Tropical Ecology in Panama

Classroom Curriculum for Teachers and Students

Participating Teachers

The 2010 Research Experience

Sarah Oszuscik

Sarah Oszuscik has been teaching since 2001 and currently teaches 5th grade at La Escuela Fratney, a dual language school within Milwaukee Public Schools. She holds a Masters of Science Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee. She is especially interested in connecting students with current research, providing an environment for student-led inquiry in the classroom, and helping teachers feel more confident in teaching science. As lead-teacher of the Schnitzer lab RET project, Sarah's goals have included forming a network of science educators and developing lasting connections between current cutting-edge researchers, MPS teachers and students.

Dana Thome

Dana Thome enjoyed the role of Math Teacher Leader at La Escuela Fratney for several years, but went back to the classroom due to budget cuts in 2011. She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dana has over ten years of classroom experience. Her primary interest is to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in the school, but she is also a proponent of improving the integration of mathematics into the science curriculum.

The 2011 Research Experience

Marcel Piatek

Marcel Piatek has more than 10 years teaching Special Education in Milwaukee Public Schools. Marcel received her post- baccalaureate certification in Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Specific Learning Disabilities in 2003 from UW-Milwaukee. She is currently interested in supporting students with special needs in the mainstream science, social studies, and history classrooms. She creates opportunities for her students through use graphic organizers, reinforcing vocabulary acquisition and modifying or creating alternative assessments to measure knowledge and skills.

Sara Wroblewski

Sara Wroblewski has over 5 years of experience as a Milwaukee Public School teacher. Although she has taught every academic subject, she has taught only science and technology in a middle school setting for the past 3 years. She is currently enrolled in a program called Project BEST (Better Elementary Science Teaching) at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and working toward obtaining a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science. She is currently the school's chemical hygiene officer and works as the science chair in her school. Ms. Wroblewski is also a cooperating teacher for prospective science teachers in the MACSTEP program at UW-Milwaukee.

The 2012 Research Experience

Sue Pezanoski Browne

Sue Pezanoski Browne has been teaching art for the Milwaukee Public Schools at the elementary and middle school level since 1997. In addition to immersing her students in creative media exploration, she emphasizes community outreach and using the visual arts to enrich learning in literacy, science, and other content areas. Prior to teaching for the public schools, Sue spent ten years working in museum education, connecting the study of art history to studio experiences for both children and adults. She also coordinated outreach programming for underserved urban communities. Sue holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Philosophy, Art History, and earned an Art Education K-12 Certification. Her graduate work in the Arts focused on Place-Based Education, a curricular model which is closely aligned to Environmental Education.

Sara Feider

Sara Feider has been teaching in MPS since 1998. She teaches middle school science and 6th grade reading, social studies, and music at Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities. She spent two summers teaching overseas and, in 1999, was an assistant teacher in Year 4 (3rd Grade) in London, England and, in 2001, was an assistant teacher in Year 6 (5th Grade) in Brisbane, Australia. She earned two B.A.s from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where she majored in Elementary Education and History. Having an interest in art, she earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on the Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.