COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Rebecca Stern

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Rebecca Stern has worked in the field of science education for over twelve years. She lives in Burlington, VT and is currently pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Vermont in Natural Resources, with a concentration in forestry. Her research focuses on climate change in northern forests and the restoration of the American chestnut tree. Prior to this she earned her M.A. in Science Education with a teaching certification in Biology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2012, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 2003.

Rebecca has taught and designed curricula for middle and high school science and research courses, focusing on creating experiential and inquiry-based programs, and has run a summer STEM research program for young women in high school at New York University. She also worked as the Teacher Education Coordinator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In this role, she designed and led professional development courses to support teachers in linking botany with their existing curricula and strengthening their students’ independent science research investigations. Much of her work leading professional development programs at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was in partnership with AMNH.