EDUCATION • M.A.T. in Biology Indiana University • B.S. in Biology Indiana University
ENROLLED • Cohort 6
LOCATION • Ballwin, Mo.
Monica Bowman retired after over 32 years of teaching science at the secondary public-school level in school districts in South Bend, Indiana, and the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area. She has experience teaching seventh grade general science, biology, chemistry,oceanography, environmental science, anatomy & physiology, and personal finance at various levels. She coached several extra- curricular teams over the years including Envirothon, Science Olympiad, Lexus EcoChallenge, Academic Decathlon, and Speech and Debate. In addition to advocating for her Districts to help encourage students of diverse backgrounds to enter challenging STEM coursework, she helped to encourage the initiation of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a new more energy-efficient high school, and a more collaborative K-12 approach towards sustainable practices that included members of the community and various academic disciplines within her last school district. Monica has presented on multiple occasions at national conferences such as National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and other more local events in the Saint Louis area. She is hoping to continue sharing her experience by helping to produce an updated secondary life science curriculum that discusses sustainability practices implemented by indigenous cultures and how we can encourage future generations of students to creatively generate sustainable solutions. She hopes to encourage future STEM students and staff to be the positive agents of change.
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