Learn how Tori was able to take what she learned with CSU into her own classroom and inspire students to take control of their own learning.
“I was drawn to this program because it allowed me to brush up on current scientific trends and also provided teaching resources. My biggest challenge has been creating authentic, real-world environmental science projects. Environmental issues are constantly changing, and it can be time consuming to search for current data. Many of my classes provided resources I could use when creating projects or looking for the most recent scientific facts and figures. My curriculum has been infused with different labs and activities – from spectroscopy labs to energetics activities – and my students are already benefitting from a more hands-on-learning approach.”
"When I began to look into advanced degree programs, one of the most important factors I considered was that the program needed to have a curriculum that incorporated classes in both education and science. As an educator, I have learned that it is equally important to be a master in your subject area, as well as in your instructional practices and methodology. I believe that the intentional curriculum design of the Master of Natural Sciences Education program [at CSU] will help me develop holistically in my work as a teacher. Another key factor that led me to consider Colorado State University is that this program will allow me to maintain my current teaching position while I pursue my degree. I strongly believe that a critical component to an advanced degree program is the ability to connect your coursework with past and current professional experiences. I am excited about the opportunity to apply newly learned techniques directly to my current teaching position and also to share my experiences with my professors and classmates. The third factor that led me to consider this program is the ability to explore passion areas through the independent study and research components that are built into the curriculum."