in Minneapolis/St. Paul, besides the STEM Education Center, is the restaurant Pannekoeken Huis. Lastly, is Emily could have one super power she would like to fly. The STEM Education Center would like to thank Emily for her accomplishments and contributions to our research and we are happy to have her as a part of the team.
Laura Fox has received her B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry and is pursing her PhD in Chemistry Education through the Curriculum and Instruction department at the University of Minnesota. Her research revolves around improving teaching practices and student understanding in general and physical chemistry. Born in West Chester, PA, Laura is the proud owner of two unique cats, Cedric and Delaware. Lauraís favorite food is her dadís Italian home cooking and her favorite place to go in Minneapolis is a social dance studio for a night of swing dancing. If Laura had one super power, it would be to apparate like Harry Potter and her favorite color is green. Ms. Fox is a valued member of the STEM Education Center team and we look forward to her many successes to come.
Sousada Chidthachack received her BA in Mathematics and her MA in Curriclum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas and is working on her Ph.D. in STEM Education at the University of Minnesota. Her projected year of graduation is December 2015 and she works on both the EngrTEAMS and Prepare2Nspire grants in the STEM Education Center. Born in Nakhom Phanom, Thailand, Sousada dreamed of being a reporter for E!News or National Geographic or a talk show host like Oprah. Sousada is the proud owner of a tan pit-bull/boxer named Magnum Rambo who she likes to take to Lake Calhoun and Uptown, her favorite places in Minneapolis. Her favorite color is red and she loves Asia cuisine, more specifically sushi, papaya salad and pad thai. Lastly, if Sousada had one super power it would be to wipe out all student debt for all deserving students. The STEM Education Center is proud to have Sousada Chidthachack as a member of the team, her hard work and dedication to STEM Education is much appreciated.