I think having knowledgeable and excited teachers is a great way to get students interested in STEM majors and professions.”
Rosemary has enjoying teaching for as long as she can remember. While studying to earn a concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in physics at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), she worked as a learning assistant for an introductory physics course. She also designed and taught science summer camps for children aged six through 13. To foster community amongst students with similar interests, Rosemary founded the Teachers of Physics in Training club at CU-Boulder. As a Noyce fellow, she collaborated with veteran and novice teachers to conduct education research in the classroom where she worked as a student teacher.
After wrestling with challenging physics courses on the graduate and undergraduate level, she can relate to students who have difficulty with the subject. Rosemary understands that science teachers don’t always have colleagues in their school with whom they can collaborate and reflect on their teaching practice. She finds it comforting to know that she will have the Knowles community, regardless of where she goes.
While at CU, she led inquiry physics activities with small groups of elementary and middle school students on a weekly basis through her work with Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community. Her work with this program afforded her the opportunity to conduct physics education research on middle school students for her master’s thesis.
Born and raised in Colorado, Rosemary enjoys backpacking, hiking and climbing. Each summer, she looks forward to taking at least one nine-day backpacking trip. When she isn’t enjoying the natural beauty of her home state, she can often be found reading or playing live action role-playing games.