2006 AIM/GLOBE/CloudSat Educator Workshop Participants - Washington
Hi! I'm Susan Armbruster, a native
of Washington State. I'm a 5 th grade teacher at a private
school just outside of Tacoma. I'm also a huge science
fanatic…. I will go to the ends of the Earth
for a good science workshop - and love travel and camping
as well. On the weekends you will find me hiking at
Mt Rainier or caving in the lava tubes at Mt St Helens.
(The picture of me is at Comet Falls, Mt Rainier National
Park, Washington.) There is nothing more spiritual to
me than being in the woods with old growth trees. I'm
hoping to do some hiking in Alaska - if at all possible.
I'm looking forward to meeting and networking with all
involved in AIM. See you there!
Kareen Borders is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science. She is the team lead for the NASA Explorer School team at Key Peninsula Middle School, located in Lakebay, Washington. Kareen curently teaches 8th grade Earth and Physical Science as well as an Astronomy and Aerospace elective course. Kareen serves on several school district committees and is passionate about middle school science. She was recently selected as the McChord Air Froce Base Aerospace Teacher of the Year.
Kareen enjoys spending time with her family and two cats. She also enjoys traveling, science, and geneaology.
I have been teaching for 26 years, mostly at the elementary level. Currently, I am teaching 6th and 7th grade literacy at Key Peninsula Middle School. I am the Family Outreach Coordinator on our NASA team. I am married and have two kids, one in college and one in high school.
I am currently a Technology Integration Specialist for the Peninsula School District in Gig Harbor Washington. I have a diverse background including the Peace Corps, 13 years with zoo and aquarium education, and about 8 years in the classroom and the current position. I also spent some time in there at home with our son and then my wife took a turn with our daughter. I worked as a trainer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for about 7 years. My wife is a teacher and we both have second careers as chauffeurs for our 9 th grade son and 4 th grade daughter.
I’m a high school science teacher from Gig Harbor, Washington. I have been teaching for decades and it just keeps getting better. I teach all areas of science, with this year being Global Science for 9 th graders, Pre-AP Science and AP Biology. My greatest successes are:
Marrying well – Tom, a firefighter
Three kids – All colorful and unique
Nationally Board Certified in Science – Whew!!
Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton
Meeting six Nobel Prize winne
Personally, I am an organic gardener, a yoga enthusiast for six years, pathetically addicted to Survivor and CSI, a hiker, a skier, grandma to three granddaughters, a closet trash novel reader and avid traveler. (Last year we backpacked around Spain.) My hubby and I will cruise back home from this workshop. I’m excited to meet a whole slew of new friends who are as passionate about science as I am. See you in July!