Carolyn Dawson is a research assistant to Mark Windschitl and an M.Ed student at the University of Washington. Her research interests include looking at how ambitious and equitable science practices can be utilized in elementary classrooms and how to help elementary teachers experience success with implementing these practices.
Carolyn graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She moved to Texas and became certified in bilingual education in grades K-8 and in science for grades 4-8. She taught bilingual 4th grade for several years before taking a job within the same district as a science instructional coach. In her coaching role, she worked with K-6 teachers across the district to improve the quality of their science instruction by emphasizing discourse moves and modeling strategies to assist English Language Learners. Her observations and experiences inspired her to move to Seattle to pursue a Master's degree at the University of Washington to dig deeper into issues of ambitious elementary science education.