Two teachers from Germany and two educators from the United States had the unique opportunity to join the MOSAiC School 2019. You can find out more about who they are below.
I started out in applied mathematics with a specialty in coupled systems of differential equations. I got my Masters degree in 2004 and my PhD at TU Berlin in 2008. Then I shifted my focus to schools and outreach activities of the Matheon research center before becoming a maths and physics teacher in 2011 at Herder High School in Berlin. Here, I use my academic background to get pupils excited about maths and science.
I am co-organizer of the "Jugend forscht" science fair and senior jury member of the German Young Physicists' Tournament.
Since 2017 I also work part-time at Humboldt-University of Berlin instructing new maths teachers.
I like travelling, science, maths puzzles, archery and cooking.
Katie Aspen Gavenus grew up in the not-quite-Arctic town of Homer, Alaska. She is an environmental educator and program director for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Studies and Visual Art through Bowdoin College in Maine, US. She recently completed a Master's Degree in Science Education through IslandWood and the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, US). Katie is committed to making science education - and educationmore broadly - locally relevant, culturally sustaining, inspiring, and empowering. She believesscience education should be a collaborative effort between learners, educators, researchers, knowledge-bearers, and community members.
She enjoys learning, kayaking, picking berries, hiking, catching salmon, playing soccer, growing food and tide pooling. She makes good soup and is perfecting a yeasty-biscuity bread recipe. Her favorite type of plankton is ctenophores/comb jellies and she has a tiny scar from being bitten by an intertidal worm.
Dr. Anne Gold is the Director of CIRES Education & Outreach and a Senior Associate Scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she focuses on science education for educators, students and the general public around climate, water, polar regions and general geoscience education. She is interested in understanding and studying effective ways of teaching and learning and is dedicated to grounding her education work in solid research and evaluation. Anne has worked for over a decade with researchers to support them in broadening the impact of their science. Anne is a climate scientist by training with a doctoral degree in Paleoclimatology from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
I am a teacher for German and Geography with a past as a journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung, now living in Hannover. During my studies at LMU (Munich) I spend a few months in Iceland which inspired me to write my final thesis about the melting of glaciers worldwide.
Being part of MOSAiC unites my passion for teaching, my special interest in glaciology and the effects of global warming as well as my journalistic curiosity. I am looking forward to experiencing the scientific methods and their results first hand, transporting them into the school and giving my students an authentic insight into the Arctic and its ecosystem as well as the work of scientists. Therefore, I will design very different materials for German schools but also organize workshops and talks afterwards, because it is my further goal to convince students and adults of the effects of global warming whilst presenting them hard facts and good arguments. During MOSAiC SCHOOL I‘m going to show you the most important criteria for useful data, media and information for teachers, the conveyance of science into schools and modern methods of teaching and learning.