Project Team

Anne L. Kern, Ph.D. (PI) is an associate professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Idaho. Dr. Kern researches the interdisciplinary nature of science and teacher implementation of inquiry-based learning. Role in the project: Dr. Kern will coordinate the overall delivery of the project including overseeing the program curriculum and dissemination development, organizing all program events (staff development, summer sessions, etc.), coordinating graduate students, conducting internal evaluation activities, and preparing all program reports.

Fritz Fielder, P.E., Ph.D. (co-PI) is an associate professor in the department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho. Dr. Fielders research interests are in the board area of measurement and modeling of hydrologic and environmental systems. Role in the project:  Dr. Fiedler will oversee development of the virtual watershed and the data management aspects of the research project. He will also provide guidance such that the engineering concepts and learning activities we develop are plausible, authentic, and realistic.

Laura Laumatia, M.S. (co-PI) was a University of Idaho Extension Educator for the Coeur d'Alene Reservation. As Extension Educator, Ms. Laumatia’s appointment includes community development, and family and youth development. She is currently a educator with the CdA Tribe's Lake Management Program. Role in the project: Ms. Laumatia will be responsible for the day-to-day on-site operations and implementation of the project on the Coeur d’Alene tribal site, in addition she will assist in the development and planning of the BTTE curriculum. She will coordinate the efforts between on-site inservice staff, administration, and project personnel. 

Jillian Cadwell, Ph.D. (Engineering, Senior Personnel) was an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Dr. Caldwell’s research incorporates an interdisciplinary study of ecology and fluid mechanics with a focus on the role of contaminant transport in the ecological health of aquatic environments. She recently resigned from her position at Gonzaga to start her family. Role in the project: Dr. Cadwell will consult, coordinate, and oversee the development and implementation of the program curriculum.








Melinda Howard, M.S.(Graduate Student) is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in STEM education and biology education. She has a background in vertebrate ecology, but has more recently developed an interest in teacher education and science education. Mindy has experience running successful K-12 science outreach programs, and taught at the university-level prior to pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Idaho. Role in the project: Mindy will provide biological context and knowledge of science pedagogy to the BTTE curriculum. She will serve as the chair of the grade-appropriateness committee.

Aimee Navickis-Brasch, P.E. M.S.(Graduate Student) is a registered professional engineer with over 18 years of Stormwater Engineering experience including; design, research, training, policy development, and project management. She is currently a full time student pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in engineering education, water quality, and stormwater management. Role on the project: Aimee, is providing the engineering curriculum for BTTE and serves as the co-chair of the curriculum committee.

Tara Hearing (project team) is an elementary grade teacher on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. Ms. Hering’s interests lie in how to bring culturally relevant and engaging STEM experience to her students. She is also a Masters student at the University of Idaho. Role in the project: Ms. Hearing will be responsible for the day-to-day on-site operations and implementation of the project on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation; in addition she will assist in the development and planning of the BTTE curriculum. She will coordinate the efforts between on-site inservice staff, administration, and project personnel in the Lakeside School District.

Erika Johnson (project team) lives in the city of Spokane Valley  near her family. She is a teacher on the CdA Reservation where she teaches 3rd grade. Erika is a BTTE teacher leader and helps to develop and teach the summer camp curriculum and coordinate efforts between the school and UI  
  
Kelsie Herda (project team) is an elementary teacher at Wellpinit Elementary, interested in making her STEM curriculum culturally relevant. She is a teacher liaison for the STOI community. She is a BTTE teacher leader and helps develop the curriculum and coordinates efforts between the school and UI.

Lisa Seyler (project team) lives in Wellpinit with her husband Warren and has children and 7 grand children. She is a 3rd grade teacher at Wellpinit Elementary and also a cross country coach. Lisa is a BTTE teacher leader and helps develop the curriculum and coordinates efforts between the school and UI

Evaluation Team

Kathleen Haynie, Ph.D. (President, Haynie Research and Evaluation) is the director of Haynie Research and Evaluation. She has over 23 years of experience specializing in STEM educational evaluation and research with an emphasis on PreK-12 science education and assessment. She will oversee the formative and summative evaluation of the project; facilitate the design of a detailed evaluation plan and data gathering for the formative evaluation; mentor and team-work with the other external evaluator, Mary Orr (U of I doctoral candidate); collaboratively conduct the summative evaluation during the end of each year.



Web Development Team

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