K-12 Teacher-Partner Profile

Felicia Burt

College/University: California State University, Los Angeles
Project Title: IMPACT LA: Improving Minority Partnerships and Access through CISE-related Teaching
Partner School: Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles, CA
Degree: B. S. Biology, M. S. Biology, Humboldt State University, California State, Dominguez Hills
Years Teaching: 11
Graduate Fellow Partner(s): Sean Caonguyen

How will you continue to integrate an aspect of GK-12 and your partnership with graduate students into your teaching, philosophy, etc.?

The graduate student in my classroom is continuing to connect the biology content with his research at the graduate level. It is important that students participate in up to date research and up to the minute information and techniques so that they feel as though what they do today will be relevant tomorrow. The next step is making a stronger connection with my students and Sean’s own research. It is a goal that Sean then mentor a few students who have become more interested in science and engineering as a possible future career. My students can bring their experience with Sean back to the school and share with their peers.

How has the GK-12 experience changed you, and how has your participation changed the GK-12 project?

Being a part of this project has given me the opportunity to have current research brought into the classroom where my high school students work with a real scientist, something that otherwise would not happen. Since this experience, some students who may have thought that science was a field that was not welcoming to them, begin to think that one day they will become an engineer or scientist.