Michele Koomen

Faculty

Associate Professor in Education

Although known affectionately by her six grandbabies (Adrianna (10), Owen (8), Ellery (8), Johannes (6), Aiden (6) and Noah (4) as "Oma", most of us know Michele as someone who cares deeply about children, but also about science and mathematics education. Michele came to Gustavus after many years teaching in the elementary schools and working with inservice teachers. Her professional activities have evolved over the years at Gustavus, shifting from a focus on practitioner related activities to research related activities, along the way developing greater collaboration with two specific organizations: Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and Sci/MathMN Teacher Research Network (TRN).

Michele's research interests do not stand alone or apart from the work that she does at Gustavus Adolphus College in preparing teachers, indeed they are integral to everything that she does here. Michele's scholarly endeavors focus on practices of exemplary teachers in science and mathematics, learning by under-represented youth in science and math classrooms, including youth with exceptionalities and second language learners in regular education classrooms. Michele was selected as one of the members of the Minnesota State Science Standards Revision Committee (2009) where she worked with many other dedicated people, specifically on the Nature of Science and Engineering Standards, K-12. In addition, Michele is involved in two current educational initiatives: one centered around the theme of the Nobel Conference (Water: Uncertain Resource: Linking together teachers and students in science and engineering) and the second working toward developing teacher and teaching and learning exchanges in science and mathematics education between the US and South Africa.

Playing with the grandbabies, counting butterflies, and messing about in a garden provides opportunities for Michele to frolic outside of her professional interests.

Education

University of Minnesota, (2006). Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education major, Mathematics Education, minor. Fresno Pacific University (1999). Master of Arts. Science and Mathematics Education. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN (1993). Undergraduate minors in chemistry and biology. California State University, Northridge, CA. BA (1975).Teacher certification (1985).



Courses Taught

Current

EDU-247 (Science for Elementary Educators II), EDU-247 (Science for Elementary Educators Lab), EDU-248 (Science Connections), EDU-371 (Elementary Science Methods and Materials), EDU-373 (Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials), and EDU-385 (Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-373Elementary Mathematics Methods and Materials252013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
EDU-371Elementary Science Methods and Materials252013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
EDU-385Elementary Interdisciplinary Models and Practicum232013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
EDU-246Science for Elementary Educators I Lab142013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
EDU-246Science for Elementary Educators I122013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
EDU-247Science for Elementary Educators Lab112013/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
EDU-248Science Connections102012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
EDU-247Science for Elementary Educators II92013/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
EDU-241Educational Technology62013/FA, 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
CUR-260Natural World22012/SP and 2009/SP
NDL-230South Africa and Namibia12009/JN
EDU-268Career Exploration12006/JN
EDU-509Teaching Math for Understanding12002/SU

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.