Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary Education, NAU M.A. Science Teaching, NAU
The 2021-2022 school year will be my 27th year teaching. I teach 4th grade Science and Social Studies and love it!!!
I'm an Arizona Native! I graduated from Westwood High School in Mesa, and earned my B.S. in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I received my Master's degree, also from NAU in Science Teaching (MAST), from the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. This year will be my 15th year teaching 4th grade. I've also taught 5th grade, 6th grade, and Middle-School Science.
Last summer (2021) was busy! We started off with a family trip to Wyoming, working with the district developing Science Lessons for the new Arizona Science Standards, and then I spent 6 weeks in the NEWT (Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment) RET program working for Rice University, at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. Here's a summary of the project I worked on. (YouTube link)
Two summers ago I worked with the Center for Bio-mediated & Bio-inspired Geotechnics (aka CBBG) as a RET Mentor (Research Experience for Teachers), at ASU on the Tempe Campus. I worked with them as a RET a few summers ago, also. The two summers prior, I was a RET for the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technolgies (QESST) Research Center at ASU. We developed a way to test panels with a load. The article is here (scroll down and see the other teachers credited for this researach.) I'm looking forward to bringing what I've learned and developed back to my students!
In October 2018 I was the teacher representative for ASU at a National Science Foundation (NSF) RET conference in North Carolina. Here's an article from ASU's Full Circle about the RET program: Full Circle Article Recently I completed a 18-month fellowship with Rice University's office of STEM engagement. We worked collaboratively developing metrics for teaching engineering in the elementary classroom.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, hiking and playing music. I currently play with a cover band called The Apologies Unplugged. Here's a video of me singing Ice Cream Man from a HLS K-4 Talent Show.
Email me: Scott.Currier@dvusd.org