Science Education Matters
Why Our Story Matters
During her TED Talk, novelist Chimamanda Adichie, eloquently articulated that there is danger in telling a single story. This is why the New York Times 1619 Project fascinates and inspires me. The old singular story of American descendants of slaves is being rejected and a collective truth about Black Americans, and all the complexities of a people, is making its way into public discourse (and hopefully schools too). Since the unveiling of the 1619 Project, I have been contemplating how our 400-year history of enslavement, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, segregation, redlining, and systematic racism has shaped STEM education for our entire society. Has the push for civil rights drawn us (America) closer to our potential, or will we require deep reconciliation, and another 400 years to reshape the future into a complete vision of harmony, peace, and equity? How do we even define equity and within which paradigm do we build support for equitable systems and practices? I’m craving the knowledge to understand how America’s history, and a system built on the principles of freedom, could create such a divide between the haves and the have nots. What are the forms of systemic racism and oppression, or other roadblocks, that prevent Black teachers from entering science education? How do we create new sustainable programs and partnerships to increase the number of Black teachers in science education? Can Modeling Instruction, woven into a teacher education program, serve to help diversify high school faculty, while also addressing the teacher shortage and the lack of teacher preparation? And lastly, what type of support do teachers of color need to maintain the self-efficacy to remain a teacher after three to five years in the field?
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How I Rock
I have been teaching science for over 15 years and have experience in AP Biology, Honors Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science and more. I also have facilitated homebound instruction and tutoring in numerous topics. My next endeavor is to become a professor of science education. Find me on LinkedIn
I currently serve on the board of AMTA as member at large, and I lead Biology Modeling Workshops sponsored by AMTA and STEM Teachers Phoenix. Please visit https://www.modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/ for more information. Learn more about modeling here through the AMTA podcast.
Mom – Soon to be Researcher
As a mom of two black boys I am interested in how to continue to push equity and inclusion in educational settings, so that all children, and especially Black boys and girls, grow up knowing that they are supported and loved and that teachers of color are embraced within the field of science education.
iEMBER grant funding (NSF 2010716) – Race Social Constructs and Biological Inheritance: Myself and 3 other teaches are currently working to secure funding for a project to reflect on our experiences teaching about race in Biology. If our project is funded we will present at NABT this fall to share the successes and implications for teaching race in Biology. We also hope to encourage other teachers to get involved.
Writing Projects & Journey to PhD Blog
I am working on a book series with my sister, so we hope to update you with links of where to purchase our children’s books soon. For now check out my blog about my ongoing journey to getting a PhD in Education.
The journey of women of color in science education matters. What obstacles have we overcome, what keeps us going, what makes us leave? We speak the truth about our failures and successes and what we dream for the next generation. These are the collection of stories of women in science education: teachers, researchers, moms, doctors, scientists, engineers, and more. My sister is my role model, so episode 001 is dedicated to her. Link Soon To Be Posted
While pursuing my Masters in Education, I was hired for the first time as an official teacher. I did not complete student teaching, but many schools found themselves short with science teachers, so getting an emergency license was fairly easy. My first year teaching gig was an absolute struggle. I didn’t realize the gap between theory we discussed in school, and the reality and knowledge of working with actual high school students. The summer after my first year, I delved deep into professional development that could shape me into a better teacher, and I have never stopped. I have now been teaching science for 15 years, and I’m currently moving on to pursue my PhD in Science Education.
Education: I have a Masters in Teaching Earth Science from Wright State University, a Masters in Secondary Science Education from Arizona State University, and my B.S. in Biology is from Cal State East Bay (Hayward).
My Personal Side: I absolutely love to travel and living and teaching abroad (as well as being a flight attendant), provided that opportunity for me. However, I have a creative side I tap into to keep my sanity and provide me with a bit of fun. I like to rap, write articles, read, and write poetry when time allows. And the most absolute fun is spending time outdoors with my kids. You can catch me hiking, snorkeling, and dancing whenever the opportunity arises. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mstanea/
Articles – Podcasts – Videos
- AMTA’s Science Modeling Talks Podcast
- Ariel Serkin and myself discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion
- M2M Blog – Why Inclusivity Matters to Us
- Life of the School Podcast Interview
- Teacher Research Poster – Iowa State University
- Wright State Low Residency MST Program
- Teacher on the High Seas
- First Things First, I’m a Teacher Video
- Backin It Up Teacher Style Music Video
- Shanghai Daily Article
- Science Week At Concordia (my baby)
Books of Interest
- Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Race Matters by Cornel West
- Stony The Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
- Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race In School by Mica Pollock
- How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown