Understanding Science -- a web project of the UC Museum of Paleontology

Teacher Advisory Board

Jennifer Collins holds a BS in Zoology and a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on technology. She has spent a number of years teaching both high school and middle school life science and has contributed to a number of curriculum development projects and teacher training opportunities.

Bob Connell holds BA degrees in Sociology/Psychology and in Physics Education from University of Maryland and has a Masters in Science Education from University of Washington. He has taught Physics and Chemistry at Woodinville High School, Northshore School District, near Seattle since 1986.

Peg Dabel has been teaching middle school level science for the past 25 years, and is currently teaching in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has done extensive work in the design and implementation of an all girls Math and Science program, and has written and developed a program for an integrated thematic curriculum in small focused learning communities. Peg has also conducted numerous staff development programs, helping teachers to create project based learning experiences for students.

Deb Farkas holds a B.A. in Biology and a M.S. degree in Zoology. She is currently working on a M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology. Deb has worked as a middle school science and math teacher and has also taught high school earth and life science for San Francisco Unified School District over the past 20 years. She has participated in many district initiatives throughout her career. She currently holds the position of Middle School Science Content Specialist for SFUSD and is the Region 2 Director for the California Science Teachers Association.

Stan Hitomi is the Math and Science Coordinator for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Stan has been involved in education for 30 years, with 24 years as a classroom teacher. He is the former executive director of the Edward Teller Education Center, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and as chair of the California Teacher Advisory Council and co-chair of the Task Force on Teaching & California's Future.

Al Janulaw recently retired after 32 years of working with children in grades four through eight. He teaches the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University and has extensive experience working with in-service and pre-service teachers on curriculum development and pedagogical strategies for grades K-12.

Mark Stefanski** received a BA from Washington and Jefferson College and an MS in evolutionary biology from Cornell University. He has been teaching secondary level science for 20 years, and he has worked as an independent education consultant for public and private schools for the past 5 years. He teaches biology and advanced biology at Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA and earned the Gustav Ohaus Award for innovative teaching strategies in 2001.

Mark Terry** received a BA in Physical Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MAT in Science Education from Cornell University. He has been teaching at the secondary level in both public and independent schools for over thirty years. He is co-founder of the Northwest School in Seattle, acting as Head of School 1983-1990, and then Head of the Science Department since 1990.

Cecilia Tung holds a BA in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and an MS in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught in Belize (Peace Corps), and has taught Physics and Math at Northwest School in Seattle since 1993. She also helped to formulate academic, social, and emotional priorities for educational curriculum at an independent elementary school and is an active member in the American Association of Physics Teachers.

** serves also on the Project Advisory Board

See members of the Project Advisory Board.