Del Mar High School
San Jose, California
Katrina Stern decided to become a teacher when she was a sophomore at Iowa State University. Working with freshmen as a peer mentor and organic chemistry tutor, she enjoyed helping people develop their understanding of science. “I love being a part of a student’s ‘light bulb moment’.”
Katrina’s fascination with biology and her inspiration comes from the world around her. She has assisted with prairie management and took part in initiatives to protect local wildlife species at a park system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. She also worked as an environmental educator at a nature center, where she developed a summer camp about woodland life and outdoor skills. While at Iowa State University, Katrina worked in two laboratories, conducting research and assisting with data collection in the field. During this time, she had the opportunity to plan and implement a science outreach curriculum for 5th graders. “I am hoping that I will be able to work with scientists to create similar learning experiences in my high school biology classroom.”
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Katrina earned a BS in biology from Iowa State University and is a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. She plans to teach in a diverse suburban or urban high school. “I believe that our country needs to place more trust in the ability of well-educated, committed teachers to make decisions that will serve the best interests of American students.” In addition to her passion for learning about the natural world, Katrina enjoys cycling and playing the piano and clarinet.