Andrew Warnock, Ph.D. — Director
Andrew had the good fortune to attend the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago for his primary education. John Dewey founded this experimental school in 1896 to explore his new constructivist approaches to education that included nature study, hands-on discovery, scientific inquiry, and creative play. The science program in the 1970’s was still heavily influenced by Dewey. One science teacher in particular, Illa Podendorf, designed innovative hands-on science curricula that were illustrated by Andrew’s next door neighbor, Robert Borja. May Theilgaard Watts’ take on Nature Study was also part of his early education and left a lasting impression on him. Today, Andrew strives to build on these legacies by designing rich hands-on scientific research experiences for families and secondary school students in close collaboration with CSU faculty.
Courtney Butler, B.S. — Assistant Director
Ms. Butler’s interests revolve around encouraging more students to enter into local, regional, state, and international science fairs. She advises prospective math and science teachers who are enrolled in the Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Sciences program. She also serves at the Director for the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair.
Karina Hassell, M.S. — STEM Education Specialist
Karina has a background in engineering and geology, and she holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Education. She is passionate about education and outreach, having over 5 years of experience working with diverse audiences both in the U.S. and in Panama. Her professional goal is to inspire students’ curiosity for the STEM disciplines through accessible and unique experiences.
At the Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center, you can find her testing the STEM kits, preparing the MNSE STEM kits, teaching for the Triunfo Mentoring Program, organizing the labs, or finding new ways to create long-lasting learning experiences.
César Fuentes, B.A. — Teacher-in-Residence
Mr. Fuentes teaches 4th grade at Harris Billingual Immersion Elementary School and has been assisting us with the Triunfo Mentoring Program for over a decade. He was awarded teacher of the year in 2019 in the Poudre School District.
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Vicky Jordan, B.S. — Teacher-in-Residence
As a master science teacher, Vicky Jordan inspired an entire generation of students to explore their world using curiosity, logic, and reason. “Science is FUN!” could be heard in her classroom every day. Vicky has taught pre-service teachers, supervised student teachers, mentored experienced teachers, and was named the National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teacher in 2016. At the EOC, you will find Vicky enthusiastically creating STEM kits for secondary students based on current research happening on campus, assisting with Triunfo and STEM Fridays, and mentoring the next generation of science and math teachers.
Michael Viney, M.S. — Teacher-in-Residence
Mike Viney helps develop STEM kits designed to engage intermediate and secondary level students with science experiments related to real research being conducted at CSU. Viney’s core teaching goal is to nurture human curiosity and a healthy skepticism—encouraging students to develop a habit of mind that includes asking the question, “How do you know that?” Viney brings 30 years of classroom experience to the EOC team.
Sam Harsh, B.S.N.S. 2021 – Teacher-in-Residence
Sam Harsh is an undergrad in the College of Natural Sciences studying to become a secondary science teacher. She is currently in her final semester student teaching at Lesher Middle School. Harsh has a deep passion for science and hands-on learning, as well as developing meaningful relationships with her students. She spends her time at the NSEOC generating STEM kit instructions, testing out kits, making videos and helping wherever needed.
Haley Wartell, B.S.N.S. 2022 – Teacher-in-Residence
Haley Wartell is a third year undergrad student studying secondary biology education. For three years she has helped out around the NSEOC with the Triunfo program, testing kits, and helping out with other tasks as needed! She is passionate about creating an inclusive environment in her future classroom with an emphasis on student involvement.