Karin is a science coach and teaching assistant for the Teacher Education Program, and a PhD student in science education at the University of Washington. In her research, she focuses on the professional support and collaboration of in-service science teachers. She is interested in bridging educational research and practice, and in connecting science teachers with scientists.
For five years, Karin was the project manager at the Center for Inquiry Science (Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle) for mainly two projects: the NSF funded “Observing for Evidence of Learning” research project, which established and supported science teacher learning communities in over 20 middle schools in four local school districts; and the HHMI funded “Systems Education Approach to Science” project that developed a model for the support and integration of science education in 13 elementary schools. In this capacity, she co-developed protocols and procedures, trained teachers, facilitators, and supporting scientists, and contributed to the implementation and evaluation of the projects.
Previously, Karin served as executive producer and editor for and author of science related multi-media at the Institute for Film and Image in Science and Education (FWU), the media institute of the federal states in Germany. Karin also brings her experience as a science teacher to her work and research. For 12 years, she taught 5th to 13th grade Biology and Chemistry, including AP courses in genetics, evolution, ecology, and neurosciences / behavioral sciences, at several secondary schools in Germany and the German School London (UK).