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Brooke Ravanelli

2015 Fellow
Denver School of Science and Technology
Denver, Colorado

Teaching Discipline

Biology (Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

Why Biology

“I think it is an inspiring and challenging goal for teachers to demystify science for young learners. I want to help my students see that they can be successful in a science classroom—that science is for everyone.”

Volunteer Experience

During her graduate studies, Brooke assisted with planning and coordinating educational science outreach sessions for students at local schools. She also spearheaded planning for the Science Education and Community Outreach section of the 2014 Southwest Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, which was attended by 32 local high school students. At the meeting, the students were able to interact with local scientists and learn about developmental biology topics and research opportunities at local institutions.

Professional Experience

After completing her undergraduate studies, Brooke worked as a Research Technician in the Regenerative Medicine Department at the Naval Medical Research Center. In this role, she studied the signals involved in wound healing and tissue regeneration with the goal of developing compounds and treatment protocols to enhance wound repair and promote re-growth of damaged tissue. Next, she worked as a Research Technician in the Duke University Department of Cell Biology, where she studied postnatal neural stem cells and how they modify brain homeostasis in health and disease. At the Duke University Institute of Genome Science and Policy, she worked as a Research Analyst in a lab dedicated to a genome guided clinical trial for metastatic, castrate-resistant prostate cancer patients. Seeking more freedom and intellectual stimulation, she began graduate studies in cell and molecular biology at the University of Denver. She fell in love with teaching while working as a graduate biology teaching assistant. Brooke also worked as a tutor at The Learning Effectiveness Program, a support program for University of Denver students with learning disabilities. In this role, she tutored more than 12 students with various disabilities on a wide range of course content. During summer 2014, Brooke completed an internship as part of the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience Program for Teachers (RET). Through this program, she worked in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of Colorado, Denver on research investigating how evolution driven by sexual selection conflicts with locomotor performance, and ultimately fitness, using stalk-eyed flies as a model system. During the 2014–2015 academic year, Brooke began teaching full-time. In summer 2015, she’ll further her RET experience, with a goal of compiling a data set to be used by her students as part of an inquiry project.  


Brooke enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, and watching movies.

Academic Background

  • University of Colorado, Denver (Master of Arts in Secondary Science Curriculum and Instruction) 
  • University of Denver (Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • James Madison University (Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology)


I decided to be a teacher because I enjoy it, I’m inspired by other teachers, and I think I can become a teacher who can provide impactful experiences for students. I have the commitment and enthusiasm for teaching, the desire to become a masterful teacher, and the dedication to put in the time and effort that it takes to become a great teacher.

Brooke Ravanelli
2015 Fellow