Dave got his BS in physics from Iowa State and PhD in astrophysics from the University of Colorado. He did science for 20 years and then had a career switch and became a K-8 teacher for the next 20 years, mainly teaching in the upper elementary grades. He has been with Science Discovery on a part-time basis forever. He is now retired, except for his Science Discovery work, so he can devote himself to spending time with family and friends, doing outdoor stuff, reading, volunteer activities and contemplating life’s existential questions.
Elizabeth Koebele is currently a doctoral student in the Environmental Studies program at CU Boulder studying water policy in the American West. She received her bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education from Arizona State University, and taught eighth grade in Chandler, Arizona, before moving to Boulder. She now teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in environmental studies and pedagogy at CU and is the lead graduate teacher for her department. This summer will be Elizabeth’s second summer with CU Science Discovery. She is REALLY looking forward to exploring the amazing flowers, animals and streams of Chautauqua Park with her students as they become expert naturalists in the Naturalist Notebook camp! She is especially interested in interdisciplinary teaching and making environmental science fun and accessible for all students.
Anthia Munoz is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Integrative Physiology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies, in hopes of going to medical school to become an Obstetrician. She has spent the last year instructing CU Science Discovery after-school courses and has an extensive background working with children of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys adventure, traveling and being outdoors with friends and family!
Chelsea is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Boston University, and now studies the material properties of healthy and diseased skeletal tissues. As an avid mountaineer and canyoneer, Chelsea loves spending her free time outdoors. She is especially excited about how studying nature leads to scientific understanding and innovation.
Soraya is an international graduate student studying in CU Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. She moved to the United States in 2009 and studied physics in Bryn Mawr College. There, she was a part of the Society of Physics Students, which organized a variety of science outreach events. Soraya also played for the Bryn Mawr Owls Basketball team. During summers, Soraya was involved in various forms of research, working with solar cookers to studying the mechanics of nanomaterials. She is currently involved in developing microprisms for optical systems. Away from school and lab, Soraya likes to swim, play basketball, (try to) salsa dance and experiment with cooking.
Anita Boehm has taught for CU Science Discovery for over 9 years (Science from CU programs and Science Explorers). Her education background includes a M.S. in Environmental Health (Colorado State University), B.S. in Geology (University of Michigan), and secondary science teacher certification (CSU). Anita is the owner of Mountain Sage Wellness, Inc., (http://www.mountainsagewellness.com) offering classes, services, and creating therapeutic essential oil products for greater physiological health and well being. She is also a Level III telemark ski instructor and loves to play in deep snow — preferably snorkel depth!
Samantha McBride has a BS in Physical Education, a Masters in Public Health, and a Certification in General Science. She has taught Middle School Earth and Life Science, Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Education. She has been with CU Science Discovery since she retired in 2004, working with the classroom presentations, summer week-long programs and STEM workshops. In her spare time, she enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband Dan, training and riding her horse, Cosmo, and playing in several women’s tennis leagues. Something interesting about her is that after her retirement from the BVSD, she and her husband successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and semi adopted their Tanzania guide, Honest.
Kika earned her B.A. in science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and is currently working on her doctorate in ecology. She studies the effects of deforestation and habitat fragmentation on reptiles within a long-term experiment in southeastern Australia. She is an unabashed lover of both science and photography, eager to pass on the enthusiasm to the next generation.
Ben Simonds is a senior chemical engineering student at CU Boulder. He has been with CU Science Discovery for three years, focusing on Physics and Green Energy. In addition to the little ones, he has been an undergraduate TA in the Physics Department at CU since his freshman year. Ben spends his free time skiing and watching Colorado Eagles hockey.
Fred Gluck has a BS in Applied Math, a Masters in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and a Certificate of Completion from Bettis (Westinghouse) Reactor Engineering School. Fred has been with CU Science Discovery since 1997 teaching STEM workshops before expanding to summer camps in electronics, math, computer programming and most recently, video game design. One of the most exciting things he’s done was to “fly” the Boeing 777 flight simulator under the Golden Gate Bridge. In his spare time, Fred cycles and has ridden over 35,000 miles in the past 40 years!
Anna is a graduating senior from CU Boulder’s Mechanical Engineering Masters Program this May. This will be her second time working as a summer instructor, and have previously taught LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Robotics and Stop Motion Animation throughout the school year as part of CU Science Discovery’s after school program. Outside of teaching and school work, she enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, and crafting (sewing, crocheting, etc). Anna is incredibly excited to be able to continue teaching and sharing her love for math, science, and engineering this summer!
Erin has 18 years of experience in the field of biology. He received a bachelors of science in genetics from the University of California, Davis. For a couple of years following graduation, Erin worked in a human genetics research lab investigating the genetic factors contributing to human autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Erin came to Boulder to pursue a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at CU Boulder. His thesis investigated the genetic control programmed cell death a process critically important in animal development that is often malfunctioning in cancer cells. Following his PhD work, Erin investigated the production of renewable biofuels using photosynthetic microorganisms at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Since completing that work, Erin has transitioned into education teaching college biology courses including college microbiology. Erin is excited to expose talented high school students to the world of microbiology and how microorganisms affect the world around us.
Nisha Kulprathipanja is a freelance medical writer with a B.S. in Microbiology and a M.S. in Immunology. She also enjoys volunteering in her children’s Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, and is a co-leader for her daughter’s Daisy Scout troop. Nisha is excited to join the CU Science Discovery team as an instructor for the Amazing Race: CU Edition summer camp and is thrilled to be able to combine her love of science, travel, and teaching for this week-long STEM adventure.
Erik moved from Green Bay Wisconsin to Colorado three years ago. He enjoys working outside with kids, especially if it involves snow. He has experience as a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs and has also worked as a coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Currently, he is a Ph.D student in Integrative Physiology and is interested in how to make moving more fun!
Tim is currently a PhD student studying materiel science and engineering. He has a wide variety of teaching experiences. During undergraduate, he tutored young engineers in both calculus and physics. After graduating from Alfred University with a degree in ceramic engineering, Tim spent a year and a half at Oak Ridge National Laboratory researching new materials for energy and automotive applications. Taking time off from research before starting graduate school, Tim taught his way through travel spending last winter in the beautiful French Alps as a teacher at the British Ski Academy in Chamonix, France keeping young, budding ski racers up to speed on their studies. After Chamonix, he changed cultures and climates, living in rural Chiang Mai Thailand. There, he taught elementary-aged students English while living in a dormitory with 40 energetic Thai orphans. Tim now enjoys life in Boulder and aspires to become a professor to encourage others to learn around him and advance scientific research to better the world.
Brian Stevens received his Bachelor’s degree in geology from Hofstra University in New York and his Master’s degree in education plus secondary science teaching certification from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Brian has taught middle school math and science for the past 4 years at Imagine Charter School and Peak to Peak Charter School. When not teaching, he enjoys rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon and further afield, riding his bicycle and playing the guitar.
Lauren is a first year PhD student in Aerospace Engineering, focusing in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation. She completed her undergraduate degree in aerospace at Auburn University. She loves working with kids and have experience as a Girl Scout Camp leader and is also involved with an aerospace engineering outreach program at CU. This is her first year as a CU Science Discovery instructor. In her free time, she likes to run, knit, read and play tennis.
Fiona Dunne is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at CU Boulder, where she does research on control systems for wind turbines. Over the years, she has enjoyed teaching outdoor activities as a camp counselor, being a TA in electrical engineering and tutoring engineering, math and physics. Some of her favorite pastimes are bicycle commuting, rock climbing, playing Ultimate and outdoor exploration.
Tina is a biochemistry Ph.D. candidate and a CU MCDB undergraduate alumna. This is her second year with Science Discovery and she has taught both summer and home-school sessions of chemistry. After graduate school, Tina hopes to apply her teaching experience as a professor. In her free time, Tina trains Muay Thai at Easton in Boulder and is a vehement supporter of the Denver Broncos.
Linda Mace is a graduate of CU-Boulder. She is currently teaching math at Peak to Peak Middle School. She has been an instructor at Science Discovery for 3 years and enjoys helping students make the connection between math and life!
Lauren is a senior at CU-Boulder and studies speech, language and hearing sciences. She hopes to get her Master’s Degree in Speech-language therapy. This is her third year working at CU Science Discovery and is very excited to be back this summer. Lauren really enjoys working with kids and helping them with their learning and development. In her free time, she loves to ski, hike and spend time with friends and family.
Tamar Krantz began at CU Science Discovery in the summer of 2013 and is looking forward to returning this summer to teach weather and science magic. She received her bachelor degree from Oberlin College and Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Tamar worked many years as an environmental consultant and is now a substitute teacher at BVSD. She loves when kids ask questions. As her long lost cousin Ms. Frizzle used to say, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
Ann Reynoso is currently a 6th grade Science Teacher at a charter school in Broomfield. She graduated from CU with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Secondary Education. This will be her 6th year with Science Discovery. She is very excited to be teaching a range of different science topics! In her free time, Ann loves to go hiking with her dogs and traveling to new places. After all science is everywhere!
Katya Hafich is a hydrologist with a primary interest in how nutrients cycle through alpine watersheds, and is currently finishing up her Masters in Geography at CU Boulder. She conducts research at the headwaters of Boulder Creek at the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research Site, here in the Front Range. Her studies have taken her from the tropical rainforest in Costa Rica to the southern Rockies of New Mexico and Colorado. She is active in science outreach efforts at CU and works as a part time educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. When she’s not teaching or doing research, she loves to be out on the trails in Boulder, skiing in the Indian Peaks, or fly-fishing on South Boulder creek.